I’m a glassblower and metalsmith, making objects through deliberate design and thoughtful creation. Motivated by material curiosity, I combine contrasting mediums to inform texture, pattern, colour and structure. With a balance between careful consideration and impulsive explorations, I give a voice to my craft through the language of my materials.
ABOUT INFINITE GLASSWORKS
Infinite Glassworks was established in 2005 by glassblowers Kate Civiero and Matthew Civiero. Uniting design and function, Infinite Glassworks combines vibrant colours and fluid shapes in their signature handblown glassware.
Kate and Matthew are graduates of the Glass Program at the Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. They have exhibited their blown glass in galleries in Canada, and are involved in several art collectives. Their glasswork can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally.
ABOUT THE PROCESS
Glass is a unique material, bearing the properties of a liquid when it’s hot, and of a solid when it’s cold. An incredible and challenging medium, working with 2100ºF molten glass is a fast-paced, fluid process. Unable to touch the glass while working with it, the glassblower relies on tools, heat, inflation, motion and gravity to shape the glass, all the while making split second decisions about its aesthetic outcome. The combination of intense heat, fluidity and unpredictability of the medium is what makes working with hot glass so enthralling.
It’s fun to own beautiful things, and there is significant value in owning an object designed and made by an artist. The look and the feel of handcrafted objects enhances our interaction with them. We design objects that emphasize functionality as well as aesthetics. Connecting visually with a handmade object is important, but using it and interacting with it is paramount. Handmade pieces have a way of becoming intertwined in our lives; there is something inherently special about owning an original, human-made object.
ABOUT THE STUDIO
The Infinite Glassworks studio is housed in a 90 year old rustic barn beside beautiful Eugenia Falls in Ontario, Canada. Our dream to own a glassblowing facility on our rural property became a reality in 2016 when we began to renovate our barn into a studio. Much of the design and aesthetics of the space are inspired by recycled and reclaimed material, and it was our priority to maintain the rural atmosphere in the studio.
The bottom floor of the barn houses the glassblowing studio – a hotshop for blowing glass and a coldshop for grinding, polishing and finishing the glass. There is a retail area for visitors to shop for glassware.
The second floor loft is a multi-purpose studio space which will include a metalsmithing bench, soldering station, flameworking bench and a printmaking/painting area.