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.
An adjective to describe a fear of being attacked or harmed either emotionally or physically – Vulnerable. As an artist I feel vulnerable all of the time, what I make is personal, how I made it I hold personal. I am not the best glass blower out there, I don’t know who the best is – it’s a tough measurement to grasp but I know that I am by far not the best but I am also not the worst. They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be an expert. You would think after TLG began back in 2005 that I would get use to showing my work out there and feel the confidence of a professional – but can I just be honest here? I do the “happy dance” in my head and sometimes when you’re not looking when someone buys my cup, or a tidal ball. I feel absolute gratitude, validated, and accomplished when someone falls in love with the Jelly Fish. I truly do.
I wanted to share with you all that this past year, or years have been amazing! I love how everyone has been so encouraging- I read your messages, your comments, your reviews and I cherish you all.
And I know it goes the same for Vicki, she is always surprised almost when someone chooses her drift line, shocked that they see what she sees. And I always laugh because I think of course they love it! Its unique and original. Vicki gets the biggest grin on her face when she hears the etsy order ding on her iPad – like seriously big toothy grin. And it doesn’t matter if it was $5 or $25 or the fact that she has been doing etsy sales for years…. it never gets old.
Vicki and I have been talking a lot about TLG and where we want to venture next with it and in that we talked about the branding. The look. We have always been Yellow & Purple – do you know why? Because it’s our birthstone colors and happen to be opposite colors on the wheel… and we are two very different gals so the colors felt fitting. But we are also two very powerful gals so with the help of a friend and local artist here in CAMPBELL RIVER; Terri Wells we have a new logo we will be working with!
We are absolutely in love with this logo that Vicki is getting it tattooed on her neck, lol I kid but if she was the type I think thats where she would get it. Stay tuned!
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.
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!
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!