Custom Awards

Here is a link a blog and video for some awards we created for the Rural Heath Professions Action Plan. You can tell by the quality of the video and the blog, these were a great group of people to work with. Sometimes people are surprised when we say that we love doing custom work and working collaboratively with clients, there is this idea that as an artist we are only interested in creating pieces that express our ideas. The thing is that although we love making work about what inspires us, we also get great ideas from other people. The other thing I love about making awards is that you get to be a part of celebrating someone wonderful accomplishments.


Click here to see RHPAP blog of the awards

Sculpture at the Tyrell

This fall the Tyrell Museum put out a call for proposals for a sculpture for a corridor in the Palaeozoic area of the museum. The purpose of the sculpture was to help visitors move through the exhibition spaces. Because of this our proposal was to make a piece that captured movement and in particular the movement of animals from a marine to terrestrial environment - a key event that happened in the Paleozoic period. We had done a project with the Tyrell a few years ago and loved the experience of collaborating with them. So, when they chose our submission I jumped around the kitchen for joy! One of our favourite things about making work for the Tyrell is that we get to learn from their experts, so we spent time in their collections, learning about the species at that time and got inspired by their forms and textures. Here are some drawings that served as source material for the sculpture.

Custom Pieces

We love doing custom pieces, it is a chance to work directly with clients to design a piece that suits their needs. These pieces range from lighting that fits a certain space to memorial pieces that incorporate the ashes of a loved one. Recently we made a decanter and spinning goblets with "Dexters" ashes with colour that matched his fur. With these pieces his family can remember him with toasts to a wonderful dog. 

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Light and Glass

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/

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Art for Science

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.