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Laurie is an artist whose media is the traditional forms of “cold” stained glass, both copper foil and leaded.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Laurie moved to the Toronto area in 1989 and currently works from her studio in Aurora, Ontario. The name of the company reflects her roots. Arbutus trees, native to the West Coast, generally only live within a few kilometres from the ocean.
Laurie learned her craft through lessons at Thornhill’s Glowing Panes Studio and fell in love with the art. “It is a curious dichotomy – a juxtaposition of the creative and the technical”, she explains.
Laurie designs and produces her own creations, which include lampshades, windows and panels, suncatchers – both two and three dimensional, garden stepping stones, candleholders and mosaics. She accepts and enjoys commission work: “It is a challenge to give your client exactly what they want and at the same time to satisfy your own creativity.”
Laurie’s art can be found in private collections all over the world: U.S.A., England, Germany, Hungary, Australia, and India. In 2002, she spent several weeks teaching stained glass in the Philippines.
Facebook: Arbutus Crafts
Medium: Stained glass