On cold winter days the glass studio is the best place to be. It is like taking a warm vacation while making something beautiful! We still have some room in our winter workshops. These classes range from 4 hour private classes that can be customized to your skill level or a full day workshop for beginners. For more information and to sign up check out our workshop page.
We are wishing you and you family a year is filled with love, success, and laughter. When we reflect upon the past year we have had some incredible projects that ranged from a sculpture to celebrate Canada's 150th to custom awards and one of a kind pieces for our clients homes. All of these experiences were rewarding and we are grateful for your support and encouragement. We feel fortunate to have the chance to make beautiful things for you.
We have included some photos of some of our projects last year.
Part of the fun at our Christmas Open House is the glassblowing demonstrations we do. While glass surrounds us in our day to day lives, very few people have an understanding of how a wine glass is made, so it is always a thrill when our guests discover the beauty of molten glass being transformed into an object. During the day we will show how we make some of the pieces on our shelves and sometimes we take a request - such as the year a young girl requested Tyler make a goblet with an elephant for a stem.
11:30am Tyler- Antler
12:30pm Julia – Gossamer Vase
1:30pm Tyler- Sculpted Bison
3:00pm Julia –Ornaments
3:30pm Tyler - Something Crazy & Elaborate
We really love having our Christmas Open House, it gives us a chance to connect with people in our community after months of working hard in the studio. We also enjoy making smaller pieces that make nice Christmas gifts. Every year we come up with new designs and it is fun thinking of ways to create a one of kind ornament or the ideal scotch glass. With each of these pieces, we learn something new and we look forward to hearing what pieces people love. Here are some photos of what we are preparing for the open house on December 2nd.
Everyone is welcome to attend our Christmas Open House on Saturday December 2nd from 11-5pm. There will be glassblowing demonstrations throughout the day, one of kind gifts and cookies! In the coming weeks we will be posting the schedule of pieces that will demonstrated and photos of our creations. For a map to the studio click here
Thank you to everyone who came to the opening of our Exhibition "Landmarks" at the Alberta Craft Council last Saturday. It was great to share our new works with friends and family. The show features new sculptural work by Tyler, Julia & Katherine Russell. The pieces featured reflect upon the beauty and richness of the prairie environment. Katherine, like Julia & Tyler spent a significant amount of time in Australia. Early European explorers saw both the Australian outback an the western prairies as an empty places. The sculptures featured in this show reflect the visual richness of these "not empty" spaces.
The photographic images in our public art piece "Transect" were sourced from the Glenbow Museum and the Provincial Archives. We combed through 100's of photos and picked ones that showed the transformation of the province of Alberta. It was really important for us to show a diversity of people working at building all the things we take for granted today. We also couldn't resist any photos of moose!
Come and join us for Alberta Culture Days this coming saturday September 30th from 11-4pm. During the day we will feature the up and coming talent in our studio. There will be glass blowing demonstrations by Katherine Russell during the day. There will also be a bumper crop of blown glass pumpkins for sale. Firebrand Glass is just one of the stops on the The Most Beautiful Art Tour that day, for more details on the tour visit. http://www.themostbeautifularttourinalberta.com
Here are some more images of our sculpture "Transect" which is located on Capital Boulevard, 108th St. in Edmonton. It seems since the piece was installed it has become very popular, it was featured on the front page of the Edmonton Journal, Galleries West and CTV news and the background for 1000's of selfies! Here is a link to the Edmonton Journal Article
The launch of the Capital Boulevard Public Art Project will take place at the Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre at 1:30pm on July 1st. Afterwards, we will be available at the sculpture site from 2:15 – 3pm. This past week we saw the completed metal structure for the first time and it was love at first sight! The metal fabricators at Carvel Creative did an outstanding job making the stainless steel structure. On its own the metal would have been beautiful but once we starting adding the glass the sculpture came to life. We are installing the piece next week and we will post photos on our of the completed work. Click here for a map to the Alberta Legislature Visitors Centre. Our sculpture is located at 9945 108st. NW Edmonton. We look forward to celebrating this event with you and feel free to forward this information to anyone who would be interested!
