Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
140 Alexmuir Blvd.
Born in Crete, Greece, Catherine Vamvakas Lay is a Toronto-based sculptor
working with glass, bronze and mixed media. She holds a bachelor degree
in Fine Arts and a bachelor degree in Administrative Studies from York
University, as well as a diploma in glass from Sheridan College.
Catherine has won numerous grants, awards and residencies. Her work has
been selected for publication and she exhibits extensively, nationally
“ My work is sculptural and I presently focus on blowing and casting
glass. My work is inspired by our transforming nature, as seen in the
process of rock through heat becoming sand and glass. Concepts for my
work also derive from my Minoan background, reflecting on the relevance
of the remnants of that culture. I strive to connect the individual with
the elemental forces of our physical and spiritual world. In general,
the emphasis of my work is to invite thought and to expand and transcend
our present condition. “
'Transformation, 9': ossuary
Kiln cast glass, enamel paint
The kiln cast glass ossuary has a lid with Minoan writing. The undeciphered
language from Crete dates to approximately 1,500 B.C. The size,
form, surface texture, and glass opacity of the ossuary all refer
to a traditional artifact excavated from an ancient grave.
Hand blown glass into rocks
The urn process involved blowing hot glass into a negative space
that was formed by five rocks found in Ontario. The resulting glass
vessel retains fragments of rock and rock texture on its outer surface.
In a primal way, the mediation of materials simultaneously explores
aspects of transformation, materiality, and immateriality.
Large Pomegranate Urn
Hand blown glass
Small Pomegranate Urn
Hand blown glass
The glass blown urn has a solid glass pomegranate seed on the lid.
In color and transparency, the vessel refers to a pomegranate seed.
Pomegranates, through Classical Greek mythology, are linked to the
underworld or the place that our dead live.