Visual artist Tammy Hudgeon grew up under the wide and endless sky of the Canadian Prairies, a place where the open landscape became deeply rooted in her soul and is now a part of everything she does, thinks, feels, creates.
A self-taught artist, Hudgeon’s artwork is shown widely, both nationally and internationally. Among her many honours and awards, Hudgeon is a two-time BC Glass Art Award winner and was recently cited for her contribution to her local arts community.
Over the years, her scope has grown to include tiny to large-scale steel and glass sculptures, mixed media paintings, and anything else that allows her to connect to her authentic creative voice.
Hudgeon openly connects with the joyful, soulful, wild spirit of life and imbues her pieces with it. She hopes that those viewing it will feel the same energy of connection she experienced while creating it.
She’s been published in magazines and books and interviewed about her art for T.V. and radio, including CBC’s North by Northwest Show.
In addition to creating her own art, Hudgeon loves to inspire people, occasionally hosting workshops for children and youth in her studio. She’s also available for talks on her own work, focusing on the creative process.
Hudgeon’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world, and has also been purchased and collected by one of Japan’s most famous Riokhan’s.
Hudgeon has traveled widely and finds herself awed and inspired by the many traditional and tribal cultures she’s visited and their spirited use of colour, adornment and sacred rituals.
Many of Hudgeon’s collectors and admirers know her for her fused glass which she imbues with themes of nature, vibrant living colours, and exuberant spirit.
Her connection to nature has led her to a rustic lifestyle on a small island in British Columbia where she explores and creates in a light-filled studio. Today, these elements, ingrained from childhood and collected over a lifetime, spill out of Hudgeon and into her work, proving that the spirit of an artist comes from deep inside.
You can find my artwork in the following galleries:
- West End Gallery ~ Victoria, B.C.
- West End Gallery ~ Edmonton, AB
- Artzi Stuff ~ Nanaimo, B.C.
- Barton Leier Gallery – Nanaimo, BC
- New Small & Sterling Glass Gallery ~ Vancouver, B.C.
- The Crafthouse Gallery~ Vancouver, B.C.
- The Van Dop Gallery ~ New Westminster, B.C.
- The Shayne Gallery ~ Montreal, QB
- Glass Artists Gallery ~ Online
- Vernon Public Art Gallery ~ Vernon, B.C.
- Bluerock Gallery ~ Black Diamond, AB.
Hudgeon’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Can we visit your Studio?
Absolutely! I love welcoming visitors to my studio. I generally have 2 studio shows per year. A Solo Studio Show in the late spring and the famous Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour in the fall.
The Gabriola Thanksgiving Art Studio Tour sees up to 60 art studios open their doors to the public. It is an amazing time to visit beautiful Gabriola Island.
At other times my studio is open by appointment. During the rest of the year my studio is a fully functioning art studio, so it is often in a state of creative chaos. There is ALWAYS new art to see in my studio, however it is not always displayed the way you would see it during show times.
Contact me if you wish to visit! If I am available I would love to SEE you!
I want to share with you some of the organizations that I support. I believe in these amazing people doing very good work in the world. When you purchase art and support my studio you are contributing to supporting these values too. Thank YOU!
- Gabriola Arts Council ~ To encourage the Gabriola Island community to realize it’s creative potential.
- Georgia Strait Alliance ~ Caring for our Coastal Waters.
- KIDS International Development Society ~ Their mission is to create better futures for children living in developing countries.
- Seva Canada ~ Seva works in many of the world’s poorest places to restore sight to those in greatest need.
- People for a Healthy Community ~ To support the health and well-being of all members of our community by offering a range of essential services.
- Haven House ~ Promote the integrity and safety of women, children, youth and families and the development of a respectful and healthy community.
- Growls Gabriola ~ GROWLS is a registered non-profit society whose mandate is the rescue of ill, injured or otherwise disabled wildlife and the preservation of natural wildlife habitat
- Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre ~ The only full time, year round facility in Canada caring for all wild species including marine mammals, avian and terrestrial mammals.
I also support Cats Alive, Gabriola Elementary School, Gabriola Community Hall, Greater Victoria Housing Society, and so many more.
Thank YOU for helping my studio to contribute to these very worthwhile groups who I believe do such good work for the benefit of all.
Do you create custom artwork?
Yes, I do.
I am always open to creating custom work as long as your request falls within my comfort level and style. The most important thing is that you already like my style of creating.
I have created many site specific custom art pieces. The glass pieces often involve wood or steel as the support for larger works. Sometimes the custom work is in a style that is repeatable, such as my glass and steel flower bouquets. A client may want one in a specific colour and with certain customized elements.
