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Our New Newsletter - March 2017

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

 Our newsletter - March 2017.

 
Vancouver Island, like much of B.C., has seen some unusually cold and snowy weather this winter. Nothing as compared to our Mid West but for us less hardy folk on the West Coast this has been a cold winter.
 
Just before the first of the big winter storms hit with its full force, Sue & I together with Finn, our mischievous Kerry BlueTerrier, made a trip up island to replenish some much-needed work from our artists.
 
First stop was to Bob Held’s glass studio in Parksville.  The warmth of the glass kilns was welcome as the snow was already quite deep. The day previously the delivery of raw glass had to be cancelled as the truck could not get near Bob’s studio. However, we collected some beautiful new work examples of which you can see below.
 
The new Mocha Swirl Cone vase is superb as are the new glass Hearts
Next, we moved onto Charles Van Sandwick’s studio in Qualicum Beach. Charles being sensible was away enjoying the sunshine of Fiji but his partner was there with our order ready and waiting. For the first time on the trip, we needed to use 4 Wheel drive in our 4-Runner as the ice and snow were so deep. A first for Qualicum Beach?
 
The visit was well worth the effort as we managed to collect some new prints by Charles as well as lots more greetings cards and copies of his magnificent books. The Print of the Grizzly Bear from Charles’ Canadian Content Book - is particularly noteworthy.
Then it was on to Whiskey Creek (what a great name) to visit Darrel Hancock’s studio. A mug of tea was greatly welcome as was the warmth of the kiln. Darrel had a large amount of work ready and packed for us to replace that from sales at Christmas. New teapots, mugs by the case load, terracotta butter dishes and bowls and more.
It was with reluctance we left the warmth of Darrel’s studio and moved onto our final visit. This was back into Parksville to collect new work from Sharon Beatch of Beach Pebble Studios. Sharon’s Shadow Boxes have been a great asset to our studio with creations for all occasions. It is always a pleasure to see what new ideas she comes up with. Two of her new creations were particularly interesting:

At this point, we needed to move quite quickly as a storm cloud, as dark as night, was rapidly approaching with a new and even heavier fall of snow. 
 
We made it back just ahead of the storm….something out of a Hollywood movie (“Twister” comes to mind!). Fortunately, we had pre-paid tickets for the Mill Bay Ferry and so just escaped the dubious journey over the Malahat.

We hope that you enjoy the images of some of our artist’s new work and as a thank you please find below a small sample of our appreciation. A 10% discount off any item from our studio. Valid until 31st March 2017. Online sales only.

10% DISCOUNT WHEN YOU USE CODE BN2D2TOOVIYU AT CHECKOUT

 

VALID UNTIL 5 PM (PST)
31st MARCH 2017
One order per customer. One use only.

START SHOPPING
Warm regards, 
Nigel, Sue & Finn
PS: Did you know that you can Buy on Line and Pick Up in the Studio. Excellent for saving on shipping and a good way buy for friends and relatives who live near the studio.

 

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Gentlemoon Metal Art

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Gentlemoon Metals began in a garage in Minnesota 30 years ago when Tom Coyle discovered the alluring glow of molten metal.

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A former psychologist, he became a self-taught jeweller & sculptor going to the University of Trial & Error and later graduating from the School of Hard Knocks. Tom migrated to the Kootenays where he met his wife, Karen Wynn Dubord who was a talented artist in her own right.

 

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Together, they fused their skills, different strengths & artistic approaches to form an exciting new Gentlemoon Metals. They are both inspired by nature’s grace, beauty & dazzling array of colours.  

Natural scenes, including animals and sea life, are common themes in their work Their unique metal sculptures are displayed and sold in fine galleries in the United States and Canada.

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Gloria Macarenko CBC BC Almanac interviews Sue Hayes Side Street Studio

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Gloria Macarenko, CBC B.C. Almanac interviews Sue Hayes of Side Street Studio. 14th December 2016. Sue talks about the studio of 32 years and our 300 + local artists. They discuss ideas for holiday gifts - with a focus on  the beautiful work that is hand made, locally here in B.C.

Listen now to the interview

 

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Flame Works Designs

Posted on December 01, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Carolyn and Anthony Green who had a vision, a dream, and determination to create a unique and classy jewelry company founded Flame Work Designs in 2005.

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Flame Work's main designers Carolyn and Anthony work exclusively designing the glasswork individually creating each piece of glass from start to finish with perfection and assembles all of their jewelry in their home studio in Victoria, BC.

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Flame Work Designs Carolyn and Anthony are inspired by their customers and continue to appreciate all the support and enthusiasm they receive. They strive to provide women with that added touch of flair that gives them confidence and the compliments they deserve.

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With each new line, Flame Work Designs reinvents itself, adopting the latest styles and setting new trends. Customers have come to count on Flame Work Designs as a company dedicated to creating jewelry that is enjoyable, affordable, and compliment guaranteed!

 

They begin the process of Lamp-working by fusing rods of glass around a tool called a mandrel in front of a heat intensive flame of 2000ºF. Each bead is individually created one at a time to ensure quality. Maintaining a hot enough temperature at all times is crucial when creating a bead. If the bead is held away from the flame for more than fifteen seconds the glass can shatter.

 

Once you start a bead you must give it 100% of your attention until you have completed your creation. Every bead is carefully sculpted freehand to ensure that each bead is unique and individual. All of our work is kiln annealed and carefully cooled down over several hours.

 

Annealing is the process of slowly lowering the temperature surrounding the piece so that it doesn't stress the glass and cause fracturing. This process, although very time consuming, is a very important step to assuring that you will receive the highest quality piece.

