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May Post Conference Member Update

posted: June 18, 2017

May Post Conference Member Update

This past weekend marked our first GAAC conference since Montreal in 2010, and it was amazing to connect with so many members, glass artists and enthusiasts from across Canada and the world. If you managed to make it to out, it was a wonderful weekend full of inspiring talks, exciting demos, and long overdue face to face connections.

Interviews by Diana Fox 

For the full interview click here.

For Sale - Glory and Casting Ladle

posted: June 18, 2017

 

Glory Hole:
This glory hole was originally in the studio of Mark Lewis, then later at Beaver Vally Glassworks. I bought it planning to rebuild it but now I don’t need it.  The hole itself needs to be rebuilt, as it was dismantled when it was moved but everything else is intact.  The burner tip will need replacing when you rebuild.  The inner dimensions of where you can rebuild the hole is 18”W x 34”H x 34.5”L.  The pilot assembly and the fan as well as the electrical components are all on it.  I’m open to offers on it, send me a message at kate@infiniteglassworks.com or call 519-924-1551. Located in Eugenia, On.
Casting Ladle:
8” steel casting ladle. I’m open to offers on it, send me a message at kate@infiniteglassworks.com or call 519-924-1551. Located in Eugenia, On.

 

Glass Library

posted: June 18, 2017

Glass Library

The Glass Studio under Koen Vanderstukken at Sheridan College is creating a “Glass Library” – the first in the world – which will include hundreds of samples related to Hall’s technical experiments in glass over the years.

The collection, “Sarah Hall – A Legacy for a Lifetime of Experimenting,” will serve as an ongoing, hands-on resource for students and scholars interested in studying the glass techniques that Hall has made for her innovative, international glassworks. The collection will be curated by Paola DiBarbora and Nadira Narine. 

nanopod: Hybrid Studio Rental Space

posted: June 18, 2017

 

Metal + Glass studio share in downtown Toronto
Small space, small price. Big opportunity.
Studio share available starting August 1st, 2017
Opportunity to teach monthly workshops
Cold-work glass
Flame-work glass
Kiln-forming/Kiln-casting
Goldsmithing/silversmithing tools & equipment
Kilns for glass casting, fusing, annealing and ceramic work
Foredooms & wet tile saw
Screen printing set-up for glass, or t-shirts!
24/7 access, utilities included!!
Artists/Crafters/Makers/Students: Toronto is growing increasingly expensive to 
locate space to create, conceptualize new work, share with the public.
nanopod: Hybrid Studio is transitioning into a shared space. Name change will be Metal + Glass
Month to month: $450 1st & last required, agreement/waiver signed.
6 month commitment- $375 per month, 1st/last required with signed lease agreement and post dated cheques.
Contact to arrange studio visit (visits start-up 1st week of July): nanotopia@me.com

 

2017 GAAC Project Grant

posted: May 10, 2017

2017 GAAC Project Grants

Deadline: June 11, 2017

 

NEW LOGIN PAGE FOR UPDATING ARTIST PROFILES - http://glassartcanada.ca/public/user/login

The Glass Art Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 2017 GAAC Project Grants. One grant of $1500 and one grant of $1000 will be awarded to support the development of a project that benefits the artist's studio practice and promotes excellence in Canadian Glass. One grant of $1500 will be awarded to a professional artist and one grant of $1000 will be awarded to a student currently enrolled in a glass program. All members of GAAC may be eligible to apply.

 

Program Description

The GAAC Project Grant provides $1500 to a professional and $1000 to a student in support of a project proposal that benefits his/her artistic studio practice and promotes excellence in Canadian Glass. Projects may include, but are not limited to, classes or workshops, exhibition opportunities, travel, apprenticeships, residencies, research, creation, or equipment purchases that will benefit the artist’s practice. Eligible expenses may include course fees, travel expenses, materials, and equipment or other ancillary costs related to the project proposal. The project must be completed by June 2018. Recipients are required to submit a report outlining the use of the grant and its impact on their artistic practice, copies of receipts, and images of work completed (if applicable) by June 2018. The report must be prepared for publication in Contemporary Canadian Glass. Recipients are also required to acknowledge GAAC in any promotional materials associated with the project.

 

Eligibility

• Current GAAC Membership

• Students: currently enrolled in a glass program in Canada or abroad

• Practicing Professionals: not currently attending college or university

NOTE: Previous recipients of a GAAC Project Grant or Scholarship are not eligible to apply for 2 years and must have submitted their report to the Project Grant Co-ordinator.

