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Turn your vacation into an Artistic Retreat at my onsite Fused Glass Studio

Bedrooms 1
Space 111 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spoil yourself with this stunnng 1200 sq ft. 1 bed 1 bath apt. that sleeps 4!

We are located a short 10 mile scenic drive beyond Homer, just far enough for peace and quiet and near enough to town to enjoy all Homer has to offer!

Not your "normal" vacation rental! Wrap yourself in the warmth and comfort of this custom built home and while you are here why not book a private or semi private (maximum 2 people) lesson in fused glass.

With hands on assistance from the artist you will learn the basics of kiln formed "fused" glass, make a project of your own and have piece of glass art that you created to take home with you as a remembrance of your visit to Homer, Alaska! Classes are for adults only ,are first come first served and require a minimum 3 night stay.

Please call or email for availability and fees.

Bring your clothes and toothbrush and settle in for a wonderful, peaceful visit.

Your vacation retreat is fully furnished with everything you need for a relaxing and stress free stay including but in no way limited to:

1. Bedding, blankets, sheets, bedspreads

and 4 pillows per bed

2. Bath towels, wash cloths, soap, shampoo,


3. Dishes, pots, pans, flatware, & kitchen tools

4. 50" Vizio Smart Flat screen TV with DVD player. This TV allows you to stream movies from your own Netflix or Amazon account. A TV signal cannot be and is not guaranteed, we have provided the TV and DVD player and a small library of movies for your viewing enjoyment. Movies can also be rented at Fritz Creek General Store, Safeway and Millie's Videos (in town)

5. Couches, chaise lounge, dining table,

chairs etc. to seat 4.

6. A BBQ grill and table and chairs for

on the deck.

7. We have provided a small 'Leave One Take One' library for your reading enjoyment. If you are in the middle of an enjoyable read, by all means take it with you!


Our home was custom built by us in 2006. The rental apartment is the full top floor (1200sq. ft.). It has one good sized bedroom, one (to die for) bathroom (according to guests), an open living, kitchen and dining floor plan and an outside deck to the West of the house with a view to the West and South.


While our home is not handicapped accessible by ADA Guidelines, all doorways and the kitchen cabinet to cabinet clearance is 36 inches. If you need a wheelchair for general mobility but can stand to move to a commode and to wash up at the sink, you will be able to navigate the home. The shower in the bathroom has no curb. It has a slightly raised arch to keep water in the pan area but is easy to navigate for persons who cannot lift feet very high off the floor.

The home is heated with a radiant floor heat system throughout with hardwood floors in the living area.

The bathroom is custom tiled and has custom Homer beach rock work on the shower floor, across the lavatory vanity, and around the jet tub. We cut the large tiles to 'marry' with the edges of the rock work. It is really quite lovely.

The rocks are great for massaging your tired feet while you shower after a day of hiking, fishing and beach-combing! Or mayhap... a soak in the jet tub while taking in the view is just the thing to sooth a vacationing soul?


There is a queen sized memory foam bed in the bedroom and a large picture window with a view of the mountains and bay.

A queen hide-a-bed in the living room provides sleeping accommodations for 2 additional guests.

An additional 2 picture windows and a large window to the West provide a panoramic view from the living area.

I could go on and on but they only allow a certain number of words here and in the interest of time and not being too chatty I'll just say... really, you just have to experience it to appreciate it. We believe you will be very pleased indeed!

About Those Pesky Inn Keepers.. and Guest Access to Property

We will make every effort to meet you in person when you arrive. Just in case we cannot be there to meet you or if you arrive after 6 PM, you will be provided with a combination for the door lock. These combinations are changed between every guest stay for your protection.

**** Your Privacy is Our Policy ****

We operate on the philosophy that you are coming to Alaska to relax and get away. To that end we try and be as unobtrusive as possible once you are checked in.

You have a private entry by way of the deck and the entire top floor is yours. Our home is on 5 acres at the very end of the street and you are welcome to go anywhere on the outside grounds you wish.

