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Showroom: Lord Russborough’s Annex
82 Walton Street, Port Hope
Ontario, Canada L1A 1N3
Phone: 905.885.9853
Email: studio@russborough.com

the glasshopper studio Canada About Chris MontgomeryRural Eastern Ontario artists who exhibited at the Spring 2009 One of a Kind Show.

Artist’s Statement

“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!”

Biography

Chris MontgomeryChris has been a professional Stained Glass Artist for the past 44 years and jewellery designer for the past 18 years as The Glasshopper Studio, in Port Hope, Ontario. She specializes primarily in commissions, custom work and restorations. 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.

Commission pieces may be found in private and corporate collections in Australia, West Indies, United States, England, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong and throughout southern Ontario and across Canada.

As a jewellery designer, Chris uses many different techniques to create individual pieces to incorporate into her designs. Often her glasswork skills overlap into her jewellery. Working mainly in sterling silver and copper, she incorporates rare beads, pearls, gems, felt, shells and various “found objects” collected and still being collected on world travels.

These include silver from hill tribe villages of Thailand and the markets of India, black pearls from Tahiti, shells from Australia and numerous pacific islands, old Kuchi and Turkmen silver tribal pieces (90-130 years old) from Afghanistan and Pakistan, talismans and antique beads from Tibet and the Himalayas, tribal Berber and Tuareg pieces from the “souks” of Marrakech and Fes in Morocco, as well as various elements from Africa.

Chris creates “one-of-a-kind pieces”…….
                “to delight the eye , thus enhancing the spirit of beauty !”

Curriculum Vitae

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:

  • The Whitby Station Gallery, Whitby, Ont.
  • Edwards’ Gardens, Toronto, Ont.
  • The Haliburton Summer Show, Haliburton, Ont.
  • The Rails End Gallery, Haliburton, Ont.
  • The McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ont.
  • The Signatures Show, Ottawa, Ont.
  • The Astrolabe Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
  • The Art Gallery of Northumberland ~ Upstairs Gallery, Port Hope, Ont. (ongoing 2013)
  • Pearl Jewellery Show, The Capitol Theatre, Port Hope, Ont.
  • Estival 2009, Port Hope, Ont.
  • The Cobourg Waterfront Festival, Cobourg, Ont. (ongoing 2014)
  • “One-of-a-Kind Show”, Toronto, Ont. (Spring and Christmas shows 2006–2011)
  • Lord Russborough’s Annex, Spring and Winter shows, Port Hope, Ont. (ongoing 2014)
  • Art and Sale 2010 Kingsway-Lambton Church, The Kingsway, Toronto, Ont.
  • The Maple Syrup Festival, Spirit of the Hills Juried Show, Warkworth, Ont. 2010-2013
  • The Jazz Festival, Port Hope, Ont. 2009-2012
  • Haliburton Art & Craft Festival, Haliburton, Ont. 2010-2014
  • Warkworth Art in the Park, Warkworth, Ont. 2011-2014
  • Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre, Haliburton, Ont. 2014
  • Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, Ont. 2012-2013
  • The Maker’s Hand, Prince Edward County, Picton, Ont. 2012
  • Natural Elements Show, Capitol Theatre, Port Hope, Ont. 2014
  • Spring Fever, Northumberland Hills Hospital Fundraiser, Cobourg, Ont. 2012-2013
  • Northumberland Hills Studio Tour, Northumberland Hills, Ont. 2000-2014