Kevin McKay, owner of Bayshore Gifts, has been lamp-working with glass since 1979 when he started his own company in England.
He grew this business over the years to a total of 8 shops and 30 staff, finally moving onto running a wholesale operation selling all over Europe. Shipping glass Eiffel towers to Paris and making custom orders for the English Prime Minister.
In 2000 he sold his UK business and moved to Winnipeg, Canada to be near his brother's family where he started up again, visiting Malls at Christmas and in summer retailing at kiosk, until opening his own store in 2009.
With over 38 years of experience, Kevin specializes in creating custom glass pieces that are highly personalized and unique. Working from sketches and photographs of loved ones and pets, his ability to replicate and translate fine details into his glass work is quite remarkable.
Maki graduated from the Kurashiki University of Science and The Arts, in Japan, in 2001. She attended conferences presented by the Glass Art Society in Seto, Japan and Brooklyn, New York, in 1998 and 2000. Maki has studied under many famous artists and worked as a glass blower as well as an instructor.
Experienced, and with a well rounded artistic background, Maki joined Bayshore in 2009. Proficient in all aspects of glass work: Glass Blowing, Cold-Working and Kilnwork, at Bayshore, Maki's focus began with her unique line of dichroic jewelry sets and coasters, and some lamp work.
She has since concentrated on kilnwork and utilized her skills in Casting, Fusing, and Slumping and developed a diverse assortment of kitchenware such as plates, bowls, sushi sets as well as candle holders, business card holders, wall art and more.