Ione Thorkelsson

 

Ione Thorkelsson

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.