LUKEKE DESIGN

Auckland, New Zealand

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Luke is a second-generation glass artist who learned his craft from his father, John Croucher. He studied glassmaking at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and spent eight years training and working in various studios and workshops in the United States.

Luke collaborates with his partner Katherine Rutecki to create a series of cast glass birds. When displayed as a wall installation in a group, the sculpture depicts a flock of birds in flight. The glass is etched to a soft matte that emits an inner glow of lovely light and soft color. The detailed feathers, wings, and tails give each bird grace and personality. The cast glass birds are created using the lost wax technique. A detailed wax model is carved and then a plaster mold is made from the wax model. The wax is melted out of the mold and lead crystal glass is placed into the mold and melted. When cooled, the mold is broken to reveal the glass so each bird is unique.

Both Luke and Katherine are well established in the international glass art scene, and their work can be found in a number of important public collections including the Ebeltoft Glass Museum, The Corning Museum of Glass, and the Works Museum in Ohio. Luke has also taught at the Corn-ing Museum of Glass, Urban Glass, and many universities across America, Australia, and New Zealand.