First I would like to acknowledge that the land on which nanopod studio sits, and where I currently reside is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island.
I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work and live in this territory.
nanopod: Hybrid Studio is an attitude free/non-judgemental creative space where everyone is welcome!
Tosca Terán has been a professional working metalsmith (goldsmith, silversmith, working/making her own alloys) since 1984.
nanopod: Hybrid Studio Toronto has been an independently run artist studio since 2005. Before opening a physical location on Harbord street, Tosca was based out of Toronto’s Historic Distillery District as a founding member of *new* Gallery with Lily Yung, Beth Alber, Anne Barros, Melinda Mayhall and Wendy Walgate, and shared a studio space with Catherine Allen and Patricia Spenga called, The Fish Bowl. In 2004 Catherine Allen returned to Halifax to complete her MFA and Tosca took over the Fish Bowl turning it into TANK Fire + Metal before relocating to the Harbord Street space in August 2005.
Tosca has taught basic, intermediate and advanced gold-smithing/silver-smithing since 1998 (Taos, NM. Working with glass since 2004, she has been teaching glass fusing, and flame-working since 2006, kiln casting since 2011.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Tosca studied with and assisted many Master goldsmiths (Oppi Untracht, Phil Poirier, Harold O’Connor, Doug Magnus, Mona Van Riper, Olin West, James Reid, LTD to name a few) and silversmiths (Tabra Tunoa, HZH Designs, Sausalito, etc) throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and New Mexico before relocating to Toronto, Canada in 2001. From 2002-’05 Tosca worked out of the Distillery District’s Gooderham & Warts Case Goods building, and from 2003 to May ’05 Tosca offered her workshops and courses out of the Fishbowl studio which turned into Tank, before opening her own independently run studio on Toronto’s downtown Harbord Street, nestled between Little Italy & Little Korea.
Working with metal for over 30+ years, Tosca was introduced to glass as an artistic medium in 2004. Through developing bodies of work incorporating metal + glass Tosca has been awarded scholarships & Artist residencies at The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, The Penland school of Crafts, Gullkistan Centre for Creative People in Iceland, Nes artist residency in Iceland and Gler í Bergvík glass blowing studio in Iceland. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, and the Memphis Metal Museum. A long-term guest artist instructor at the Ontario Science Centre, Tosca was awarded the Glass Art Association of Canada’s Project & Development Grant for 2013, the Creation & Development grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2014, and artistic pursuit travel grants from the Canada Arts Council.
Tosca studied flame-working with Suellen Fowler (who studied with John Burton & founded Northstar Glass), Loren Stump, Jesse Kohl, Eunsuh Choi, Janis Miltenberger, Jennifer Umphress and Kari Russell-Poole. She has taught glass workshops and held demonstrations in Seattle and Tacoma Washington, Reykjavik Iceland, Toronto Canada. She studied glass casting/Pate de verre with Anna Boothe and Deborah Horrell. Glass blowing with Catherine Vamvakas-Lay
nanopod: Hybrid Studio strives to keep the materials, chemicals and practices employed as low-impact, clean and environmentally conscious as possible. Citrus Pickle and biodegradable soaps are used. Packaging is re-used. Wax is recycled when possible, and metals are recycled.
nanopod is an attitude free/non-judgemental creative space where everyone is welcome!
Please visit Tosca’s personal website for further information about her and what’s new. Meanwhile, please check out the amazingly, wonderful video Portrait commissioned by Etsy and created by artist-photographer Pascal Perich featuring Tosca Teran aka nanopod: Hybrid Studio.
Travel through the dark dreams and inner turmoil of Tosca Hidalgo y Teran, where the glow of a blowtorch births the intangible.
Read the full Etsy blog post here: http://www.etsy.com/storque/article/12464.