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 huge 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.
We are back home from our Australian adventure and loving the beautiful Alberta spring weather. Our last four months there were full of great experiences and accomplishments. Tyler has completed his masters in visual art and Julia was an artist in residence at the renowned Canberra Glassworks. For both of us this time was incredibly creative and productive and we have returned home with new ideas and many plans. We will be busy this spring participating in a glass symposium at the Alberta College of Art and Design and a group exhibition, â€śAssembly of Lightâ€ť at Endeavor Arts Galleryâ€¨ I hope you can join us for this event. The studio will also be busy with two beginner glassblowing workshops in May & June and we are creating a custom annual award for the Rozsa Foundation. On a more international level Tylerâ€™s work will be featured in an exhibition at the South Australia School of Art Gallery and we have both been published in an Australian magazine Craft Arts International. To have this recognition of our work on both a local and international level is something we are quite pleased about.
The studio is open for visits and tours by appointment and we have some new pieces available here at the studio for wedding/ birthday and hostess gifts. Please give us a call or send us an email if you would like to stop by the studio. I have attached an images of Tyler’s masters exhibition, other images can also be found on our facebook page.
I ( Julia) have spent the past month as an artist in residence at the Canberra Glassworks. What an amazing facility! I was lucky enough to have the time to work like a mad scientist experimenting with what glass will let me do , and it turns out it will do a lot! I have some great test pieces, knowledge of new processes and I feel inspired by the artists I met and worked with there. Here are some images of some of my tests and the space I worked in.
Here is a video of Tyler and I at the JamFactory during Canada Month. We are so grateful to the Jam and Brad Bonar for this reminder of my fabulous artist residency at the glass studio. I made many interesting pieces with some fabulous artists.
Canadian Glass Blowers Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer at The JamFactory: Canada Month
November is Canada month in the Glass Studio of the renowned Jam Factory in Adelaide, Australia. As part of the celebration Julia and Tyler’s work will be featured.
Julia Reimer is the artist in residence for the month of November. During this time, she will be doing a special project in the glass studio developing a series of work that reflects on natureâ€™s ability to reclaim itself.
Tyler will be at Jam Factory for an artist talk and to demonstrate his work in the glass studio. Check out more photos of these events on the facebook pages of Firebrand Glass, The Jam Factory and Glass Art Association of Canada.