Update: Turnstyle Glass Studio Indiegogo!

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Hi There!

Just a quick update for everyone concerning the Turnstyle Glass Studio Indiegogo campaign.  I’ve put together a number of valuable perks so I hope you’re in a generous mood!  I’m putting the finishing touches on the promo video for the campaign now and it’ll be launching this week!  Click the link Below for a preview!

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/e235a84c

Like I said, there are some great perks on there and I hope you’ll find something to your liking.  The newest of the bunch are the “Corporate Takeover” and the “Feeling Lucky?” categories.  Here is a list of each of them with a little extra info:

$5

Seed Bubble

Thank you! Your $5 donation is working to bring Turnstyle Studio one step closer to becoming a reality! In return you will receive a personalized thank-you card signed by Clayton Haigh.

$20

Feeling Lucky?

For a donation of $20, two lucky contributors will be drawn to win a spot in a beginner’s glassblowing weekend course! (A $400 value) More donations mean more chances to win!

$25
Make a wish!

Wishbone Perk

With a donation of $25, Turnstyle Studio will send you a hand-sculpted glass wishbone along with a personalized thank-you card signed by Clayton Haigh. Any wishes granted are unintended and entirely coincidental. (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

 $60

No Shirt, Sherlock?

Don’t fret! With your $60, you can cover up and show your support with an official Turnstyle tee. Men’s and women’s tees available in a range of sizes. Please Specify! You’ll also receive a personalized thank-you card signed by Clayton Haigh.  (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

Lady's Tee

Lady’s Tee

Men's Tee

Men’s Tee

$75
“Apprentice” Perk-Pack

For a donation of $75, you’ll receive a package containing all of the above! That’s a hand-sculpted glass wishbone, a Turnstyle Tee in your size and a personalized thank-you card from Clayton Haigh. (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

$180
The Corkage Fee

For a donation of $180, you will be sent a handsome and functional “Dunlin” Wine Decanter from Balance Glassworks. Inspired by the Canadian waterbird that provides its namesake, the decanter aerates the wine as it is poured through it’s distinctive, beak-shaped spout. Each decanter is signed and numbered by Clayton Haigh. Package includes a personalized thank-you card signed by Clayton Haigh. (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

Dunlin Decanter

Dunlin Decanter

$250
A Refined Palate

The second perk option in the $200 range is the Dunlin gift set. The set includes a “Dunlin” Decanter and two beautiful “Drop” wine glasses from Balance Glassworks. Each piece is signed by the artist. Package includes a personalized thank-you card from Clayton Haigh. Every donor that makes a contribution of $100 or more will also receive recognition on Turnstyle Studio’s “Wall of Donors”. (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

Dunlin Gift Set

Dunlin Gift Set

$250
Hive Mentality

For a donation of $250, you’ll receive a set of 6 stacking Hive Tumbler drinking glasses from Balance Glassworks. These honeycomb-shaped glasses nestle on their sides in the included pine cradle. Package includes a personalized thank-you card signed by Clayton Haigh. Every donor that makes a contribution of $100 or more will also receive recognition on Turnstyle Studio’s “Wall of Donors”. (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

Hive Tumblers

Hive Tumblers

$400
The Veteran

FOR TRAINED GLASS ARTISTS ONLY. For a donation of $400, this perk offers 2 full blow-slots (8hrs. each) and as much cold-working time as you need to finish the work produced in that time. (Proof of completion of a post-secondary glass course will be required to redeem this perk.) (Also, you will get a T-Shirt.)

$500
“Gaffer” Perk-Pack

For a donation of $500, you’ll be sent the Gold-Level Perk-Pack including an item from every donation level! That includes a personalized thank-you from Clayton Haigh, a hand-sculpted glass wishbone, a Turnstyle Tee, The Dunlin Gift Set and a set of Hive Tumblers! Wow! Every donor that makes a contribution of $100 or more will also receive recognition on Turnstyle Studio’s “Wall of Donors”. (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

$600
Welcome to Turnstyle!
Glass Workshops

Glass Workshops

Turnstyle wants everyone in Toronto to experience hot glass! With a donation of $600, contributors will be entitled to a beginner’s weekend glassblowing course instructed by Clayton Haigh! This 20-hour course will cover all the basics of glassblowing including sculpting, blowing and basic colour application. (All students will receive a Turnstyle tee.) Every donor that makes a contribution of $100 or more will also receive recognition on Turnstyle Studio’s “Wall of Donors”.

