Cali Balles

Images, left to right:

Sketch (Reeds), blown glass, sandblasted and assembled, 23 x 15 x 7 cm, with walnut frame, 45.5 x 35.5 x 12.5 cm cm (18 x 14 x 5 inches approx.)

CAD 900 (walnut frame included) 

Sketch (Large Tendrils), blown and solid glass, sandblasted and assembled, 14 x 14 x 8.5 cm, with walnut frame 38 x 35 x 12 cm (15 x 13.75 x 4.5 inches approx.)

CAD 900 (walnut frame included) 

Sketch (Aloes-installation of three), blown glass, sandblasted and assembled Each glass box 6.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 cm, with walnut frame 25.5 x 38 x 10 cm (10 x 15 x 4 inches approx.)

CAD 950 (walnut frame included) 


I am fascinated by form. The repeating patterns found in natural forms and in city structures intrigue me, and influence my work. Using photography as a research tool, I document and study these forms at close range. I later attempt to evoke these functional forms in glass; branches, fronds and tendrils become a vocabulary for composition. By working in clear glass, avoiding the use of colour, and utilizing a range of surface textures, the focus on form and structure predominates. By combining various glass techniques such as blown forms, that are lifelike and fluid, with mould blown forms, that are more controlled and rigid, I attempt to illustrate the details of my environment.


Cali Balles is a graduate of the Material Art and Design program at Ontario College of Art and Design, and studied glass at Sheridan College of Crafts and Design. Cali lives in downtown Toronto, and produces sculptural glass objects, functional glass, commissioned work, and teaches glass blowing workshops.