Carl Durance

Contact Name
Carl Durance
Contact Title
Artist | Instructor

Carl lives in a tranquil country setting hemmed between the deep blue water of Colpoys Bay to the North and the rugged bluffs of Niagara Escarpment to the South. After leaving an exciting career of research and development in computer software, he continues his creative endeavours in the arts. He is accomplished in many different art forms using wood, clay, metal, and glass, including woodcarving, woodturning, stained glass, pottery, and jewellery. Carl acquired his expertise through books, courses, and experience.

For a number of years, he concentrated on realistic wildfowl carving for which he has been awarded many ribbons for his works. In 1993, Carl won the World’s Wildfowl Carving Championship at the Novice Level with his miniature Eastern Screech Owl in the red morph.On a return trip from the World’s competition in 1999, which is held each year in Ocean City, Maryland, he stopped in Corning, New York to tour the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass. So intrigued by that visit, he signed up on the spot for his first of many courses in the art form of lampworked, or flameworked, glass at The Studio, the instructional facility of the museum.

Primarily, he creates ornate glass beads that become the focal point in jewellery. His work also includes paperweights, marbles, vases, and other small-scale glass objects.