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Courtney Downman began working with glass in September of 2012 after enrolling in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College. While studying she was recognized by Sheridan College with four awards and was selected for a Student Summer Residency Scholarship at Harbourfront Centre in 2014. Upon graduating Courtney worked as a Teaching assistant in the glass program at Sheridan College. Courtney was recently awarded the glass artist-in-residence fellowship at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON.
Gabriela is a Toronto based artist, specializing in glass and metal. Gabriela has studied, art, design, jewellery and glass at George Brown College, Sheridan College, Pilchuck Glass School and the Corning Museum of Glass. Gabriela is currently in her third year of residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, in the glass studio, with a specialty in kiln casting. Gabriela Wilson is a passionate educator; her experience includes teacher’s assistant at Sheridan College and at the Corning Museum of Glass as well as an instructor at the Living Arts Centre. Gabriela has been the recipient of multiple awards; her work has been exhibited across Canada as well as internationally, including the United States and Czech Republic, with work in the permanent collection of the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass.
Tommy Cudmore started his professional artistic career at 17 using acrylic - a clear plastic material that shares certain attributes with glass. Eventually realizing acrylic has limitations which glass does not, he applied to Sheridan College for Glassblowing. After his first year at Sheridan, he acquired a residency at “The Red Barns” glass studio in Picton, Ontario. There he discovered his love of teaching the material to newcomers. Following his second year of education at Sheridan, Tommy moved to Campbell River, British Columbia to work at “Tideline Gallery” as a lampworker and furnace blower. There he gained a new appreciation for technique, the material, and the studio environment. His organized and meticulous glassblowing style has given him many opportunities including assisting some of Canada's most well known glassblowers. After only 7 years of working with the material, he is a self employed glass sculptor.
Alyssa Getz was first introduced to glass at Sheridan College in 2008, and she immediately fell in love with it. Alyssa quickly picked up on glass blowing techniques and after a productive and successful second year, Alyssa went on to receive a summer residency at The Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, where she further developed her work.Since her graduation from Sheridan College, Alyssa Has participated in multiple shows, and continues to refine and create new work. In 2011, Alyssa was awarded the Artist Fellowship from the Living Arts Centre for her exceptional portfolio and diverse technical accomplishments.