Living Arts Centre

Flameworking

“I started making objects at a very young age.  Eventually I found glass; the most mentally and physically exerting material available. The intensity of working with hot molten glass allows me to escape my outer world and recluse into my internal creativity. I use this material to capture the ignorance, innocence and imagination I had in my youth. I often attempt to juxtapose the cute and cuddly with the evil and malicious. Exposing the moment when I, and each person loses their purity in exchange for the harsh truths about the world we live in. I use the penguin as my own personal avatar to express the emotions and thoughts which consume me”.

I use this material to capture the ignorance, innocence and imagination I had in my youth. I often attempt to juxtapose the cute and cuddly with the evil and malicious. Exposing the moment when I, and each person loses their purity in exchange for the harsh truths about the world we live in. I use the penguin as my own personal avatar to express the emotions and thoughts which consume me.”

Tommy Cudmore started his artistic career using acrylic - a clear plastic material that shares certain attributes with glass.  Eventually realizing acrylic has limitations which glass does not, he applied to Sheridan College. After his first year at Sheridan, he was selected for a residency at “The Red Barns” glass studio in Picton, Ontario. Following his second year, Tommy moved to Campbell River, British Columbia to work at Tideline Gallery as a lampworker and furnace blower.