Posts filed under Glass

Fused Glass Art - a tradition at Artfest Toronto!

The making of glass is one of the most fascinating of the ancient arts.  Artfest is fortunate to have some of Canada's top notch glass artists exhibiting at Artfest Toronto this year! Showcasing glass art has been a tradition since our first Artfest show over ten year's ago so come out and see for yourself the mystery of transforming glass pieces into original art pieces unlike any other.    We are OPEN now!  

The transformation of glass seems almost magical, doesn't it? How do these artisans really make glass art pieces?  It's a mystery some may never know; nonetheless, while walking the cobble stone lanes at the final show of the season, take some time to inquire about the making of glass.  Your artisans will be more than happy to fill you in on their talented gift of glass art making. We hope you'll take the time to examine the work of our many talented glass artists and to ask them about their techniques. It's wonderful to examine a piece of glass art and be both mesmerized by its beauty, and curious about how it came into being.  

Artfest Toronto is taking place at the Distillery Historic District of the picturesque downtown core in Toronto NOW.  Don't miss the last show of 2017!

Fall Fine Art & Craft Show

Sept 1-4 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)

11am to 6pm daily

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Posted on September 1, 2017 and filed under Glass.

Glass Artist at Artfest Kingston!

Tobias Moriarty founded his glass art business, Moriarty Glass, just five years ago. Having originally studied and worked in ceramics, Tobias found his true passion in glass blowing seeking to create high quality, hand-made and original blown glass art.  He is dedicated to working with this material and mastering his skills as a glass blower.

Tobias is an emerging glass artist currently working and residing in Burlington/Hamilton, Ontario. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces, his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. New product lines and designs will coming soon!

Moriarty Glass Art will be available for purchase at the upcoming Artfest Kingston show.  And should you miss that one, you'll find his glass art at the Distillery District, this Sept. at Artfest Toronto

Contact Tobias Moriarty

2113 Cleaver Ave - Burlington 

Phone: +1.9056168554

e:mail: tobiasmoriarty@gmail.com

Website: Tobias Moriarty Glass Art.

 

Artfest to showcase spectacular glass art by: Tobias Moriarty!

Tobias Moriarty began working with glass five years ago when he founded his glass art business, Moriarty Glass. Having originally studied and worked in ceramics, Tobias found his true passion in glass blowing. Seeking to create high quality, hand-made and original blown glass art, he is dedicated to working with this material and mastering his skills as a glass blower.

 

Tobias is an emerging glass artist currently working and residing in Burlington/Hamilton Ontario. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces, his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. New product lines and designs will coming soon so check in often ~ Moriarty Glass. Focusing primarily on utilitarian products and house hold decorative art pieces his works make excellent gifts for all occasions. New product lines and designs will coming soon!

Moriarty Glass Art will be available for purchase at the upcoming Artfest Port Credit show.  And should you miss that one, you'll find his glass art at the Distillery District, this Sept. at Artfest Toronto! 

Contact Tobias Moriarty

2113 Cleaver Ave - Burlington 

Phone: +1.9056168554

e:mail: tobiasmoriarty@gmail.com

Posted on May 24, 2017 and filed under Glass.

Glass Art at Artfest Toronto this weekend!

We all know trying to find that perfect and unique glass art piece is next to impossible.  It's only at fine art and craft shows such as Artfest Toronto that you come across glass art that draws you in and makes you wonder; How in the world did they make that?

Well...at Artfest Toronto. this Victoria Day long weekend from May 20th - 22nd, we are happy to host a selection of fine glass artists along the cobble stone streets of the Distillery Historic District.  So, be sure to drop by our talented glass artists' booths to check out their astonishing art pieces. 

 La Glasseria 

La Glasseria 

Posted on May 16, 2017 and filed under Glass.

Portrait of an Artisan: Lukian Glass Studios

Ron Lukian and Gail Hall, international award winning glass artisans, have been creating delicate painted hand blown perfume bottles, paperweights, goblets, bowls, vases and ring holders at their studios in Rawdon, Quebec, since 1972. Both are self taught. Their years of experience are reflected in the refinement and quality of their work. Ron blows the glass and Gail creates delicate 'story book' illustrations that capture your imagination and warm your heart.

Since first establishing their studios in 1972, these talented artists, have developed a style that is distinctly theirs. Creating a series of lovely perfume vials as well as goblets, bowls, vases and ring holders, the team will be proudly featuring their glass work at the upcoming Artfest Toronto show from Sept 2nd - 4th, 2015 (This Labour Day long week-end!).

http://www.silverquillantiques.com/lukian_glass_studio

Posted on August 29, 2016 and filed under Glass.

