Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy New Year!

We just got back from celebrating Christmas and the Winter Solstice with friends and family back in my (Heather's) hometown, Ottawa. It was lovely to indulge in vast amounts of socializing, catching up and playing after our marathon of shows.
Now that we're back in Winnipeg, Andrea and I are reviewing what Hearts of Glass achieved in 2008 and looking ahead to 2009. It's been a year of huge milestones for us - especially in terms of figuring out the business side of things, and we're hoping to reach more huge milestones in the new year - especially in terms of design and techniques.
I'll talk more about that in my next post, but for now here's a photo of a necklace that I was really proud of this year. We call it the Laza Tiger Necklace:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

HoliDAZE - Dec 12, 13, 14th at Edge Gallery, 611 Main Street

HoliDAZE is this weekend!
It's our final hoorah of the season and it'll be HUGE. 25 artists, live music, an awesome new venue, and lots of energy. If you need gifts and stocking stuffers it's a stop you won't want to miss. In fact it's worth a visit just to take in the sights and sounds! Everything from toys to pottery to homemade art supplies to baby gear to glassware.

HoliDAZE. Where you will definitely find something unexpected and fabulous!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Elm Street Artisan Open House

We just had a fabulous weekend show at the Sumak Designs studio, hosted by Susan McIlwain. We did this show last year and earlier in October, and it's always a lovely time. Susan and her friend and fellow designer Doreen Lapointe of Formations in Metal have been really encouraging towards us and have helped us move to a new level in our work since they started informally mentoring us. We've been really lucky to know them!

This is an example of Susan's work. Thanks Susan for all your support!

Doreen also teaches adult evening programs in metalsmithing at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.

Friday, November 28, 2008

A brand new show for us!

We've been invited to a brand new show this year with Krista Reid of Velocity Designs. She's been silversmithing for 25 years, specializing in lost-wax cast sterling silver charms. Andrea and I visited her studio a few weeks ago and were blown away by the steps (and really cool equipment) involved. Her by-invitation show looks really wonderful and will be a chance for us to meet new artisans in printing, fibre arts, and ceramics as well.
I'm teaching a class on Saturday, too! It'll be a busy and enjoyable weekend for us.

An article about our work

A few weeks ago I go an email from a photographer at the Uniter (the U of W weekly paper), asking whether I could send him some high-res photos for the article.

"Sure!" I answered. "Uh, but... what article?"

The next day I got a phone call from Holly Rose at the Uniter for an interview. I was really nervous. She asked what our studio was like and my answer was a little weird, I think. But it did capture the essence of our work environment. Read for yourself!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hearts of Glass Show Schedule

Autumn-Winter 2008

Winnipeg Folk Fest Fall Craft Sale
Saturday November 22, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Folk Exchange, (#103-211 Bannatyne at Albert)
Local artisans offer handmade treasures!

Introductory Glass Beadmaking Class
Saturday November 29th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Prairie Stained Glass, 587 Sargent Ave (at Sherbooke St.)
Learn the basics of lampworking! Call (204) 783-1117 to register.
(Also, check out our work for sale in the attached McMillan Gallery!)

Meanwhile, on Saturday and Sunday, November 29 & 30th
Art Jewellery & Artisanry Show
Niagara St
10am - 5pm both days

Artisan Open House
Friday December 5th, 5 PM to 10 PM
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th 10:00am – 5:00pm
395 Elm St. (at the corner of Grovenor)
Cozy, boutique-like ambiance with handcrafted work from 4 artisans!

Holidaze Craft Sale
Friday, December 12, 5:00pm-12:00midnight,
Saturday December 13th & Sunday December 14th, 10:00am - 6:00pm.
EDGE Gallery, 611 Main Street at Logan
Skip the mall this year, check out a fabulous mix of local DIY artisans instead!
Featuring live acoustic music and snacks from the Tallest Poppy.