A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Kathryn Thomson
RR #1
Grand Valley ON
L0N 1G0
519 928-31-55

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 important life.

'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 to be.


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