When planning a decorative glass window for your home you have the choice of techniques -- stained glass, fusion glass, or a mixture of the two. Which is best for a particular location depends upon many factors.
BUT FIRST, I'll clarify the techniques: In a stained glass window (maples leaves below) the pieces of glass are held together with solder applied to copper foil or by lead channels. Fusion glass is made by layering small pieces of glass on a large sheet of clear glass and fusing it all together in a kiln. You don't see any lead lines (the birch trees).
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I'm pleased that The Edge Gallery at 32 Dunlop St. W. in Barrie is now carrying some of my sculptural pieces, including Red Intertwined. If you have a chance to drop in, please say hello to Gallery owner Kate Ramos and tell her you read about her gallery on my blog.
|Magnolia Snow Cones|
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Surprisingly, glass can be an ideal medium for decorating your home on the outside. Bright colours, illuminated by sunlight, provide a focus of contrast to more neutral siding -- a particularly welcoming sight in northern climates where flowers bloom for only 3 or 4 months. Well-tempered glass thrives in all temperatures, even the harsh winters we have in Collingwood. In one of the pictures below the glass maple leaves fastened to a garage wall had just been hit by flying snow, reminding me of an unexpected November storm. The other sculpture has adorned a home in Collingwood for several years now. The garden sculpture is even older and although it gets buried each winter under a snow drift it is a welcome sight on the first thaw. To see more fusion glass sculptures go to http://www.turtlecreekglass.ca/.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Living and working, as I do, at the edge of the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, I'm able to enjoy the magic of a snowfall and the fun of skiing close by. After a recent snowfall I captured that winter wonderland in some of my new glass sculptures. These will be featured at a show at Osler Bluffs Ski Club on Saturday, January 14, 2012. They can also be purchased through my studio.
|Ski Day at Osler Bluff|
|Apple Tree in Winter|
|Sumach in Winter|