Dayna McIntosh: glass

“Nothing evokes a sense of peace in me like being by the ocean … except for melting and blowing glass.”

Driven by a wealth of experiences including a ceramics apprenticeship on an island off of Nova Scotia and a stint in Hawaii, she produces pieces evocative of the shells, creatures and flotsam she has encountered in her travels. In addition to her work in leather and beaded handwork in the Canadian prairies in the 90s, Dayna has studied textile arts in the Rocky Mountains and Hawaiian hand quilting in Oahu. In Ottawa she has studied photography at Algonquin College, and has worked with local clothing designers to develop an artistic website, wedding dress line and catalogue.

In 2014 Dayna was introduced to glass and hasn’t looked back since. She studied fused glass and drawing with fused glass in Hawaii. More recently she discovered flameworked glass. The result of the itinerant life of a military household, she finds a welcome home at the torch. Dayna has taken courses in most aspects of torch worked glass from Frances Grichen, Grace Edwards, Charlene Lonmo, Nancy Mirsky, Nancy Sinclair, Zuzana Hron, Karina Guévin and Cédric Ginart.

From whimsical sea themed necklaces to delicate ornaments Dayna’s brightly hued pieces speak to a special relationship to her idiom. She has wielded her marver at Loretta Studios and Gallery since 2016.