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Meet Pat & Juanita

we spend our days designing and creating puppets, masks, sculptures, fused glass art and glazing stoneware.

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Puppets

discover our puppet building studio

We specialize in designing, creating and building puppets & masks for Theatre companies, workshops and festivals.

Wool Roving

we offer 65+ colors of wool roving

Sold across Canada through our Etsy shop‭. ‬Roving Wool is used in Needle Felting‭, ‬Spinning and Wet Felting‭.

Stoneware

create beautiful kiln-fired stoneware

Stunning and unique art made with clay, glazed and ‘bisque-fired’ in our kiln.

Glass Fusion

design your own fused glass

Discover the unique art form of glass fusion, where we bond different forms and colours of glass.

Etsy Shop

many of our finished pieces are available through our online shop.

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Large Standard Mugs | Northern Woods Green w/ Evening Blue Glaze

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Funky Glass Retro Serving Dish

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NZ Silk/Merino Blend | VANILLA WHITE Roving

Classes

we share the love of our art by hosting classes several days each month – we offer classes in glass fusion, needle felting and various puppet arts.

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Your Opinion About Us

Testimonials

Arrived sooner than expected and was perfect for my first attempt at needle felting! Will definitely order from this shop again, thank you 🙂
I made some felted soap with some Lagoon, spearmint and Lime roving on a base of my “Felters Blend” sample and it is sitting on the blue fish coin dish which makes an awesome soap dish. Thanks so much for the excellent quality product.
This is absolutely stunning an I am so happy to have it! Amazing price for a work of art and so I will order more for sure!
Best store ever. Kind and smart with the best products and fast service. I would recommend to anyone. I used this wool to felt a dog. So much better wool than at more shops.
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FAQ

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A: No – once you have taken our “Introduction to Glass Fusion Class”, you will be confident to tackle most glass fusion projects you see in Pinterest or Google Images.

A: Our studio is a production studio – so we often have projects that we are working on for our clients that take up the whole studio space. We also making Puppets, Glass Fusion Art and Stoneware for ourselves and for our ETSY Shop and clients when we don’t have classes on.

A: Yes. Give us a call to see how we can accommodate your schedule. We do however need a minimum # of students to host a private class: 4 for a Glass Fusion or Stoneware Glazing session and 6 for a Needle Felting class.

A: Yes – providing we have space in our firing schedule, we can open up our kiln to fire your projects. Our charge is $45 /firing

A: No – there is no access to Calgary Transit from our location. We are located about 15 minutes from the 69Th Street Calgary LRT in the SE and an Uber to our studio works well.

A: Yes – you are welcome to drop by to buy Wool Roving directly from the studio to save you shipping costs. (We ship wool roving for free if your order is over $60 – but sometimes it nice to come out and feel the various breeds of wool in your fingers! We recommend that you text us at 403-809-7464 to make sure we are home prior to coming over.

A: We source our wool from both Alberta and from New Zealand. With over 60 colors now – there’s something for everyone.

A: Yes we do commission work – and have for many years. Theatres across Canada have had our puppets grace their stages.

A: The cost to build a puppet can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. The price greatly depends on the materials used, the # of hours to design it, prototype it and then build it. The amount of moving pieces and size are also determining factors. Give us a call to discuss your unique requirements.

A: No – our focus is primarily adult puppet theatre.

A: We specialize in Rod Puppets, Sandbag Puppets, and Medium Size Puppets for Theatres (Dragons, Dogs, Cats Birds etc.). We do not make Marionettes or Muppet Style Puppets.

A: This depends on several factors, namely size, complexity, materials needed etc., if detailed drawings are included, and good communications of requirements. A typical puppet can take 40-70 hours to complete, once the job begins

A: The choice of materials to make puppets from can seem endless. Our studio has an incredible amount of materials on hand – and our supply chain to required materials is vast.

I prefer to cast the bodies, feet, hands and heads. This includes the use of clay, plaster and foams to prepare the casting. I then cast the head and body molds with flexible slip – resulting a very light and highly durable structure to build the puppet with. Legs and arms are often carved from wood. Finishing puppets often include the use of fabric, wool roving, paints and furs. A good puppet builder is a jack of all trades –and often a master at none.

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