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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. 

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.

November Member Interview - Alva Gallagher

posted: December 6, 2016

November Member Interview - Alva Gallagher

November Member Interview - Alva Gallagher

 

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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

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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

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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.

August Member Interview - Montserrat Duran Muntadas

posted: September 11, 2016

August Member Interview - Montserrat Duran Muntadas

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GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice? Montserrat Duran Muntadas: When I was a teenager, I saw a girl blowing glass in a (very "B") movie. It was the first time that I saw something like this, and I instantly knew I would do it in my life. A kind of love story. I now work with blown and lampworked glass on most of my creations. 

July Member Interview - Gabriela Wilson

posted: August 14, 2016

July Member Interview - Gabriela Wilson

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GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice? Gabriela Wilson: I first started my career in jewelry and gemology. Studying jewelry I eventually came across glass; flameworking beads and enameling on copper. Sitting at a jeweler’s bench, you get accustomed to sitting in front of a flame and working with fire, I even got to melt my own metal and cast my husband’s wedding band. I knew glass was the next step in the progression of my body of work. Really a medium that I have always been attracted to, and one that would allow me to work on a larger scale comparatively to jewelry. It’s such a versatile medium that the exploration and applications seem endless and very alluring, and of course the fun of adding fire!