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!

Holy Tumblers Batman!

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.  

Lucille Ball

My Dad always says being married to Vicki is like being married to Lucille Ball… because you never know what she’s going to get up to and into.  If you know Vicki – she is always trying something new, creating the trend, and coming up with something you’d never think of on your own.
Her last creation lives up to her reputation – candle holders… she has spent months mastering the technique, fine tuning it, experimenting, (in my side of the shop too) only to come up with these beauties.

Sea Urchins and Thanks

What an incredible weekend! We are so thankful for such an amazing weekend spent at the Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire.
Getting into the holiday spirit, I wanted to share with you a new design from TideLine.  Blown sea urchins – they are small measuring approx. 3″ across… designed for the tree!

Weekend Update

Sea stars – I have become obsessed with them! I have spent days practicing the Sea Stars and I think I may have figured them out while experimenting with different color combinations… I will post pictures soon.  14095831_10157275515745335_4090003320257262911_n

 

 

The glass world can get lonely at times – and when someone shows an interest in this hot sport you tend to get a little excited! Yesterday I invited a young guy into the studio who expressed some interest in the molten material.  He reminded me of my first days in the shop – when all you would hear is “turn, keep turning, heat it up, get it hotter, turn, its too cold”.   He reminded me of the love you must have, and the curiosity that forces you to endure the difficult material.  For a first timer his paper weights turned out pretty awesome!

 

 

“Glassblowing is an animal unto itself. It requires skill, knowledge, physical strength and respect.” – William Morris

Count down is on!

12733517_10153416994272285_4538330773694648974_nMy holidays are fast approaching and this girl is going to turn the furnace on. I’ve got the usual line up of what I  want to complete such as more Tidal Balls because the last two shows were amazing! And some custom jelly fish for a custom ordered chandelier – super excited about that one. Of course some sandcastings – who wouldn’t?!  Annnnd I want to try some new ideas regarding perfume bottles, sea urchins, and barnacles.  Stay tuned!

I will be in the studio July 30 – Aug 3! For as long as I can stand the heat.

The latest Jelly Fish

13567459_10153718501742285_7935948834180171769_nSomeone asked me yesterday “Do you like to think of an idea and change it, and keep changing it, does it even look like the same thing when you’re finished with it?”
My automatic answer was no.  But then I started to think, yes it is.  It started with my love for crystals, their raw shapes and texture.  How could I make glass look like crystals… and I did it.  Well to my satisfaction and come to think of it, I miss exploding glass.
I have been making jelly fish for nine years – nine years of color experimentation, size changes, tenticle changes… and finally I was able to change it again.  Why? Because I am an artist that needs to be challenged and entertained while making the same things over and over.
Will I continue with these – no.  I have taken the look of a jelly and mixed it with maybe the look of an urchin? Perhaps I see more urchins in my future? But do Glass Jelly Fish really resemble the true Jellies?? Exactly.