Alice Hill is an experienced professional glassblower, who trained and worked in the glass blowing industry in the UK for many years.
When she met her husband to be, Alex, in the mid nineties he fecklessly sidetracked her off on a 15 year scuba diving adventure that included stints in Egypt, New Zealand, Fiji, the UK (yes, it was bloody cold) and the Horn of Africa before, realising that Fiji was probably the best place in the entire world to bring up young kids, they headed back to the South Pacific in 2003 and established and ran a successful dive centre on the Coral Coast.
Throughout this time, Alice would get out of the water and back in the glassblowing studio whenever she could, create new pieces and hold small exhibitions. The stunning colours of the Fiji Islands, the blues of sea and sky, the changing sparkling turquoises of the waters in sandy lagoons, the lush tropical greenery, the vivid colours of fish, birds and flowers and the stunning beauty of the sunsets inspired her work, and it became Alice’s dream to found Fiji’s first Glassblowing studio. Hot Glass Fiji is the culmination of that dream.
Glass is the ideal medium to catch the stunning light and colours of the tropics, and so of course the beauty of Fiji’s nature is often reflected in her work. At the same time Fiji’s tradition and culture also feature strongly – local maqimaqi ropes, used for many purposes in Fiji, though perhaps most often seen woven around wooden beams and posts in traditional bures; tapa designs, coconut bark are not only inspirational but also become a part of the work.