We have been working intensively the past six months to create a public art sculpture to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. The piece will be unveiled on July 1st and will be located near the Alberta Legislature. The concept behind the piece was recognize all that has changed in Alberta in the last 150 years. When we started research for this project we looked at historical images of the site where the sculpture will be located and realized that not that long ago the streets were mud and the vehicles horses and carts. Our piece is comprised of two stainless steel spheres built in a molecular pattern composed of circles and rods. Inside of each circle is glass that either has a historical image printed on the surface or the texture of animal tracks embossed in it. Our goal with the images was to give the viewer of a sense of what existed here before and all that has been built in such a short period of time. To celebrate all that has been created in this beautiful place. Below are some of the historical images we have sourced from the Provincial Archives and the Glenbow Museum for this project.
We were recently selected to create a public art sculpture to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. There were 50 Alberta artists shortlisted and our proposal along with that of 5 other artists was chosen. Our concept is to create a sculpture that develops an awareness of the space around it, to allow viewers to understand what existed in that space before and appreciate all that has been accomplished. The idea for this piece came from looking at historical images of Capital Boulevard (108th St) in Edmonton. It was astounding to realize that not that long ago the streets were made of mud and rutted with the tracks of horse drawn carriages. I think that in order to really celebrate this milestone, there needs to be an awareness of the transformation that has occurred. Our piece will be made of stainless steel and glass. The glass pieces will have historical images that capture the process of transformation fused onto their surface. We will be collaborating with several Calgary based companies to create this larger scale piece. This is an exciting artistic adventure that we are proud to be a part of. Check out this Edmonton journal article for more information on the project and the other artists chosen. http://edmontonjournal.com/storyline/paula-simons-five-new-sculptures-aim-to-animate-capital-boulevard-in-time-for-canadas-150th-birthday
This saturday the 3rd of December is our Christmas Open House but there are lots of other fun things to do in the Black Diamond area, Sage Pottery and Kristoferson Studio are opening their doors, Bluerock Gallery will have a blacksmith and woodturner giving artist demos. Art lovers will be delighted by this opportunity to drive throught the beautiful countryside just south of Calgary to see the artists at work in their studios As well, there is a show of Alberta youth artists on at the Leighton Centre and a Polar Bear photography exhibit at the Garside Wilson Gallery. T
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One of the reasons we love having our Christmas Open House is that it gives us a chance to create some one of a kind pieces that make great gifts. Here are some photos of what we have making. All of these pieces will be for sale at our open house next saturday December 3rd from 11-5pm or to order them for delivery contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome to our Christmas Open House on December 3rd. We love opening our studio doors to share the new work we have created for the Christmas season. Images of these pieces, hot from the oven will be posted on our Blog , Facebook and Instagram pages in the coming weeks. Please do come by and say Hello and don't hesitate to bring along friends, family and colleagues!!
Everyone is invited to our Studio Open House this saturday from 11 - 4pm to celebrate the beauty of the season and Alberta Culture Days. There will be glassblowing demonstrations all day and a harvest of blown glass pumpkins for sale! The leaves are starting to turn in the foothills and there will be some stunning fall colours for The Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta. Other regional art galleries and artist studios are hosting events all weekend.
In our glassblowing workshops students have a chance to create something special of their own. There are some fun classes in the studio this fall - the dates are:
September 17/18th - Learn to Make Glass Pumpkins! - this is a beginner class
October 22/23 - A Halloween themed beginner class
November 12/13th - An intermediate Christmas themed class
We also offer gift certificates for workshops and gifts – perfect as a wedding or birthday gift.
Glass is such an amazing material to work with, it is one of the few to play with light. We received an interesting commission , to make some windows that were inspired by " Watergauge" a sculptural pieces of Julia's. The client "Intrinsi" are our osteopath's - professionals who help with our aches and pains so that we can make our work. It was a great commission, just to think outside the box in terms of what a window could be. Check out this link to find out more about the pieces and their clinic. https://www.facebook.com/intrinsi.thrive/
We have some exciting news to share. In February we were selected by the Royal Tyrell Museum to create models of prehistoric spores for a new exhibition. We love doing commission work and this project was a great experience, we were able to look at specimens through microscopes with paleontologist Dennis Brammen. Blown glass seems to be the perfect medium to express the aesthetic of these ancient plant forms. It was amazing to work on project that characterized the bridge between art and science- research, experimentation and innovation. Here are some images of the pieces, photos of the specimens and drawings - the process from start to finish.
One of the things I love about working with glass is that you can make such beautiful things with it and so many of these pieces you can use. I like to think that it is art for everyone. Recently we created some lights for some clients - we worked with their ideas to create something uniquely suited for their home. It was gratifying experience to transform their imagination into art that they will use everyday.