Linda Bennett - Playing with Glass and Light
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Sunlight streams through the windows of Linda Bennett's studio, illuminating her stained glass and releasing bursts of colours across the space.
Georgian Bay's inspiration is mere steps from her Tiny Township studio, making it wonderfully conducive to her work: “We live in such an amazing place,” she said.
Bennett lifts a new fused bowl from her industrial-sized kiln. Examining it carefully, she is clearly excited by the results of her work.
“I started back in the '80s. My very first one was for my bathroom window. I took a course. Once I did one, I thought, ‘I can do that.'”
She eventually launched the Glass Attic Studio, pursuing the craft as a full-time passion. The largest piece she's ever tackled was a 48-square-foot window.
“I had to build an extension on my work table for that one,” she recalled of the traditional leaded glass and copper foil piece.
For the past six years, she's been experimenting with fusing and kiln-formed work. Sandwiching copper sheeting between layers of glass results in uniquely individual pieces.
As well, Bennett creates new materials by layering coloured glass together, firing and smashing the slab, and then putting it back in the kiln to create “puddles” that can be used for jewelry or embedded into other pieces.
“I've been playing,” she said of the versatile fuse style. “I schedule a play day once in awhile.”
While she lets her creativity and imagination run rampant on her own designs, Bennett said she loves custom commissioned work.
“It's still one of my favourites to get to work with people, to take their ideas and turn them into something – especially when they don't have a clear vision. It's vague and I get to engage people in the process.”
She has created bird baths, patio stones, lamps, Tiffany-style lampshades, bowls, plates, tables, ornaments, door panels, windows, business signs and corporate gifts – like the undulating sculptures she completed for the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce awards.
For commissions, Bennett said, the price depends on the size, the complexity of the pattern, and the type of glass used. She recently discovered powder and frit.
“It's essentially crushed glass that lends a painterly-type effect to glass. You can layer it like paint.”

To make an appointment, call 705-549-4220.


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