Bruce Thurston

When Fran and I moved to Texada Island in 1992 we were both making glass beads, and had plenty of glass scraps and a small annealer kiln. I started putting the tiny glass pieces in the kiln after assembling them to look like images and patterns. The results were fun and appealing to me. I glued magnets or pins to these and started selling them at farmer's markets. I was hooked.

Since "92 I've been making and selling functional, whimsical glass pieces. My products include magnets, pins, christmas ornaments, nightlights, swizzle sticks, coasters, trivets, windows and clothing racks. I also make seed beaded earrings.

At one time I sold in 25 shops/galleries from Tofino to Halifax. I have scaled back my business greatly now, but still enjoy working in my shop on a daily basis.