James McMurtrie

“Working with tools, similar to that dating back to the first century B.C., fills me with a sense of history and tradition of the old techniques. Glass blowing proves to be an exciting medium with which I can experiment and express my ideas with immediate results on a daily basis." ~ James McMurtrie

"As a child I always enjoyed using my hands to make things, and to find out how things worked. Growing up on a farm, this is a normal part of life. Art has also surrounded my childhood experiences with great influence of colour and design from my mother‘s passion for textiles. With this combination of practical skills and artistic flare, it was only a matter of time before I found my feet in the medium of clay. Under the guidance of my secondary teacher John Eagle, I explored the possibilities and enjoyed the process of making something beautiful out of a raw medium – clay. I find the firing process fascinating, and opening a kiln to look at the results, is an exciting moment and still is for me when I am looking at a days work coming out of the kiln. Toward the end of my secondary school career, I made the decision to further my imaginings into the world of glass.

Glass captures the world in a whole different light. Its fluidity and availability to achieve instant results, reflects my desire to create beauty and interpret the world in which I live.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree (from the Chisholm Institute of Technology) under my wing, I embarked upon a series of learning experiences with different and very interesting glass artists. Richard Morrell and Don Wreford were instrumental in introducing me to the real world of glass - from selling, to building and maintaining a working studio."