Stephen Bradbourne was born in Auckland in 1969. He grew up in west Auckland and attended Carrington Polytech between 1988 and 1991,graduating with a Diploma in Craft Design (major in ceramics). He immediately received critical recognition for his ceramic work and was awarded a Judges Commendation at the internationally acclaimed Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award in 1993.
In 1992 Bradbourne was offered a job at Sunbeam Glassworks where he quickly found an affinity for glassblowing, soon becoming an efficient and highly skilled production blower.
Over the next decade, Bradbourne maintained dual careers in both ceramics and hot glass, successfully exhibiting works in both media.
In 2005 Bradbourne left his position at Sunbeam Glassworks to focus fully on his own designs, specialising in intricate traditional Italian glass techniques which include Murrine, Mosaic and Twisted Cane styles.
Bradbourne is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s most multi-talented and original glass artists. He has been the recipient of many awards winning both the Cavalier Bremworth Luminous Glass Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Glass Award in 2007.
Stephen Bradbourne continues to exhibit widely in both solo and group shows and his work is included in many public and private collections both in New Zealand and Internationally.