I’m the featured Dimensions artist today on the NCNS blog!

I’m a member (and webmaster) for the National Capital Network of Sculptors (NCNS) – and as well i’m one of the 28 sculptors participating in our annual Dimensions 2013 exhibition.  The NCNS is our local, artist-run group promoting sculptural arts here in Ottawa, Ontario.

All this week, we’ve been featuring many of the artists participating in our annual Dimensions sculpture exhibition and sale.

You can view my Dimensions artist profile here: http://wp.me/p2cS6H-dZ

To view all of the Dimensions artist profiles click here:  http://sculptureottawa.ca/?s=artist+profiles

The Youtube video above is from the fabulous Liana Voia, who has been documenting the works of local Ottawa artists for several years. Check out Liana’s website to see more http://hypnosisyoga.wordpress.com/ or her Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd315lkNlFFgOfeJxKwu4Vg

Dimensions 2013 sculpture show – Sept. 12-15

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I’ll have three new goddess sculptures on exhibition and for sale at the National Capital Network of Sculptors along with 28 other artists who work in a variety of mediums.  (click pics above to enlarge)

DATES:  Thursday September 12th – Sunday September 15th, 2013

LOCATION: Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street (at Cumberland near the Market)

Free Admission


Thursday (6-9pm): At the opening night/vernissage, there will be an open bar and refreshments plus we will be holding a silent auction to benefit the Boys and girls Club of Ottawa – a great opportunity to bid on some smaller works from our members and support a wonderful charity.

Friday (6-9pm): Come on out and meet all the artists!! Refreshments will be served

Saturday & Sunday (10am-5pm): Various exhibiting sculptors will be demonstrating how they create their works

All this week: Each the NCNS is will be featuring profiles of several of the participating artists allowing you to get to know them and their art a little better. Check the site daily or join the NCNS Facebook event to receive regular updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167881486734361/

You can find me there for the vernissage (Thursday) & meet the artist events (Friday) and as well i’ll be demoing how i create my works on Sunday from 3-5pm (no fire though, lol).  For more details and artist profiles take a look at the NCNS site here: http://sculptureottawa.ca/

I’ll be at the New art Festival for the 5th year in a row…


For the fifth year in a row, I’ll be showcasing my latest one of a kind, handmade glass sculptures and beads at The New Art Festival, Ottawa’s premier juried outdoor fine art show.  Scroll down for a sneak peek at some  of the beads I’m making for the show – i’ve been having some pretty successful sessions at the torch last few days. This year my booth will be located in the SOUTH section close to the park entrance and right off Bank Street (go down the stars and head to the right, it should be easy to find!).

Hope to see you there!


DATE: Saturday June 15th & Sunday June 16th, 2013

TIME: 10am-5pm (both days, rain or shine)

BOOTH: #10 South

WHERE: Central Park, the Glebe, Ottawa, Big park on the east side of Bank Street at Clemow Avenue, just
South of the 417 Queensway. 


My Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/163452373834807/?notif_t=plan_user_joined


Here’s the festival site map and how to find me!

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Finally… a video of me torching!

well… sorta,

I’ve been saying i’m going to get a proper video of myself torching for years and finally decided to try a quickie one. Forgive the shakiness, i had that heavy chunk of glass in my left, phone in my right and was trying to watch the video and rotate the glass in/out of the flame at the same time without frying myself.

This 3″ long chunk of solid glass eventually (over the next several hours later) was hot sculpted into a large goddess. I’ll post pics once it’s complete.

Note: You may want to turn yr volume down as the tv is kinda loud…

Beadsoup Blog Party 7 Reveal!


Welcome to the THIRD reveal of the 7th BeadSoup Blog Party!  My partner is the lovely and cheerful Ana Cravidao of AC Beads in Portugal.  Ana sent me a fun assortment of beads in one of my favourite colour combos – red and gold (my living room is red and gold!).  She sent a big ornate bronze finish disc with matching chain, accent beads and toggle, some silk and satin ribbon and an interesting assortment of glass beads in a variety of cool shapes.


As soon as i took out the disc and viewed the filigree pattern, i immediately knew i would be wrapping the smaller beads around the perimeter. I did so by weaving in the tiny glass pearls with some aged brass wire as well as wired the little glass star right in the centre of the disc.  Then i took the silk string and wove that though the disc as well for an extra pop of colour.  I initially tried interweaving it with the chain but found it too distracting.  Finally created some dangles with some of the other beads and then double wrapped the chain through a loosely wire wrapped bail, attached the toggle clasp and done!


Here’s what i sent Ana – a lampwork focal, button clasp and three accent beads made by moi (i’ve been practicing making dot beads) , plus an assortment of coordinating glass and bone beads from my jewellery-making stash from way back before i ever discovered lampworking. Since i only use my own handmade beads in my jewellery now, these poor store-bought beads have been sitting untouched for almost 10 years – it was really time for them to get some love!


Here’s a better pic of the beads and clasp i made… my dots are really improving considering this type of precision beadmaking doesn’t come naturally to me at all.  You can see what Ana did with the BeadSoup i sent her, here: http://acbeads.blogspot.pt/2013/04/party-time-festa.html.


As always, my thanks our lovely host Lori Anderson, creator of the Beadsoup Blog Party who soldiered on through organizing this BeadSoup while managing some pretty significant health issues.  Wishing you all the best in health and happiness Lori!  As always this was a lot of fun and gave me the chance to exercise my much ignored jewellery designing skills.  Can’t wait for BeadSoup Blog Party #8! To see the full list of the other 3rd reveal participants click HERE, for the 1st and 2nd reveal participants click HERE and HERE.  Enjoy!!