“New Normal”

Here we are, at the end of August – what the heck just happened. And hello September – my favourite time of year when its still sunny and warm but you can wear your sweater in the cool evenings and of course you know it! GLASS BLOWING SEASON!!!!
Glass is finally on route – elements are en route.
The wait is almost over. TideLine Gallery will continue to sell our wares online – it works for us and it feels safer. Our space is too small for people to drop in but we will accommodate appointments –
I will be able to fulfill some tumbler orders, add some items to our consignment agreements, and update the Etsy Shop.

I will be scheduling some Memorial Times – but due to the Covid situation I feel more comfortable fulfilling the orders independently and will not be allowing people in the studio space to view the process. I do apologize but I think its best to stay safe, and blowing glass in a mask – while some do do it – This girl will not. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Please stay tuned as I update the Memorial website and add more details.

Blown Glass solid memorial orbs

Memorial pricing will change due to crazy glass demands –
One Memorial will be $125. each
Two Memorials will be $250.
If you order three or more, Memorial orbs will be $100. each.

Regeneration in honour of Mother Earth

Isolation, not a new thing for me.  I tend to stay home most of the time,  having my work space and supplies at my finger tips is a bonus.  However; during this mandatory self isolation, that has taken over the world I have found that I am easily distracted.  From funny memes, play on words and goofy pictures of animals I find myself prosing the internet more often than not.  

Reading of mass devastation, worldwide hysteria, hoarding, running low or out of essential supplies to acts of heroism, miracles in the midst of tragedy . Hearts in the windows around the entire world, people making loud noises , sirens, cannons being set off in cheers of thanks to the medical, grocery, cleaning crews who are working so diligently to keep us safe.  

These stories, quips, antidotes have gotten me thinking.  What can I do to depict, commemorate, show my support?  Being a creative person my mind went to, what can I make?  Going through my memory bank I found that one story stood out to me, it was so positive and beautiful, it was in my opinion a gift that the whole world has been given through such a trying and scary time.  

Mother Earth was showing signs of healing, she stopped the world for only a short time and she was able to catch her breathe, to begin to heal.   Mother Earth has shown us that anything is possible, we can as humans make a difference. 

Being a mother myself, having a very strong woman for a mother as well as my Grandmothers being strong and respected ladies made me reflect on what the female truly is, she is a force to be reckoned with.  Mother Earth has been; polluted, beaten up, burned and disrespected .   She has been forgotten, mowed over and unloved yet she has come back, she has beaten the odds and is regenerating herself.  She like all women is strong, beautiful and resilient.

This piece is called regeneration in honour of Mother Earth.

Mosaic Mermaid

I don’t know what week we are in now of self isolation from this blasted Covid-19 Corona beer virus… Honestly my life hasn’t changed too much but there is this thing I do, I don’t know if this happens to others but when I am told no, I can’t do something that is all I want to do.
I am not a big shopper but suddenly I find myself shopping online in the evenings, “add to cart” continuously when really I don’t need that. And holy does the cart add up! I have refrained but its become a little obsessive. Is this boredom?
I haven’t ordered the parts to my furnace or more glass – and am taking the opportunity to complete all the projects that have been sitting since I don’t know when! Same with Vicki. The other day she came in with five stained glass pieces – all that just needed to be glued in the frames and all she said was “Yea, I wasn’t feeling it” they are beautiful!
The productivity these past few weeks is awesome and I am super grateful for that, and the opportunity available to complete things. Some items have been listed on our Etsy site for sale.
We offer free delivery in the Campbell River area, Courtenay & Comox Valley as well. Do you live further? We can arrange something – I have the time!
Anyway, I hope everyone is staying strong and doing their part to stay home and give this nasty virus an opportunity to die. Enough is enough I say!

Jelly Fish

Our Etsy Shop continues to be updated with available items… like the Jelly Fish! Yay!
Also if you didn’t know there are some Jelly Fish available to our locals on good ol’Vancouver Island at Chefs Kitchen Supplies located in Courtenay on 5th Street! So Campbell River – when you’re down in the Courtenay area at Costco, etc stop in at 5th Street and have a look at the new shop!


#MeettheArtist Toni Johnson

This week its my turn… and I really hesitated on what to say!? Who likes talking about themselves!? So here – how well do you really know me, Toni Johnson?

It is true – I went to Elementary School here, I attended Willow Point Elementary & Penfield Elementary school in Campbell River, as well as Southgate for a year back when it was a high school.
I attended Port Hardy Secondary School where I graduated and lived for 15 years.
When I was 26 years old I moved to Ontario and graduated from Sheridan College after studying Glass! I majored in Glass Blowing & minored in Sand casting. When I graduated I moved home – to Campbell River.

What I want for you to know is that I am a Glass Blower trying my absolute best always. That I strive to be on centre, thin, and want to be known- what do I mean but that? I want you to pick up my cup and say this looks like a “Toni Johnson” cup. Or when you meet another glass blower you say – “Have you heard of Toni Johnson?”
What I want for you to know is that even when I am not in the hot shop I work day and night at this beautiful business we call TideLine.Org.
I love my life, I love what I do and every day I feel absolute gratitude for it!

#TBT

Throw Back Thursday is sometimes fun to look back at things you have made, where you may have been in the world and to give a lil sigh and say wow! And now I am here! Good Morning friends.
Today is another day of finishing pieces in preparation of Garden Time and of course the May Studio Tour with the Comox Valley Arts!

MERMAID in Progress

Super excited to see this beautiful Mermaid finished with the sun shining through that gorgeous BullsEye glass – that mottled glass never gets old. I say sun because today in Campbell River, BC it is beautiful outside – so nice I skipped the jacket to play frisbee with the dogs. Spring is near!!!!!
Glass on glass mosaics are tricky and once you commit to it and add the glue – there is NO turning back. Vicki is particular with this part and will most likely cut the hair several times before committing. Stay tuned for more progress.