Meet the Team!
Chandell Popik is Alberta born and raised in a small farming community. The skill and inspired creativity of stained glass was passed on by her late grandmother, and that is where it all started. The craftsmanship and her glass expertise in the areas of stained glass, glass fusion, casting, torch, lampworking and glass blowing, expanding from a hobbyist as a youth to a part-time home based studio business that has been steadily growing over many years. Formal registration and sole proprietorship of the Under the Sun Glass Studio was filed on July 28, 2016 and in March 2019 the company became incorporated. It has been a long-term goal and passion to incorporate the business and establish a commercial studio space that is a hub of vibrant and creative energy for all to enjoy.
A strong presence in education, best practice and knowledge sharing embraces the studio as her expertise has shifted from a 28 year career as an educator and provider of health care services into a new chapter solely in the direction of glass art education and manufacturing. Service above self has been a pillar of Chandell's integral being having received the Duke of Edinburg award as a youth to being recognized as Rotarian of the Year in her adult life for her humanities work in education and medicine.
Chandell studied glass blowing at the Sculoa del Vetro Abate Zanetti Glass Academy in Murano, Italy and continues to receive mentorship from great glass masters that have learned from generations passed down to them dating back as far as 1100’s. Additionally, she is a member with both the Canadian and USA Glass Art Societies, and locally has served in the past as Chair for the NPO Leduc Arts Foundry, volunteering her time and expertise to work with the City of Leduc, County of Leduc and other stakeholders in growing and advancing arts and culture in the community.
Chandell's glass art is currently with many fine art collators as far away as Australia, Italy, New York, and throughout many provinces across Canada and close to home.
General Manager: Business Operations, Communications & Marketing
Victoria Popik grew up in the small town of Calmar, Alberta. She graduated from NAIT with a BBA in Business Management. Growing her career in residential construction as an experienced production manager and design estimator. Embarking upon a new chapter, Victoria has joined the family business of glass creations. Aiding her expertise to enhancing our website, marketing, business communications, event coordination and more.
Victoria enjoys many activities from snowboarding, riding her 650R Ninja motorcycle, scuba diving, yoga, traveling and exploring Alberta's natural beauty during hikes with her pups. Victoria started her maternity leave April 15, 2021. We are thrilled to have her little bundle of joy join our studio family.
Sharon was born on the west coast and moved to Edmonton in 1985. Graduated from Victoria School of Fine and Performing arts. As a full time mom, Sharon also worked as a Nurse, Child and Youth at Risk counselor, EMT, as well as and taught educational courses through St. Johns Ambulance.
Sharon's passion of stained glass & wood carving started 3 years ago, down in Arizona. At Under the Sun you can find Sharon in the back of the studio working away. Sharon is an outstanding and valued team member. Her main focus is on the production side of custom orders.
Materials and Mobile Lead
Tracie was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. She moved to Edmonton in 2015 and is a mother of one son.
Tracie has a business degree from Georgian College. Her love for glass art motivated her to leave the corporate world to pursue her next chapter.
Tracie is our Materials & Mobile lead focusing her expertise in our glass tools and raw materials area. She will be working with Chandell to build out our Mobile Education.
Ruth grew up in Nelson, British Columbia. She married and moved to Edmonton in 1976. She is a mother of two children; one daughter and one son.
Ruth is retired from a 25 year career at Telus Communication. While working at Telus, she attended the University of Alberta and acquired a Certification in Adult Education. She was a learning specialist teaching new hires for customer service.
Ruth's hobby was sewing in the past, but now her new love is working with glass. She feels truly blessed to be working at the studio with such great people.
Mixed Media Arts & Education Program Coordinator
Derek Currie is both an artist and an educator. He graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD) with a degree in Fine Arts and later went on to pursue a Bachelor of Secondary Education with an art major at the University of Alberta.
He aids with the program designing of our home schooling and after school mixed media arts education program, sales, glass art manufacturing, lesson planning, and designing custom artwork at the studio.
His hobbies include playing sports, reading comic books and travelling!