26 May

Life at the Cottage

I was recently commissioned by a client to make a stained glass panel, with bevels and clear art glass, to hang in her sunny kitchen window at the cottage. She loved the completed piece and sent me pictures and “the story” behind her cottage. It is charming, and I share it here:

“Our cottage has a rich family history. My parents became cottagers more than 60 years ago. My two brothers, my sister and I spent every summer there growing up. My siblings now all have their own cottages, all within a stone’s throw of the original cottage. Most of the grandchildren all grew up there as well. I eventually inherited the family cottage. It was in rough shape when I got it, so for the past several years I have learned a lot about renovations and decorating.

One of the most enjoyable things I’ve discovered is decorating with light. I began with my Mom’s beautiful light as a focal point for the dining room. Then I added  LED pot lighting in the kitchen and a storm door with beveled glass paneled windows. I had small crystal prisms hanging in the kitchen window, and the windows and door each threw different light patterns and rainbows throughout the cottage when the sun shone through.

One day I saw Laurie Spieker’s gorgeous clear patterned glass artwork at Uptown Gallery in Waterloo, and I decided I HAD to have one for my kitchen window, as it would further enhance the patterns of light. The small crystal prisms still dance with rainbows and Laurie’s beautiful glass artwork now showcases my kitchen window as a centerpiece of light next to my beveled glass door!”

Sparkling Glass at the Cottage

Sparkling Glass at the Cottage

Sunset at The Cottage

Sunset at The Cottage

 

18 May

EMPTY BOWLS

What a beautiful, warm and sunny day to attend the Empty Bowls fundraiser benefiting the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. I lunched with my sweetie Audrey and friends Jeannine and Laura and enjoyed fabulous and flavourful gourmet soups and breads. It was wonderful!
Many thanks to @WaterlooPotters and @CdnClayandGlass.
@FoodBankWatReg #kwawesome

Empty Bowls, supporting the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Empty Bowls, supporting the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

 

22 Apr

CELEBRATING EARTH DAY

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. (John Muir)
Happy #EarthDay2017

Earth Day Bowls; ready for Earth Day and pickup!

Earth Day Bowls; ready for Earth Day and pickup!

Close to the earth is a hidden natural gem - a wild ginger bloom, preparing to unfurl

Close to the earth is a hidden natural gem – a wild ginger bloom, preparing to unfurl

Wild Bleeding Heart, a splash of arcing white beauty in the woods

Wild Bleeding Heart, a splash of arcing white beauty in the woods

11 Mar

KEEP CALM and Happy 10th Anniversary!

The calendar (and Ted) pointed out to me that yesterday (March 10, 2017) was the actual 10th Anniversary of Grand River Glassworks! Ten years!
An anniversary is an occasion to reflect on what you have accomplished and I do so with happiness and satisfaction. I extend many thanks to the loved ones who helped and supported along the way – my handy husband Ted, my in-laws Gene & Henriette (Gene built the first studio), my girls Audrey and Jess, my beloved Thursday Night Therapy group, and my friends and customers.
Onward, calmly!

 

03 Mar

Clay & Glass Gala – March 25th, 2017

The Clay & Glass Gala is a fun, fantastic and elegant night out! Create a keepsake with neon-coloured glass at the evening’s Glass Fusing activity with Grand River Glassworks – always a sold-out “hot spot”.
With Honorary Gala Chair Daiene Vernile and Master of Ceremonies Tom Knowlton, the Gala also features Silent and Live Auctions with one-of-a-kind artworks and exciting prizes, great  live music, tequila & coffee tasting, elegant hors d’oeuvres from Public Kitchen & Bar and the ever-popular Balloon Pop – get your tickets here!

28 Feb

Under These Skies

Under These Skies is in its second reprint! Now available at Grand River Glassworks,  please visit, call or email to purchase or reserve your copy of this beautiful book.
“If a central task of the artist is to say “Look at this,” both Rienzi Crusz and Laurie Spieker do exactly that, as they make the specifics of their place universal.” Judith Maclean Miller

Rienzi Crusz and Laurie Spieker, selected poems and stained glass

Rienzi Crusz and Laurie Spieker, selected poems and stained glass

04 Nov

Hung Up

I was out for a morning walk and the woods fairly danced with captured leaves – each a beautiful & intricate tableau of interrupted flight & motion.
Artists can stumble, along their Way, hung up on this and that. But like the leaves, always in a beautiful moment and place.

See more Fall photos here.

Graceful nature, always inspiring!  #artglass #mothernature

Graceful nature, always inspiring!
#artglass #mothernature

 

26 Oct

Under These Skies – Launched!

A beautiful new book, Under These Skies, was launched on October 19, 2016, at Grand River Glassworks. This newest chapbook from Stonegarden Studios features selected poetry from Rienzi Crusz and images skilfully captured from my glass art.

Rienzi Crusz and Laurie Spieker, selected poems and stained glass

Rienzi Crusz and Laurie Spieker, selected poems and stained glass

Stonegarden Studios is a non-profit press comprised of editor and publisher Judith Maclean Miller and designer Karl Griffiths-Fulton.

Judith Mclean Miller writes:
Rienzi Crusz and Laurie Spieker are among the company of writers and artists in Waterloo Region. Each works with rich imagery, in words or in stained glass, giving expression to their responses to their place. The generous support of the Cowan family has made this lovely book possible.

Books are available for purchase ($20) at Grand River Glassworks, WordsWorth Books, and UpTown Gallery.

08 Oct

What are You Thankful For?

From beginning to end, Life is an unpredictable fretwork.
This Thanksgiving, I wish for all a quiet sense of gratitude, and a grounded feeling of peace and contentment.

Fall Fretwork

Fall Fretwork

28 Sep

Strong at 93

I visited a lovely lady named Doris this morning. She had some scrap glass for me to look at, and was happy I agreed to take it for my scrap bins. Doris is an original recycler – she has been recycling long before it was the cool thing to do. While I was there, this lantern caught my eye – it was made by Doris’ daughter, Phyllis, and it is so beautiful! Phyllis is a lucky daughter, as Doris – at 93 – is the picture of beauty and spry health!

Please note that I “sell” or donate my scrap bins to people who work in mosaic or stained glass, or youth groups who are in need of materials. If I “sell” a bin, I donate that money to KidsAbility, my chosen destination for corporate donations. Every little bit helps and it keeps usable glass out of the landfill!

Stained Glass Starburst Lantern, made by Phyllis

Stained Glass Starburst Lantern, made by Phyllis