Originally posted at http://newzealandglass.blogspot.co.nz/2014/12/more-mahy-mahi.html on 14 December 2014.
For those of you not conversant in New Zealand Māori, that’s a poor attempt at a pun. Mahi is Māori for work, and I want in this post to explore more of the work of Keith Mahy. In June 2013, I wrote about Keith’s death (http://newzealandglass.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/keith-mahy-one-of-pioneers.html), and explored some of his early work on 18 October 2014 (http://newzealandglass.blogspot.co.nz/2014/10/are-these-early-pieces-by-keith-mahy.html). Following that I have had a wonderful opportunity to talk with Keith’s partner Shona, and see the wide range of examples of his work that Shona has. I was able to photograph these, and Shona kindly gave me several pieces. I’ve also come across some pieces held by others, and most recently was able to buy five wine goblets on TradeMe.
Keith was one of the pioneer glass artists in New Zealand, and one with a long career. This blog presents examples of Keith Mahy’s extensive glass practice, from the time he came to Northland from Christchurch in 1975 to set up his studios, initially at Otonga in 1976, then at Pahi from 1979 and lastly from 1986 in Whāngārei, at Northland Polytechnic and at Burning Issues.
A couple in Whāngārei bought this decanter set and two pair of wine goblets, from the wine shop in Hikurangi in the 1970s. Keith saw a marketing opportunity in selling his work through a wine shop, so customers could purchase both the glasses and their contents.
These similar goblets belong to a friend who bought them from Keith’s studio at Pahi in the 1980s.
This pair of goblets, also bought at the wine shop in Hikurangi, are decorated with applied ‘squiggles’ (technical term!), which links them to Keith’s use of this decoration on other pieces.
I have puzzled over this small stoppered bottle for a decade, and finally the squiggles confirm I can be sure it was made by Keith Mahy.
But I couldn’t make up my mind about this decanter and goblets, which I see now are clearly Keith’s work, so I left them in the second hand shop where I found them. Sadly, it later closed. I wonder where they are now?