Ione Thorkelsson is one of Canada's most recognized glass artists. Winner of the 2010 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts/Saidye Bronfman Award, Ione has spent a lifetime exploring glass sculpture.
Operating a one-woman studio for nearly forty years in relative isolation has forced her to be technically innovative. As a consequence, she has acquired through time a formidable knowledge of all aspects of operating a glass studio. By 1993 she began working with various casting techniques, thus marking the outset of a migration from blown work to sculptural cast work that was more or less complete by 2005.