Garry Nash was born in Sydney, Australia. He moved to New Zealand in 1973 and became a NZ citizen in 1998.
Garry works with glass in all forms, including free blown, cast, neon and stained glass. He run’s a full time glass blowing studio in Grey Lynn, Auckland, which influences and enhances his work in other glass disciplines, as he can hot pour a glass casting from his furnace or blow elements for his neon and plasma sculptures. Garry also makes large scale metal sculpture, and often incorporates blown glass elements into these works.
Garry’s works are held in public and private collections around the world, and in 2000 he received an ONZM for his services to Glass Art. Garry feels that living and working in New Zealand, where there is no institutional or historical baggage surrounding the glass medium enables great freedom on the part of the glass worker, as he is able to experiment and combine move and traditions from around the world within a single piece or series.
Through working with glass for more than thirty years, Garry now has techniques at his fingertips that would have been inconceivable when he started out, but feels strongly that you never stop learning or creating, and that you still can learn something from each studio session.
Garry has been working with hot glass for more than a quarter century. In 2001, he was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to Glass Art.
There is pleasure for Nash in working with a permanent material. He is driven by wanting to leave artifacts that record the experience of living in our time for future generations. When it comes to recording history, he sees objects as much more eloquent than words. Nash enjoys working both on a large and small scale. For Nash glass blowing stays fresh by experimentation and pushing the limits of the material.