Bee Kingdom is a glass-based studio collective originally conceived by Ryan Marsh Fairweather, Tim Belliveau and Phillip Bandura in 2004, and expanded in April 2011 to include Kai Georg Scholefield. All members graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design from the glass program in 2005 and decided they wanted to pursue an artistic lifestyle\career and built a hot-glass studio in their backyard in the northwest of Calgary, Alberta.
Bee Kingdom is named so for a couple of reasons. Ryan, Kai, Tim and Phillip live and work communally at a seemingly constant non-stop pace. When relating the quality of hot glass it is relatable to flowing honey. We also run our own glass blowing studio, which we consider our kingdom.
Our attraction to glass is drawn from the natural beauty of glass. Glass as a medium is unique and working with the raw, molten material has limitless possibilities. The process is exciting, team oriented, physically demanding, requires precise coordination and demands your mind's complete presence; it is a richly rewarding medium to work with.