crystal chain gang
“We’re Martinborough glass artists Jim Dennison and Leanne Williams.
We call ourselves the Crystal Chain Gang because we work with a transformative and beautiful material known as lead crystal and because our approach to glassmaking so often requires damn hard graft.
For more than a decade, we’ve been making objects, we hope, will make onlookers feel, think and appreciate the world in a different way.
Our critics say our work is part art, part design and part craft. We say it’s simply our imaginative take on the world. It’s our goal to make objects that are at the same time exotic and local, that speak of today and times past and that take you on a journey by reinventing what you expect to see and experience through the medium of glass.
We’ve won awards and fellowships for our work. We’ve had our work selected for major glass exhibitions at home and overseas. You’ll find Crystal Chain Gang in the Ebeltoft Museum in Denmark, the Museum of Glass in the United States and in New Zealand’s own Te Papa Tongarewa. We’re proud to have work in these places and it’s our ambition to showcase what we do further afield and to keep growing the Crystal Chain Gang’s body of work. But it’s hunkering down and collaborating from home base, HQ, here in Martinborough with our son Willie doing his thing somewhere on our rural Wairarapa property that’s really our thing. First and foremost, above all else, it’s the work of making crystal treasures, jewels and truly unique objects we love.”