Lynden Over is the world-renowned award-winning New Zealand glass artist behind Lava Glass.

His style is striking and unusual. His inspiration comes from the distinctive and dramatic New Zealand landscape; its geology and its light. The work itself awakening our senses.
Lynden Over Glass Artist Lava Glass

Artist Statement

"The emotion and power of the New Zealand landscape is a continual source of inspiration for my art.

Through the medium of glass I respond to the lights and shades of our land, from the reflections of the earthy sundrenched Central Plateau through to the striking rich colours of the New Zealand coastlines.

Using the translucence and reflective qualities of glass, and the matte finish I can create pieces which change in different lights just as the landscape changes. I also work to achieve a textural quality on the surface of each  piece, again reflecting the organic composition of nature. I am continually challenged by the qualities of glass developing ways to manipulate the liquid material to evoke the beauty of my place."

Emerging Artist

Lynden Over trained at North Tec in Whangarei, New Zealand. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied arts. On the completion of his study he continued to work in glass. Lynden rented a local glass studio where he developed his own original range of collectable art glassware. His extensive training in glassblowing, jewellery making and sculpture brings a unique quality and form to his work.

Lava Glass Studio and Gallery

In 2002 Lynden moved to Taupo and opened Lava Glass studio and gallery. Here Lynden has had the freedom to extend his production range. He started to work on his range of large glass works, creating some award-winning art glass pieces.

Signature Technique

Trailing coloured glass in layers over each piece is Lynden Over’s signature technique. In doing so he creates a rich painterly look where each glass work is totally unique. His pieces are inspired by the spectacular and rugged New Zealand landscape. His works are innovative and highly unique.

Award-Winning Glass Works

Lynden Over has developed an original range of collectable glassware, including a range of bespoke large exhibition pieces. In the past 10 years Lynden has also created many award-winning works. He produced a winning entry in the Norsewear Glass Award. Moreover he received an ‘Excellence in Glass’ award in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Exhibition. Lynden’s creative use of colour was acknowledged in the NZ Society of Glass Exhibition, winning the Colour Award.

Public Sculpture and Sculpture Garden

Lynden Over was commissioned to create a public sculpture for Taupo Town centre. The 'Cloak of Tia' can be admired in front of the Great Lake Center.  Lynden's glass sculpture garden at Lava Glass is one of the must do tourist attractions of the region. It comprises more than 1000 glass sculptures. The Lava Glass sculpture garden is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. It has been endorsed as a national 'Garden of Significance' by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.

Love Sculpting, Love Taupo
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The Cloak of Tia