Small Business Arts Mentorship Program (SBAM)

Mentee profile | Udiya Swamy

We cordially welcome stained glass artist, Udiya Swamy, as one of our 2023–24 SBAM mentees. You will be seeing more of Udiya as he participates in our internship activities and other self-propelled initiatives in Studio.

Here’s a glimpse of what Udiya is all about:

When he was a child, Udiya Swamy immigrated to Toronto with his family from Bengaluru (Bangalore), India. While in the Canadian education system he discovered an affinity for the visual arts. He later majored in drawing and painting at Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University).

Originally entering the stained glass industry through necessity, he would soon be seduced by the dynamic medium. He developed an appreciation for the relationship between glass and metal, colour and light, as well as a deep respect for the methodology of the art form. His portraits are an attempt to translate contemporary drawing and painting methods into stained glass practices.

As part of SBAM, Udiya wishes to develop a portfolio of work encompassing his research and development this coming year with a goal of showing a collection in a gallery.

Udiya's social media coordinates:

Facebook: @Udiya Swamy
Instagram: @Udiya_Swamy

Welcome aboard, Udiya!

Upcoming Glasstronomy Studios' workshop

Workshop | G292 | Fusing technique: Glass painting with guest artist Udiya Swamy (May 4, 2024)

Glasstronomy Studios is excited to welcome back guest artist Udiya Swamy. Traditionally trained in drawing and painting, Udiya has worked with glass for over 25 years. Since working on projects like the restoration of Ottawa’s Parliament buildings and Toronto’s Castle Loma and St. Michael’s Cathedral, he now shares his extensive knowledge and experience through education. During this workshop, Udiya will guide participants through his method of vitreous glass painting. Participants will learn how to compose and execute several traditionally painted and fired renderings. Participants will receive a beginner glass painting kit that includes brushes, Reusche tracing black, and gum arabic.

Beginners are welcome.
Project glass and firings also included.
Participants will need to bring an LED light pad.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm
Fee: $295 + HST (includes glass painting kit, project glass, and firings) + LED light pad
This course is full.

Sample by U. Swamy

Participants will need to bring an LED light pad similar to this.

Past Glasstronomy Studios' events

Members' event M2023-9 | Artist spotlight: Udiya Swamy
Sunday, October 22, 2023, from 2 to 4 pm

Join visual artist, Udiya Swamy, as he shares some of his techniques. An active stained glass artist, Udiya has been exploring different ways to translate his paintings into fused glass. This past spring, Udiya was member of the conservation team that restored the Senate’s stained glass ceiling. For a peek at the complex restoration process, visit