The National Capital Network of Sculptors is excited to introduce our first Sculpture Studio Tour. The Artists are working hard to get their studios ready for visitors and we hope you will visit as many stops as you can over the April 22-23 weekend. Over the next three weeks we will be highlighting the participating artists and give you a little peak into what you can expect to see, so please check in regularly.
In the meantime if you are in the Orleans area, drop by the Shenkman Arts Centre located at 255 Centrum Blvd. The National Capital Network of Sculptors has a month long exhibit in the main floor display case.
Here is a preview of the interview with NCNS glass artist France Grice, given to “Glass Art Association of Canada (GAAC)”, in January 2017.
GAAC: What was it that drew you to glass as your artistic material of choice?
France Grice: A friend in Nancy, France’s mecca of early century 20th century pâte de verre, was doing fused glass since the 80’s. She was using mostly float glass and doing beautiful pieces using frit, thermoforming and sandblasting. I was hooked! In the early 90’s it was evident that Ottawa did not have the teaching capacity as it has now. I set up to learn on my own and, of course, a kiln was purchased. I bought books and did fused glass for a few years. Experimenting, failing, succeeding and with a kiln which had no programming, it was a big challenge.
GAAC: How much of a role has education played in your development with the material?
FG: My background is interior design. My glass making education is self-directed and on-going… Read more…
This was a first experience of having my artwork stolen. I had poured my heart into its creation.
I have experienced breakage (more than once) and that hurts, but I got over the disappointment and took measures to avoid, if not eliminate this occurrence.
Now this is different, and one wonders what happened to my Reader sculpture! This is the reason for the “Missing” poster.
I made a police report and send them a picture of the work. I can’t help thinking someone in the neighbourhood took it, someone familiar with the gallery . But I also know there is little hope of seeing my Reader again. Little hope as well of payment slipped under the door as someone suggested.
… Heartbroken Artist