“My goal is to continually challenge my design, technical and artistic ability by stretching the boundaries of my medium and thereby simply to bring beauty into your life, so that you can live with it and so enhance your life!”
Chris has been a Professional Stained Glass artist for the past 37+ years as The Glasshopper Studio in Port Hope, Ontario. She specializes in commissions, custom work, period restorations and repairs. Her frequent decision to incorporate ‘found objects’ and whimsical accents continues to make her work exciting, fresh and interpretive of classical design. She is constantly stretching the boundaries of her medium with new ideas and techniques.
Her fully-equipped glass studio includes copper foiling (Tiffany style), lead work, kiln work, sand etching and mosaics. Numerous original custom-designed examples of Chris’ work may be found in private homes, businesses, corporations and institutions in the greater Metropolitan Toronto area and other communities throughout southern Ontario and across Canada.
Commission pieces may also be found in private and corporate collections in the following countries: Australia, West Indies, USA, England, Ireland , Japan, Hong Kong and mainland China.
As jewellery designer for the past 12 years, she uses many different techniques to create individual pieces to incorporate into her designs. Quite often her glasswork skills overlap into her jewellery work. She incorporates beads, pearls, gems, and various "found objects" collected on her world travels, such as silver from the hill tribe villages in Thailand, black pearls from Tahiti, ethnic beads and shells from Australia and Tasmania, porcelain beads from India and glass beads from Europe.
As a professional stained glass artist, Chris has, over many years, studied various glass techniques in Dallas (Texas), Reno (Nevada), The Haliburton School of Fine Arts (Haliburton), Europe and Australia. During her extensive travels to Europe, South East Asia and Australia, she has studied many different concepts of design in glass.
As a jewellery designer, Chris has studied silver techniques, lost wax casting, intricate beading, wire wrapping, chain mail, felting and flame worked beads. Incorporating these pieces along with various collected objects, Chris creates jewellery to delight the eye, thus enhancing the ‘spirit of beauty’.
Chris is co-owner of the gallery Lord Russborough’s Annex in Port Hope, Ontario.
She is a member of the Arts Council of Northumberland, the Ontario Crafts Council, the Art Gallery of Northumberland, the Spirit of the Hills, the Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton, the Glass Art Association of Canada and Fusion: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. She has participated in the Northumberland Hills Studio Tour for many years.
Over the past years, Chris has participated in numerous shows with both her glass and jewellery: