welcome to fireweed glass studio
A little glass blowing studio nestled in the rocky mountains of canmore, alberta
VISITORS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS MOLTEN GLASS BEING TRANSFORMED INTO BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART IN THIS WORKING STUDIO, AS WELL AS BROWSE A SELECTION OF locally made ART GLASS FOR SALE. A Unique shopping experience.
featuring Alberta artists Barbara rumberger, Deanna McGillivray, beth woolley monod, and nicole tremblay.
IN 2013, FOUR ALBERTA GLASS BLOWERS PURCHASED THE HOT GLASS STUDIO FROM SUSAN GOTTSELIG, WHO HAD OWNED THE STUDIO FOR 10 YEARs. They ESTABLISHED FIREWEED GLASS STUDIO ON APRIL 1. IT IS A WORKING STUDIO WHERE THE ARTISTS PRODUCE THEIR WIDE ARRAY OF BLOWN GLASS VASES AND BOWLS, SCULPTURES, TUMBLERS AND WINE GLASSES, PAPERWEIGHTS, WHIMSICAL ORNAMENTS AND MUCH MORE.
Clear glass is melted in the furnace at 1200 degrees Celcius. The furnace stays on 24 hours, 7 days a week. Molten glass is gathered at the end of a stainless steel pipe, coloured glass added, and then blown and sculpted by the artist, using a variety of tools. At this point, the glass is hot enough to emit its own light, and is the consistency of honey. Each piece is made one at a time by hand. The day’s work is cooled slowly in a kiln for 24 hours. Once at room temperature the work is ground and signed and inspected, then it’s ready to go.
Visitors are welcome to drop by any day between 11-4. Shop in the small gallery in the front of the studio, and if a glass blower is working you are welcome to watch. Note the blowing schedule shifts around from week to week so if you are making a special trip out just to watch the glass blowing, please phone or email ahead of time to confirm our schedule.