I just read on Akimbo that craft-based glass artist Ione Thorkelsson won this year's Saidye Bronfman Award for Fine Craft. I have been a fan of Ione's work for a while, and was lucky enough to show alongside her in the touring exhibition Elemental Connections a couple of years ago. The following excerpt is from the announcement of the award winners/report by Stacey DeWolfe that was broadcast through Akimbo earlier today:
I was particularly taken by the words of Winnipeg-based glass sculptor Ione Thorkelsson, who has received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Fine Crafts. She talked about how people are always asking her to define herself as either a craftsperson or an artist, but that she stubbornly insists on hovering between the two, because this uncertain space is such a fertile site. Her work is incredibly beautiful and innovative in that she has developed new techniques that allow the glass to communicate the things she wants it to say.
More on Ione and her work here.
Images of Ione's work courtesy of Lafreniere and Pai Gallery.