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First Friday Talk: Studio Glass & Feminism by Ione Thorkelsson


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First Friday Talk: Studio Glass & Feminism by Ione Thorkelsson

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The North American Studio Glass Movement (SGM) traces its beginnings to a very specific event that occurred at a workshop in Toledo, Ohio in 1962. Hot glass, which is associated with brute, physical strength and industrial equipment, was taken out of its traditional factory setting and brought into the small-scale, individual studio. At first the SGM, like the glass factories themselves, was populated mostly by men. Yet during its short and mostly undocumented history, the gender ratio dramatically reversed: women working in glass now outnumber men. Thorkelsson will explore this fascinating movement, its relationship to feminism and the work of some of the women working in glass.

Ione Thorkelsson is an internationally acclaimed glass artist whose career parallels the history of the Studio Glass Movement in Canada. Working in what might be the only Canadian glass studio in continuous operation for over 40 years, she has developed a unique and innovative body of work, beginning with offhand blowing and later discovering the expressive possibilities of cast glass. In 2010 she received the Governor General’s Award for craft (The Sadie Bronfman Award). Her current work explores the ambiguities and cultural disquietude surrounding current trends in bioengineering and genetic manipulation. She lives and works in Roseisle, Manitoba. thorkelsson.com.

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