$1,000
“The Maestro” Perk-Pack

As a “Maestro” you’ll receive a perk from each donation level on the list as well as an EXTRA LARGE space on Turnstyle Studio’s “Wall of Donors”! This package includes: -Personalized Thank-you card from Clayton Haigh -Hand-Sculpted Glass Wishbone -Turnstyle Tee -Set of 6 Hive Tumblers -Dunlin Decanter Gift Set -Weekend Glassblowing Workshop (Shipping will be calculated and charged separately and is not included in donation amount)

$5,000
Corporate Takeover

With your company’s donation of $5000, you and/or your employees (up to 6 total.) are invited to take over Turnstyle for an entire week! Clayton Haigh will be available to teach/supervise and to plan the week to suit your needs. Your company will be prominently displayed on Turnstyle’s “Wall of Donors” as well. Lookie-Loos welcome of course! And T-Shirts for all!

(Tentatively) Introducing: Turnstyle Glass Studio!

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Hi There,

Well, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is almost upon us again!  In fact, I’ll be setting up my both in just a few hours.  What am I still doing up?

As always, the show will set up in Nathan Philips Square on Friday morning and runs from July 5th until the 7th.  As many of you know, it’s a really enjoyable day out so I hope to see you all there!  You’ll find me at booth number 270.  I’ll be showing a number of large, new pieces from the Geodes series as well as a few small surprises.  (It’s also the perfect time to check out the sculptural work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei which is currently on display in the reflecting pool at City Hall.  It’ll be there until August.)  This year, in addition to showing my work, I’m going to be promoting my next project.  I want to create a Toronto-based glass studio/school.

(If you’ve already been to the show and you’re visiting the site after picking up one of the cards pictured above, thanks for coming!  i realize the info on the card might have been a little cryptic so thanks for looking into it!)

I want the studio to implement a graduated training program so that absolute beginners can work their way up to an advanced skill level and then be free to rent studio time of their own.  My hope is to open glass blowing up to the large part-time artist and hobbyist community Toronto has nurtured.  Options for blowing glass part time are severely limited in Canada, especially for someone with no post-secondary training.  Glass can be very exclusory because it requires a major investment of time and money to take part.  With Turnstyle Glass Studio I hope to change that. I’ve mentioned the plan to some of you in person before and the pieces are slowly beginning to fall into place.Once the show is over I’m going to begin work on an Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign to help fund the project in it’s first year.  The campaign will go live in September and I’m told that confirming donations beforehand is a good way to boost interest right off the bat.  Basically, the more funding a project is able to get in the first days of it’s campaign, the more popular it becomes and the more often it pops up on the Indiegogo site.

Obviously, there is still much planning to be done.  It’s still just an idea, after all.  but a good one, I think!  I’m taking this very seriously and want to get the idea out into the ether of Toronto right away!  The show is going to be a good opportunity to reach a large number of people with an interest in supporting the arts so what better place to start?  As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve purchased all the required equipment.  The part I need help with is finding a place to set up shop!  If you’d like any more information or would like to know how to donate, please send me an email!  Also, if anyone has any advice for me on how to get this off the ground, I’d be happy to hear it!

If anything I’ve written here sounds interesting to you and you’d like to be kept in the loop on the project, please follow the social media links listed down below or send me an email at claytonhaigh@gmail.com if you’d like to be put on my mailing list!  The more people that hear about this, the better the chance of success, so please share!

Love,

-Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

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Studio Barbeque!

We had a bit of a BBQ last week in the studio to sort of usher in the Summer.  It was a great time!  Here’s a few pics:

I put together a little Youtube clip to mark the occasion.  Hope you can make it out to the next one!

Have a great Summer!

-Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

http://www.balanceglassworks.com

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Things That Rule: Spaceteam

Hi there!

Just a quick post because I have something very important to tell all of you. Spaceteam is a game. Also, it is the best. You need it right now. It’s basically like a game of Simon says mixed with Star Trek mixed with, I guess… Telephone or something? And tongue-twisters? Go download it then come back.

