About the Artists
As a studio we offer a range of products and services. Our studio store carries an ever changing array of glass panels and pieces we make here in our studio. Yet our focus is, and always will be, the creation and restoration of stained and leaded glass windows.
We are driven by innovation and passion for each piece that passes through our studio.
After a fine woodworking apprenticeship in Western Canada in the early eighties, Neil found his real material passion in glass. He opened the studio in Fergus, Ontario in 1983 and shortly after, moved it to neighbouring Elora in 1986.
Neil's strength lies in innovative contemporary design and his devotion for heritage stained glass and its preservation. His work can be found in private, public, commercial and ecclesiastical spaces throughout Ontario and beyond.
Gisela joined Neil in the studio in 1984 after immigrating from Germany. She is involved in every aspect of the studio, the store's development, operations and administration. She is also an accomplished flame-work glass artist, and often seen at markets such as the Christkindl Market in Kitchener and Fair November in Guelph selling our elegant pieces.
Silvia is an accomplished hot glass artist who trained at Sheridan College. Currently she is a resident at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre but occasionally in our studio to assist Gisela with flame-working-- be sure to see her jewellry and flame-blown ornaments, including our very popular chubby birds!
Julie is one of our flame working artists. She creates stunning beads and jeweLlry pieces that are truly tiny works of art. Layering and manipulating colours, textures and transparencies, she is able to make whimsical beaded jewellery for any occasion. She makes these both at her own home studio and here and Hanscomb Glass between her shifts as a pilot with a Canadian air company.
For the past 30 years, Hanscomb Glass Studio has believed that its business is built on personal ethics, integrity, expertise, professionalism and in dealing with our customers fairly and honestly. We are committed to creating and maintaining beautiful glass work for people to enjoy for generations. The consistency of the high quality craftsmanship in our work is important to us. From the restoration, maintenance and repair of old stained and leaded glass windows to the design and construction of new commissioned windows, we take care with each stage of our projects. We also pride ourselves on our customer service as we listen to your needs and ideas, and then develop an action-plan and/or design to work with you as the needs of each client is unique.
We support social causes in the community and we have worked successfully with Community Living and Northern Lights Employment Agency. Throughout the years we have liaised with Katimavik as well as with the high school co-op program to give a comprehensive curriculum that develops stained glass skills in our workers.
Environmentally, we try to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills from our communities by restoring and maintaining current stained glass and crafting our own with post-consumer materials, if possible. We have also developed a few products for our Studio Store that are made with 100% post-consumer materials. From our arctic ice series made from shattered tempered glass to our tea-light lanterns, we try to maintain a sustainable and environmentally friendly business-- even our product cards are made with 100% recycled paper!