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Ojinika Glass is a Western Canadian based Flameworking/Lampworking studio that works with hard borosilicate glass (pyrex) to make a variety of unique artistic and functional creations, along with teaching glassblowing classes. They specialize in creating custom orders, but also make an assortment of glass art such as sculptures, pipes, straws, watering orbs, ash memorials, ornaments, jewellery, terrariums, and more!
Taking custom orders is something not many glass artists do, but this studio enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with the client which gives them the opportunity to expand their skills and try new techniques and ideas. It also allows the client to be a part of the creative process and results in unique one-of-a kind products.
Ojinika Glass is a B.C. Small Business located on Saltspring Island, Canada.
Meet the Maker
Naomi Ojinika Mbanefo (they/them) is currently a resident of Salt Spring Island, BC. Naomi apprenticed at a well-renowned lampworking company in Edmonton AB, Pixieglassworks, where they were trained in diverse styles of glass techniques as well as how to teach glassblowing classes. Naomi is now the founder and sole proprietor of Ojinika Glass, a company set to redefine the traditional views of lampworking by sharing the knowledge of glass as an alternative and accessible creative outlet.
Growing up, Naomi developed an aversion to art and creativity after failing to perform well in traditional junior high art classes. This led to shame and anxiety around creating art and the belief that they would never be an artist. The discovery of glass as a medium, made them realize that they could utilize their science based brain and teachings to better understand the principles of glass. Glassblowing requires a knowledge of chemistry and physics to predict how the glass will react to the flame types and how it will move under different temperatures and phase shifts. Understanding that gave Naomi the confidence to try new things and develop their creativity in unique art pieces. The combination of these two areas now gives Naomi a balanced lifestyle using the left and right hemispheres of the brain equally. They now have the confidence to try other forms of art and to be a successful entrepreneur and teacher.
Ways to Connect
Use coupon code ‘ISLANDCRAFTED10’ to receive 10% off!Stockists: Edmonton - The Little Plant Shop, Edmonton - The Quiltbag Markets: Saltspring Island Farmer's Market (Saturdays, Spring & Summer)