One of the very first artists who agreed to this wacky Mountain Grass idea was my dear friend Robyn Weatherley. Robyn and I first met in a mandatory Drawing class while completing our undergraduate degrees at the Alberta University of the Arts (back when it was still ACAD!). She was going to major in Photography or Design, and I was going to major in Painting or Jewelry.
We also took our first glassblowing class together the following semester, and thusly the best laid plans fell by the wayside. For the record, I’m awfully glad they did; while I have no doubt that Robyn would have accomplished no shortage of amazing things in virtually any material, her blown glass is some of the most unique we have in the gallery.
The thing I love most about this body of work is how it explores weight and optics. From a thick bottom emerges a delicate vessel; inside the bowls, little chunks of colour are trapped, spilling their hues around the edge, and beyond the vessel themselves. They’re quite exquisite when the light passes through them, their width permitting illuminating ripples that extend beyond the dimensions of the bowl’s edges. The way they look from the top is not how they look from the side.
In Robyn’s drinking vessels, this same dynamic allows for a glass that has weight to it, while still being thin and delicate for your lips to touch. Not extending the glass from the fat bottom of the vessels all the way to the lips also ensures the delicate texture of the powdered colour remains – giving places for your fingers to rest and play.
Robyn holds a BFA from Alberta University of the Arts and an MFA from Tyler School of Art; we are thrilled to have her work here at Mountain Grass!