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Ron van der Vlugt

Ron van der Vlugt

Ron has had a life-time fascination with the movement of colour and light, which has motivated him as an artist in glass-blowing.

As a child he experimented in the dark with torches and pieces of coloured plastic from car tail lights. Now as a well qualified and experienced glass blower, he is still intrigued by the somewhat elusive challenge of capturing the shifting qualities of light and colour as the glass moves from a glowing, flowing molten form into the state of a cool hard solid shape for us all to enjoy. No two pieces are identical, making each piece unique, although similar shapes and patterns are attempted.

Like Italian glass blowers, Ron works "hot and fast" with few tools, working the glass quickly while it is fluid and hot, relying on the natural forces of gravity and spinning to shape the unique piece. He says it makes him more in tune with the glass, so that whilst he doesn't always have control of the medium, at least he understands it. 

Ron developed his art first in the US, at California Art Glass, then the Wanganui Glass Blowing School, and the Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Jaan where he was exposed to Japanese aesthetics and the sophisticated tyechiniques of the Italians. Since 9.9.99. Ron works from his own De Flute Studio gallery workshop in Rotorua.


1988-1991     California Art Glass Studio, USA

1990 August  Advanced Fused Glass Course, Pacific Glass, USA

1991-1993     Fusion Art Glass Studio, Gisborne - Self-employed

1992             Commercial Art Adult Student Gisbome Boys High School

1993             Wanganui Polytechnic, Glassblowing and Production

1994-1995     Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Japan

                       - Graduate Student, Glass Blowing Major

1995 May      Hoglund Glass, Nelson

1996             Blown Glass Studio, New Plymouth

1997 Feb       Pacific Light, International Art Glass Conference, Auckland

1997-1999     Research and building of the de FLUTE Glass Studio, Rotorua

2002 June     GAS - Glass Art Society of America, International Glass Conference, Amsterdam, Holland

2005 May      GAS- International Glass Conference, Adelaide, Australia

2008 Jan       Release of the "Volcanic Series" body of work, culminating 7 months development

2012             New Zealand Exhibition Indigenous Art Conference

                   - hosted and assisted Preston Singletary Glassblowing Workshop

2013            New Zealand Society of Artists: Glass Conference and Exhibition



1988  October                 Trish White Gallery, Stained Glass

1990 June                       Gisborne Artists Winter Exhibition

1990 November             "Focus on Glass" Art Glass Association of Southern California, San Diego,

                                     Best 1st time entry award

1993 October                 "Glass Blowing and Casting", Fine Arts Centre Wanganui

1995 March                    Graduation Exhibition, Shimizu Plaza Gallery Toyama, Japan

1999 September             Opening exhibition, de Flute Glass Studio & Gallery, Rotorua

2003 August                   Rotorua Artists Biennial Exhibition

2004 June                      Ashburton Society of Arts, Annual Exhibition, Guest Artist

2005 September             Rotorua Artists Biennual Exhibition Judges selection

2007 August                   N.Z Art of Glass Awards. Mazda Artworks at the Hilton, Auckland

2009 November              Rotorua Artists Biennial Exhibition, Three Dimensional Prize, Highly Commended

2013                              Rotorua Museum Art Awards, Finalist.

                                     Volcanic series purchased for Museum's permanent collection



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