Lee Brady, "Cruising Venus," 2002, fused, kiln-carved and formed glass, 55 x 39 x 15.5 cm.
By Colleen MacPherson
Already a master of traditional stained glass techniques, Lee Brady is now pushing the glass envelope in his production of contemporary vessels. At his Glass Eye Studio just outside Saskatoon, Brady has been experimenting: trying new materials such as metal-surfaced glass and refractory kiln paper; combining metals like copper and gold with glass; and achieving new textures and shapes in the kiln. Equally important is his cold working. Grinding, polishing, sandblasting and sand carving allow him to edit each piece to take full advantage of its complex layers of colour and texture. An exhibition of Lee Brady's new work runs June 22 through July 12, 2003, at the Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon. He is also represented at The Gallery at Jasper Park Lodge, West End Gallery in Victoria, and Art & All That Jazz in Saskatoon.