I also create many wedding/graduation/birthday gifts that have specific personal elements added. Bowls, platters, dishes and wood framed windows are popular choices for gifts.
My sculptures have been used as memorials for loved ones in indoor and outdoor settings. My tabletop glass flower bouquets have been given at funerals as a lasting floral arrangement. Unusual and memorable.
I have created mixed media paintings for clients that include childhood memories or favourite animals in the imagery.
Do you Teach?
No, I do not. I am always honoured when I am asked if I teach. I will occasionally offer a workshop for youth. This is usually more an offering to the community and a desire to inspire teenagers to keep their creativity alive!
If you want to learn about fused glass I recommend Brenda Mcintyre at Cheeky Monkey Glassworks in Nanaimo. She is a talented glass artist and a wonderful teacher.
Details for Custom Work
Creating custom pieces usually involves a couple of meetings and several emails. Often the whole process can be done via email, with imagery and ideas flowing back and forth until we have a clear plan and approach.
Once I have created a design and we agree on the approach I require 50% (or a mutually agreed upon amount) for deposit. We want to have as much clarity as possible between us before I begin. At this point I work on my own until the project is finished.
It is challenging to make changes after the fact with glass, steel and wood. Although it is possible, any changes after the piece is complete will be reflected in the final price.
For a painting, small changes are possible after you’e seen the final piece.
Please see ‘Praise‘ to read about other people’s experience when working with my studio.
What is fused glass?
Definition: glass fusing is a process of using heat to melt and join together pieces of glass.
By applying heat to glass it will soften. And if you apply more heat, the glass will become more fluid and will flow together.
Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken.
Prices for glass art range from as low as $5.00 to several thousand.
- Glass Stars
as low as $5 and $10.
- Original Fused Glass Platter
from $25 for 3″x3″ up to $750 to $900 for a large 21″ dia. bowl.
- Glass and Steel sculptures
from $300 to several thousand.
from $60 for a 6″x6″ to $3000 to $4000 for 48″x48″.
What is mixed media?
Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. There is an important distinction between “mixed-media” artworks and “multimedia art”. Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media.
In my studio this would mean, in my paintings I use acrylic paint, charcoal, graphite, oil sticks, oil paint, oil pastels, chalk, pencil crayon, collage and sometimes even glass together in one piece of art.
- Gabriola Island Thanksgiving Studio Tour Oct.2014
- West End Gallery 25th Anniversary Show, Victoria B.C. Nov.2014
- Solo Show~ Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Qualicum B.C. Aug 2013
- Three~Group Show, with Grant Leier, Sheila Norgate, Artworks, Gabriola Is. Aug. 2013
- Tammy Hudgeon Spring Show and Sale, Gabriola Island, June 2013
- Group Show~ with Grant Leier, Nixie Barton, West End Gallery, Victoria B.C. May 2013
- Homework, Homeplay~ Solo Show, Artzi Stuff, Nov.2012
- Group Show~Barton-Leier Gallery, Nanaimo B.C. Nov.2012
- Annual Studio Tour~ Gabriola Island, Oct 2012
- 10th Annual Solo Show~Artworks, Gabriola Is. B.C. Aug.2012
- Canadian Glass Show~West End Gallery, Victoria B.C. 2012
- 2nd Annual Spring Show and Sale, Gabriola Island, June 2012
- Free Run~ (Solo Show) Gabriola Artworks, Gabriola Aug 2011
- Arts on the Avenue, Guest Artist, Ladysmith B.C. Aug 2011
- Vancouver Island Glass Show ~ Nanaimo, BC April 2011
- Arts Umbrella ~ Vancouver, BC 2004 to 2012
- Canadian Glass Show, West End Gallery, 2011, 2012
- Vancouver Island Glass Show Nanaimo B.C. April 2011
- Wide Open Spaces, Solo Show, Gabriola Artworks Aug. 2010
- Filberg Festival Guest Artist Comox B.C. Aug 2010
- BCGAA Annual Show Sept. 2010
- Jupiter Ranch Art Show May 2010, May 2009
- Gabriola Island Studio Tour Oct. 2003 to 2010
- Best in Glass, Gallery 223, Nanaimo, BC – Dec’09
