Labour of love
Katherine Rutecki glasswork, price varies
In a studio on the outskirts of Newton, Kate Rutecki crafts shimmering pieces out of a fragile and unforgiving medium—glass. Working from a space she shares with partner and fellow artist Luke Jacomb, she creates each piece out of molten glass using a series of rubber, plaster and silicone moulds. They're part of a small but close community of glass casters and blowers, vocations which involve significant technical skill with little room for error.
Born in the US, Rutecki won a scholarship to study sculpture, and two years ago booked a cruise to New Zealand and never looked back. Her fine artwork—displayed both in local exhibitions, as well as in the US and Denmark—centres around a collection of birds, a reflection on the chaotic nature of life in a migratory flock. Rutecki also experiments with painting, which she finds cathartic. But she says glass—"fickle, yet beautiful"—is where her heart lies.