John Penman

My Mountain is Maungataniwha
My River is Hokianga
My Canoe is Ngatokimatawhaorua
My Tribe is Ngapuhi
My Sub tribe is Kohatikaka and Te Ihu Tai
My Marae is Ngapuhi Kaiariki Ngapu Taniwharauhi
Hand-blown Glass

Hand-blown Glass


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John is one of the most understated glass artists in New Zealand. Behind closed doors in his studio in central Auckland, some of the masterpieces created are more aligned with what you would expect in Murano, not Aotearoa. Techniques that are mastered by some of the best, and a sense of balance, form and colour combinations that are balanced and striking, John's work stands out in strong, silent, understated ways. ARTFORM



John Penman grew up in Hong Kong, studied Sculpture in the USA at Rhode Island School of Design - majoring in Glass, and has been running his own studio in Auckland, New Zealand since 1996.

His work has been exhibited worldwide, and can be found in in private as well as in permanent public collections in New Zealand and overseas.

John likes travelling into New Zealand's wilderness for inspiration and is passionate about 60's and 70's black music, which he enjoys with a cold beer after a hot day at the furnace.