Pâte de Verre by Sue Treanor and Sue Hawker

Originally posted at http://newzealandglass.blogspot.co.nz/2014/04/pate-de-verre-by-sue-treanor-and-sue.html on 21 April 2013

I recently bought this piece of pâte de verre glass on TradeMe. It was made by Sue Treanor, probably towards the end of the 1990s. Sue exhibited at an exhibition I remember seeing in Parliament in Wellington in 1999, organised by the NZ Society of Artists in Glass as a promotional vehicle, and she also had a show at Avid in Wellington in August 1999.

Sue Treanor enrolled for a diploma in glass at UNITEC in 1994, amongst a group of students who became quite  distinguished glass artists. In August 1996 there was an exhibition entitled ‘Maiden glass: UNITEC girlz come out’ at the Glass Arts Gallery in Ponsonby, a regrettably short lived gallery with quite close links to the UNITEC campus at Carrington. As well as Sue Treanor, those exhibiting were Lou Pendergrast, Nicole Lucas, Megan Tidmarsh, Kellee Cook, and Layla Walter.
In 1999, Sue Treanor had a piece selected for exhibition at ‘International Expo 2’ held in Tampa, Florida by the prestigious Glass Art Society of USA. (Former Aussie,  now Whanganui artist, Claudia Borella was also included in that exhibition). I have only a poor image of that piece, from an online catalogue, but I want to include it here because it was entitled ‘For Marea’, a tribute to Maori glass artist Marea Timoko, who has been a significant influence on several New Zealand artists in pâte de verre (and other glass forms). Marea was  brought in to give some specialist workshops by Elizabeth McClure, then was Lecturer in Glass at UNITEC.
It’s probably time to explain, to the best of my ability as a non-practitioner, what pâte de verre is. Literally ‘glass paste’ in French, pâte de verre involves making a paste of glass that is applied to the surface of a mold, then fired at a relatively low temperature – ‘warm’ glass. The advantage is that this allows precise placement of particular glass colors in the mold, unlike other methods of filling the mold, where some shifting of glass from where it has been placed prior to firing can take place.  te de verre dates back to the ancient Egyptians, but it was revived by a group of French artists in the late nineteenth century who provided the modern name for this technique. (For the curious, la pâte is paste, while le pâté is what you make from chicken liver and other things).
Sadly Sue Treanor died in March 2012, so I have not been able to talk with her about her work. However, there is another Sue who makes pâte de verre who is very much alive, and living quite close to me in Northland.
Born in Christchurch, Sue Hawker had an international career in journalism and business, but has now settled in Kerikeri (who can blame her for that?) and follows her passion for glass and ceramics. Beginning in 2004, she took applied arts papers at Northland Polytech, and like Sue Treanor was one of a group  of students who have become established artists. She also had as a tutor the same Marea Timoko who influenced Sue Treanor.
Sue Hawker has won a number of awards for her glass, most notably being the winner of the prestigious trans-Tasman Ranamok Glass Prize in 2010 – she was also a Ranamok Finalist in 2009, 2011 and 2012. This remarkable
Ranamok winning piece of p
âte de verre ‘Too Much is Never Enough’ is half a metre high, compared with the rather more modest size of Sue Treanor’s piece, which is 13cm high.
Fortunately for me, Sue Hawker makes smaller works, too, and I am delighted to have a piece of her pâte de verre in my collection, which she made in 2012. It is 11 cm high.

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2 Responses to Pâte de Verre by Sue Treanor and Sue Hawker

  1. Kia ora – What a surprise to come across this Blog post. Marea Timoko is my mother. She has also seen this post and was very sad to read of the passing of Sue Treanor. Mum didn’t know that she’d created a work as a tribute to her. I never knew Sue Treanor but that’s such a special acknowledgement for my Mum. I’m hoping Mum will decide to get her creative glass hands working again. She has to be creative in her current mahi as Tumuaki (Principal) of our local Kura Kaupapa Māori but I’m sure she’d like to have the time to work on some artistic pieces. Thanks for sharing this post. I am sure my Mum will be thinking of the precious times she would have shared with Sue x

    You can delete this last bit if you like – Just a note but Mum’s name is spelt Marea – I see it was spelt correctly on the original post.

  2. Stuartinnz says:

    Kia ora, Moana, thanks for the comment, and do say tēnā koe to your Mum – I saw her a couple of times at Te Reo Maori with the Wananga o Aotearoa in Kaikohe. Thanks for the clarification on the spelling – I got myself confused and thought I had corrected it. I know your Mum is doing great work for te Reo, but it would be wonderful if she found time to do some glass again!

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