Ann Robinson is a leading exponent of the lost-wax glass casting process, which begins with a cast taken from a wax model. Robinson gained a diploma in fine arts at the University of Auckland in 1980 and worked at Sunbeam Glassworks until 1989. During her time at Sunbeam she became a proficient glassblower but started to work on the glass casting that would later make her name in the art world. She set up her own studio in 1989 and exclusively focused on casting. This is Robinson and her assistants at her Glendene Studio in 2009. Native plants are an important aesthetic influence for Robinson and live examples are against the far wall of the studio.
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