When it comes to home decor or giving gifts, we love the unique. One of a kind items, especially those created by hand, offer something that mass-produced items simply cannot. Every time we see The Glass Hive Studio and their glass pieces at an event, we are mesmerized by the bold colours and pretty gift ideas. It was time for a visit to the studio!
Ellen had always loved the look of stained glass, so she signed herself up for a class to learn how to make it. During this class, the students were invited to create one fused glass piece – and it was love at first fuse. Ellen purchased the supplies and began fusing glass creations in her basement for four years. In December 2009 her husband completed the beautiful, bright and spacious studio that is The Glass Hive Studio’s home today.
Every item at The Glass Hive is hand made, food safe and unique to anything else. Bowls and plates of all sizes, coasters, glass cabinet inserts, candle holders, containers, vases, jewellery… the list goes on. The inspiration of Ellen’s creations comes from hobbies shared with her husband. They love to garden together and he loves bees, so you will find lots of flowers and nature in her designs.
Whether your style is contemporary, bold or gentle and pretty, there is a glass piece to suit your taste. And if it’s not yet here at Glass Hive, you are invited to create it yourself! Classes are offered at The Glass Hive Studio for birthday parties, ladies day out, just for the heck of it and through Langley Continuing Education. Beginner fusing, advanced fusing, mom & child and jewelry classes are available.
Fusing glass is a relatively simple process. The quick way of explaining the process is that you cut the glass, arrange it on the mold, fire it up in the kiln… et voila! The entire process takes approximately 24 hours from start to finish. It is of course much more detailed than that, and you can choose as intricate designs as you wish, but it is something that even those who label themselves as non-creative types can do – give it a try!
The Glass Hive Studio is located in Abbotsford, just off the Mount Lehman exit on highway 1.
The Glass Hive Studio
30273 Canary Court, Abbotsford