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2017 GAAC Conference

posted: February 10, 2017

2017 GAAC Conference

 


It is my pleasure to announce that we are hosting a glass conference for our members May 25th-27th at Sheridan College. The information will be coming fast and furiously so keep an eye on the Facebook page and the official conference website www.GAACanada.ca

It's time to Re:Do what we do and how we do it. Time to rethink what you know about the material and its makers. Time to be reinspired by glass and what can be done with it. Time to reconnect with you friends and community. Join us for: 
Re: Do
re:think, re:inspire and re:connect
GAAC Conference 2017

Discover & learn during the demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions. Buy from vendors at the technical display, the silent auctions, and the member’s exhibit. Have your voice heard at GAAC's AGM and be part of the discussion on GAAC's future.

J'ai le grand plaisir de vous annoncer que nous organisons un congrès d'art verrier pour nos membres du 25 au 27 mai au Collège Sheridan. Comme les détails seront dévoilés de toute vitesse, consultez notre page Facebook ainsi que notre site officiel: www.GAACanada.ca

 


 C'est le temps de Ré-inventer ce que nous faisons et comment nous le faisons. Le temps de réfléchir sur ce que nous savons de la matière et de ses artisans. Le temps de se laisser ré-inspiré par le verre et tout ce qu'on peut en créer. Le temps de se rejoindre à ses amis et à sa communauté. Soyez des nôtres pour:
Le congrès de la GAAC 2017
on vas Re: Faire, 
re:penser, re:créer, et re:lier!

Venez découvrir et apprendre lors des démonstrations, présentations et de discussions de panneau. Venez acheter de vendeurs à la kiosque de produits techniques, aux enchères et à l'exposition des membres. Faites-vous entendre en prenant part à la discussion lords de La Réunion annuelle de la GAAC.

January Member Interview - France Grice

posted: February 10, 2017

January Member Interview - France Grice

January Member Interview - France Grice 

 

For the full interview click here.

 

GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice? France Grice: A friend in Nancy, France’s mecca of early century 20th century pâte de verre, was doing fused glass since the 80’s. She was using mostly float glass and doing beautiful pieces using frit, thermoforming and sandblasting. I was hooked! In the early 90’s it was evident that Ottawa did not have the teaching capacity as it has now. I set up to learn on my own and, of course, a kiln was purchased. I bought books and did fused glass for a few years. Experimenting, failing, succeeding and with a kiln which had no programming, it was a big challenge. 

Glassblowing, Design and Sculpture with Philip Baldwin

posted: January 31, 2017

Espace Verre

Montréal, January 23, 2017
To all professional glass artists,
Object: 2017 Workshop with Philip Baldwin


We are pleased to announce an upcoming workshop in March 2017:
GLASSBLOWING, DESIGN AND SCULPTURE WITH PHILIP BALDWIN
American-born glassblower and designer Philip Baldwin resides in the Welsh countryside since 2015.
For over 35 years, he and his partner Monica Guggisberg have worked with some of the most
important glass studios such as Nouvel Studio, Best & Lloyd, Rosenthal Glas & Porzellan Ag, Steuben
Glass and Venini. Furthermore, their sculptural works have won countless awards in Europe and the
United States, have been collected by more than thirty Museums and have been featured in over 165
exhibitions, including their most recent show The Cathedral Collection in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Some links of interest featuring their work:
http://baldwinguggisberg.com/
https://contempglass.org/artists/entry/philip-baldwin-and-monica-guggisberg
This workshop will be offered from March 13 to 17, 2017, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with an hour
break for lunch.
Registration and material fees are $1,100.
The deadline to register for this workshop is Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 5 p.m.
Please note that until February 15, 2017, this workshop is offered in priority to Quebec glass artists.
As of February 16, 2017, any available places will be offered to professional glass artists from outside
of the province until March 1, 2017, the deadline to confirm the workshop with the required minimum
of 7 participants.
We will confirm the registration of up to 8 participants according to the order of the arrival of the
registration forms accompanied by the required payment.

