Mike Crawford (Raukawa) is an Ōtepoti Dunedin-based artist working primarily in cast glass. Mike began developing his practice the years following his completion of a Bachelor of Design majoring in Sculpture.
He was introduced to the medium through working in the studio of Ann Robinson, Aotearoa's leading figure in this field, and worked within a group of contemporary glass artists who have emerged through this studio.
Mike's practice has evolved over time, shaped around a sculptural exploration of different histories of making and storytelling that reflect his personal experience, research and whakapapa. A central concern of his recent work has focused on manu, or birds - their formal and sculptural potential and the stories they carry. Mike exhibits regularly throughout Aoteaora, and has work in public collections including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Waikato Museum of Art and History Te Whare Taonga o Waikato and Dowse Art Museum.