Chandell Popik was 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 in glass expertise has grown from a hobbyist as a youth to a part-time home based studio business that has been growing and expanding steadily 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 her long-term goal and passion to incorporate the business and establish a commercial studio space that is a hub of vibrant and creative energy.
A strong presence in education and knowledge sharing will embrace the growth of the studio as her expertise will be shifting from a 27 year career as an educator and provider of health care services to one 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, serves 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 in Canada.
Education & Marketing Director
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 sales, glass art manufacturing, lesson planning, and designing custom artwork at the studio. He is also in charge of managing the website and social media.
His hobbies include playing sports, reading comic books and travelling!
Sales & Events
Marie Scobie was born and raised in a small farming community near Leduc. She has farmed in the Thorsby Area since she was a young girl, first with her parents and then with her husband and family. While farming and raising her family, she worked full time and received her SCMP degree (Supply Chain Management Professional) from University of Alberta. She worked a good portion of her career at the Genesee Coal Mine until the beginning of the phase out of coal and since 2016, she has continued working in the procurement field. She has always been an active member in the community; giving back by volunteering for various groups including the local community hall and at her church.
Marie came to work at Under the Sun in Leduc shortly after its opening. She has never really had the opportunity to tap into her creative side, but feels like now is her time for that. She feels that the atmosphere at the studio is so calming and inspiring. In her words, "It is such a positive place to be, it is like no other place that I have ever worked. It is a place for students and members to connect with their inner creativity and be encouraged in a positive way". She is thankful to be a part of the team.
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.
You can find Sharon in the back of the studio working away on the production side of custom orders.