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Glassblowing Workshops

July 8, 2014 2:56 pm

I know it is crazy to think of fall when finally summer is here but I have had a few questions about our upcoming glassblowing workshops. This fall we are doing something different we have a few theme classes that we have never done before. I am a huge fan of pumpkins, so there will be a class that is dedicated to all things fall and halloween. The dates and details of the classes are as follows:
September 20/21st - this is a beginner/intermediate class where students will have a chance to make solid figures and blown objects such as cups, flowers and paperweights.
October 25/26th - this is a halloween themed class!
November 15/16th - this is Christmas ornament course - students will have the opportunity to make blown ornaments, candy canes , icicles as well as cups for eggnog!
The classes run from 10-4pm both Saturday and Sunday. The focus of the course is one on one instruction, there are two instructors and each student has the opportunity to make several sculpted and blown pieces. All of these courses are for both beginner and intermediate students.
Our weekend workshops are $275.00 plus gst ($288.75) for the weekend and this includes all the supplies and equipment. To book your spot in a class, the course fees are due at the time of registration. Please contact julia@firebrandglass.ca for more information.
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Tour de Glass - Glazenhuis

June 18, 2014 7:38 am

Yes, I know the Tour de France does not happen in Belgium but we have definitely been on a glass tour since we have been in Europe. Teaching at Cerfav in France, visiting factories and glass collections near Nancy, followed by a trip to northern Belgium to the town of Lommel. This is an area that is famous for it’s sand and as a result has a history of glass making. The town of Lommel is small and cute with a weekly market in the town square. While we were here we did an artist residency at the Glazenhuis - an amazing building with a hugeannabelleukshowbenukglassukshowjamesmaskray glass cone, great gallery space, a shop and studio space. We had a busy/very hot week in studio making sponsor gifts and pieces for the collection, you know it is warm when people watching you behind a window are fanning themselves. Jeroen Maes the curator of the centre has organized many many glass exhibits at the centre and the current one is UK glass. It was just so nice to be introduced to the work of artist whose work we didn’t know, which it is why it is so important that this sort of exhibition occurs - we just need more of them and they need to travel around. There is so much interesting work out there that is not seen enough! Hopefully, posting some of these images will be my minor way of changing that. If you want to know some of the names of the artists who participated, check out the Glazenhuis webpage or Facebook page, there is more information on the exhibit there.

Art Nouveau, Glass Art and the art of eating

June 12, 2014 7:51 am

Here are some photos of our time in the Lorraine region of France. This an important area for the manufacture of glass in France, while here we visited a few factories - with a long tradition of glassmaking - Baccarat and Meisenthal. It was incredible to see the level of skill and effort that went into each of the pieces from the blowing to the cold working. At the museum there was some “live” art deco glass - gorgeous Daum vases - it is so nice to see these pieces up close.
We were very well hosted by the family of Samuel Clemoncon, and by hosted I mostly mean fed - as evidenced by the photos below. After trying countless local cheese, deserts, sausages, we were asked us what the regional specialties were from our region, to which we replied, “beef” .
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Glass in France

June 4, 2014 2:25 pm

We have had some great studio assistants who have studied at CERFAV, - a school in France, they have told us lots about the school and we have always wanted to visit. We have had an opportunity this past week to teach at the school. The class was focused on making sculptural work using production team blowing techniques, we didn’t have much time but the students embraced the concept and soon everyone was working together making pieces using components and equipment they had never used before. We loved the experience, the students were so enthusiastic and kind, the glass - which they make at the school, has ruined us for any other. img_3111img_3102img_3267

Den of Dragon

May 19, 2014 4:09 pm

Here are some photos of us making a guardian dragon for a client , it was a very involved process, but the result was an amazing piece of craftsmanship - way to go Tyler Rock!
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Glassblowing Workshops

April 22, 2014 1:04 pm

It has been a busy spring here in the studio, there have been workshops, private classes and team building events. Glass is such a beautiful material and molten glass is so much fun to work with. Alimg_1392l of our spring workshops have filled up so we are booking our workshops for the fall. The dates for the classes are as follows: September 20/21st
October 25/26th - this is a halloween themed class!
November 15/16th - this is Christmas ornament course
For those of you who have not tried glassblowing, our classes suit both beginner and intermediate students and they are a fun way to learn what an amazing material hot glass is. The classes are $275.00 for the weekend and every student has a chance to make several sculpted and blown pieces. For more information contact Julia@firebrandglass.ca

A Glimpse of the Studio in Action

January 20, 2014 4:55 pm

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

Cozy Glass Art

December 6, 2013 2:55 pm

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.
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New Blown Glass in the Studio

November 28, 2013 7:13 pm

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.
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Glass Christmas Gifts

November 6, 2013 9:47 pm

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. 12x18_poster-2