New Zealand born master glass artist Peter Raos is world renowned for his art glass paperweights, perfume bottles and vases. Peter has lived and worked as a glass artist in Devonport for over 30 years. Shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts and Design in 1979, he started his own ‘Hot Glass Company’ in Devonport. He moved his boutique hot glass studio home in 1990 and the following year he graduated a Master of Fine Arts with Honours, from Elam. Since then, he has worked independently, developing a unique style to express his ideas “of archetypal objects that reflect Art and Nature”.
Peter’s work reflects the natural elements shaping his immediate environment: the seascape surrounding Devonport and the garden enveloping his studio. He melts his own glass from the highest quality materials and hand forms the work on a steel blowpipe. Decorative elements are all made from special coloured glass and are pre-formed before inclusion into each piece. He uses a variety of techniques including the traditional millefiore technique to express the depth and glow of a garden in full flower. Every piece is individually made, signed and dated by the artist.