News

Here Comes Summer...What Happened to Spring?

Here Comes Summer...What Happened to Spring?

It's exactly this time of the year that has become my annual reminder of the affects of global warming. Where has Spring gone? One day it's sunny, but the wind is cold and damp and the next, the UV is 9 and it's HOT, like July hot! There is no "slow" warmup to Spring that leads us into Summer anymore, that seems to be a thing of the past. But I'm not really grumbling about it, just noticing a change that has taken place over my lifetime. I was very happy to usher winter away this year, as it seemed...

Read more →


I Remain Hopeful...

I Remain Hopeful...

Artichoke plant gone to flower. How beautiful is that? Picture taken at my Community Garden September 2021. I know. It's pretty difficult some days isn't it? I thought coming up to the two-year anniversary of Covid was bad enough, and then the war in Ukraine started just before that milestone. Seriously, as my Father used to say, "I think the world has gone mad!" I realize how privileged I am to live and work in a country as wonderful as Canada, and my heart (and small donations I am able to contribute) go out to all the people of Ukraine....

Read more →


Just Some 2022 Musings...

Just Some 2022 Musings...

As I write this, the snow is falling again. Good thing I like winter. I've already managed to x-country ski on the West Toronto Railpath TWICE! They clear the Railpath better than they clean the streets in our neighbourhood, much to my chagrin, as it makes a great ski trail. But I guess they are worried about all the winter runners, or young families with baby strollers. So when we get a really good dump of snow, like we did mid-January, you have to be quick to jump into your skis and break a trail, knowing that it will be...

Read more →


Say Hello to Karen Franzen

Say Hello to Karen Franzen

Beyond The Front Studio, circa 1995Located at 245 Carlaw Avenue, Suite 309From left to right, Lisa Ridout, Karen Franzen, Robert Mitchell & Arina Ailincai What happens when you take two ceramic artists and two metalsmiths and put them in an east-end studio together? They form a group called Beyond the Front. I actually met Karen Franzen at the Craft Studios at Harbourfront Centre. The ceramics section was right next to the metal studio; so we, as a group had way more interactions together, just by the very way the craft studios were set up. Each resident is only allowed to...

Read more →


Introducing Brad Copping Glass

Introducing Brad Copping Glass

Brad working in his Hot Shop Studio in Apsley, Ontario I met Brad way back in 1992 when I was accepted as a craft resident in the Metal Department at the Harbourfront Craft Studios. I applied to Harbourfront's Craft Resident Program while I was finishing up my Goldsmithing Diploma at George Brown College. Brad was already a resident in the Glass Blowing department, as he had graduated from Sheridan College's Glass Blowing Program in 1990. The glass blowing section at Harbourfront was always a very hot, busy place. There was lots of banter between the glass artists, as the practice...

Read more →