**** Things To Do In The Yard ****

*We hope to install a fire pit this summer and you are welcome to join us whenever we have a fire lit. Fires are always subject to any burn ban in effect at the time.

*We will also begin working on a system of short trails this summer and hope to have some of them them completed for the 2017 season.

*We are designing a few outside areas for horseshoes, a sand box area for the little ones, and possibly a couple small "Celtic Games" areas where you can practice boulder tossing and such. It is a work in progress and plans are always evolving and subject to change.

*We are working on flower gardens with a nice assortment of perennials and many indigenous berries, ferns and other flora.

*We have a small vegetable garden and as the veggies come to harvest time we will share what we have with our guests.

**** Where We Will Be ****

We do live in the downstairs suite, and are available whenever we are on the property should you need anything.

You will undoubtedly see one or both of us out in the yard from time to time doing chores, yard work, etc. If you do see us out and about in the yard please do come and say hi, and maybe have a cup of coffee a bit of tea.

****Studio TEN Cabin**** A Working Fused Glass Art Studio

I hope you will come and visit me (Tanya) in my Studio anytime I am in. It is located just below the house. Just knock before entering as I work with large sheets of glass and surprises that startle can lead to injury.


The neighborhood is made up of a mix of retired couples and families with children from 2 years old to early teens. There is a mix of year-round and summer only (snow birds) residents on our street.

We are at the end of Newell Court. The road dead ends at our place so there is no through traffic past our house.

The property is treed with a mixture of white, black and blue spruce and alders. Blueberries, currants, high bush cranberries, lowbush cranberries, and watermelon berries can all be found in late August and September if growing conditions are just right.

On clear days from our deck and top floor of the house you can see 4 glaciers, nearly the entire bay. You can even see the spit in the distance. On really clear days you can see to the inlet and even see 2 of the volcanoes across the inlet.

More Details

Tanya Norvell
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Fritz Creek, Alaska

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is a large, custom tiled and has custom rock work on the shower floor, across the lavatory vanity, and around the jet tub. The rocks were collected from the beach here in Homer and we cut the large tiles to 'marry' with the edges of the rock work. It is really quite lovely. The rocks are great for massaging your tired feet while you shower after a day of hiking, fishing and beach-combing! Or mayhap... a soak in the jet tub while taking in the view is just the thing to sooth a vacationing soul? There is a front load washer-dryer set in the bathroom and laundry soap is provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • ****SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS**** There is a queen sized memory foam bed in the bedroom (room for 2) and a large picture window with a view of the mountains and bay. Plenty of extra bedding is available and there are 2 feather pillows and 2 hypoallergenic pillows for the bed . ADDITIONAL SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS A queen hide-a-bed in the living room provides sleeping accommodations for 2 additional guests for a total of 4 maximum. Plenty of extra bedding is available and there are 2 feather pillows and 2 hypoallergenic pillows for the bed .
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The living room has a new electric fire place for ambiance. It even provides a little extra heat if the days a a bit on the chilly side. We just ask that you only use it while you are awake. Electricity is VERY expensive here so we greatly appreciate you helping us conserve on energy! From time to time in the summer we may have a get-together in the yard (we usually have one on the 4th of July). We will let you know when we have one planned and you are always welcome to come and take part in the festivities!


Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Homer Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Homestead Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Homer Spit
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Homer Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Seward Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Homestead Restaurant
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Olson Mountian Ski Tow
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Homer Spit beach access
Car: necessary


Studio Ten

Cookin’ with glass

To book a class email me at or call me at 907-299-4232

Bas Relief Glass Classes Approx 3-4 hours (2 days for firing and cleaning)

Classes can be booked with or without a stay at the Orca Inn at Newell Court. If booked in conjunction with a stay at the inn, you must stay a minimum of 3 nights so the project can go home with you and the class would have to be on the first full day of your stay. Day of class can be adjusted for longer stays but must be scheduled at least 2 nights before you leave.

