Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Haliburton fun

My journey to Haliburton required two very important things that all great Canadian road trips must:  Timbits, and broccoli

It was a soggy drive and setup on Thursday, and the forecast was calling for rain most of the weekend but we had lovely weather.  Lots of sunshine!

The first night I went for dinner at "The Moose" with my lovely hosts Jenn and Terry (of Artech Glassblowing Studios), their daughter and  their other guests jeweller Joy Annett and her son. The patio overlooked this beautiful lake, the end to a perfect evening in cottage country. 

And what's a blog post about a show without some cat love? Jenn and Terry have quite the collection of pets now.  There are two cats, a guinea pig and a new (super cute) puppy. This is Smokey Joe, he is the best.  

It got hotter as the weekend wore on, thankfully there is a lake so readily available to jump into to cool off.  I foolishly tried the rope swing after a long hot day on Saturday... It was not particularly graceful, mostly it involved a face full of water and a bit of a belly flop and my shoulders are still killing me.  But considering that the tree that the rope is attached to may be cut down any day now, I figured it was worth a try.  I always love the Haliburton show.  The visitors are lovely, the organizers are fantastic, we get a delicious vendor's dinner on Saturday, there is minimal schlepping to setup, and most importantly it's just fun to do!

I had an uneventful drive home, which was a blessing considering last year's deer debacle.  I saw some wild turkeys though! That was about as exciting as the drive got. 

Now I am home and finishing off some commission pieces and orders!  I have been working out of Edy Roy Glass Gallery in the studio there.  Working with fire and hot glass is the perfect thing to do on a rainy day! And boy was it ever rainy... 

some of my recent commissions I have been working on include: 
gummy frog cufflinks

juicy berry cufflinks

and this flower pendant

When I arrived home a package was awaiting me.  My friend Amanda Parker, who is super great and a fantastic artist sent me this: 

I am getting my tooth from hell extracted tomorrow, so now I have a replacement!  How sweet of her! 

It's made by Vancouver artist Tania Orozco

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Summer Fun

It's been a really busy month so far, and I finally have some time to do a proper update!  The beginning of July means the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and this year I saw a lot of fantastic work.  Including: 

Toronto Transformed, Harry Enchin

Anna Williams

I saw her work at LA Pai Gallery in Ottawa as well.  This piece is one of my favourites. 

Jason Holley

Jason's ceramic work was amazing. I personally love making one material mimic another, so I really appreciated his work.  Also exciting is that Jason has been nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award. 

At the show, my friend Clayton showed me photos from an exhibition he just had.  He made 180 glass lite brite pegs for an installation!  You can see all the pictures on the Balance Glassworks facebook page here.

UPDATE: Clayton made this amazing video showing his process. It's all in the style of an old 8-bit video game.  Watch it here.

I also bought a few things for myself, it was necessary.  I bought this fantastic cup from Brad Copping (who also won an award for Best in Glass at the show) 

And I have been coveting these for awhile and finally got them! Poppy earrings from Julie Moon

After the Guelph show I went to Ottawa for a quick visit. I spent a lovely afternoon on Thursday doing some business and enjoying the sunshine in Byward Market.  I ate what the locals call an "Obama Cookie" and then (of course) had to visit the candy store. 

I dropped off some work at Flock Boutique in Westboro.  The shop is so beautiful and I recognized a lot of the great handmade goods!  I have a small selection of the candy jewellery there to try out until Christmas.

I also went to LA Pai gallery to pick up some work and drop off a few new(ish) larger necklaces.  It's always nice to meet and talk face to face with people you are so used to communicating with over email. 

Next a trip to the National Gallery of Canada! 

Some spider love with the Louise Bourgeois sculpture. 

The Van Gogh show was really great.  I had only ever seen some of his more famous paintings so it was nice to see such a huge selection of his work.  There were various quotes in the different exhibition halls, this one was one of my favourites: 

I got a brand new sketchbook at the NGC giftshop. I haven't finished my last one, but I thought it would be good to start the school year off with a fresh start.  I also got a fantastic book called: Steal Like and Artist by Austin Kleon.  I have only flipped through it so far but I think I will bring it for some night time reading in Haliburton this weekend. 

There is a shop in Westboro that has all kinds of really fantastic things. They have lots of well designed kitchen gadgets which I love! I bought a matching egg timer to go with my measuring cup and spoons. 

AND since the moment I saw this, I wanted one.  Well now I finally have one!  Optimism obtained! 

Another highlight of my Ottawa trip was (finally) seeing Wicked! I have waited years and years to see this.  While not my favourite stage production I have ever seen (it's definitely in my top 4, behind The Lion King, War Horse and Joseph) it was still an incredible production.  The set was breathtaking and the transitions between scenes were seamless. 

Now I am home and gearing up for the Haliburton show which I leave for on Thursday.  An important thing on my to do list was to buy a new quote book as I had just finished my second one after more than 8 years!  Unless I have an onslaught of hilarious people around me I will probably be in my 30s by the time this one is filled.  A scary thought.  

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


I should be packing for my trip to Ottawa so this is going to be a short one, but it was another good year in Guelph.  The organizers are so fantastic and the volunteers or "art angels" are such an amazing help, especially when they bring around the misters to help us keep cool! 

I finally got to show off my new packaging too. It seems like such a small thing, but I am so happy with them and I think that it makes a huge difference.

gummy bears

mini eggs - possibly my favourite redesign

gummy worms

gummy frogs

The friendly locals in Guelph sure are interesting folk there was a shirtless man with a snake and another with a big white parrot.   I always get really bizarre questions there, though I seem to attract strange questions no matter where I am or what I am doing. 

I desperately need to start packing for my Ottawa trip - too many things on my to do list right now.  But another longer update is on the horizon... 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Worldwide Candy

So I have some pretty amazing friends and people in my life that obviously know me very well.  Whenever someone goes on a trip somewhere they bring me back the most amazing candy from around the world. 

My friend Karen visited Japan with her family last year and brought me back the most adorable candy.  I haven't even eaten any of it yet because I love it so much, though I guess now that it is well documented I can!

The only sushi I will ever like: 

Karen also brought me back the world's largest sour candy necklace from a recent trip to California which I am currently wearing and eating. 

My friend Aimee went to Austria for a week long adventure and brought me back this fantastic chocolate in a cute little tin.  Love it!

I was just house/cat sitting for a lady who works with my dad and I was not expecting her to get me anything.  But as a thank you she brought these tasty honey candies back with her from Paris! 

Monday, 2 July 2012

Guelph Art on the Street 2012

It's July already! Can you believe it?  

I am very excited to be participating in Art on the Street for a second time.  I will be there will lots of glass candy and a few new things. I am hoping for some beautiful weather that is hopefully just a little bit cooler than it was last year!


Where: Quebec Street, Downtown Guelph, ON
When:  Saturday July 14th
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Admission is FREE!

A program with even more details can be found by clicking here

About the show:
Now in its 10th year, art on the street is Guelph’s premiere outdoor art exhibition and sale, an inspired event that draws thousands to Quebec Street in Downtown Guelph.  Featuring contemporary fine art and craft, art on the street aims to spotlight multi-disciplinary talent within the regional arts community, offering a fresh alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. This year, close to 100 artists will showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios.  Side by side, established and emerging artists offer their work directly to the public. art on the street is a beautiful opportunity to meet the painters, potters, blacksmiths, jewellers, glass blowers, wood carvers, textile artists, photographers and more, to take home a piece of Guelph's creative culture.