Meet Our Team
Mariel & Alexi Hunter
Glass artists Alexi Hunter and Mariel Waddell Hunter have been blowing glass at their Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery since 2006. After meeting at Sheridan College, where they were both studying the art of glass blowing, they moved to Kingston to work and own their own glass studio and gallery. Alexi was raised on his family’s farm just outside Kingston and much of his work is inspired by childhood. He is very interested in the technical aspects of blowing large glass vessels and balancing these shapes by sculpting and creating various surface affects. While Mariel’s works often reflects water movement and life found within the ocean. She is influenced by Trinidad and the Caribbean Islands where she was raised. The natural beauty of those centers has been the main foundation for her artistic vision.
Their different backgrounds and passion to create gives them the foundations for a thriving business and love of glass. Both of their glass work can be found in private and public collections including the Musée Des Beaux – Arts de Montréal. More information can be found about Mariel and Alexi on their individual artist's page under our feature "Meet the Artists".
Kate (Graff) Ducharme
As Gallery Manager and Curator Kate Ducharme has been involved in art all her life. She has taught art history at St.Lawrence College and worked in many commercial galleries as well as public art spaces. Areas of special interest include exhibiting art that inspires dialogue and interest to individuals in surrounding community. Ducharme has sat on several juries helping promote art in both the public and private sectors.
Ducharme has an honours degree in History of Fine Arts, as well as a diploma in Museum Studies. She is continually trying to connect artists with the community and showing people how to integrate art into their everyday lives.
Rob Raeside is an emerging Canadian glass object maker. Subtlety, simplicity and a love of the making process are the driving forces in his work. He has trained at Fleming College, Sheridan College, and worked in a number of other Canadian glass studios. Rob is constantly striving to improve his eye for design and his hand for glass.
Raeside aims to attach value to objects through careful craftsmanship and design. He believes the first impression to be the most impacting element. Rob creates to help develop as a maker and an individual. While timid and reserved in his day-to-day life, the studio brings out the child in him; confident, curious, instinctive and unafraid. The molten glass seems to melt the inhibitions of the outside world and allow him to focus on the task at hand. There is no greater achievement than completing a task to the best of your ability, and Rob is constantly working to be more capable.
Rebekah Jeffries has been blowing glass for over twenty years. She first begin apprenticing with glass artists Claire Maunsell and Paulice Chang. Since then she has assisted every glass blower who has worked out of Fireworks and Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery. Rebekah’s expertise enables her to assist any glass artist in creating glass work from drinking glasses to sculptural art.