Kate C., Glassblower + Coppersmith
Kate C., Infinite Glassworks, Glassblower + Coppersmith
Infinite Glassworks was founded by glassblowers Kate and Matthew Civiero in 2005 to showcase both individual and collaborative approaches to glassmaking. In 2016 they renovated a historic barn for Kate to establish the permanent glassblowing studio of Infinite Glassworks. Kate is a graduate of the Glass Program at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Canada and the USA and is involved in several art collectives. Her glasswork can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally.
What is the best part of what you do and why?
The best part of what I do truly is the time spent making. I’m honoured and grateful to be making a living doing what I love. This year marks my twentieth year of being a glassblower and every day I get in the studio still feels fresh and exciting. At heart I am an explorer of materials; nothing thrills me more than discovering relationships between glass and other mediums such as copper, wood, and stone.
What is your favourite component to your workspace and why?
My favourite component to my workspace is my Baby Dragon glass blowing furnace. It’s the single most important piece of equipment in my workspace and it truly is the heart of my studio practice. It contains 2100ºF molten glass which I use to stretch, blow, spin and shape into hand blown glass objects. The most endearing things about it is that it was custom made just for me by a team of amazing craftsmen. A beautiful piece of equipment which I use to make beautiful hand blown glass!
At heart I am an explorer of materials; nothing thrills me more than discovering relationships between glass and other mediums such as copper, wood, and stone.
Kate C., Infinite Glassworks, Glassblower + Coppersmith,
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an entrepreneur?
Choosing to run my business in a rural village away from cities has been at times very challenging. When I launched my business in 2005 it was especially difficult to reach new clients outside of my area without doing shows and travelling to urban centres. These days, geography is practically unimportant as I connect with so many folks on social media and through my website. Shop local movements and a deep appreciation for handmade objects in our community have made it possible to make a living as a rural glassblower.
In your opinion, where is the best place to visit in your city?
Anywhere in our village is paradise! My village of Eugenia is home to a massive man-made lake, a river and one of the highest waterfalls in Ontario – which is literally right beside my studio! I love hiking the Bruce Trail hike from Eugenia Falls down into the valley to Hogg’s Falls (another gorgeous local waterfall).