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10 Reasons to Shop Local this Christmas

Posted on November 26, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

 

We are writing this article to ask you to please consider supporting these wonderful B.C. Artists and other local businesses before you spend all of your Christmas shopping budget at big box stores.

We believe that one way you can help is to consider buying locally produced goods and services. Below is a short list of reasons to support local, handmade goods.

1. Locally crafted work is unique! Unlike items made in a far off factory; local crafts people make work that is individual and one-of-a-kind. This does not just apply to a magnificent vase or a glass bowl. Even with a humble coffee mug, every piece has a very slight difference. When just one person or a husband & wife team makes an item the numbers are by the nature of the process – small. It’s great to have or give as a gift something that is genuinely unique and locally made.

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2. Local artists produce work of excellent quality. They always take personal pride in their handmade work. I have yet to meet an artist who was not passionate about their work! From potters to glass artists to textile makers – this is their life and they are justly proud of their work. If treated well, much of this work can last a lifetime. How many things can you say that about in our society today? How many of those ‘bargain’ mass produced items last more than a few years?

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3. Save money! Contrary to what some people believe, buying directly from the artist at a craft fair, market, or their local studio can often cost less than buying a mass produced item from a department store. Reduced transportation costs, no middle men, and modest advertising budgets help to keep costs down.

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4. Local artists do really care about customer service! The artists are available to repair, alter, clean or replace your purchase if you should ever need this service. They are genuinely interested to help if there is ever a problem. You never, ever need to speak with a remote customer service person.

5. Personal service is very important to local artists. Many artists will custom make work to your specification. If you need a gift for a special occasion then very often the artist will be happy to make it to your requirements.

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6. You can start your own personal art collection with a small budget. We recently had a nice young couple visit our Studio to purchase some Robert Held glass heart paperweights (which start at $45). They were glass heart collectors – and were excited to see some new styles that they could add to their collection! If you are on a budget you can collect individual pieces over time. Many of our customers collect pottery, jewellery, glass art & more!

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7. Shopping locally helps your local economy. By supporting local artists it keeps money in the community and ensures that hard learned skills are alive for future generations.

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8. Go green and help your local environment! Local arts & crafts produce a minimal carbon footprint – little transportation is involved. Conservation is important to all of us. Much of what local artists use is recycled – including what little packaging is ever used!

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9. Fun and Learning. It really can be a fun shopping experience – you get to meet or learn about the artist, find out about their skills, and how they make their work. It’s impressive how much time and effort goes into a single piece. So take some time to visit your local artist’s studio or gallery, or local craft show. It can be great fun! You can check Meetup.com for local art appreciation groups in your area. If you are in Victoria there is an arts & crafts meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Meetup-art-group-of-Victoria-BC/ The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is a great resource as well: http://www.cacgv.ca/

 

10. Supporting your local community. A locally handmade gift reflects the community and region in which it was made. It has greater relevance for the person who purchased it, and to the person to whom the gift is given. Thank you for taking the time to read our top ten reasons to shop local this Christmas. We would love to hear from you! What will you do to support local this holiday season? Finally, if you would like some suggestions or gift ideas please see our blog here; Gift Suggestions.

If you are short on time, then you can 'Buy on Line' and 'Pick up in Store'.

Please share with us in the comments below. From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Sue & Nigel Hayes

Side Street Studio Oak Bay Village, Victoria, B.C.

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Posted in bracelets, charles van sandwyk, earrings, fruit bowl, glass art, jewellery, local crafts, oak bay, pottery, shop local, shoplocal, silk scarves, wedding gifts, wooden bowls

Side Street Studio in Top 10 Best BC Christmas Gifts Ideas by BC Magazine

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Side Street Studio has been voted into the Top 10 for Best BC place for Themed Gifts by B.C. Magazine. With over 320 local BC artists we are really happy to be included in this article!

You can see B C Magazine's article here http://www.bcmag.ca/10-BC-Themed-Gifts 

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A Passion for Nature and Ocean Themes

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Nigel Hayes | 0 comments

Darcy Epp began her pottery career in 1993 by taking  night classes with a studio potter. She immediately realized that working with the magic of clay on the potter's wheel and individual hand sculpting was something that would be immensely fulfilling.Raku Maple Leaf

She has taken many workshops in both functional and decorative pieces at North Island College and Metchosin International School of the Arts, as well as specialized workshops and seminars from Gordon Hutchens (Denman Island), Siegele and Haley (Arkansas), Alan Burgess (Courtenay)..

Raku Salmon

 

Not limiting herself to one medium, she has learned and crosses over between traditional thrown pottery to slab work, Raku and porcelain, often incorporating the theory of one discipline to another.

Raku Orca

A passion for nature and ocean themes, her attention to the intricate details of Orcas, Starfish, and Maple leaves has earned her pottery prominence in some of the most exclusive resort destinations venues.

Raku Crab

Raku is an ancient type of Japanese firing dating back to the 16th century. Beautiful iridescent blues, violets, copper and crackle glazes are produced on either wheel thrown or sculptural pottery.

Raku Seahorse

The pottery is fired to 1800° and then "reduced" in a chamber which catches fire immediately. The fire uses up all the oxygen in both glaze and chamber, thus producing one of a kind results.

Raku Dancing Starfish

Darcy's Raku kiln designed by Randy Brodnax who lives in Texas and still teaches pottery. Randy brought the kiln up to Metchosin and gave Raku lessons and left the kiln behind as it had to welded on site after he brought it up. Darcy bought the kiln from Sandra Dolph bought the kiln home to her studio in beautiful Black Creek on Vancouver Island

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