‘My soul is technically on fire when I’m making my work’

Jasmine Rutschmann displays her metal sculptures at the annual Christmas Market at Durham College. Rutschmann works from her home studio in Port Perry, Ont. Photo credit: Courtney Mcclure

From stained glass to metal sculptures, The Pit at Durham College (DC) was alive with the sound of Christmas music as many artists and business students displayed their creations for potential customers.

DC grad and artist Jasmine Rutschmann joined the Christmas spirit by bringing her metalwork sculptures to campus. It was all part of the FastStart Holiday Market on Nov. 20-21.

Rutschmann runs her workspace from her home in Port Perry.

According to Rutschmann, she creates one of a kind metal art sculptures. She takes a lot of reclaimed materials like saws and shovels and draws designs on them before cutting them out.

She gains a lot of her inspiration from Canadian wildlife, like beavers and moose.

“I’m really good at seeing positive and negative spaces, so creating something that looks like it shouldn’t be held together, but it is because of the way I’ve intricately made the design is really exciting for me,” says Rutschmann.

Her business is known by two names on social media, Jasmine Rutschmann Art and Soul on Fire.

“The reason I chose that name is because when I’m creating my work, I’m using parts of my soul and fire to create it. So, my soul is technically on fire when I’m making my work,” she says.

Rutschmann is a graduate of DC’s entrepreneurship and small business program.

Jay Fisher, head of the program, came to Rutschmann’s studio and said the business program would be a good fit for her.

She started creating her work when she was in high school. Her goal is to become a world famous, international metal artist. Her work has been on display at an art show in New York, she says.

In addition to Rutschmann’s work, there were other artists selling their pieces at the holiday market.

Lori Wilson was selling handmade stained glass ornaments.

She took a course at Continuing Education and became interested in creating art out of stained glass.

“It’s my pastime hobby,” says Wilson. “It keeps me out of trouble.”

According to Wilson, she has always been an artist and creating works out of stained glass is just another form of her art expression.

When she isn’t making stained glass pieces, she paints and crochets. Recently, she has been focusing on stained glass. But she’s also interested in fusing with glass and wants to learn a technique called glass-blowing.

She says DC doesn’t offer a course to teach her glass-blowing, so she will have to attend another college to learn how to do it.

A lot of her work is custom requested. Sometimes she participates in different events and creates pieces to connect to the event.

For example, if she was taking part in an Indigenous event, she would create a work that shows a spirit animal or the medicine wheel.