Some lovely students from the broadcasting program at SAIT have made a video on our studio. They came this November and videotaped us working and asked some really great questions about the work we make and what makes us want to make the work the do. They did such a great job and it was so nice to have the chance to reflect on what is important to me in my practice. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed being a part of it. Here is the link : http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nfkugS4FenA
After all the frosty weather we have had this past week, tomorrow’s -17 degrees will feel like bikini weather. So, I think the glass studio will be a great to place to spend the day - keeping warm by the glow of the furnace! We are busy getting the studio set up with all the new work we have been making. It has been fun making special pieces just for the Christmas season. Here are a few shots of what is in the shop. We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
It has been busy days in the hotshop making custom gifts for our clients and creating pieces for our Christmas Open House next saturday the 7th of December. Here are some quick studio shots of what we have been making. We hope you can make it out for a visit that day, there will be plenty of demonstrations, some nice glass and lots of fun.
We have been busy in the studio creating one of kind pieces that will make great gifts. We have taken inspiration from our studies and experiences in Australia to produce these well crafted pieces.
We are opening our studio doors on December 7th from 11-5pm to share these creations with you. During the day there will be glassblowing demonstrations, blown glass displayed and refreshments! Please join us for this special day in the studio.
Here are some photos of some custom pieces we made for a client. It was great to have a beautiful spot to put our work into. After installing the pieces last week, I commented to the client that essentially they had an exhibition in their home. There was a lot of thought given to making sure the pieces looked good together and that they worked with the surroundings of the home. It was just so nice to see such a cohesive collection.
This class will teach beginner students an introduction to the fascinating process of blowing and sculpting glass. To gear up for the Christmas season we have decided to dedicate our November 16/17th weekend workshop to the Christmas ornament. Our two talented instructors will help students create several blown and solid sculpted pieces that could look lovely on a Christmas tree. This workshop runs from 10-4pm on both saturday and sunday and the low teacher student ratio ensures that participants will have the opportunity to create several pieces. For more information contact : email@example.com or visit www.firebrandglass.ca
The tour of Alberta was fabulous, despite the rain we had an amazing time. It was so great seeing all those elite cyclists speeding through our town. It was even better seeing a Tour de France winner being awarded my piece! Thanks to the mayor of Black Diamond Sharlene Brown for commissioning me to make this glass award for the winner. Thanks to everyone who came out and visited the studio that day. It was fabulous having everyone here. Here is a fuzzy photo of Cadel Evans on stage with my piece.
Pretty excited is the way I would describe feeling about the Tour of Alberta. First off I am excited that this high level of a race is coming to our province. It is pretty much like the Tour de France of North America. It is also exciting that winners of the Tour de France will be in my town of Black Diamond! The thing that really tops it off though is that they have chosen a piece of mine to give the winner of Stage Four of the race - the Queens leg - the hardest stage. I am so honoured that the mayor Sharlene Brown thought of me for this gift. The piece is one of my Rose Vase series vessels. Sharlene picked it out because she liked the metal like mineral qualities of the black top and I see a lot of motion and movement in the top of the piece. I recently learned that winners of bike races often receive glass vases full of flowers. In this piece the idea of an abstracted flower and vase are one. Along with the race there will all kinds of festivals happening in Black Diamond on the 7th of September. Both Tyler’s and my pieces works will be on display at a booth at the Arts Festival from 10-5pm and our studio will be open to visitors for demonstrations and sales during the festival. So come by and say hello, see the new pieces we have been creating and enjoy the art, music, food and cycling! The festival will take place just a block south from the start and finish line of the race - in the field next door to our studio at 634 3rd St. S.W. Black Diamond. Maps and further information can be found on our facebook page Firebrand Glass Studio or http://tourofalberta.ca/site/festival/schedule-of-events/
The workshop dates for the fall are set!
There are only a few spots left in the September and October classes, so if these dates work for you. Book in soon!
Class size is limited and will be booked on a first come first serve basis. Cost for the weekend is $275.00 all supplies included, such a good deal for so much fun. To register or if you would like more information. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
These events are fun to do with a group of friends and Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat is a gorgeous place to stay, to make it a great get away. http://www.diamondwillowartisanretreat.com/
Here are a few more shots of what Tyler during his Masters program at the University of South Australia. I think all the pieces have a contemplative aspect, allowing you to consider the space around them.