FYI

I love how loved we are – and trying to find a balance between my work life and glass life so that I can continue to share with you all!

I have posted on our website the days the studio will be open for you to drop in – and will continue to post this way as well as setting appointments via email(Toni OR Vicki).  Eeeek so exciting! Again, gratitude is in our hearts – we love making! Living the dream!

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.

Red Roses

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward

Today was a great day, weather wise it was perfect, breakfast was delicious, I saw my family, and I got to blow glass.  I was so grateful to my friend Bob McLeod for reaching out to me a few weeks ago when my Emma’s element broke and offered me access to his studio.  What I didn’t expect was to meet another glass blower, Suzi! It’s been a long time, like ten years since I got to assist someone in the hotshop, run ideas by another like minded person – it was just a great day!
I worked on some special pieces today, Christmas gifts to others.  Tonight, reflecting on my day, and the loss that has surrounded my friends I just need everyone in my life to know they are important to me.  That I do love you.

The Sea Star is said to be sensory creatures, nerves that run from their center to the tip of their limbs. It facilitates feelings such as strong, patient, magical, renewing, healing, sensitive, perception to name a few.

This past year with TideLine has been another successful year and your continued love and support is appreciated.  We, Vicki and myself just feel so blessed and look forward to another year creating with glass.  So Thank you! Happy Holidays, kiss your loved ones, and Merry Christmas!

‘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.

 

Whew!

Vicki and I are done! We are so thankful for such a successful weekend at the filberg lodge! What an incredible turn out and supportive bunch the comox valley is! What a fun weekend.  it’s weekends like this that encourage us to keep making, inspire us to create more, and fulfill our creative minds.  Driftline
This season Vicki expanded her tideline’s and created a more organic twist to them – driftlines.  We sold out! They were a hit!
During my time in the hotshop I really wanted to blow sea urchins but couldn’t figure it out for weeks – until a jelly fish top went terribly wrong.  The sea urchins were a hit! I cannot wait to get back into the hotshop and make more, improve them, add some color… the ideas are never ending!