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.  

Gratitude and Perseverance

As time went by without touching glass I was starting to think that maybe I was spending too much time looking in the rear view mirror and maybe just maybe hot glass was something I use to do.  Maybe I should embrace the career woman, become a responsible adult, and do adult things.  (Lets be clear I am still not sure what adults do…).
But alas my father and baby brother surprised me this past June with installing my hotshop that had been stored in a shed out of the weather.  These two guys installed walls in the shop that now home ‘Emma’ the furnace, hung up all of the tin for safety measures around the glory hole, and hung up a paper sign on the door that said “TideLine”.
I was so excited by seeing my own little studio set up just the way I had envisioned it the first time I stood in the shop that I booked my holidays from work the next day.  I am going to blow glass.  Not even considering the rest of the work that needed to be done, including replacing an element in Emma, or removing the 100 lbs plus of rotten ugly glass from her.  I am going to blow glass.
After replacing the element we fired Emma up on September 8, 2015 for the first time in her new home.  She ramped up to 2130 degrees F in four days, on the fourth day we were just going to ladle out the glass and turn it off… but after two and a half years I wasn’t just going to ladle out molten glass without having a little fun! Lets be real here.
That morning I sat in the Canadian Tire parking lot at 7:48am and waiting for them to open because I was in need of some Map gas.  There I drank my coffee and was re reading my notes that I had taken in school, and back when I was blowing full time to refresh my memory.  I was so excited I couldn’t sleep all week, yet I was scared that I may have forgotten.  What if the heat was more intense than I remembered it to be?

It became a family event, my parents and baby brother were present and participated in the mixing of the sand, and we casted for the better part of the day.  And what a great day it was.  It was hot! It was stinky! And it was home!