Stephen Bradbourne has been a full time glass practitioner since the early 1990's, specializing in intricate traditional Italian decorative blowing and fusing techniques such as twisted and linear cane and the complex murrine technique. Over the last three decades Stephen has presented no less than 18 major solo exhibitions and his work has been included in more than 93 group shows both in New Zealand and overseas.
Stephen Bradbourne grew up in Auckland and attended Carrington Polytech in the late 80's/early 90's, graduating with a diploma in Craft Design(Ceramic major). He acheived immediate recognition for his ceramic work and received a judges commendation at the internationally acclaimed Fletcher Challenge Ceramic award in 1993. In 1992 Stephen began working at Sunbeam Glassworks in Auckland and quickly developed an affinity for glassblowing, soon becoming an efficient and highly skilled production blower.
In 1994 Stephen attended a workshop in Melbourne and was introduced to the amazing world of traditional Italian decorative glassblowing techniques such as murrine mosaic and twisted cane by American glass artists Richard Marquis and Dante Marrioni. At this point Stephen's personal glass practice became fully focused on mastering and experimenting with these intricate and complex techniques.
Stephen is now recognised as one of the leading exponents in these techniques in New Zealand and has received a number of awards for his stunning and original glass artworks. His work is included in many public and private art collections both in New Zealand and Internationally.
In 2012 Stephen, in partnership with fellow glassblower Isaac Katzoff established Monmouth Glass Studio, a large blowing studio with a focus on high-end bespoke lighting and architectural glass solutions and highly functional and well designed homewares.