Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
Grand Valley ON
Kathyrn graduated from Sheridan College with two diplomas – one
in Creative Art (honours, 1976) and one from the School of Crafts &
Design (glass major, 1978). She has worked in a number of public and private
studios since then. She has show her work in numerous galleries and shows,
winning awards along the way.
“ Where might I be going? I might need a token from my life. I might
need to remember who I was – or maybe someone else might want to
know who I was. My toys, memories of my pets, an image of my face –
these are left, and just a bit of dust…”
'Measure of a Life'
blown glass, sandblasted
My father was cremated after his death in 2000. I made a box out
of stained glass with an image of the white hulled sailboat with
bright red sails that he proudly built. This box, containing his
ashes, was on display of the celebration of his life, for all to
see and remember him. The ‘measure of a life’ refers
to the size the ‘urn’ was required to be in order to
hold the quantity of ashes and bone that once was a vibrant and
'You Can Take It With You'
blown and torch worked glass, sandblasted
Some people do try to take all the ‘bells and whistles’
with them as they depart this mortal earth. “What will I wear
– my best fur, my diamonds and emeralds? How aabout that fancy
Cadillac to get me where I’m going? Or maybe I’ll float
serenely down a blue river. As in days of your, please pack everything
with me and please don’t forget the…”
blown and kiln slumped glass, sandblasted
Hopefully we die in old age after having lived a beautiful life.
That’s the way it should be. But we know that all too often
that’s’s not the case. Some people barely get started:
some just haven’t been here long enough to finish. Death Mask.
Life Mask. Which ever it is, the mask can be whatever you wish it