Duo-tang Plans

Before Sheridan, before even discovering glass blowing, before I even knew who I was… or what would become of me I did stained glass.  It was during the first few years of opening TideLine Gallery that my mom taught me to cut glass.  She would always leave me a list of what needed to be done like sun catchers of star fish or orcas… I would never do it.  I guess I was an artist back then too and didn’t know it yet.

This was one of the pieces I used on my application to Sheridan – I Had done a personal series as more of an outlet than anything but the results led me on the most amazing path.

I was the girl in high school that had her plans laid out, I would get married, have some babies, and live the most beautiful magical life possible.  And I remember breaking out my duo tang of my wedding plans to my fiancé when he finally proposed at the young age of 20.  He was a little shocked at the guest lists, the dress selections, etc and I thought nothing of it.  Now I think “wow, red flag”.  We didn’t plan for the biggest loss of our life when we turned 24 or the divorce that quickly followed –

The Universe has hardly listened to me, laughed at my plans at best but has laid out a path I am now thankful to have experienced – this piece in the picture I called The Fight.  It was the time in a divorce where your partner becomes a stranger and it is survival of the fittest.

What was once sad – is now how I am able to lead my best life! And for that my heart is full of gratitude.

 

 

Handmade Rule

I love buying handmade – I love the atmosphere of markets and shows.  The talent always amazes me, and speaking with the maker is always rewarding.  Because a maker is passionate about their product whereas at the big box store the “kid” at their evenings & weekends job doesn’t care about the product on the shelf… and why should they? Thats the CEO’s job right?
I may have already told you but my family has implemented the “You have to make your gifts” umm ok really what am I going to make? And you’re probably thinking well duh you’re a glassblower blow the gal a ball and she will be happy.  Yea, no.  My mom takes what she wants usually when I am not looking. And my dad loves my tumblers – he takes the big ones that hold the most chocolate milk so thats out too.  And my brothers – they smile that polite smile they have to when my parents are looking and say thanks when I give them a paper weight or something.  So what will I make them? I am open to your suggestions and I have no integrity when it comes to this sort of thing so Ill probably cheat a little bit!

TLG Studio is open daily 10-4 for your shopping needs and we are pretty flexible if there is a time you’d rather – its the “be simple” business mantra… why make things difficult? Just give us a heads up.
And open 24 hrs a day is our Etsy shop!

We also have a good representation at the Raven Song Gallery AND at the French Creek Collective on Shoppers Row downtown CAMPBELL RIVER as well as the Artisans Studio on Commercial St. in Nanaimo.  

Monday Funday!

A few things:

  1. The sun is shining and that always makes for a great start to a day, a Monday, and a week! So yay for warm sun!
  2. The Studio is open today 10am – 4pm.  We’d love to see you.  Lots to choose from for Christmas tree ornaments like Angels, Paws, Trees… And some pretty unique jewellery pieces and glass pieces that make for cool gifts!
  3. My family has come up with a “Handmade Gifts” this year… meaning we have to make our gifts to each other *groan*.  What will I make…. needless to say Emma is being turned on today and the glass furnace should be up to temperature by Friday.
  4. Some available appointments for Memorial Orbs… and by some I mean limited this is a unplanned & short notice for all parties.  I do apologize but I am excited to get back into the heat.
  5. Custom Jelly Fish – you wanted Purple? Email me.  You wanted Blue with red… email me. You wanted Yellow with purple (ew but ok) email me.  I will do some custom but this will require a deposit.
  6. The Johnson pack: Lily 6 yrs old, Gary 1.5 yrs old, Pearl & Karen 4 months

    Vicki added to the pack yesterday so today I will be spending my beautiful Monday getting my fill of sweet puppy kisses from Karen & Pearl.

OPEN 10-4pm!

We are here, 10 – 4pm open and ready to meet, greet, chat and so on with you.  If you are looking for handmade, & local then come see us.  We have some beautiful pieces on display from jewellery, to glass for the tree and gift ideas that are all made on site!

Today we will be working on our jewellery collection – I will give you a hint its with leather! Ha! And you were thinking it was glass… silly!

 

The last of the clear

I dunno if you’re aware out there but there is a bit of glass crisis… Spectrum 96 cullet is a thing of the past.  What is Spectrum 96 cullet you ask? Spectrum is a glass brand, 96 is the coefficient rate of expansion… its the science behind melting glass and cullet is the glass chunks you melt down in the furnace to blow with.  I have a full furnace of clear glass melting right now – like I said the last of the clear.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday I will be using the rest of the precious clear glass and then charging the furnace with the recycled ugly glass until I can solve my glass dilemma.

If you have been in contact about memorial orbs this weekend is the weekend to make it happen – after I use the recycled glass, the glass will no longer be clear it will be a transparent steel blue in color and not idea for memorial pieces.

I plan on making urchins, sea stars and maybe a few other things… I am looking forward to the this weekend, the warmth, and just being home.  Stay tuned for pictures!

Burns, patience, & finishing

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!