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The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2022 RBC Award for Glass is Jared Last (Revelstoke, BC)! Jared Last will receive a prize of $10,000 to undertake a residency and continue his creative exploration to advance his artistic and professional practice.

Jared’s work will also be featured in an awards exhibition alongside RBC Award finalists Charlie Larouche-Potvin (Montréal, QC), Jeanne Létourneau (Montréal, QC), and Jérémie St-Onge (Montréal, QC), as well as the winner and finalists of the 2022 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. The award finalists will receive a $1,000 award to support the development of their practice. The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity for these emerging makers to share their work with an extensive audience while helping to build their careers.

The 2022 RBC Award for Glass was juried by Laura Donefer, Dr. Juliette MacDonald, and Julia Reimer.

On reviewing the submissions and selecting Jared Last as this year’s winner, the jurors state:

The jurors were delighted to see the passion and dedication of the applicants. The calibre of the applicants this year was fantastic, and a testimony to the strength of glass art in Canada. Jared’s work is striking, and he is clearly fully dedicated to the discipline and enthusiastic to develop as an artist whilst also supporting new workers in the field.

Charlie Larouche-Potvin is a 22-year-old glassblower from Montréal, Québec, Canada. He started glassblowing in 2017 and finished his three years college program at Espace Verre where he was taught a multitude of different glassblowing techniques. Larouche-Potvin had the chance to study with the glass masters Davide Fuin in his studio on Murano as well as William Gudenrath at the Corning Museum of Glass. He is now a member of the Fusion program at Espace Verre which gives access to alumni of the college to the glassblowing facilities for up to two years for them to do research, exploration and to start a business. His work is mainly focused on goblets in which he finds technical challenges. The traditional Venetian glass as well as the choreography required to make them is a major source of inspiration for Larouche-Potvin.

Jared Last, based in Revelstoke, BC, holds a BFA in glass from the Alberta University of the Arts, graduating with distinction in 2016. He has been fortunate to study at both the Corning Museum of Glass and at Pilchuck Glass School, and recently completed a 3 year residency at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Jared's work combines his interests in colour, pattern, architecture and the unique optical properties of glass to create both sculptural and functional works that invite investigation and engagement. He creates works that draw viewers inwards, encouraging them to experience space, pattern, colour and glass from alternate perspective(s).

Jeanne Letourneau is a glass artist from Montreal, Quebec. She graduated from the glass program at Espace VERRE in 2021. During her short career as an emerging artist, she was a finalist and laureate of several awards such as: The 2nd place of the 2021 Student Exhibition Award given by Glass Art Society, the Bourse Faire la différence and the Bourse Houdé-Mendel. She participated in exhibitions including Virtual 2021, GAS Student Exhibition, Evolution - A Showcase of  Emerging, International Talent, and Onirique, a group exhibition for the Espace Verre 2021 graduates. She was also chosen as a Pilchuck Emerging Artist in Residence (EAiR) for the fall of 2022. Currently, her works combine engraving and lost wax techniques using mainly glass and crystal to represent her ideas of the beauty that surrounds us.

Jérémie St-Onge lives and works in Montreal / Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyang, where he was born in 1996. St-Onge became a student at Espace Verre in 2014 and quickly integrated glass studios as an assistant. After 5 years as first assistant at Babajaga Glassworks, a studio specialized in lighting design, he became proficient with all aspects of a high end production. During this time, St-Onge also participates in different group shows, combining craft and contemporary art. Verre d’Onge was launched In 2019, introducing a more mercantile approach without sacrificing its codes and conditions. The project is amplifying and the collaborations are decoupling ever since.

The 2022 RBC Award for Glass was juried by Laura Donefer, Dr. Juliette MacDonald, and Julia Reimer.

Laura Donefer is an award-winning artist who has been using glass as her primary medium for more than thirty-eight years, often in combination with diverse materials. Celebrated for her innovative, colorful blown glass and flame worked “Amulet Baskets”, she also pushes the boundaries with work that explores ideas concerning memory, assault, bereavement, joy and madness. Laura has taught workshops and given lectures worldwide and her work is many public and private collections, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, the Museum of Art and Design in Manhattan and the Museum of Fine Art in Montreal.

Laura has been honoured with many awards, among them “Lifetime Achievement Awards” from the Glass Art Association of Canada, as well as Craft Ontario, the prestigious “Honorary Membership Award” from the Glass Art Society, for her dedication to the glass community at large, and the International Flameworking Award for “extraordinary contributions to the glass art world.”

Dr Juliette MacDonald, FRSA, FSA (Scot) completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews and is currently Director of the collaborative partnership between Edinburgh College of Art and Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, Donghua University.  Her interests focus on the evolution of practices of craft and the ways in which craft connects creativity, place and identity.

She is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada

She writes on craft, heritage and design theory and practice and has contributed chapters, articles and reviews to various Journals and books. She is co-editor of Styling Shanghai (Bloomsbury) 2020.

She is co-founder of the Naked Craft Network, and a co-curator of Naked Craft, a touring exhibition across Canada and Scotland.​​

Julia Reimer grew up between the mountains and prairies in Canada and her aesthetic, based on the simplicity of light and form, is derived from this environment of crisp prairie light, undulating hills and grasslands carved by wind and water.

After first studying glass blowing in 1996 at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), she has continued her studies through travels to Scotland, the United States, Spain, France and Hungary where she acquired a knowledge of design and traditional European glass making techniques. She completed her course work at ACAD in 2000 and now owns and operates Firebrand Glass Studio with her husband, Tyler Rock.

Her original design and craftsmanship have been recognized through several awards and scholarships, including the first ever Canadian Clay and Glass National Glass Award for Excellence and residencies at institutions such as the Corning Museum of Glass, The Jam Factory Art Centre and the University of South Australia.

About the RBC Award for Glass

The RBC Award for Glass is presented annually by the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and is supported by the RBC Foundation. This prestigious $10,000 award allows practising early career glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice. Up to 5 finalists will each receive a $1,000 award to support the development of their practice. Each fall, the winners and finalists of the RBC Award for Glass and Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics will have their work presented in an awards exhibition held at the Gallery.

Recipients of the award represent some of the best emerging glass artists in Canada. To learn more about the previous winners, click here.

About the RBC Emerging Artists Project

At RBC, we care about investing in the places where we live and work. Our support of the arts has been a long-standing priority as we recognize that the arts play an important role in building vibrant communities and strong economies.
In 2013, the RBC Foundation committed $6.7 million to arts and cultural organizations, supporting local, national, and international initiatives. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory.

Contact:

For additional information, contact Peter Flannery, Curator, at 519.746.1882 x235 or awards@theclayandglass.ca.