Glass Salmon for Kus-kus-sum
Chris is currently giving 100% of the proceeds from his piece “Salish Sea Silvers”, which retails at $4,750, to Kus-kus-sum as well as 50% from the sale of “Female chum” $1750 and “Anglers’ Dream” $7250. His kiln cast glass salmon have won awards and are featured in over 10 galleries, resorts, and museums from Tofino to Whistler.
Making these unique salmon involves many stages, including creating a clay prototype and two kiln firings. The whole process can take two to three weeks to complete (read more about how Chris makes his salmon…). “I make the Glass Salmon, not to reproduce the fish but to create a likeness in glass that is glass with a Salmon appearing. Each Glass Salmon is an individual, one of a kind. I do seriously try to make each fish a recognizable species and sex, with appropriate colouration. I make them as glassy as possible and each individual has a personality and spirit.”
Christopher currently lives in Nanoose Bay. He has been creating fine art glass pieces since 1977. His studio Glaskrafter Art Glass is one of the oldest established art glass studios on Vancouver Island.
Contact Christopher Smith
To find out more or choose a salmon
250 250 1096
Mailing Address & Studio Location:
8226 Sabre Road
On Saturday, September 26, forty volunteers pitched in to collect garbage at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock Flats as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The photos and short video captured from the day illustrate just how industrious it was.
Project Watershed has raised over $2.9 million for Kus-kus-sum and they are closer than ever to acquiring and restoring the site to natural habitat for fish & wildlife, climate change mitigation, reconciliation and community health.
Project Watershed needs volunteers to help us harvest willow cuttings, and then plant them alongside sections of Mallard Creek.
Deanne McRae and Mackenzie Gartside have started something new in downtown Courtenay – The Uplifters Shop. Unlike a normal for profit retail store, most of the items they sell have some kind of charity kickback. In this way the store “lifts up” a variety of charities both local and abroad. One project they are supporting is Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum initiative.
We were finally able to hold the Paintings, By The Numbers event on Sept 12, 2020. The event raised over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum and despite the fact that it was very different than we had planned preCOVID, it turned out to be a success.
Nikki Wright from Seachange Marine Conservation Society and Maria Cantazaro from the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) visited our kelp research site at Oyster River and our saltmarsh projects. Maria is a researcher working for the PSF on a report looking at the importance of nearshore, habitat connectivity and estuarine habitat to Pacific salmon.
Join us on September 26th as we participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The cleanup will occur on the Kus-kus-sum property and the adjacent Hollyhock flats area. We will start at 10am and go til about noon.
Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook have donated 43 of their paintings and seven from their collection to raise funds and awareness for Kus-kus-sum through the engaging and powerful medium of art and the promise of getting a great deal. Each painting is worth between $1,500 and $4,000.