MEMBER MONDAY: MARYSE CHARTRAND

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MEMBER MONDAY: MARYSE CHARTRAND

posted on 9:09 AM, February 6, 2017
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Tell us about yourself!
It took me a while to find glass. A long detour through a 25-year career in communications as a creative director in advertising and as a documentary filmmaker. In 2004, during an introductory course in glassblowing, I began to embrace the idea of becoming a glass artist. I loved getting out of my head to find my hands. Exchanging ideas and words for material and breath.

In 2010, I 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, I graduated from the Centre des métiers du verre du Québec. I've been a full-time glass artist since graduation.

What draws you to the material you work with?
Glass has a lot of personality. I love that. 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.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
I like to poke at wonder. I'm pleased when my work reaches harmony through opposites. When it's vivid yet dreamy. Full of movement and light, yet still and solid.

I'm told that my latest work brings a sense of peace. I like that too.  

What is your dream project?
I would love to do a crazy big project. Like with a thousand pieces!

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I would be writing. In French.

Why are you a member of GAS?
It keeps me connected to the world of glass art.

Visit Maryse Chartrand's GAS member profile here.

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