Black Etched Bowl /Pu Kare/One Ripple | Te Rongo Kirkwood

Te Rongo Kirkwood was the first recipient of the NZG Glass Residency in June 2021. Kirkwood says “The residency provided an opportunity for me to draw on the traditional use of the hue as the foundation from which to create layers of meaning within the vessel form using the discipline of blown glass. It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to begin to resolve these ideas & drawings I have had waiting for 10 years to be realised.”

Kirkwood is based in Auckland and has been working in glass for 15 years, regularly exhibiting within New Zealand and abroad. She is a three-time finalist in the prestigious Ranamok Glass Awards, and her work sits in the private collection of the Awards’ founder. Her work is held in public and private collections internationally.

Black powder Bowl from the Kararaha Series,
etched with the whakatauki:

Pu Kare, kowhaiwhai ana
Pu Tahi, he matatini
Ha Tahi, tau ana


One ripple a thousand circles
One source a thousand faces
One voice one understanding


230mm X 105mm H