Basia has applied innovative printmaking methods to alternative materials other than traditional paper used to print her woodcuts and etchings. Her slumped etched glass bowls are unique, functional in design and original in her distinctive graphic style. The photos above illustrate the process of transforming a round flat sheet of glass into a three dimensional object.
A round disc of flat glass is placed on top of a slumping mold into a ceramic kiln. The kiln is heated to a high temperature which softens the glass enough to sink into the shape of the mold.
After the glass has cooled, the surface is covered with a stencil. Basia draws the design and cuts through the stencil to reveal the glass to be sandblasted. Sand shot through a hose under pressure etches and erodes away the surface of the glass to produce a low-relief sculptural surface that has a tactile depth and is opaque in contrast to the smooth glass surface of the glass bowl.
Basia sells her slumped etched bowls exclusively at Solander Gallery, Wellington.
Printmaking Summer School with Basia Smolnicki 2018
Inverlochy Art School
3 Inverlochy Place Wellington
15 - 19 January 2018
An exciting introduction to the many possibilities of traditional printmaking techniques with simple and easy to use contemporary materials.
Students will explore mono printing, rubber stamp making, textured collagraphs, bold linocut & wood block carving methods and the delicate line drawing of dry-point etching techniques.
Enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of historic Inverlochy House over the summer holidays.
All materials provided.
5 days of creative printmaking bliss!
Contact www.inverlochy.org.nz for more information.
Incorporating art with design for a glass splash back in a new kitchen renovation was a dream come true for Basia. "I've always wanted to produce a splash back with a design etched onto the back of a glass panel. The artwork creates a little space and time for contemplation in what is often a very busy area of the house".
The process has been complex. Wellington Glass & Mirror measured, cut and supplied the glass to Innovation Glass Newtown who spray painted the back of the glass black. The black back of the glass was covered in stencil film ready for Basia to cut the design by hand. Artrix Glass Studio sandblasted through the black paint to translucent glass. The etched glass panel went back to Innovation Glass Newtown to be spray painted white so the glass could be installed with no possibility of glue showing through the etched glass.
Phew! Sounds complicated. Looks fantastic and so easy to wipe and keep clean!
If you would like ultimate privacy and allow maximum light into your bedroom consider frosted glass that has been etched on both sides of the glass panel. This toughened piece of glass has various shaped ferns detailed on the inside of the room and the other side of the glass surface etched with a matte sandblasting.
The glass is translucent and allows natural light to pass through the etched (sandblasted) glass and privacy in the bedroom is maintained.
Sandblasted pohutakawa and manuka flower motifs decorate the new double-glazed door and side light glass panels in a recent home renovation.
The floral designs have been repeated and incorporated into the new kitchen design as opening double-glazed skinny windows on either side of the stove cooker.
Being a child of Polish refugee immigrants this cause is dear to my heart!
Frame Works has invited over 90 New Zealand artists to express the framework of life. Artists will transform a plain wooden 12" x 16" frame into a unique and desirable piece of art, many representing home, belonging, community and making a contribution to society... our ‘Frame Work’ of life.
Frame Works is a fundraising initiative of the Asylum Seekers Support Trust - a charitable organisation that advocates for and supports asylum seekers.
From the 22nd April 2017 these frames will be displayed in shop windows in a walkable trail from Britomart to the Library through the Laneways, High St and Lorne St.
Art lovers, families and the community will be encouraged to find and choose their favourite pieces, with an app and a map to help locate the artworks.
On 2nd May 2017, there will be an art sale of the frames in a gala event, by live and online auctions, with experienced art auctioneer Charles Ninow, of Bowerbank Ninow, at the fabulous Quay Project in Britomart.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Asylum Seekers Support Trust.
Upper Hutt Expressions Whirinaki received over 170 submissions this year for its signature art exhibition which has become well-known for showing the region's best emerging and established artists. Only 50 works were selected, including work from Basia Smolnicki.
Evans Bay 2016 - mixed media: acrylic, collage & film vinyl on board 320 X 420mm
News! Basia Smolnicki is announced a 2016 finalist at the 36th Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Spain.
Basia Smolnicki is a Wellington based artist specialising in traditionally hand crafted fine art and etched glass for homes and interiors.