In our lives together for over two decades, we have collected unique and hand-crafted shiny things from everywhere we’ve lived and visited. So we jumped at the surprise opportunity, in late 2014, to buy an established business making fused glass art we had already collected as customers.
Our business originated as Studio Glass by Sharon Laska. She had been designing and selling fused glass from her own gallery in Maitland, Nova Scotia, for many years. She retired from fused-glass work in 2014, and we decided to purchase the business. We trained with her for a few months, and then jumped in head-first, moving tons of glass, tools, equipment and products to our home-based production studio on a very cold day in January, 2015. After several years of working at home, we’ve moved our production to a retail space at 53 Main Street in Hantsport, where we also now offer workshops and a full selection of our retail products, as well as other fun art and gift items from local artists.
We continue to offer many of Sharon’s products and have also created a number of our own original designs. The majority of our glass is destined for shops and galleries across Canada. Check out the list of other places you can find our products here.
About Fused Glass
Fused glass is an art form whose origins go back centuries, and we enjoy the challenges of working in this beautiful craft that we’ve loved for a long time. There are many different techniques for shaping glass. Fusing separate pieces together with carefully controlled heat is easy to understand, but allows infinite possibilities. We use sheets of transparent or opaque System 96 compatible glass, which means that all the available colours are pre-tested to make sure they will fuse together without fracturing.
Every piece is cut from sheets of coloured glass made specially for fusing. Each completed product has anywhere from 5 to over 100 parts that are cut and arranged by hand. After scoring, breaking, and often grinding the pieces, we assemble them and they’re fired in one of our electric kilns to a temperature of about 1425˚F (about 770˚C). Every bit of glass can be used, down to the smallest scraps, leaving almost no wasted materials. Best of all, the bright colours of glass will not fade, even in direct sunlight.
Tim (a certified teacher with years of classroom experience), offers “Junk-de-verre” fused glass workshops for a variety of groups. We offer DIY workshops at our retail shop in Hantsport, and Tim is still available to travel to classrooms for larger workshops. Tim brings everything you need so that everyone can make a one-of-a-kind glass art piece of their own! Workshops are engaging and very hands-on.
Click here for information on how to book a workshop.
Thanks to everyone for their help and support as we’ve gotten this project off the ground–the list is very long and we’re keeping track! We welcome you all to our new business and new career!