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

Celebrating Winter

I noticed a few years ago after our return from living in Australia how beautiful winter was. I think as artists who work with glass - a material that plays with light, winter is an inspiration, in particular the way ice and snow sparkle and transform the light around us. So when the Canoe Volant & Illuminart festival commissioned us to make a sculpture for their winter festivals our source of inspiration was the beauty of winter. In particular what we wanted to celebrate was how in winter your breath will sparkle and there are these crystals lighting up the most ordinary of things. What interests us artistically are those moments when we stop and see the beauty that surrounds us even the small and everyday.

So as a result our sculpture is titled “Winters Breath” - it will be on display at the Flying Canoe and Illuminart Festivals - here are there websites for more details : https://www.flyingcanoevolant.ca http://experienceilluminart.com



Christmas Open House

Everyone is invited to our annual Christmas Open House on December 1st from 11-5pm. There will be demonstrations all day, new pieces for sale that make great gifts and cookies! Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos of the pieces we are creating for this event. There will also be other art events in the area that day with the Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta. For more information visit: http://www.themostbeautifularttourinalberta.com

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Perfect For Winter

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. 

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Thank You

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. 

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Come and Celebrate With Us!

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!

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Public Art at the Alberta Legislature

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.