Artists fall madly in love across the potter's wheel!

Paulus and Monica are pottery partner's who fell madly in Love across a potter's wheel. They have been sharing the joy of creation, making functional pottery and blown glass for over 30 years.

When I see glass moving, it is alive. Its heat is a radiant soul.
— Paulus Tjiang

After seeking direction after attending Pilchuck Glass School, Ontario College of Art in Canada and Centenniel College in Toronto, Canada, Tjiang’s marriage to his wife, Monica was the great catalyst. It sparked life to the amorphic primordial design soup he had called work. The pattern, colour, and textures gave way to naïve line, and whimsical images. He has performed numerous exhibitions and received several awards for his work in Canada and the U.S. since 1988.

Posted on August 11, 2016 and filed under Glass, Pottery.

Artfest Ontario Artists Embrace Nature!

Artfest Ontario Artists Embrace Nature as their Inspiration at our Artfest shows!  So, come on out to our upcoming Artfest Port Credit show, from May 27 - 29 and see for yourself!  

Have you ever noticed that artists tend to have a deep connection with our natural world? Perhaps it stems from noticing the minuscule details of our environment or possessing incredible curiosity about everything. Seeing through creative eyes and appreciating beauty truly inspires a plethora of artwork in all sorts of mediums. It makes sense really, considering how beautiful our planet truly is.

Artfest also appreciates beautiful scenery, hence the wonderful event locations we choose, like Port Credit’s Memorial Park.  Painters, photographers, sculptors, textile artists, jewellers, candle makers, potters, gourmet food makers, and home décor creators are some of the Artfest Port Credit exhibitors that embrace nature in their work, then transform it into something unique and memorable.  And all for you!

As a kid, Garry Revesz was attracted to the outdoors, nature, drawing and photography. You know, the right-brained stuff. For over 35 years he owned a software design and application company for small business clients in Toronto. However, an urge to follow his passion for nature and wildlife photography was welling up inside. As an animal lover, he was becoming more anxious about the plight of wildlife. The poaching and the senseless killing of animals were weighing heavily on his mind. “Something had to be done.”

He felt that his photography skills could contribute to the growing need for education and awareness. An award-winning photographer, Garry has been studying and photographing species at risk. His images are a haunting reminder of the fragility of our planet’s creatures. Garry is a new exhibitor at Artfest this year in the Port Credit and the September Toronto Distillery Shows.  Welcome Garry!! View more of his photography here:  Garry Revesz Photography.

 ~ Garry Revesz Photography

~ Garry Revesz Photography

Blake Richardson’s Earthen Sculptures and Prints are derived directly from things he discovers in nature. Using a fine brush and oil paints to augment the features of the stones he collects, Blake enhances what he sees in the rock. He intentionally leaves out details so others can engage their own imagination. Adding a driftwood cradle enables him to display the pieces flatteringly. For Earth prints, he uses his camera to capture what he sees and does not disturb those environments. He then paints enhancements onto the surface of his photo prints, creating new works of art. Blake finds imagery in the bark of trees, the lichen growing on rocks and the swirling of the clouds. It has led him on an amazing journey over the years. He says, “I follow what I love and let nature be my guide because I know the signs that reveal themselves along the way will show me where I am meant to go in life.” What a lovely metaphor for following our dreams.

 ~ Blake Richardson Earthen Sculptures

~ Blake Richardson Earthen Sculptures

Jewellery is a powerful conduit for nature lovers. Artfest patrons can’t help but pick up a new piece of jewellery when they come to the shows. We have a lovely selection of outdoor inspired jewels to choose from. Whitney Haynes crafts her work from all things natural and her designs most certainly accentuate any wardrobe piece. Her nature inspired Fallen Birch Line includes leather and birch wrist wraps, resin and birch earrings, pendants, rings, belt buckles, and cuff links. All fallen birch used in this collection is gathered by Whitney, unless a client has requested to use pieces from their own property to make a sentimental statement. The Art Inspired Line includes images of Canadian fine artist Heather Haynes’ Tree Series. Truly works of art. The Inspirational leather and sterling wraps are one of a kind, funky everyday wrist wear; one of these may end up being your favourite piece. The leather for these wraps is hand cut and artfully dyed with each leather strip unique in colour. In many cases the wraps looks like strips of wood. Stunning!

