F.A.Q.

Over the past years I have been making Memorial Orbs for people – strangers who seek me out from a Facebook Add or saw my card at a craft fair. And there are questions; questions before, during and in between, here are some:

Q: You can go to school for Glass?
A: Why yes you can, I did. I attended Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario, quite a prestigious school among the glass community. I learned how to blow the glass, the chemistry of the glass, art history, photography, and the business part.

Q: Do you ever burn yourself?
A: Yes. In my first year I experienced a 3rd degree burn on my leg, a few good ones on my arms and hands… if I hurt myself on a regular basis I wouldn’t do it. Burns hurt! Usually it happens when I am careless, or cocky and sometimes just plain over tired.

Q: Is the color tissue paper in there?
A: The glass is gathered at 2120 degrees Fahrenheit – tissue paper wouldn’t…. No. No it’s not tissue paper. Metal colors the glass, copper can be a beautiful teal or a red for instance. And it’s not like paint.

Q: Do you make hearts?
A: No. I only break them 😉

Q: Can I get a deal if I buy 2 or more?
A: I never know quite how to answer this question – do I explain my personal business that running my electric 135 lb furnace & annealer kill the hydro bill or the gas bill from the glory hole. Or the schooling and practise I have dedicated to this beautiful craft. But no, I usually just say “each orb is individually handmade and as an independent glass blower I just can’t do things for cheaper.”

Q: Do you teach classes? You should.
A: Nah, there is no way you can learn in an afternoon. If you want to learn how to blow glass, and you’re not willing to go to school for it then you show up to a hot shop and you do the grunt work. You learn by watching, assisting, cleaning, cold working and then one day the gaffer (glass blower) will let you try. This sport is for the committed, it’s so expensive and not a lot of blowers will let you handle their tools…

Q: Do you make bongs?
A: No I don’t. I blow with an art glass that is too soft and the minute you add heat to it, it would explode. I am what the glass community refers to as a furnace blower, or glass blower. Bongs are usually made of “Boro” glass which is a harder glass that can take temperature shock such as heat and made by torch workers or flame workers.

Q: Can you make me something like So & So makes?
A: No. I can’t in good faith copy another artists idea and sell it. There is a code and I take a lot of pride in the designs I come up with. If you like a makers product, buy it! It makes my day every time some loves one of my pieces, a lot goes into each piece, a lot. It may just look like a cup to you – but for me there was a good 10 on the ground before I got them into the annealer 🙂

Keep asking the questions! I love sharing with each and every one of you what I do, and how amazing it is. Glass is stubborn, it’s testy, and actually rather moody! But it can be so very rewarding too once you relax and go with piece instead of fighting with it. Life isn’t always “on centre”!

Cyber Wha?

Good Morning Monday!

Can I just say yesterday was such a great day!  Not only because I got to blow some glass and stay warm in this wintery weather but I met some pretty cool people.  It’s orb season so I am getting the opportunity to meet with new people, although their circumstances aren’t the best it’s been really nice hearing their stories, experiences, and sharing some laughs and even some tears.  Everyone that I have invited into my shop has been so interested in my love of hot glass – the questions, the conversations just warms my heart.
And what was pretty special too was seeing the familiar faces, laughing and reminiscing over ugly pieces I have made – but at the time I thought they were master pieces.  Thank you for your never-ending support! What will I think of my Tumblers I did yesterday 10 yrs from now?!?!
And while I am on this gratitude trip – Facebook.  My goodness is that an amazing tool.  Everyday I continue to learn about social media and the power it holds – the people it introduces me too.  It is just really cool and TLG is pretty thankful! My goal right now is to get the TideLine Fan Page up to 5000 likes by the New Year.  Can we do it? There is a free draw on there for a Tidal Ball thats racking up the “Likes” right now – so I don’t think its that far of a stretch! 

How can you help? Invite your friends to like, comment on a post so your newsfeed shows it, and if you have experienced Vicki & I’s services/art then write us up a friendly review! We really do appreciate you all! ❤️

FaceBook Give Away!

Hey its December 1 today.  December – the last month of 2019.  What a whirlwind.  I love December mostly because it involves a lot of chocolate and cookies.  Why do we only bake in December?
So being its December 1 – you have 24 days to get those thoughtful gifts for the people you care about or feel obligated – I kid.  Kind of.
Maybe I can help? TLG has some classic Tidal Balls with the cute lil story that can hang inside or out.  JELLY FISH! Everyone loves the Jelly Fish – there is still a handful of those left.  Some beautiful silver jewellery made by Vicki.  We have gifts from $5. and up that are thoughtful, unique, and locally made!

It’s Give away time – super easy to be entered into the draw all you have to do is LIKE the Tideline.Org Fan Page on the FaceBook.  Comment & Tag a friend on the video of the Tidal Ball post.  Share the Video to your page! That’s it, that simple, that easy.  When will you get the message you won? December 15! 

Shop local, make a difference in a small business life.  We work hard.
Grab that hot drink, walk the Shoppers Row, admire the decorations and let the Wintery Christmas Spirit in… Merry December 1.  Love you all!

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!