Lantzville glass artist Christopher Smith shows us there is more to glass than cups and windows.
He does incredible work that people can wear, use in their home or office and he does impressive sculptures.
Chris is a long-time Lantzville resident, he has been here for 27 years and has seen many things in this town, but loves how rural and small it He also loves the trails, beaches, blackberries and the bears.
OK, I am not sure about the bears. He lives here with his wife, Jane Murray-Smith of Dragonfly Pottery (they share studio and gallery space,too).
Chris and Jane met at Lantzville's Minetown Day in 1986. I will write another piece about Jane in another article. Her work in Raku is impressive.
Chris has been running his Glaskrafter Art Glass Studio since 1977. He was originally on Selby Street in Nanaimo, moved to Lantzville Village Plaza in 1986, then opened his studio at his home in 1990 at 8226 Saber Rd. He makes stunning fine stained glass, sand carved, fused and cast glass art. He also designs and creates art glass windows, skylights, doors, lamps, entry systems, trophies and even furniture. Chris not only creates, he also teaches. His goal is for each and every student to walk away from his workshop or class with the ability to move forward on their own with an understanding of how glass works and some of the processes involved in creating their own work of art.
Chris has a variety of classes coming up this fall: Oct. 5 is Sandblast Saturday, Oct. 11-13 is Beginner's Stained Glass and Oct. 18-21 is the Complete Introduction to Kiln Glass.
Check out www.glaskrafter. com, for times, prices etc.
Chris creates, teaches locally and is instrumental in organizing the Island Glass Art Fall Show on Sept. 28 at Dodd Narrows Room at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is by donation and proceeds will go to the Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. Chris is pleased to have brought together over 12 glass art studios and artists from the Gulf and Vancouver Islands. You will be able to see work in stained glass, kiln cast, fused, lampworked, sand-carved and furnace-blown glass. I plan on attending, but will leave my big purse at home, I am afraid I will break something.
Kim Plumley writes about Lantzville
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