Artisan Rodrigue and others throw open studio doors for tour
Few sights rival the awe-inspiring colours of the Dundas Valley in autumn, but Paull Rodrigue’s stunning glassware gives Mother Nature a pretty good run for her money.
Rodrigue has a unique, signature style that features fantastic swirls of glass bursting with colour and life that sometimes surprise even the 20-year veteran of the craft.
“The thing I most look forward to in my work is the element of surprise — how colours swirl and overlap and present new colours,” said Rodrigue. “The process is what keeps me going and the end result is what enlightens me.”
More than two decades ago, Rodrigue was seduced by the art of glass blowing after viewing a television video that showed glass in its molten state. It captured both his attention and imagination, and Rodrigue quickly applied to a glass-blowing program at Sheridan College. He has never looked back.
“After the first day, dare I say, I was in love?,”said Rodrigue. “I was definitely hooked. I am not sure if I found glass or if glass found me.”
Rodrigue now operates his own studio at 400 Brock Rd., Unit 5, in Greensville.This fall — for the seventh year — he will throw open the doors to visitors for the fall edition of the Beyond The Valley Studio Tour.
The event takes place Oct. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rodrigue and 14 other artists will welcome visitors at seven locations to explore their studios and one-of-a-kind, custom creations. Participants will see a variety of blown and formed glass, a full range of pottery and ceramics, dramatic jewelry, wood carvings for home and garden, paintings, mosaics, sculptures and those warm, and so timely, crocheted scarves.
Rodrigue said he is looking forward to the event.
“The nicest thing for me about the tour is that I love meeting people, but because I do demonstrations, it’s my opportunity to educate the public about my work and how it comes about. It’s really quite magical,” said Rodrigue.
The Beyond The Valley Studio Tour began in the spring of 1982 and is the second oldest continuing studio tour in Ontario and the oldest with both a spring and fall tour.
The charter members were four friends with pottery studios in and around the Dundas Valley. Bodil Pearson and Anne Sneath are legends in the world of Canadian ceramics. Although no longer alive, their spirit lives on in the studio tour’s dedication to high standards in design, execution, community participation and the sheer joy of creating. Mindful of that legacy, Terry Osborne and Scott Barnim, the tour’s other two founding members, are proud to share the tradition this year with fellow artisans Heather Vollans, Stephanie King, Richard Fisher and Pavlo Pottery
For more information on the Beyond the Valley Studio Tour, call 905-628-8571 or visit www.beyondthevalley.ca. The self-guided event is set against the backdrop of the Dundas Valley in October, one of the most picturesque and serene times of the year to visit.