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Eleanor Brownridge
TurtleCreek Art Glass
8106 30/31 Sideroad
Nottawa, ON L0M 1P0

Eleanor Brownridge began her self-directed art career designing and making stained glass windows as a hobby while living in Mississauga. But once bitten by the glass bug, she started taking advanced courses – first in stained glass, then in fusion glass and sandcarving. Initially, her customers discovered her through word-of-mouth and studio tours, and then, in 2004, various galleries and gift shops across Canada started selling her serving dishes and sculptural pieces. Having outgrown her garage in Mississauga, Eleanor relocated to the Pretty River Valley, just south of Collingwood, to open her TurtleCreek Art Glass studio in 2007. There, her style has been inspired by the trees and nature in the surrounding Niagara Escarpment.

She has chosen glass as her medium because it is so dynamic; the finished art is always changing. Daylight through a window transforms translucent red into gold, intensifies blues and reveals the complexity of browns. Clear bevels fracture a sunbeam into a rainbow. Room light bounces off an opaque sculpture; the patterns from transparent bowls are mirrored on the table. This interplay of light and medium is also what mesmerizes her as she looks at nature's patterns. In her designs, by choosing glass of varying intensity and colour; by manipulating the glass at molten temperatures; by varying the depth and surface texture of the glass through sandcarving, she tries to replicate the movement and chameleon nature of the world around her.

2002 to 2012, numerous short courses from various masters across the United States and Canada in advanced stained glass construction, architectural fusion glass, kiln casting, extreme depth and sandblasting.
1979 MA Journalism, University of Western Ontario
1965 MA Nutrition, University of Toronto
1964 Honour BA, University of Toronto

Recent Exhibitions
Saturation, small group show, November 2012, Mad and Noisy Gallery in Creemore
Headwaters Arts Festival, September 2012, Orangeville
Carmel Fine Art/Music Festival, September 2012, Niagara Falls
Toronto Art Expo, April 2012, Toronto
Burlington Fine Art & Craft Festival, June 2012, Burlington Art Centre
Art in the Park, August 2012, 2011, Oakville
Hot! Hot! Hot!, 2-artist show, June 2011, Mad and Noisy Gallery in Creemore
Art Array, small group shows: November 2012 Tremont, Collingwood; September 2012 Arta
Gallery, Distillery District Toronto; August 2011 at Art Square Toronto
Handy, Ontario Crafts Council, 2011
Glass Under Glass, 2010, 2011, 2012 Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton
Juried Art Show 2009, 2010, 2011 Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
Walk on the Wild Side, September 2009, Beaux-arts Brampton
Also sells through the Guild Shop in Toronto, the Loft Gallery in Clarksburg and the Edge Gallery in Barrie.

Award of Merit in 3D Art, Carmel Fine Art/Music Festival, 2012
First and Second Place, Craft Section, Juried Art Show, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, 2011

Blue Sails – Fusion Glass Sculpture using Pot Melt Technique

Ocean – Fusion glass sculpture

Reflections – Fusion Glass Sculpture using Powdered Glass

Stained Glass Window

Fusion Glass Door

FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. 


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