23 Jun


Life handed us some lemons. We lost two dear parents in quick succession. The lemonade is still bitter, but shared grief, support, love and laughter is slowly working sweet magic.
Don’t forget to share your love, humanity, and compassion with your family, your friends  and your community.
Always make lemonade!

Lemonade from Lemons!

Lemonade from Lemons!
Make the most of what you have!

22 Dec

Finding the Beauty in Glass

I do love to talk about beautiful art glass, the blessing that is my beautiful studio space, and my art – check out the article that appeared in The Waterloo Chronicle, in the link below.
As this year draws to a close and a New Year begins, don’t forget to add beauty to your life!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Read more about Grand River Glassworks here:
Finding the Beauty in Glass

Finding the Beauty in Glass

Finding the Beauty in Glass

07 Oct

What are you Thankful for?

We have much to be thankful for in our peaceful and beautiful country, among peaceful and warm-hearted people. Earlier this week I was thankful to spy this beautiful Late Bloomer, keeping company with the vines and fall grapes.
Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving!



29 Jul

The Tree as Poem

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.” Martin Luther

Trees inspire me daily and I am happy to send this new creation – with its sparkling clear canopy and richly coloured border and trunk – along with its owners to grace their home, their kitchen and their hearts.

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


18 May


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


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!

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