Gundi is a glass artist who was born in Germany and lived for twenty years in Chile before moving to Canada in 1973. During the early 1980s she worked as a fashion designer in suede and leather – an occupation that helped her develop the keen sense of shape and proportion that is so evident in her sculptural glass creations. She now lives and works in the rolling Northumberland Hills, one and a half hours’ drive east of Toronto, Ontario. Gundi’s studio is situated nestled into a hilltop overlooking the surrounding fields, forest, marsh, and creek. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Nature scene outside her studio window provides much of the inspiration for her brilliant and flowing sculptures, in particular the intense cold, bright light, snow and ice formations of the Canadian winter.
Each of Gundi’s pieces is painstakingly created. Plate glass is cut into small pieces, then tumbled to remove sharp edges, and bonded with an ultra-strong UV-activated adhesive into a multifaceted sculpture. Such pieces glint beautifully in the sunlight during the day, and form spectacular table centre-pieces at night, especially when illuminated from below or with spot lighting from above. Gundi’s sculptural works reveal shapes that contrast strongly with regularly layered levels of glass. This year she has continued to infuse many of her pieces with bold, colorful edging, which can be fully customized according to taste. Clients have the option of ordering sculptures that use crisp and clear premium Starphire glass as the base material – Starphire gives a wonderfully clean look and an added dimension of contrast with the edging.
New in 2012 came a series of soaring castells and whimsical candleholders constructed using not only layered glass as normal, but also fanciful vases, bowls, trays, plates, trophies, and more. These complement 2011s Granites, which feature granite slabs and glass. Whatever the options chosen, however, clients can look forward to receiving a unique piece of glass sculpture that embodies a beguiling mix of light, brittle strength, and supple fluidity.
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