The Loafing Shed Glass Studio is the home studio of Robert Gary Parkes.
In 2009 Robert converted a portion of his barn into a hot shop glass studio and installed state-of-the-art glass-blowing equipment. Robert and his wife Jeanette host open house events at the studio throughout the year. Tours and workshops take place at the studio in the spring and fall. Over the summer months Robert and Jeanette enjoy exhibiting Robert’s glass in Art Festivals.
Robert first became interested in glass in the 60’s arts & crafts movement and was introduced to stained glass by artist friend Moira Burnett in 1969. For the next 20 years Robert’s field of endeavour was working with flat glass; building, restoring and repairing leaded stained glass windows. In 1987, Robert began a five-year apprenticeship with the Grandfather of Glass in Canada – Robert Held. Parkes designed and collaborated with Held for 22 years before building his own studio. Robert had the privilege of working with, and learning from, other skilled glass-blowers while working at Robert Held’s Kitsilano studio.
Robert and Jeanette have been married since 1989, have four daughters, and have lived on their five-acre property in Port Kells since 1996.
When Robert began building his own studio, Jeanette came by his side to help with the administrative side of things. Jeanette brings small business management skills acquired during her 30 years at family owned and operated Canada Ticket. Jeanette is blessed with a flair for creativity that she enjoys using to photograph and display Robert’s glass. Jeanette also makes jams, marmalades and chutneys – lovingly made with care and a great appreciation for the amazing abundance of fruits and vegetables in our beautiful province. You will find a variety of jams & more available for sale in the gallery.
Jay Regetnig has been apprenticing with Robert since January 2010. Jay is often in the studio with Robert on weekends assisting with larger pieces and helping with demonstrations at open house events.
Part of Arts & Culture in the City of Surrey
Jeanette and Robert with Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts
at the 2010 Surrey Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards
• The Loafing Shed Glass Studio was recognized as a finalist in the 2010 Surrey Business Excellence Awards “New Business of the Year” category.
• Robert is honoured and privileged to be commissioned to make gifts for the Mayor’s office of The City of Surrey.
• Recipients of Robert’s glass include Jim Pattison, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Joe Segal and more.
• The Loafing Shed Glass Studio is the only registered glass-blowing studio in Surrey and was featured in the City of Surrey ‘Economic Development – Arts Sector Profile’ publication.