"The dance of blowing glass is delicate, smooth and seamless. A juggling act between hot & cold, liquid & solid. The perfect balance with a touch of magic!"
I never questioned what I was going to do in life. If you had asked a "young" Deanna what she was going to be when she grew up, the awncer was always without question was “ I am going to be an artist.”
Honestly, I didn’t really know what that was going to look like, but I never doubted it. I wanted to create. And I knew I wanted to do it every day.
In 2003, I made the decision to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary (AB), my home town. Glassblowing was not even on my radar and I don't think I had even seen it done before. I didn't know what I was getting into when I stepped into that classroom for the first time, but I knew almost immediately my life was forever changed. I was a literal moth to the flame.
Post graduation in 2007, I made the very calculated goal to do something "art" based every month in an attempt to grow my practice and to eventually get myself into the position of making it my full time career. When able, I rented studio time at the Hot Glass Studio in Canmore (AB) as it was one of few spaces to blow glass at the time.
I would rent time, make simple work for markets, go out and sell it then return to the studio and repeat. I managed to get in touch with many local shops and galleries by getting my self out to the public.
In 2013 myself and 3 fellow, Alberta based glass artists came together and took over the Hot Glass Studio and created the Fireweed Glass Studio. With a stunning view of the Three Sisters mountain range, a day in the shop is never a bad one.
Follow the link below to find out more about Fireweed.
I aim to help build beautiful spaces. Ones that help us identify who we are and separate us in a meaningful way. A space that reminds us we are not alone, and that will nurture us. So, when the sun rises the next morning, we have the strength and courage to step out and face the day ahead.