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

22 Sep

Fall Begins!

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus
We bid adieu to Summer’s beauty and welcome Fall’s colourful vistas!

Jewelled Flowers

Lastest stained glass at Grand River Glassworks – vivid jewelled flowers!

30 Aug

Summer’s End!

This languid summer is drawing to a close, and the slight frisson of fall can be felt by those longing for cooler days. I read just recently that fall is the “new New Year” and what better time than the present to plan your new hobby or fine tune your vitreous techniques. We have a new season of glass workshops planned – check it out here.
Can you imagine these gorgeously graphic chestnut leaves created in glass? I can!

Stained glass inspiration!

Stained glass inspiration!

06 Aug

Feeling Glad

Summer is a time for rejuvenation and enjoying the wonders of nature. Doesn’t this perfect colour, from Audrey’s garden, make you feel so Glad?
We have two fusing classes available to close out the summer season, and more are being planned – visit here often for current workshops info.

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02 Apr

Women are Golden

Louise, our studio Doyenne, is at work once again!
Louise has re-created Klimt’s The Woman in Gold, a project that has long percolated in her pysche. With all manner of fusible components, including our unique kiln-formed murrini cane, Louise achieved her artistic vision.
Gustav, Adele and all of these Ladys’ admirers are so proud of this latest representation of such an iconic image!

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14 Feb

All You Need Is Love

. . . and chocolate?
We hope all are enjoying a warm, cozy and love-filled day, that will spill over to tomorrow’s celebration of Family!

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06 Feb

Glow in the Dark!

Audrey is experimenting with the inclusion of Glow Pigment in her unique fused glass jewelry pendants.
The possibilities are glowingly endless!

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