With much enthusiasm, I am proud to be a member at Norm’s Garage Reincarnated. NGR was put together by Cory Porterfield in 2013. A re-incarnation of a studio originally ran by Tyler Rock, Aran Stuparik, and Jeff Holmwood inside Norm Faulkner’s garage. As a collective, we come together for glass night once a month. This offers us a chance to build community, connect, share ideas and opportunities. Through instructing, private-lessons, assisting, and taking part in production work we are able to come together to share our knowledge on a professional level.
When I was four years old my Mother enrolled me in ballet. At first, I was shy and reserved but eventually with hard work and dedication I developed my own form. By age twenty four, I completed the Royal Academy of Dance examinations. This opened up a compulsion for achievement. Until I found glass at age eighteen, ballet was my number one artistry and now I am thirteen years into my glass blowing career. This year I was elected to be on the receiving end of a scholarship at The Corning Museum of Glass. A place were I can explore the highly technical side of hot glassworking under the instruction of one of the world's best William Gudenrath.
“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving” - Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Tomorrow brings brave new beginnings, but yesterday will always have it’s place. Each individual Eternal Memorial Pendant is hand crafted with love by Alana Biffert.
You can’t always plan for what is to come, it is beyond our choice. As time passes forward the paths of our lives change, not everyone comes with us. This is a special way to carry that love with you.
“life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breathe away” - Maya Angelo
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During my travels across the world to Italy, Croatia and Malta, I met Mandy Patchin, the owner and creator or Canada's first and only portable glass studio. The funny thing is she is based out of Calgary where I am currently situated, yet we both had to travel to Italy for our path's to finally cross. After talking glass and sharing laughs she invited me to come join her team at the 2018 Calgary Stampede. This was a great follow-up to the gig in Croatia as I felt extremely ready to be on the microphone presenting and blowing glass as I had done the same thing in Zadar Croatia only with brand new techniques. All in all a great experience.
After attending The Corning Museum of Glass in February 2018 for a Course under William Gudenrath's instruction; An Introduction to Venetian Glass Techniques, I was invited to come explore the ancient techniques of glass making in Zadar Croatia with Marko Stephanac at The Ancient Museum of Glass
I recently had the most informative time, the week I attended The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG). This past February was my very first experience with CMOG when I attended a William Gudenrath course “An In-Depth Introduction To Venetian Style Glass Blowing”. He is currently my glass idol.
William Gudenrath has a wealth of knowledge that I have never been exposed to before. He has demonstrated the ability to convey information and techniques in a clear and concise manner. I am in pursuit of any opportunity to accelerate my set of skills and heighten my understanding of gIass. Working under Gudenrath provided me that fortuity. This is my passion. I have an extreme Intrigue for technique, which is why I am striving to further my investigation into high detailed glass.
During the duration of 2011-2018 I had the privilege of instructing the Continuing Education evening course "Beginning Glass 1" this was a great experience. Being surrounded by all the creative energy in the school aloud me to mirror that in my teaching style. The course was six weeks long and consisted of six three hour evening classes. By the end of the course all of the students were able to make a beautiful spun-out center piece