Tell us about yourself!
Originally, I went to school for graphic design and illustration. I became interested in glass and in 2006 became a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft which changed the entire course of my path allowing me time to learn how to blow glass. I then worked with Devin Burgess, a resident at Penland who took a lot of time and patience building my hand skills and making me a better glassblower.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Glass is difficult, it is a pursuit. There is little instant gratification. The success is long-term and well deserved once reached. Glass can also become anything and has the ability to morph taking on "properties" that aren't inherent. It is a chameleon material with the ability to mimic the world.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My work revolves around two themes: water and perception. Reflection is a visual occurrence and psychological activity. I think about the connection of these two realms and how they cross and separate weaving points back and forth over each other.
I also have a two production lines. Little Dipper Studio, my personal production line and Shaker & Salt, a collaborative line between Nick Fruin and I. In both these lines, it is my aspiration as a maker are to create technically proficient, well-designed, functional objects that people covet. I strongly believe that handmade objects have the ability to ground people and connect them to their community.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
We all have a choice to change fields at any moment, I love what I do. I love a lot of other things as well, but I chose this career because I wanted to make with my hands rather than sit behind a computer. I believe in handmade things and the tradition of skillfully making things.
Why are you a member of GAS?
It important for me to be connected to my community and see what other people are making and doing. GAS gives me an opportunity to connect with members that I may not have a chance to run in to and be exposed to new information.
To learn more about Courtney, visit her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE
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