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Back? So it gives each player a control panel with a bunch of knobs and buttons on it with nonsense names like “hyper tube” and “postmodernism” (press button to deconstruct). Each player also gets an instruction to scream at the rest of their space team. It’s a matter of giving and taking instruction at the same time while your control panel sparks and falls apart and gets covered with goo and you need to be dodging asteroids, also. “Engage hydra bolt!” “Set air conditioning to 3!” “Peel Potatoes!” Etc…

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Basically as a group, you sound like the climactic battle in an episode of Star Trek and it is amazing. Unfortunately for some, you need at least one friend to play (it is a SpaceTEAM after all) and they have to be in the same room as you. If you can’t find anyone though, come on over and have a game with me and Lana!

You can thank me later,
-Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

http://www.balanceglassworks.com

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New Video! Giant Lite-Brite installation: Continue?

Hi There,

I just put together a video documenting my newest installation.  Here it is!

For these over-sized replicas of the classic children’s toy: Lite-Brite, I sculpted each of the 45 pegs out of molten glass matching the original toy’s colour scheme.  The panels are constructed to match the toy assembly sandwiching craft paper between two grids of holes.  The paper acts as a barrier stopping the light inside the panels from spilling through.  Once the pegs puncture the paper, the light passes through, illuminating them.  The pattern of the holes has been changed from the original hexagonal layout.  The grid layout makes it possible to create large scale pixellated imagery.

This installation in particular simply comments on a question that any creative professional must ask themselves.  The question is often asked in times of hardship or overwhelming challenge.  Acknowledging the often child-like ideals that lead people into creative pursuits, I used icons from his childhood to pose the question and give my answer.

I’m learning iMovie as I go and having a lot of fun with it!  It is a bit of a challenge though.  Just when I got used to the old one that came with my computer a million years ago (7 years ago), Apple goes and updates it and flips the whole script!  Back to the drawing board…  Thank goodness for Youtube.

Hope you like it!

-Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

http://www.balanceglassworks.com

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Crack is Whack!

Our Mayor wasn’t the only one with an alleged crack problem this week.  Down at the studio we had a crisis of our own!

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The (potential) crack in question.

Last Friday we had a sensor failure on the furnace which caused her to turn off.  Unfortunately, we had no replacement for it and it is tied directly to the safety shutoff so there was no way to relight our baby (safely)!  Jesse and An tried their best to keep the glass alive with a blowtorch but it was a losing battle.  All we could do was tuck her in with some insulation and wait for our replacement part.

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My dreams this week were full of images like this. (shudders)

The furnace dropped to about 540 degrees over the weekend which is a very bad thing.  Very bad.  The pot inside that contains our glass is not built to handle those kinds of drastic changes in temperature.  The root cause of our crack problem.  Once the sensor was repaired, we had the choice to bring the temp back up slowly on the off chance that the pot was still intact inside or replace everything again.  Which would suck.  We went for the slow temp raise.  We’d have to wait and see if the allegations were true.

Most of the week was spent staring at those little red numbers.  We took shifts.

Most of the week was spent staring at those little red numbers. We took shifts.  (Looking for a wedding photographer this Summer?  I’m your man!)

It took all week but we finally got our old friend back to temperature!  And wouldn’t you know it?  The crack was just in our heads!  So to speak…  Phew!

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We love you Bruce. Don’t ever scare us like that again.

Love,

-Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

http://www.balanceglassworks.com

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New work, New Gallery!

Hey There!

I wanted to post a little gallery here of my work from this year’s Artist Project.  I’m a little behind on my old blog but I thought this was a good place to start catching up!  The show was great as usual.  So much to see!  Sometimes I regret doing it just because it means I won’t be able to check it all out!  Anyways, here is a smattering of the evolution in my Geodes series on display at the show in case you missed it!  I’m very happy with how they turned out.  Hope you like them!

Love,

-Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

http://www.balanceglassworks.com

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I Bought a Glass Studio.

Big News!

I got a call from my buddy John Adams from Niagara Falls a couple weeks back. He called to give me a heads up that he was looking to get rid of his entire glass studio. Fast.

Before. (Hi dad!)

Before. (Hi dad!)

