d lynne bowland
The artist contemplating a life in glass

Posing in my Wicked Lady outfit...

The artist and her 'familiar'
Duddies Sept' 01 - Sept' 06
Lynne grew up in Edmonton Alberta, and moved from there to Saskatchewan in 1980 to work in mineral exploration. She started working with glass in 1981 while still working in the mining industry. Lynne continued glass as a hobby until 1988. In May of 1988 Lynne took a weekend workshop on glass fusing from Gil Reynolds in Calgary. Eight weeks later she moved to Bradwell, SK, a small village near Saskatoon, bought a commercial building, and started Black Hole Glass.

The studio was named by her husband; he claims nothing that goes into her studio is ever seen again (especially his tools...)!

Lynne opened a gallery at Manitou Beach in June of 2000 and ran it seasonally for the next 5 summers. Lynne and her family moved to Lord’s Cove NB in Sept of 2001 and Lynne continued to run her Gallery “The Beach Hut” for the next 3 summers commuting 4000km twice a year! Lynne sold the building in Sept of 2004 and moved the Gallery to her home on Deer Island renaming it Fireball Gallery & Studio. The gallery features work by Canadian Women.

Lynne’s education runs the gamut from Fashion Design, Exploration Geology (BSc ’79), Computing Science (BComm ’89), and assorted courses in glass and Fine Arts.

Lynne works in stained glass, leaded glass, forged steel, hammered metals, and lamp worked beads. Her work includes sculptural pieces (like the funky bug bands), functional fused glass, commissioned work, glass bead and silver jewellery and lifelike stained glass birds.

Lynne has had a number of gallery shows and has participated in numerous theme and juried shows since 1989.

  • Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto ON, "Fabled Footware" A Mule for Sister Sarah 2003
  • Handwave Gallery, Meacham, SK "Revisited" All Around Ewe 2004

  • I started making beads in 1994 after seeing a 'hot head' torch in my wholesale glass catalogue. Always a sucker for new toys, I bought one. A few months later I broke my left hand while skiing. At that time I was using strips of glass; I discovered I could stuff the strips of glass into my cast (which went right to my fingertips) and wave my arm around to keep the glass hot.... I still flamework left handed, but since '96 I have had a minor burner.

    My first class was in 2000 from Brian Kerkvliet blowing pyrex goblets using huge torches. After 10 days I had an array of non-functional sculptural stemware! I wasn't impressed by the big torches, so I'm still using my minor today.

    If you're interested in buying something you see on my site, or something similar, please contact me.