A recent graduate, Courtney Downman was introduced to glass three years ago after enrolling in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College. Courtney works primarily with blown glass and has also set up her own flameworking and glass fusing studio. She has been recognized by Sheridan College with four awards and was selected for a Student Summer Residency Scholarship at Harbourfront Centre this past summer. Courtney is currently working on a project based residency at the Living Arts Centre and returned to Sheridan College in September 2015 to work as a Teaching Assistant in the glass studio.
“I began working with glass after enrolling in the Crafts and Design program at Sheridan College in 2012. My passion for glass grew quickly and in my second year I chose to major in glassblowing and minor in cold-working. I soon began to create work combining the processes, using both engraving wheels and the diamond saw to carve my blown glass forms.
My ‘Carved’ series begins with a blown glass form made by gathering and shaping the molten material. Once cooled the glass becomes rigid like stone. I delicately carve the blown glass to create a linear texture and raw edges.
This series highlights glass’ ability to appear and act as both liquid and solid. The glass is formed as a liquid and then is carved when hardened. This duality allows me to use hot and cold processes to explore line and texture. The fluid bubble of glass slowly transitions into a rough and jagged edge. My work acts as a visual representation of this transition from liquid to solid; fluidity to rigidity, and strength to fragility.”