FLO is hiring

posted: January 31, 2017

OPPORTUNITY DEVELOPMENT
FLO GLASSBLOWING, Ottawa ON – JOB POSTING
TRAINED GLASSBLOWERS NEEDED

Start Date: As early as April 2017, latest start date required by September 2017.
Full-Time and Part-Time positions available.
Flo Glassblowing seeks to hire 2 to 3 new employees in its hotshop and torch studio for
the purposes of both teaching and production work up to 4 to 5 days a week.
The studio, located in downtown Ottawa, is in its 6th year of business and is busier than
ever. As a community studio space, we are committed to educating the public and offer
a wide range of beginner and ‘no-experience necessary’ classes, which fill our schedule
many days of the week; including evenings and weekends. We also teach fundamental
courses where a number of beginner students have begun to work independently as
renters and advanced classes are building in popularity as our community grows.
Production and commission work are made during weekday hours. Our front glass
gallery features a variety of Canadian glass artists and any teacher on staff is eligible to
place their work in the gallery.

See attached PDF for more details. 

2016 Member Interview Year in Review

posted: January 9, 2017

2016 Member Interview Year in Review

This year has been one of ups and downs, but now that it is finally coming to a close, we thought it would be a nice time to reflect on some of our interviews from the past year.

 

For the full article click here.

Institute of Glass ArtToyama is accepting applications

posted: December 21, 2016

Institute of Glass ArtToyama is accepting applications for the position of Associate Professor of Hot Work.

Please see the PDF for application details. 

Pilchuck Scholarship 2017

posted: December 18, 2016


2017 GAAC Pilchuck Scholarship

The Glass Art Association of Canada will award one GAAC member a half tuition scholarship to attend a Pilchuck workshop of the recipient’s choosing in the summer of 2017.  GAAC's Pilchuck scholarship funds will cover half of the total fees (program fee + utility fee) for the selected artist, which covers everything except travel and any extra supplies needed. Winning the GAAC Pilchuck award does not exclude the recipient from applying for other Pilchuck scholarships. A preview is available Pilchuck's website. The full catalog will be posted later in December.   


How to apply

We will only be accepting electronic submissions. Please send the following items as attachments, in one email to gaacsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line reading "2017 Pilchuck Scholarship"
Submissions are due by 11:59pm on December30th, 2016

New extended deadline! January 6th, 2017 by 11:59pm


Submission Requirements:

In one PDF document with the following four (4) pieces of information: 
1)    Your name and contact information (email address, mailing address and telephone number). 
2)    A short explanation (max. 500 words) of why you want to take the class and how you think it will help you and your work. 
3)    An image list including the Image #, Title, Date, Materials and Dimensions for each image in your application. 
4)    The name of the class you want to take (session #, course name and instructor name)

Attach to your email: Three to five images of your recent work (save images as 72 dpi jpegs and 640 pixels in the widest dimension). File names should be as follows: Image_ and #, example Image_1.jpeg 

Submissions are due before 11:59pm on December30th, 2016

November Member Interview - Alva Gallagher

posted: December 6, 2016

November Member Interview - Alva Gallagher

November Member Interview - Alva Gallagher

 

For the full interview click here.

GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice? Alva Gallagher: Initially the glow of the furnace and that mesmerizing fluidity of the material grabbed my attention. I’ve always been drawn to materials that are that little bit more complicated and working with glass certainly is never dull and a constantly evolving challenge. I work with it for its unique manipulative qualities while molten and beauty and elegance of both transparency and opacity in its solid state.   

October Member Interview Retrospective

posted: November 9, 2016

October Member Interview Retrospective

October Member Interview Retrospective

For the full article and images click here. 

2016 has been a difficult year for many, with struggles and challenges in abundance. As we complete our sixth full year of member interviews, we felt this would be a good time to reflect on how some of our members deal with the struggles and challenges they face. This is how some of our members responded to the question, “What have you found to be the biggest ongoing challenge in your career as a glass artist, and how do you strive to overcome that?”

September Member Interview - Jamie Gray

posted: November 9, 2016

September Member Interview - Jamie Gray

September Member Interview - Jamie Gray

For the full article and images click here. 
Jamie Gray was previously interviewed for GAAC in July 2011, and was kind of enough to sit down with us for a follow up interview. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
GAAC: We previously spoke in July 2011. At the time you identified a few career goals and aspirations, mainly that you hoped to complete a masters degree in order to teach. Where does this stand? Jamie Gray: I have completed my masters now, and I’m glad to have done it. I would still like to teach, but right now I feel like I need to regroup myself. And I will teach whether it's in a formal setting or my own studio or other studios because I enjoy that very much. To me that’s extremely fulfilling - to share knowledge. And in sharing knowledge.. the huge benefit to me is what students get that they express new interest in. That they get new ideas from what you’re teaching and those new ideas become open to the room and everyone gets to share in that. So I think there’s huge advantage to teaching, even small groups but groups of some sort. So I do still want to teach.