Tobi Stoll, along with her partner Sheila Cooley, run a business called Past Lives, http://www.past-lives.us/. They create beautiful wind chimes, bird feeders, pin cushions and clocks from old china and glass. Read on to find out more...
When did you first start making your designs?
We started working together about seven years ago. Our talents complement each other well. Sheila used to make jewelry, so her beading adds a whole new dimension to our work. I think I like the chimes the best; no two are alike and they represent our talents combined.
Do you have a studio space you work from, tell us about it?
Both of us work out of our homes and each of us has a studio.
What is the main inspiration for your designs?
Our inspiration is getting beautiful old pieces of glass and china out into the sun where they can be appreciated. A lot of those things are hidden away and never enjoyed on a daily basis.
What keeps you going whilst working?
Our pets definitely improve the mood either by quietly keeping us company or by getting underfoot!
Do you have a favourite tool?
Our favorite tool would have to be Eternal Tools diamond core drill bits.
I drill all the holes and cut the glass sheets; Sheila does the beading and gets the best sound out of each.
Diamond Core Drills
Tell us about where you sell your work and any upcoming exhibitions
What's next for Past Lives?
So far, neither of us can quit our day jobs, but we enjoy being creative and we absolutely love the hunt for that next piece of glass that is perfect for what we envision making out of it.
We'd like to thank Tobi and Sheila for sharing their talent and creativity with us, an inspiration to everyone!
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