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September 29 - December 23, 2012
This is quite simply an exhibition that honours sublimely made and considered objects that are lovingly used and placed in our homes. Glass designers create new works that are useful, beautiful and ascetically elegant; as only designers who understand materials from the inside-out can achieve.
My intention in producing the jars series was to design and make a container that could be used for multiple purposes. I often use screen printed pattern and/or imagery on my work to create objects that relate to one another in variable combinations. The pattern filled houses, combined with the forms of the jars themselves, are intended to evoke a familiar sense of domestic comfort.
– Julie Gibb
Julie Gibb was born in Toronto, Ontario and received her diploma from the School of Crafts and Design at Sheridan College. She is the recipient of several awards and honours including residencies at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and at Harbourfront Centre. Over the past 10 years, Gibb has focused on combining screen printed imagery with her modern and functional blown glass forms. In 2006 she moved to Windermere, British Columbia, where she operates sandpiper studio with her husband, Gordon Webster.
For my current works, my design approach fits within the framework of material characteristics/process as they relate to both the function of the vessel as well as the qualities of the materials (food, drink etc.) to be contained or served. Simply put, given the number of different ways I could solve a design problem within the material process, each has a different if not subtle visual tactile effect. Using a steel paddle verses a wooden one to flatten the bottom of a cup will leave chill marks visible in the final product. If in fact the product is a cup for drinking cold liquids I chose to have the “cool” visual affect achieved by the steel paddle. Additionally the marks left by the paddle impart the nature of the material in some small but important degree. I find that within this design framework there are a multitude of expressive opportunities awaiting discovery. Outside of the effects resulting of process related choices I do not feel the need to add anything.
– Peter Ivy
Originally from Austin Texas, Peter Ivy moved to Rhode Island at age 20, where he received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. In the following years he apprenticed in the Seattle area and was fortunate enough to work with prominent makers such as David Levi, Dante Marioni, Josiah McElheny, and about 10 other studios. In 1998 he returned to the Boston area to teach at R.I.S.D. and Massachusetts College of Art. Interested in exploring new interests, he then moved to Japan where he became an Associate Professor at Aichi University of Education as the Head of the Glass program. Currently located in Toyama, Japan, Peter is concentrating on making wares for daily use in his own studio Ryudou Kenkyusho which roughly translates as “Flow Laboratory.”
Familiar forms combined with unconventional textures evoke impressions of encrusted marine artifacts being used around the home. I create work possessing a character beyond it’s medium by alluding to a history behind the object. These objects balance functional and sculptural considerations while respecting traditional standards of craftsmanship.
– Benjamin Kikkert
Benjamin Kikkert is a graduate of the Sheridan College Craft & Design Program. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, he has worked extensively throughout the mountains, plains and coastlines of North America. The historic forces shaping these landscapes inspire his work, from tidal zone to heaving tectonic plate. Formerly an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre, he is currently based in Toronto.
TIMIDglass is inherently Canadian with ingenuity in design, a quiet aesthetic and a modest image.
At TIMIDglass, form follows function in an uncomplicated way, with a delicate regard for inherent beauty. We make functional and decorative glass for use in the home, as a way of integrating exquisiteness into the everyday. TIMIDglass embraces industry and technology. Our objective is innovation, efficiency and responsibility.
– Sally McCubbin and Aaron Oussoren
Sally McCubbin and Aaron Oussoren, TIMIDglass co-owners, share a love for thoughtful design. The company is born of their intimate understanding of the material and their design ethos. Both McCubbin and Oussoren are graduates of Sheridan College as well as past artists-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre. Today, the pair works in their collaborative art space STUDIO HUDDLE in downtown Toronto.