- Wild Imaginings, Gabriola Artworks – Aug’09
- 7th to the 14th Annual Canadian Glass Show, West End Gallery, Victoria
- Winter Light, Group Glass Show, Crafthouse Gallery – Dec’08
- Solo Show, Sacred Colours, Artworks, Gabriola Is Aug ’07
- Solo Show, Whimsical Spirit, Crafthouse, Vancouver June ’07
- Solo Show, Spirit House, Artworks, Gabriola Is – Aug ’06
- BC Glass Art Assoc. Annual Exhibition, Vancouver – Aug ’06
- Solo Show, Senderos Nuevas, artworks, gabriola is – aug ’05
- BC Glass Art Assoc. Annual Exhibition, Vancouver – Aug ’05
- Gabriola Artist’s Show, Gallery 223, Nanaimo – Jul ’05
- Solo Show, Foyer Gallery, Squamish – Mar ’05
- BC Ferry Corp Artist on Board – May ’05
- BC Glass Art Assoc. Biennial Glass Exhibition, Van. – Sept ’04 & ’09
- Solo Show, Body of Work, Artworks, Gabriola Is – Aug ’04
- Duo Show, Pegasus Gallery, Saltspring Is. – May ’04
- Group Show, Heart to Heart, Van Dop Gallery, New Westminster – Feb ’04
- BC Glass Art Assoc. Annual Exhibition, Vancouver – Nov ’03
- Solo Show, A Blast of Glass, Artworks, Gabriola Is – Aug ’03
- National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia – ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05
- Arts Umbrella, Vancouver – ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04
- BC Glass Art Association
- Craft Art Association of BC
- Glass Art Association of Canada
- Gabriola Arts Council
- Boulevard Magazine, Nov.2014
- Artists of British Columbia Vol.4 2014
- Wild Spirit, Short Film, Mar.2013
- Vancouver Island Tourism, 2012
- Gabriola Flying Shingle, Aug.2012
- The Naked Leaf Tea Company, Cannister Labels 2012
- Nanaimo News Bulletin Oct. 2011
- Gabriola Sounder Nov.2011
- Gulf Island Travel Guide Summer 2011
- CBC Radio interview NXNW Show Oct.2011
- The Valley Voice Oct. 2011
- More Living Magazine Jul/Aug. 2011
- The Beacon Magazine May 2011
- Glass Art Association of Canada Magazine Dec.2010
- The Beacon Magazine May 2011
- Vancouver Sun Oct 2010
- BCGAA annual show invitation image Sept.2010
- Flying shingle Aug.2010
- Van dop guide back cover image summer 2010
- Home and Living Magazine – Spring ’09, Fall ’09
- MultiFaith Action Society Calender 2009
- Focus Magazine – Sept’08
- Island Central News – Summer ’08
- Gulf Islander Magazine – ’08 ’07
- Annual Canadian Glass Show Brochure – ’09 ’08, ’07, ’06
- National Liberty Museum Catalogue – ’09, ’08, ’07, ’06, ’05
- Arts Umbrella Art Auction Catalogue -’09, ’08, ’07, ’06, ’05, ’04
- Gabriola Sounder – Oct’08, Aug’07, May’07, Dec’05, Aug’05, Jul’04, Oct’03, Jun’03, Oct’02
- Crafts Association of BC newsletter – Dec’08, May’07
- Aqua Magazine – Fall’06
- Harbour City News – ’05
- Nanaimo News Bulletin – Aug’04, Oct’03
- BC Glass Art Assoc. Biennial Glass Exhibition Catalogue – ’04
- Glass Art Magazine – Mar/Apr’02
- BCGAA annual show 2010 Honourable mention
- BC Glass Art Assoc. Annual Exhibition ’06 – Honourable Mention
- BC Glass Art Assoc. Annual Exhibition ’03 -1st Place
- Festival Gabriola People’s Choice Award ’07 ’05, ’04, ’03
- Red Deer College, AB – Hot Glass Program
- Glass Fusing – 2003
- Glass Fusing – 2001
- Glass Blowing – 2001
- Glass Blowing – 2000
I think what I love about Tammy Hudgeon's work, whether it's glass or painting, lets the light in. She is an illuminator. Her work brings me great joy and is deeply inspiring. She has a beautiful, playful imagination and as an artist, she can give that imagination dimension and such brilliant colour. I feel very lucky to have Tammy in my home.
Shelagh Rogers, O.C.,
So many artists I know struggle to work their personality into their practice... Tammy? Ha! Her work is more 'her' than she is, herself! Colourful, vibrant, energetic, bold and unapologetically heartfelt - whatever you're 'supposed' to feel about art flies out the window as all your senses start calling out, "Yes! Yes! I love this - I need this!" You can recognize Tammy's work anywhere and, yet, there's no way anyone could replicate it. A little weird, a little whacky, a little "who the hell knows?" all comes together in a soul-satisfying whole. What flows out of Tammy's heart and makes itself into art is undeniably and uniquely Tammy - long may she reign!