TLG’s got the Blues

Not the sad blues! I charged the furnace with every piece of glass I could find that didn’t work out or scraps from the pipes of any colour including white, black, green, pink… any colour I have ever worked with in the hot shop I saved in buckets just for this week.

To charge the furnace you have to heat the glass up to 530 degrees to keep it from blowing up in the furnace and damaging the elements. This is all the recycled glass from the buckets – its an all day event.

I ended up with 8 big buckets of glass that really should have gone into the garbage but to glass blowers – glass is precious.  It is expensive and is coveted.  As a result all the glass in the furnace is now blue.  A beautiful transparent blue that makes for great castings.

If given the choice I would rather sand cast over blowing any day.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind making balls and jelly fish but the casting – there is no comparison really.
Barnacles and an oyster shell from the first day of casting – beautiful blue right?!

Because the castings are so thick it takes longer to come down in temperature – the wait is approximately 2 days.  But oh so worth it!
Photo credits and video credits go to by brother Dakota… my family, my assistant, my rock.

Happy 2019!

TLG just celebrated its 14th year! What an adventure, the knowledge we have gained, and still the knowledge we seek is awesome.  Glass is where its at there is no two ways about it! 
To celebrate Vicki and I spent the day together in the hot shop casting.  We got out the ol’ sand box, got our hands dirty and we played.  We laughed, bounced ideas off each other and had a fantastic day creating.
We have some applications out for the summer shows – we are crossing our fingers and soon as we hear back we will let you know because! We have some new ideas and you’re going to want to see them!

 

‘Tis the Season

I use to love this time of year – and I still do to some degree.  Now there are no babies, my niece and nephew are overseas, and Dakota reminds me constantly that he is an adult now.  I find this time of year hard, a reminder of my Nanny – I still have all her wrapping paper she insisted on storing.  Kinda makes me laugh because I haven’t had to buy any in years now so either I suck at gift giving, she gave a lot, or she was preparing never to run out of any wrapping paper for any occasion.  It’s a reminder of what should have been, what was, and just a reminder to be honest – hug your loved ones and be grateful.
I truly believe glass is my therapy.  I don’t know where I would have ended up if glass didn’t find me – and right now I really wish Emma was hot.  I try not to focus on loss – I really do.  My gratitude journal is becoming less and less, all my urchins are completed, my Jelly fish are made up, my closet is organized, and I even tried dating… I might have to take up exercising?!
What am I grateful for? You.  Everyone who has played a part in my life, glass career or not.  This year – the glass was amazing.  Vicki and I had so much fun getting ready for the garden shows: Kitty Coleman x Two, Nanoose Bay as well as the Filberg one last month.  We have met so many awesome people who have supported us since the beginning and that is a pretty good feeling.  So thank you!
And I am grateful for my parents that always ensure my crazy glass obsession happens – housing the hotshop and putting up with the “ridiculous” heat, turning off any electronics while Emma is running so we don’t lose power… finishing the pieces like gardens stakes, fixtures, and paying the gas bill.  I don’t know why they do so much but I do feel pretty blessed.

 

Glass never ceases to amaze…

A service I haven’t been that vocal about – but maybe I should be.
Death effects everyone and their family, whether it be a loved one or a beloved pet.  The first memorial I did was for myself, although I didn’t say it was, it was.   I collected all the beautiful flowers from my Grandpas funeral – they made my Nanny so happy.  I waited for them to dry naturally and then I began my process.  I sandcasted over every rose, sunflower, daisies, babies breath, and fern.  I had so many of these castings I didn’t know what to do with them.  I partnered with my dad and he made the most beautiful plant stakes – I thought perfect! His flowers will be in everyone’s gardens.  He loved the gardens, the outdoors, and most of all the Deer! That’s right, he would feed the Deer that visited the gardens.  Although I still miss him every day – the process of making those pieces and the thought of his memory in the gardens have helped me through that sad time.  12670755_10153491593862285_8850251205262331244_n

 

Update from Vicki

Well the glory hole, pipe warmer and glass furnace are UP and Running ….oh ya here we go…..New from Tideline this year you ask…..well.. we are all about making memories….Beach memories where we will pour molten glass over your findings, set them into glass windows, plantstakes or driftwood preserving your beach memories for a life time. Whats that ? you know all that? Well here is something you do not know 🙂 we are now able to take a wee sock from your favorite toes and make and cast it in glass, frame it seal in the memory forever. We are also able to take the ashes of your beloved pet in case them in glass in the form of a pendant, paper weight etc……We have lots of exciting things coming up and are very excited to share with everyone .

Gratitude and Perseverance

As time went by without touching glass I was starting to think that maybe I was spending too much time looking in the rear view mirror and maybe just maybe hot glass was something I use to do.  Maybe I should embrace the career woman, become a responsible adult, and do adult things.  (Lets be clear I am still not sure what adults do…).
But alas my father and baby brother surprised me this past June with installing my hotshop that had been stored in a shed out of the weather.  These two guys installed walls in the shop that now home ‘Emma’ the furnace, hung up all of the tin for safety measures around the glory hole, and hung up a paper sign on the door that said “TideLine”.
I was so excited by seeing my own little studio set up just the way I had envisioned it the first time I stood in the shop that I booked my holidays from work the next day.  I am going to blow glass.  Not even considering the rest of the work that needed to be done, including replacing an element in Emma, or removing the 100 lbs plus of rotten ugly glass from her.  I am going to blow glass.
After replacing the element we fired Emma up on September 8, 2015 for the first time in her new home.  She ramped up to 2130 degrees F in four days, on the fourth day we were just going to ladle out the glass and turn it off… but after two and a half years I wasn’t just going to ladle out molten glass without having a little fun! Lets be real here.
That morning I sat in the Canadian Tire parking lot at 7:48am and waiting for them to open because I was in need of some Map gas.  There I drank my coffee and was re reading my notes that I had taken in school, and back when I was blowing full time to refresh my memory.  I was so excited I couldn’t sleep all week, yet I was scared that I may have forgotten.  What if the heat was more intense than I remembered it to be?

It became a family event, my parents and baby brother were present and participated in the mixing of the sand, and we casted for the better part of the day.  And what a great day it was.  It was hot! It was stinky! And it was home!