Super pumped this week to be getting some pieces finished – this week seems to be the week to check things off the list. Thanks to Glen for the welding – he has fun with coming up with what to make – these blown glass rondels look so pretty with the natural light behind them! I can’t wait for the Central Island Studio Tour! Things are coming together real nice… Campbell River & Courtenay areas are going to have some pretty nice lookin’ garden art out there! Just sayin’!
Here it is! The Central Island Studio Tour hosted by the Comox Valley Art Gallery where TideLine.Org is participating, hosting so make sure to come out and support your local glass gals! We are now working on new pieces for your home & garden from blown glass to fused glass, with some glass on glass mosaics, and other wonderful things such as wood! Thats right, Glen will be in the wood shop coming up with some new designs like wooden tables, benches, to name a few. Live in Courtenay? Comox? Sayward? Or the North Island – there are so many stop on this tour it is worth your while I promise!
Did you see us in the local paper under the Campbell River Annual Gift Tour!? We are #24 – last but not forgotten. This is our first year participating and we are excited to share with you and show you our work space. We want to celebrate with you, this year has been incredible. Vicki & I have so much gratitude in our hearts, we love making and sharing and you all have been so supportive.
It should be a fun weekend, we have some talented friends to join us with some handmade childrens’ clothes, and a few more surprises! It will be worth the 15 min drive to Oyster River to visit, support, browse, and always a good laugh!
“2277 Upland Rd. Oyster River (Turn off HWY at Croydon)
Nov 15 Friday 12-8pm
Nov 16 Saturday 10-5pm
Nov 17 Sunday 10-4pm
TideLine.Org is your local glass artists that feature blown glass from terrariums, to tumblers, to garden art. Our focus this year has been healing, working with chakra inspired symbols, crystals, and colours. We love all glass and work with stained glass and incorporating driftwood making each piece unique and original. We also make jewellery using sterling silver and copper, specializing in stacking rings. Join us at our studio and see what we have been working on all year! Thank you all in advance for supporting your local artists.”
For FIRST time, and only for the event we are offering a DIY class:
Make Your Own Jelly Fish. The cost $75. includes everything you need to make your own glass beauty (please note the glass top has already been blown and ready for your own unique style). You are welcome to bring items of meaning to hang on the tentacles like gem stone beads, charms, keys, buttons, use your imagination. Please allow yourself a few hours to complete – this can be time consuming!
Make Your Own DriftWood Garden Bell. The cost $50. includes everything you need to make this beauty. If you want to bring but not required your own beach findings to include that is welcomed. The blown part is already made and provided! Please allow yourself at least one hour to complete.
What a great time I have been having in the hot shop these past couple of months – with the upcoming garden shows I am doing I feel a little pressure now to complete some Tidal Balls and Sea Stars…. BUT! I made tumblers.
I love the thought of functional vs. things. What is the purpose of a crystal glass that sits in the cabinet and collects dust? Please promise me, if you fall in love with one of my cups that you use it! Use it for your chocolate milk, juice, soda water… wine! Use it. That is why I made it. Maybe I’ll interview potential buyers and ask “and what is your intention with this handmade cup?”
I attended a Rock & Gem Show in Port Alberni a while ago and purchased some beautiful crystals – I wish glass was compatible with natural stones but it isn’t. But I couldn’t get it out of my head, glass and crystals – the healings, the raw beauty. So I experimented – yes I did. I took time to relearn, learn, and let go and try something new. And as most experiments go the first few tries are ugly but you see the idea, the potential and you keep at it. For the first time in a very long time I got out my sketch book and I started scribbling ideas. Functional/healing – crystals. Something was there. I used clear glass to really feature the crystal, the crystal of choice of course is amethyst, one of my favourites. My thought is the person drawn to the cup is looking for the energy from the stone, whichever you’re attracted to whether it be amethyst, clear quartz, rose quartz, etc. you would get what you needed when you drink from the glass, and when your thumb makes connection with the stone. Perhaps thats function on a whole new level?
I didn’t stop there – I have been playing with the chakra colours for a little over a year now and I thought how can I incorporate that into my functional tumblers – well. I made murrini– its layers of colour pulled to create repeating patterns in glass. Some glass blowers are pretty serious about their murrini and cane pulling but I am a little more laxadaisy (made up word?) and enough the organic look of glass vs. the perfect and disciplined. Regardless, I made Chakra coloured murrini and had been experimenting with that and decided to start there – chakra murrini tumblers. And maybe a crystal, a rose quartz crystal. The color blew out and at first I was disappointed but now I love how the colors blend like they are painted with a brush. They are soft and each are different. These might be my favourites if I had to choose.
Continuing with the chakra colours I thought maybe the murrini isn’t saying what I am trying to show – so I poured the frit (glass colour) on my table in a line and rolled my pipe on top to pick up every colour of the chakra and continue that way. Love. Needless to say they turned out beautiful and am excited to make more.
These guys will be on display among other new pieces yours truly and Vicki have come up with at our up coming show – where you ask? Why Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens Art & Bloom Festival of course! May 18, 19, & 20. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm and Monday 10am – 4pm.
This past week I took some vacation days from work so I could focus all of my attention in the hotshop with a few beach days, go carting dates, and even some hockey games. Did I get everything accomplished? I don’t know if I have ever felt that feeling after turning off the furnace. When I turn Emma off – I feel loss. Sadness even. I think of the things I wanted to try and didn’t, or more realistically the things I wanted to try again due to failure.
This time I burned myself – not badly. My minds been other places I guess. I got three fingers, and my chest. Yep – the glass hit me in the chest from the crack off bucket and stuck to me. I think that one hurt worse than the molten glass I dropped on my leg… war wounds.
I made Tidal balls – lots of them. Blues, earthy colored balls. Its garden season coming up and we are going to be at the Kitty Coleman Art & Bloom festival next weekend so I wanted to make for the season! I also did a few other pieces up – stay tuned for some pictures!
Art in the Garden this past weekend in Nanoose Bay was amazing. If felt so good to not only prepare the weeks prior but to set up our tables and arrange our artworks for people to view and talk about with just felt – well natural. It felt like home. It is what we do. What we are meant to do.
Vicki’s Driftlines were a success. This was the second showing for them and the response from the public was so encouraging and rewarding. She even took it a step further and incorporated sandcasting made by yours truly.
The Jelly fish were a hit. And the tidal balls as usual. My favorite though was the sandcasting burl my father put together. Thank you for all that came to say hello and support me and Mother! Thank you to Leslie for such an awesome and successful venue. Beautiful scenery and talented artisans that made our weekend a memorable one!