 

Submissions

The GAAC Project Grant is juried digitally. Please email the project proposal to Gabby Wilson at gaac.submissions@gmail.com along with your contact information, indicating whether you are a student or a professional. Please upload the curriculum vitae, digital images with corresponding information,

and biography to the GAAC Artist Directory at

http://glassartcanada.ca/public/user/login as indicated by June 11, 2017.

Project Proposal: 1-2 page detailed description of your project and its benefit to your studio practice including a budget outlining expenses as a Word document as a .doc file, labeled lastname_firstname_proposal.doc emailed to gaac.submissions@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae: Word document as a .doc file uploaded to your profile on the GAAC Artist Directory

8 Digital Images with corresponding information (title, description, and year): jpg format, RGB, 72 dpi, no smaller than 710 pixels wide uploaded to your profile on the GAAC Artist Directory

Biography: Paste a Word document as a .doc file or type in the text box in your profile on the GAAC Artist Directory.

Please include in your email your contact information, including email, and specify whether you are applying as a student or as a professional.

All texts should be Word documents as .doc files and all images should be jpgs, RGB at 72 dpi, no smaller than 710 pixels wide. If you have any problems completing your profile on the GAAC Artist Directory, please contact Gabby Wilson at gaacanada@gmail.com

You will be notified by email that your submission was received. If you have not received notification by June 12, 2017 and you submitted your application by the deadline, please contact Gabby Wilson at gaac.submissions@gmail.com

 

Assessment

The GAAC Project grant is juried via a peer-review process by a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Jurors assess the merit and feasibility of the proposed project in relation to the merit of the applicant's previous work and experience, the potential value of the grant to the applicant's studio practice, and how the project promotes excellence in Canadian Glass.

 

Further Information

Please direct any questions or comments about the GAAC Project Grant to Gabby Wilson at gaac.submissions@gmail.com

April Member Interview Retrospective

posted: May 10, 2017

April Member Interview Retrospective

As we prepare for next month’s GAAC Conference, we thought it would be a great time to look back at conversations we have had with some of this year's presenters, and some of their thoughts on GAAC and Canadian glass.

Interviews by Diana Fox 

For the full interview click here.

Tanya Lyons was one of our first Facebook interviewee in January, 2011. This was her response to the question: What is it that you find makes Canadian glass art (and artists) different?

Tanya Lyons: I find Canadians are more interested in being individual and unique, not making work that looks like everyone else. We put ourselves into our work.

March Member Interview - Michelle Lewin

posted: April 6, 2017

March Member Interview - Michelle Lewin

March Member Interview - Michelle Lewin  

Interview by Diana Fox 

For the full interview click here.

For more information on Michelle Lewin and her work, please visit her GAAC artist profile or her website.

 

GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your material of choice?

Michelle Lewin: I was originally all set to be a sculptor, until for better or worse I got derailed by glass. …I was finishing a BFA in sculpture at Concordia University and saw a poster on one of the bulletin boards at the school for glassblowing workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. I remember looking at it and thinking, I'm going to try that. So I did – and from the moment I first tried it the material clicked with me. And ironically people wanted to buy all the blobby vessels I was making while I was there, so I had the delusion that maybe I could make and sell glass things to finance the sculpture I wanted to make (haha!). Anyways, from there I went to study glass at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee and on it went.

February Member Interview - Leah Kudel

posted: March 10, 2017

February Member Interview - Leah Kudel

February Member Interview - Leah Kudel 

Interview by Diana Fox 

 

For the full interview click here.

 

GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice? Leah Kudel: I’ve always loved sports and fire. As a kid I used to burn stir sticks from McDonald’s and fling the flaming plastic. So when I tried glassblowing for the first time it was a dream: art and fire blending together. I’m a kinaesthetic learner and glassblowing has allowed me to learn in a way that I am comfortable with.  

GAAC: What are you working towards for the future of your career, and how do you see yourself getting there? LK: Some of my artwork has recently been accepted into the exhibition “Young Glass 2017” at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark. This exhibition only happens every 10 years and is intended to promote glass artists under 35 from across the world. So recently, I’ve been seeking funding and grants to help ship two very large pieces of glass across the Atlantic Ocean! I also have a dream of one day opening a small sustainable and energy efficient hotshop. As glass artists, I think it is time for us to start thinking more about the way we use our resources. With new building processes and materials being invented every year, I believe there is room for new innovations in glass making equipment.
For more information on Leah Kudel and her work, please visit her website
You can donate to Leah’s Go Fund Me here.  

 

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.