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.

Happy 2019!

TLG just celebrated its 14th year! What an adventure, the knowledge we have gained, and still the knowledge we seek is awesome.  Glass is where its at there is no two ways about it! 
To celebrate Vicki and I spent the day together in the hot shop casting.  We got out the ol’ sand box, got our hands dirty and we played.  We laughed, bounced ideas off each other and had a fantastic day creating.
We have some applications out for the summer shows – we are crossing our fingers and soon as we hear back we will let you know because! We have some new ideas and you’re going to want to see them!

 

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!

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.

Its that time again!

TLG will be attending this years spring Arts & Bloom Festival at the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens May 20-22! Not only is this the most beautiful setting, but there is so many talented artisans that come out.  This is by far Vicki and I’s favorite venue!

We are planning to have some Tidal Balls, Jelly Fish, sea urchins, sea stars, and some new garden art made from blown glass as well as our soy candles that we have been experimenting with! There will also be the driftlines on display and some tea cup motif as well!

Spring is here!

Can not get enough of the Chakra Colors.  They are so bright, bold, and energetic! The color not only works in glass but looks awesome as soy candles too! Vicki has been hard at work experimenting with her candle making skills – I love burning these candles.  They are not scented, and because they are soy they burn clean.

 

 

 

 

 

The Nanoose Garden show is fast approaching which means that I will be turning on the furnace to blow some glass May 6 – 14! Times to be announced.  What will I be making? Things for the garden, Tidal balls, maybe some castings – we will see! And some cups – for candles just because!