The relationship with Ant goes back a long way. It started when Clare, Artform curator, worked with Ant as an advisor when launching his cast glass some 13 years ago, a relationship with was based on deep mutual respect and passion for glass and sculpture. It is now an absolute privilege to show a selection of cast glass pieces after raiding Ant’s storage room. The pieces have not lost their strength and impact, if at all, they have gained raw energy in the time they have been hidden away. ARTFORM
Anthony Morris’s cast glass combines the creation of 3-dimensional sculptural artwork, and the forming and shapes that reflect light. This process of this creation involves artistic, technical and physical ability with each individual step having its own vulnerability.
The physical ability is no longer there, since Ant suffered a debilitating stroke in 2004. This after an initial highly successful launch of his cast glass sculptures nationwide the previous year. At that time, Ant was on a war-path to prove to himself, and the country, that he was an artist, not ‘just’ a potter.
Many years later, we have been allowed into the ‘back room’ of Ant’s studio, where deep in the corner were treasures that are now seeing the light again, and dancing as they do! In collaboration with The Vivian, displaying a selection of pots spanning over his 50 year career in the New Zealand arts & crafts scene, the exhibitions of his work celebrate Ant’s 80th birthday and an extraordinary life. Thank you, Ant, for allowing us to show your work once more.