 ~ Whitney Haynes Jewellery Art

~ Whitney Haynes Jewellery Art

Candles are a basic necessity in our homes. Handy when the power goes out, but they also positively transform our living spaces into romantic, relaxing, entertaining and delightful worlds. Mindi and Marco Ferkul from Kul Werks Candle Art have spent the past 21 years perfecting their mixed media candle lanterns. Using a combination of their own blend of waxes and select architectural stained glass, they handcraft magical lights for everlasting use. Honouring the “slow movement” of heritage artisanal techniques is key to the making of their timeless craft. The stained glass compositions are inspired by nature’s designs and elegant patterns. They are available in colours and themes for every décor and are cleverly designed to be refillable using a simple tealight so your candle will last forever.

 ~ Kul Werks Candle Art

~ Kul Werks Candle Art

Walk around Artfest Port Credit and take in the artist’s inspirations from our natural world, perhaps your own imagination will start racing!  

Shattered Glass Collage on Glass at Artfest Toronto!

My current work is a culmination of a variety eclectic experiences and interests, combining a fine arts aesthetic with design sensibilities and a craftsperson’s love of materials.

Inspiration is taken from multiple sources including natural and industrial landscapes, ready-made sometimes kitschy materials and traditional processes.

Using a decoupage technique, handmade and recycled papers, plant materials, fibre, dry pigment, metallics and dyes are manipulated to transform functional glass into unique works of art.
— Shattered Glass Founder, Julie Bell

Julie Bell is a native of Windsor, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking – intaglio at the University of Windsor. While living in Louisiana, she received her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking and drawing at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

She has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and instructor both in the U.S. and Canada. Her work is in private collections across the world including the United States, Germany, England, Hungary, Japan, Africa and India.

Please feel free to LIKE Shattered Glass on Facebook and while you're there, check out more of her intricate glass art pieces.  

Posted on August 19, 2015 and filed under Glass.

New Images from Stonefolio Mosaics:

Natural Stone and Marble Mosaics at Artfest Toronto!

Artist Statement:

"Captivated by the mosaics all around me while growing up in northern Italy, I set out to explore the potential of this ancient art form in the contemporary world. My focus is to apply traditional methods to modern subjects, realistic and abstract.

I harvest natural stones from the shores of Lake Ontario, following the traditions of the ancients who combed riverbeds for the palette to depict their stories. I approach my mosaics with care, meticulously choosing the stones that best suit the subject. Playing with the hues and textures the stones provide, I cut each piece — called a tessera — by hand with traditional tools: hammer and hardie.

Every tessera is unique and a sculpture in itself. I allow the qualities of the stone to be the colour and the canvas at the same time. I strive to give each piece an organic feel, spatial dimension, and sense of movement. My quest is to create mosaics that bridge this ancient art form with contemporary concepts. Grasping the ever-fleeting inspiration, I give my ideas a life as timeless as the stone itself.

Posted on August 13, 2015 and filed under Glass, Wall Art.

Lolipop Glass

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Lolipop was thought, blown and created by Jonathan Léon, borosilicate glassblowing and flameworking. After training for nearly eight years cut in half by studying for a B.A in visual arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal, he opened his studio Lolipop verre soufflé in 2006 in Val-David, Quebec.

Jonathan creates a wide range of jewelry for men and women such as belt buckles, bracelets, rings, earrings, rings, brooches etc ... There is also the division'' Tableware'' which offers products such as napkin rings, decanters, sets for fine liquor, vase and more. You can also order a personalized piece with style and color preferred.

Jonathan uses borosilicate glass to make his pieces. He can therefore create works that are lighter because of the unleaded composition and high content of quartz sand. They are also more resistant to physical and thermal shocks than ??soda-lime glass or crystal. Lolipop blown glass opened in 2006. Member: Professional Member of the Craft council of Québec Scholarships, awards and grants: CALQ, SODEC, CLD, Travel grant Award for One of a Kind show and sale in Toronto. People's choice award at L'en verre du décor (Prévost)

Posted on July 28, 2015 and filed under Glass, Other, Jewellery.

Stone Folio Mosaics using traditional tools & techniques!

Exhibiting at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend! 

Artist Statement:

Captivated by the mosaics all around me while growing up in northern Italy, I set out to explore the potential of this ancient art form in the contemporary world. My focus is to apply traditional methods to modern subjects, realistic and abstract.

I harvest natural stones from the shores of Lake Ontario, following the traditions of the ancients who combed riverbeds for the palette to depict their stories. I approach my mosaics with care, meticulously choosing the stones that best suit the subject.