Example: You book a stay from June 1 to June 7. The earliest day you could take the class would be the 2nd and the latest day you could take the class would be the 7th.

About the artist

My name is Tanya Norvell and I love working with glass. The type of glass work I do is know in the industry as “Warm Glass”. This means it is coked in a kiln to a maximum temp of approximately 1600 degrees F. Subsequent firings are used to further the design and or slump or drape some items into plates, bowls, and 3 dimensional art pieces.

Fired pieces scan also be “cold worked” after firing with diamond pads, lap sanders belt sander, sand blasters, and a number of other cold working tools.

This type of glass work can use many different techniques and I love exploring all the different effects that can be had from the myriad possibilities.

The Main Products I use:

I use sheet glass, frits ( crushed glass of various sizes), powders ( finely ground glass), rods (thick round “sticks” of glass), Stringers (thin round “sticks” of glass and confetti ( very thin, flat bits of glass) all from Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland, Oregon.

I also use products from a company called Unique Glass Colors. These are very finely ground glass powders that are mixed with specialty mediums to achieve a variety effects.

There are many other things I use including the fiber paper that is used for creating Bas Relief ( KilnCarved) creations.

I have a large selection of cold working tools, cutters, diamond pads, bead making (torch work) tools, that I use in the creation of my art.

About the class

Each class is between 3 and 4 hours long. Actual time will depend on how long it takes the students to come up with 2 designs, make the tracing, cut the fiber paper, glue, clean their glass, etc. Then there are always questions to be answered, coffee to drink, visiting to be had.

The class will begin at 9:30AM with a quick “tour’ of my mini gallery where you can see a number of different projects ranging from “in-process” to “completed”. You are welcome to ask any questions you want about the pieces, techniques, types of glasses used… anything you want.

Then I will give you a quick overview of glasses used in fusing, what is meant by certain terminologies, and the basic process we (and your glass) will go through to arrive at your final art piece.

What I Provide:

Knowledge, excitement and encouragement ;-)

Pre-Fired Glass Blanks (One transparent and one opaque)


Craft Knife


N-95 Disposable Face Mask


Engraver for signing your pieces when done

Mechanical Pencil

Kiln time to fire the projects

Cleaning of final project after firing

Then the fun begins!

I have a few stained glass pattern designs that you can use if you prefer a ready made design.

If you prefer to make your own design, I will have plenty of paper for you to run through to arrive at your design destination. Once you have decided your design is as you like it, you will cut the design out with a craft knife.

Once this is done you will cut the design out of the fiber paper and lay-up the design on the base piece.

You will the wash your glass blank and place it on the form you have made.

Then the waiting begins ;-)

Once all projects are designed the fiber paper forms will be pre-fired to 1290 degrees. This is done to burn off any binders in the the paper that can cause a reaction on the surface of glass called devitrification.

The kiln will be brought back to room temperature and your art pieces will be fired to approximately 1540 degrees then ramped down through a series of steps designed to minimized shock and stress in the glass. This firing sequence takes approximately 18-1/2 hours.

Then I will remove the items from the kiln, clean them and they are ready for you to pick up and take home to enjoy for years to come!

Call or email me for availability and fees.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Fritz Creek, Alaska

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summertime Fun
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Summer Nights
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall Into Winter
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$80.62 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$341.62
Tax Rate 3.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Reservation is confirmed when guest makes thier first payment to old reservation dates. By confirming this reservation and placing a down payment the Guest/s is indicating they have read and agree to all terms and conditions posted on the pages including but not limited to the "House Rules and Rental Agreement.

Rental Rates are based on double occupancy. There is a $15.00 per person charge for more than 2 guests. For instance: EXAMPLE: If you book the apartment for 2 nights, and there are 4 people, the rate would be $185.00 pr night for the first 2 guests plus $15 for each additional guest for a total of $215.00 per night, a total of $430.00 (rent) for 4 guests for 2 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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