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.
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!
Yay! We did it! 5/5 or 100% whichever way you want to spin it TLG has been recognized and recommended! And all the thanks to you all who have written such kind reviews, we truly do appreciate you all helping, and supporting as we grow our little dream.
I hope you all come to our open house this weekend, we will have some goodies, lots of smiles, and new things to show you! Can’t make it this weekend? That’s ok, we have our hours posted on the Website and we are pretty flexible and can arrange by appointment!
Have a wonderful Tuesday friends!
Did you see us in the local paper under the Campbell River Annual Gift Tour!? We are #24 – last but not forgotten. This is our first year participating and we are excited to share with you and show you our work space. We want to celebrate with you, this year has been incredible. Vicki & I have so much gratitude in our hearts, we love making and sharing and you all have been so supportive.
It should be a fun weekend, we have some talented friends to join us with some handmade childrens’ clothes, and a few more surprises! It will be worth the 15 min drive to Oyster River to visit, support, browse, and always a good laugh!
“2277 Upland Rd. Oyster River (Turn off HWY at Croydon)
Nov 15 Friday 12-8pm
Nov 16 Saturday 10-5pm
Nov 17 Sunday 10-4pm
TideLine.Org is your local glass artists that feature blown glass from terrariums, to tumblers, to garden art. Our focus this year has been healing, working with chakra inspired symbols, crystals, and colours. We love all glass and work with stained glass and incorporating driftwood making each piece unique and original. We also make jewellery using sterling silver and copper, specializing in stacking rings. Join us at our studio and see what we have been working on all year! Thank you all in advance for supporting your local artists.”
For FIRST time, and only for the event we are offering a DIY class:
Make Your Own Jelly Fish. The cost $75. includes everything you need to make your own glass beauty (please note the glass top has already been blown and ready for your own unique style). You are welcome to bring items of meaning to hang on the tentacles like gem stone beads, charms, keys, buttons, use your imagination. Please allow yourself a few hours to complete – this can be time consuming!
Make Your Own DriftWood Garden Bell. The cost $50. includes everything you need to make this beauty. If you want to bring but not required your own beach findings to include that is welcomed. The blown part is already made and provided! Please allow yourself at least one hour to complete.