Living in West Auckland, Judy is originally from Otago.
She uses recycled glass and ceramics, drawn by the idea of giving materials a new life of personal adornment. All pieces are individually shaped and engraved, coloured glass is cut and shaped on a diamond wheel and then spends three or four days in the stone tumbler to give it a sea-softened look and feel.
“My family were ‘rock hounds’ and I grew up spending hours looking for agate, petrified wood and pounamu in the rivers and beaches of the south island”.
This habit continues, creating personal pieces that connect to places in Aotearoa. Some of her found materials hold historical significance, such as china found in old settlement sites and vintage glass from dismantled doorways.