My name is Samantha Calder, and although my interests include fantastic stories with Dragons & Hobbits and laughing at silly animal videos, I am first and foremost obsessed with glass and helping you find passion and ease in creating with it.
This wonderful journey in glass began in 2005 as a hobby that my husband and I undertook together. He had mentioned the idea of starting stained glass and one day surprised me with a start up kit. It had the basic tools we needed to get started, two pieces of glass and since we were teaching ourselves, a basic book to learn from.
Every evening after my toddler was soundly asleep in his bed, I would sneak off to the basement, baby monitor in hand, to go and explore this fascinating new world of stained glass. It wasn't long after, that I began to steal off during nap time too to go and "play" with glass.
I spent an insane amount of time completely enthralled with my new hobby creating my little works of art. Eventually, my husband lost interest in creating stained glass but for me, it was creative time that I loved. I had finally found the “something” I was missing since having to abandon my dream of a career teaching music, due to a physical injury during my first year of study at Wilfrid Laurier University.
There is no other way to describe it; I was obsessed. I was learning new tricks and ways to do things and thirsty for more knowledge. Living in a rural area has it's perks but it also means that the nearest studios are over an hour away. But I really wanted to learn more, so I turned to the internet.
At that time it was really hard to find anything useful. I was interested in making projects that were different from the norm with details that made my work unique. Any videos or tutorials that I could find, were poorly filmed or photographed and didn't offer the detailed information I was looking for. Disappointed with the lack of opportunities to learn from others, I continued to push through on my own.
Many of the items I made were gifts for family and friends. They loved them so much, they started commissioning me to make gifts for their friends. I was really quite excited and rather nervous about this but after continued requests, I decided to grow my hobby into a business.
Having no previous business experience didn't hold me back. I learned of a government sponsored business program available at the local college and took about 9 weeks to complete the arduous application process and present a pitch for my business idea. I was ecstatic when I found out I was accepted into the program.
Living Sun Glass opened in 2006 (originally as The Pixie Glass Shoppe) and is located in rural Eastern Ontario, Canada. Over the past 10 plus years, I've learned additional techniques including leaded glass, traditional glass painting and glass fusing along with many tidbits of other helpful stuff. Even though I continue to make glass art to sell and create custom works, I've helped over 350 amazing and creative people discover the joy and skills to create with glass.
When I was younger, my dream was to teach. I had my heart set on teaching music but one evening while teaching a workshop, I came to the realization that I was living my dream. The packaging looks different than I expected but it all boils down to the fact that I get to share my artistic passion to help others realize theirs.