It took a while for glass to find Canadian artist Maryse Chartrand. A long detour through a 25-year career in communications as a Creative Director in advertising and as a Documentary Filmmaker. It is in 2004, during an introductory course in glass blowing, that she began to embrace the idea of becoming a glass artist: “I loved getting out of my head to find my hands. Exchanging ideas and words for material and breath.”
In 2010, she took a leap of faith, returning to the classroom, or rather the atelier, for a full time three-year glass arts program. In the spring of 2013, she graduated from the Centre des métiers du verre du Québec.
Since graduation, she is a full time glass artist. The deeper she dives into the art of glass, the more she’s fascinated with the material’s beauty: “Glass is solid but fragile, dense but fluid. It hovers between the concrete world, and the world of light. Much like a living organism, it contains contradictions, yet maintains harmony and balance. I love to work glass and I love the way it works me.” Glass is her creative partner. She considers herself an artist, but also an explorer. Although her process is sparked by an idea, it is the anticipation of a discovery that really drives her: “I want glass to show me the way. And the more it does, the more I find that the final piece underlines the mysterious beauty of life.”
Recognition came rapidly for emerging artist Maryse Chartrand. After a year of practice she had pieces in private collections internationally and in the Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts. As said by president Steve Tippin of GAAC (Glass art association of Canada) after an interview: “Maryse is one to be watched.”
Ailleurs and Pebble series.
Her Ailleurs series is a work of exploration and layering in the glass blowing studio. She views each piece as a canvas where she paints with glass on glass. Her coloration process uses exclusively particles (frits) of transparent and colored glass, layer upon layer. This process produces rich and organic pieces, a surprise of details, textures, and nuances.
Maryse Chartrand is represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery, located in Toronto, the leading contemporary glass art gallery in Canada.