Lisa's practice focuses on kiln cast glass and mixed media. Contemporary sculptural works are predominantly made in cast glass using the lost wax technique, making refractory moulds and kiln firing the crystal glass.
Using deconstruction and reconstruction methods to change the objects' original appearance for the lost wax cast glass technique. Glass sculptures play on narrative, ideas explore human interference in biology, developments in science and how industry transforms our world.
Current work explores the connection between two kiln heated materials, glass and ceramic. Combining wheel throwing techniques to produce smaller forms which are then joined to construct a whole final piece, connecting to the glass. The theme of the work is concerned with expressing movement and growth, sculptures that can move or are interchangeable.
Lisa Bate is a British cast glass and mixed media artist, currently working from her studio located in Auckland, New Zealand.
Sculptural works have received multiple awards of critical recognition. Most recently awarded First Place at the 17th Estuary Art Awards 2023 for her glass wall panels 'Suspended Deposits' exhibited at the Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland. Cast glass sculpture 'The Pack IV' received a Merit Award at the NZSAG Members Show 2022, hosted by the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass at the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. In 2021 Lisa was a recipient of an Award of Excellence from The Cleveland National Art Awards, Dunedin. Sculptural ceramics were selected as a finalist in the Richard T Nelson Sculpture Awards in 2022. Her cast glass and mixed media sculptures have been shortlisted for the national Small Sculpture Prize in 2022, 2021 and 2020. In 2020 Lisa was invited to exhibit at Glasstage, in Zwiesel, Germany. Her kinetic glass work received recognition in an Honorary Diploma from the Jutta Cuny-Franz foundation (Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf) in 2011. Lisa was awarded a placement on the first metal and glass casting residency between North Lands Creative Glass and Scottish Sculpture Workshop in 2011. Kinetic glass work has been featured in the publication Neues Glas magazine.
Lisa achieved First Class Honours from a BA in Contemporary Crafts in 2010 from Falmouth University, where she specialised in kiln formed cast glass. Lisa has experience teaching at several higher education art institutions, both in the UK and New Zealand. Before immigrating to New Zealand Lisa held position of Senior Glass Technician on Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, here she completed a teachers qualification in Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Higher Education (PGCHE) in 2014. In 2022 Lisa spent a term at Elam School of Fine Arts as the Ceramic and Casting Technician.
Currently Lisa is a contributing committee member of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) promoting the work of art glass practitioners in New Zealand. Between 2021 - 2023 Lisa held position of the Newsletter Editor for the quarterly SAGMAG.
Lisa exhibits regularly in group shows in New Zealand, she also shows work internationally. Lisa’s work is held in both private and permanent collections in New Zealand and overseas.