I used to rent studio time from Johnny back when I still lived in Niagara between my days at Sheridan College and starting my residency at Harbourfront. At that time he was running a full studio inside his garage that he had designed and built himself.  Now he needs the space for his heating and air-conditioning business: Niagara Home Heating. John is the only Glassblower I know that also happens to be a licensed gas-fitter. This comes in handy when building a studio since he can see it through an artist’s eyes and put the pieces together to work efficiently for a very specific purpose.  This is HUGE for me.  And scary.

I don't know what this is, but it looks important.

I don’t know what this is, but it looks important.

We spent the better part of the weekend disassembling all these monster pieces of equipment and shoving them into a shipping container I had dropped off at his place.  We needed to rent a forklift (Did you know you can just rent forklifts?  It’s awesome.) to move some of the larger components like the furnace, kilns, and two glory holes.  We pulled it off without incident although there were a few close calls.

I hope it all fits...

I hope it all fits…

So there it sits.  In John’s driveway.  Now I need to find a place to store this thing and, eventually a new space to set it all up!  It’s super-intimidating but I’m hopeful.  As a small sidebar, did you know these shipping containers are meant to be picked up/dropped off by trucks when they’re empty but not when they’re FULL??!?!?   This is knowledge I could have used before I piled close to 17 000 lbs. of steel pipes and firebrick into the f*cking thing and so I’m passing it on to you.

John taking care of business.  Easy does it buddy!

John taking care of business. Easy does it buddy!

After calling everyone I could find in the phone book and online, it was looking like I was going to have to rent a crane (!!!) to get the damn thing off the ground and onto a flatbed.  Luckily, Johnny was able to locate a burly truck that can handle the weight so all seems to be under control.

"I should take a picture of this.  So I know how to put it together again later" -Me

“I should take a picture of this. So I know how to put it together again later”
-Me

(Edit:  This was an old post from January.  I have since found a place to drop this thing into storage for the next couple months.  This is especially good news for Johnny as he’ll be able to use his driveway again after four months.  So now the next challenge:  Where will my new studio end up living?  Toronto?  Niagara?  How am I going to do this?  Again, I am hopeful.  If I build it, will they come?)

Whaddaya know?  It fit!

Whaddaya know? It fit!

Love,

-Clayton

Owner/Designer/Maker
Balance Glassworks

1475 King st. W (Unit B-3)
Toronto, ON
M6K 1J4

http://www.balanceglassworks.com

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Goodnight.

Bake ‘em away, Toys!

After. (Hi John!)

After. (Hi John!)

 

Peter Ivy!

Hey Now,

Peter Ivy came to see us! (Image “Borrowed” from Nick Chase‘s Facebook Wall)

Big news last week at Harbourfront. Glass artist and all-around awesome dude Peter Ivy came all the way to see us from Japan! And you missed it! Unless you didn’t.

From Left to Right: Peter Ivy, Benjamin Kikkert, Andrea Parsons, Jesse Bromm, Steven Fassezke, George Jae Hyun Cho, Brad Copping, Sally McCubbin, Aaron Oussoren. (Image “Borrowed” from Nick Chase‘s Facebook Wall)

He treated us to a lecture on Thursday evening and we had him in the studio for an entire three day workshop! Peter is a really interesting guy and the Japanese influence on his work is quite apparent. He makes some of the finest functional glassware I’ve ever seen. We were incredibly lucky to have him visit

Me trying not to embarrass myself bringing Peter a bit.  (Image “Borrowed” from Nick Chase‘s Facebook Wall)

Peter works the way every glassblower imagines that they work. No wasted time, no wasted heats, no wasted moves. I can’t speak for everyone, but he showed me that the way I work in my head and the way I work in reality are miles apart. It was humbling in the best of ways.

Benji and Brad soaking up one of Peter’s demos.  (Image “Borrowed” from Nick Chase‘s Facebook Wall)

Unfortunately, I had to miss our final day of instruction but I’m happy to have been there while I could to soak up as much as possible. Thanks Pete!

Some more super-fine bit-work with Peter.  Dig that hat. (Image “Borrowed” from Nick Chase‘s Facebook Wall)

(Peter Ivy‘s work is currently on display at Harbourfront Centre alongside pieces by Benjamin Kikkert, Julie Gibb and TIMIDglass in HOMECUS DOMESTICUS. A show curated by Melanie Egan.)

Best,
-Clayton