Born October 1953 in San Francisco, Christopher Smith moved to British Columbia in 1970.
He began working in stained glass in 1975, employed as an apprentice to Thomas B. Shields at the Glass Head Studio in Nelson B.C. This studio was primarily concerned with religious stained glass restoration and residential stained glass design and fabrication.
Also in 1975, Chris spent a semester at the Alberta College of Art, studying glass blowing under the direction of Norman Faulkner. He moved to Nanaimo in 1976, and studied art history at Malaspina College. More recently Chris explored fused glass techniques with Brock Craig in his Vancouver studio and kiln cast glass with Erik Whittmore at Bullseye Glass in Portland, Oregon.
He exhibited at the 1983, ‘85 and ‘88 B.C. Festival of the Arts showcase gallery ‘Images and Objects’. He was also invited to participant in ‘Glass Act’ 1 and 2 at the Fort Langley Centennial Museum. And with Fabric Artist Elaine Duncan, Chris was an exhibitor at the Old School House Gallery, Qualicum Beach, in their first year.
He opened the original Glass Studio in Nanaimo in 1977. The Studio relocated to Lantzville in 1986. That same year the Canadian Government granted Christopher Landed Immigrant status and he became a Canadian Citizen in 2002.
In 1991 he moved his studio to its present location behind his home on the edge of Nanoose Bay. His studio is one of the oldest established art glass studios on Vancouver Island and provides a full range of services, from restoration to complete design and consultation work with clients, interior designers and architects, resulting in glass work very specific to site and client.
Chris has taught many classes in stained glass and sandblasting glass as well as glass fusing and slumping techniques. He was an Instructor at Malaspina College, North Island College and the Nelson School District. He also spent a rewarding ten years (starting in 1996) working with selected Grade 12 students at Nanaimo District Secondary, helping them design and build stained glass windows and fused glass panels for their new library . He holds private classes and workshops in his studio.
Chris shows and sells new work in his own studio gallery, Phoenix Gallery. He is also represented by Reflecting Spirit Galleries; Tofino & Ucluelet , The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Eclectic Art, Oak Bay Victoria, The Black Tusk Gallery, Whistler and White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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