It took a while for glass to find Canadian artist Maryse Chartrand with a long detour through a 25-year career in communications in advertising and documentary film. It is in 2004, during an introductory course in glass blowing, that she began to embrace the idea of becoming a glass artist. In 2010, she took a leap of faith, returning to the classroom, or rather the atelier, for a full time three-year glass arts program. In the spring of 2013, she graduated from the Centre des métiers du verre du Québec. Since graduation, she is a full time glass artist. Recognition came rapidly for emerging artist Maryse Chartrand. She has pieces in private collections internationally and in the Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts.
The deeper I dive into the art of glass, the more I’m fascinated with the material’s beauty. Glass is solid but fragile, dense but fluid. It hovers between the concrete world, and the world of light. Although my process is sparked by an idea, it is the anticipation of a discovery that really drives me. I want glass to show me the way. And the more it does, the more I find that the final piece underlines the mysterious beauty of life.
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