Lisa Samphire, Canadian borne began her glass blowing career in 1985. Since that time she has produced a diverse body of work, which includes private and public, sculptural and functional pieces. Over the years she has been recognized and applauded for her glass work through the receipt of various awards, scholarships, teaching appointments and commissions. Blowing glass is a very physical and exciting process, which Lisa enjoys each time she tackles a new piece. She loves trying to resolve the aesthetic and technical challenges that the medium of glass presents. She maintains a freshness and liveliness to her work by constantly exploring its properties and following her intuition and curiosity. She utilizes different techniques in her works and has continued to look to others as she pursues her career. Lisa’s ability to bring a new vitality and approach to her medium year after year is due in part because she continues to further her education and experience. She has taken many courses through the years at The Pilchuck School and The Corning Glass Museum. She has also taught many courses at Red Deer College, spoken at several engagements, and been the feature of various publications and exhibitions.
Handblown glass which I design and blow myself for 37 years now. I have a price range of $30.00-1000 plus. My work is influenced from repeated patterns found in nature, textiles and the work of Hundertwasser. It is ever changing. My pieces are inspired by my passion for colour and pattern. I create many different series in the medium of glass and in glass blowing processes. I am the maker of all of the blown glass objects at my booth using traditional techniques. I gather hot molten glass then shape and blow it. After the glass has cooled I then grind the glass. I design all of the pieces by making drawings and planning them out on paper first. I am the head designer for all of my pieces and use an assistant during the blowing process. I do all of the finishing of the works myself, grinding the bottoms, sometimes the entire surface of my pieces are ground or belted. I use sandblasting and acid etching for finishing pieces as well. I love what I do.