Playing with the hues and textures the stones provide, I cut each piece — called a tessera — by hand with traditional tools: hammer and hardie. Every tessera is unique and a sculpture in itself. I allow the qualities of the stone to be the colour and the canvas at the same time. I strive to give each piece an organic feel, spatial dimension, and sense of movement. My quest is to create mosaics that bridge this ancient art form with contemporary concepts. Grasping the ever-fleeting inspiration, I give my ideas a life as timeless as the stone itself.

Find Robert Centazzo exhibiting his Stone Folio Mosaics at Artfest Toronto Sept Labour Day weekend!  

Stained Glass Magick exhibiting at Artfest Kingston!

Mosaic Stained Glass Art by: Deb Monteith

The Artist's Thoughts:

I am a stained glass artisan from the Niagara Region. What began as a hobby over 27 yrs ago has turned into a full-time occupation and a labour of love. Since no two pieces of art glass are identical, items created are unique in their construction and personally handcrafted.

In addition to working with glass, I love to add natural findings to my work, such as shells, stones, gemstones, geodes, etc. I am especially fond of crystals that can give an item that added sparkle with the coloured rainbows they project. I also work with glass/cement to create various outdoor décor pieces. I encourage all to celebrate life through art, explore the magick of colour, and enjoy!

Kindest Regards, Deb Monteith

Posted on June 26, 2015 and filed under Wall Art, Glass.

Portrait of a Glass Artist ~ Moorehead Glass Art

Janice Moorhead, an honours graduate from the University of Ottawa’s Visual Arts program in 1979, is presently well known across Canada for her glass art. 

This glass work is entirely unique for two reasons.  The first is her vision....her approach to glass has always been through the eyes of a “painter”.  Secondly, and most importantly, is her technique....a “layering” procedure which she developed in 1985.

Shards of glass are sandwiched between two large panels of clear glass, creating the image without the use of distracting solder lines.  The heavy line of the soldered joint is no longer the main visual element.  The glass itself now dominates the field of vision! 

The edges of the glass shards, now exposed, are free to interact with the play of light, a light which is never stagnant, but forever in a state of flux, depending on the season or time of day. The body of work created over the past 21 years can best be described as an extraordinary blend of visual aesthetics and narrative. 

From the smallest “gift item” (6" X 6") to the larger public commission (2' X 7'), this glass art, while constantly evolving, has always had the same “reason to be”....and that is....”to bring joy” Janice lives in the beautiful Gatineau Hills, in Quebec, 30 minutes north of Ottawa, Ontario.

Moorehead Glass Art will be exhibiting at Artfest Kingston from July 1st to 4th, this Canada Day long weekend!  

Posted on June 20, 2015 and filed under Glass.

Fusion Art - featuring hand-crafted glass art!

Fusion Art hand-crafts a variety of stunning sun catchers, ornaments, plates, and vases.

Artist Biography:
Nancy Legassicke creates fused glass in her home studio, in Pickering, Ontario. Her folk inspired work ranges from functional vessels and plates, to sculptural sun catchers and ornaments.

Find Nancy Legassicke displaying her one-of-a-kind glass artwork this Canada Day long weekend at the picturesque City Park in Kingston.  Artfest Kingston is OPEN daily from July 1st - 10am-6pm to July 4th.  See you at the show!

Posted on June 12, 2015 and filed under Glass.

Port Credit features intricate Glass Art!

 Glass by Jo

Glass by Jo

 Destellos Glass Art & Accessories

Destellos Glass Art & Accessories

 Fusion Dichroic Glass Jewelry by: Jump Glass

Fusion Dichroic Glass Jewelry by: Jump Glass

 Glass Balls 

Glass Balls 

The making of glass is one of the most fascinating of the ancient arts.  The transformation of glass seems almost magical, doesn't it?

It's wonderful to examine a piece of glass art and be both mesmerized by its beauty, and curious about how it came into being.  Artfest is fortunate to have a wide variety of glass artists exhibiting at Artfest Port Credit this year.  

We hope you'll take the time to examine the work of our many talented glass artists and to ask them about their techniques.  Artfest Port Credit takes place along the mouth of the Port Credit River and nestled within the heart of the picturesque downtown core.  

Artfest Port Credit Show Dates & Times:

May 29 - 31

Friday 4pm - 8pm

Saturday 10am - 6pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

 

Posted on May 12, 2015 and filed under Glass.