Jean Belanger, artiste verrier in front of one of his large and impressive glass wall pieces
When traveling I never know where my feet will lead me, but so far it’s always been always to the best places. Especially when in foreign lands I send up a little prayer as I embark on my journeys to be guided by angels to places I need to see and people I need to meet. My short weekend trip to Quebec City was no exception, for it is where I walked through the door of an artist’s shop and met artiste and verrier, Jean Belanger.
Some of Jean’s work on offer in his lovely shop, fused glass, stained glass, blown and slumped glass objects
To regard Mr. Belanger as a verrier does not do him justice- yes he is an artist and craftsman in all glass disciplines, but also a sculptor, welder, 3D printing artist, t-shirt maker and poet, in other words, a Renaissance man.
My favorite piece, a very colorful, thick and substantial fused glass table on feet he designed and welded himself.
What was lovely about stepping into his shop was his willingness to talk to us- about his process, his work, his history as an artist, his successes and struggles. He welcomed hearing about us, our art, our projects. When we left I felt as if I added another friend and partner in the pursuit of creativity. This does not happen often, and when it does I look up to the sky and thank my angels.
T shirts, mostly sporting profound and topical quotes
Visit his shop in person or on line:
Jean Belanger, artiste verrier
515 Rue de l’Eperon
Quebec, Canada G1K 6S7