ABOUT INFINITE GLASSWORKS
Infinite Glassworks was founded by glassblowers Kate and Matthew Civiero in 2005 to showcase both individual and collaborative approaches to glassmaking. In 2016 they renovated a historic barn for Kate to establish the permanent glassblowing studio of Infinite Glassworks.
Kate is a graduate of the Glass Program at the Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. She has exhibited her work in galleries in Canada and the USA and is involved in several art collectives. Her glasswork can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally.
Uniting design and function, Kate combines vibrant colours and fluid shapes in her signature handblown glassware.
KATE CIVIERO – ARTIST STATEMENT
As a glassblower and a metalsmith, I am a designer and maker of handmade objects. I believe in giving objects significance through deliberate design and thoughtful creation.
Motived by material curiosity, I combine contrasting mediums to inform texture, pattern, colour and structure.
With a balance between careful consideration and inpulsive explorations, I give a voice to my craft through the language of my materials.
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, I rely 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. I 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
Infinite Glassworks is housed in a 90 year old rustic barn beside beautiful Eugenia Falls in Ontario, Canada. The dream to own a glassblowing facility on our rural property became a reality in 2016 when we began renovations to transform the barn into a studio. Much of the design and aesthetic of the space are inspired by recycled and reclaimed material, and our priority is to maintain the rural atmosphere both inside the studio and out.
The ground floor of the 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 our glassware.
The second floor loft is a multi-purpose studio space which includes metalsmithing equipment, flameworking bench and a printmaking area.