Friday, 3 June 2016

Inspired Glass

St. Cecilia by Sarah Hall, St. Simon the Apostle Anglican Church
Spring always opens my senses and fuels my creative drive.  I’ve been working on some new work that I’ll share when it is completed, but in the meantime, I wanted to tell you about my recent "ROMBus" expedition, a truly inspiring and joyful event.

 The Royal Ontario Museum hosted another glass tour in Toronto last week, guided by glass artist Sarah Hall.  We visited 4 churches with stained glass windows employing different techniques, executed by several different Canadian artists and glass studios.  It was wonderful to view these inspiring works, accompanied by Sarah’s knowledgeable insights, and amusing insider stories.

While I have never done ecclesiastic commissions, my first exposure to glass art was the stained glass in my childhood church.  After I got involved in stained glass in 1980, my eyes were opened to the infinite possibilities the medium held.  Here are some fine examples of what I enjoyed on the tour.

Eric Wesselow, Humber Valley United Church
 Narthex windows by Gerald E. Tooke, St. Simon the Apostle
The tour concluded at the Sandra Ainsley Glass Art Gallery, where we experienced stunning contemporary sculptural glass work.  Sandra, as well as the generous hosts at the other locations were so welcoming and generous with their time.  It was a truly memorable day.  Thank you, thank you, Sarah!
Sarah Hall and Sandra Ainsley
Sculptural glass at Sandra Ainsley Gallery
bowl made from thousands of glass threads, fused together and slumped

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