Luann Baker-Johnson was raised in the Yukon, has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and lived in Austria, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and Canada. She is a student, an artist, a teacher, a marathon runner, a skydiver, a mother of six, a wife, a friend and a motivator.
Luann has 12 years of post-secondary education, but is most proud of graduating from Alberta College of Art & Design with a BFA in Ceramics in 2011 and a BFA in Glass in 2012.
Over the next 30 years Lu plans to work hard and play more. Lumel Studios is the perfect context for both of those pursuits.
Mel has worked in the natural gas industry for over three decades, while pursuing his strong interests in music, juggling, fire poi spinning and web page design.
His experience in the oil and gas industry includes twelve years working and living in international locations. Mel is presently working in Cleveland, Ohio and sending money homeward to support the growth of Lumel Studios.
All at Lumel are working hard to bring Mel home, so he can begin his new career at Lumel Studios – ‘#1 Busker’ AND glass partner for Lu.
Laura is a go-getter! She has worked in the retail industry for the past 40 years and she brings a wealth of knowledge to Lumel Studios and its gallery. She is ever ready with a wonderful smile and she keeps all the Lumel artists organized. When you phone in be sure to ask for her- she knows her stuff!
Jason Murphy is a sculptor from Roanoke, Texas who primarily works in glass. His background in general contracting and furniture building sparked a love for making at a young age that lead to studying glass at the Alberta Collage of Art and Design.
In Jason’s previous work he has worked consistently with form and profile in making kinetic pieces. Jason’s work is heavily inspired by traditional glass techniques; a historical approach to the glass process has been a constant influence in his work over the years. Using these techniques he creates sculptures and blown glass forms that encourage engagement from the viewer, causing the viewer to break the preconception that glass is precious and should not be touched.
Born and raised in Calgary, Dave draws inspiration from movement, process, and the unknown. Dave is a multidisciplinary artist and his medium of choice is Glass. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Glass from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2014. He is truly passionate about glass blowing and the time he gets to spend working with the medium. The material of glass has created an amazing community that has brought him overwhelming happiness everywhere he travels.
Dave finds it hard to contain himself when this world is full of so many amazing people and experiences. Thus, he also works with ceramics, photography, paint, sound, and any medium that informs the concepts behind his work.
As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, Mark finds inspiration in all aspects of nature and wilderness. Artistically he relies on direct imagery and textures to convey the characteristics of the wild that he’s most enthralled with.
That’s summarizes his art influence, now for a bit of a back story. He is a born and raised Calgarian, and he did his BFA in Glass at the Alberta College of Art and Design. What drew Mark to Glass as a medium, was the industrial appearance and the direct application of the material.
Shanta was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Hindu Festival of Lights. She loves travelling, food, craft beer, and sarcasm. Shanta believes you should surround yourself with the inspired, the passionate, the motivated, the grateful and the open minded; and that kindness is badass.
At the age of 5, Shanta got sick in the middle of the night with the stomach flu. When her parents came in to support and clean, she pointed out the vomit’s beautiful patterning and how it matched the floral shapes on her bedspread. Finding beauty and positivity in anything has always come easily for her.
Saskatchewan born and raised, growing up Tyson enjoyed playing imaginary games. Educated as a dreamer, it was at the University of Regina that Tyson wanted a more in-depth creative experience, so he transferred schools and continued his education at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, AB.
Tyson Graduated with a BFA majoring in GLASS. He has assisted many glass artists and has also worked at an architectural decorative glass factory as a lab technician.
Today, Tyson can be found travelling the dream world or in Whitehorse, Yukon and around Northern Canada.