Bruno Andrus is currently pursuing an art history doctorate degree at the University of Concordia, while lecturing and writing articles specialized on the history of fine crafts of Québec. Following his graduation from Espace VERRE in 1997, he perfected his skills as a glass artist by accumulating work experience in various glass studios of Québec and abroad. The recipient of many bursaries, he participated in various exhibitions and shows in Canada, the United States, France, Wales and Hong Kong. At Espace VERRE, Bruno teaches glassblowing to the 3rd-year students.
Since 1983, Gérald Collard has been actively working with neon. He helped set up a dozen commercial neon studios in Québec and Ontario. His diverse collaborations have brought him to visit various glass institutions from Corning to Barcelona, and even to Italy. Since 1988, he teaches the neon segment of the flameworking course to Espace VERRE’s 1st-year students. He also shares his flameworking skills by giving demonstrations in various schools. On June 2, 2013, he opened a neon shop in Montréal.
After receiving a bachelor degree in industrial design from the Université de Montréal in 1992, Carole Frève pursued the glass arts at Espace VERRE. As a contemporary glass and fine craft artist for the last twenty years, her pieces have been shown in exhibitions across Canada and the United States. Glass, copper electroplating and metal wire knitting are recurrent techniques in her sculptural works. Many of her pieces can be found in permanent collections, such as the embassy of Canada in Berlin, the Museum of American Glass (New Jersey) and the Speed Art Museum (Kentucky). Furthermore, she was accredited by the Compétence Culture organization as an instructor-tutor to help artists manage their careers. At Espace VERRE, she teaches 3rd-year students how to develop a creative and glass production enterprise.
Jean-Marie Giguère came to the glass art through working with stained glass. Following his studies at the Université Laval, he enrolled in the vocational programme at Espace VERRE in 1989. Since then, he has honed his glass art skills by working with many established glass artists. He has received countless distinctions and participated in at least 45 group exhibitions as well as five solo exhibitions in Québec and abroad. His preferred techniques are cold glass work and painting on glass, with a keen interest for the Swedish Graal technique, pairing engraved or painted patterns with glassblowing. He teaches painting on glass to 2nd-year students, and is one of Espace VERRE’s technicians.
Originally from Cologne, Germany, Detlef Gotzens apprenticed in a stained-glass studio at the age of 15. Thereafter, he developed an interest for glass technology and design, which motivated him to obtain a Master’s degree from the prestigious Glass College of Rheinbach in 1977. Shortly after immigrating to Canada in 1985, he and his wife opened their studio. This enabled him to complete some important stained glass restorations, as well as work on various contemporary architectural projects. Besides his glass work, he is an accomplished painter and enjoys metalwork. At Espace VERRE, he teaches and shares his passion for wheel engraving with the 2nd-year students in their cold glass course.
Catherine Labonté graduated in 2002 from the fine craft, glass option programme. Her work is inspired by cartoons, featuring humorous glass creations made with various techniques. She received many awards, including the Prix François-Houdé in 2008. Managing her company Cat Designer Verrier has made her a seasoned entrepreneur. Her works are part of important collections such as Loto-Québec’s and the Musée national des beaux-art du Québec. Since 2009, she teaches kiln working to Espace VERRE’s 1st-year students.
Lisanne Lachance studied art at Collège Lionel-Groulx and at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Determined to express herself by using technical skills instead of through conceptual means, she enrolled in the fine craft programme at Espace VERRE. Since receiving her diploma in 2012, she has received numerous mentions of distinction, including a research bursary from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as getting noticed by gallerists and collectors alike when participating in different group exhibitions. At Espace VERRE, she teaches cold glass elemental notions to the 1st-year students.
Since 1986, Michèle Lapointe’s work has centered on the integration of art within architecture and the environment. Recognized as much for her public art endeavours than for her gallery installations, the recurring themes of her work are the passage of time, the remembrance of places and the fragility of the environment. Her works are found in many collections such as the City of Montréal and the Musée-atelier du verre of Sars-Poteries, France. At Espace VERRE, she shares her expertise of integrating art within architecture with 2nd-year students in the cold glass course, and works alongside Michel Leclerc to guide the 3rd-year students in their final projects courses.
Michel Leclerc has worked with glass since 1988. He was formally trained at Espace VERRE and continued his studies in many schools in Canada, the UnitedStates and Europe. He founded the Feu Verre glass studio in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, where he creates original works inspired by science and the environment, as well as production pieces of decorative and lighting purposes. He has created diverse public installations, including one for the Casino de Montréal. Along with Michèle Lapointe, he guides the 3rd-year students in their synthesis activity and final project courses, the culminating point of Espace VERRE’s glass art programme.
Gilles Payette completed his studies at the École de sculpture of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli in 1973. Subsequently, he taught wood sculpture while researching mold making in a bronze and aluminium foundry. In 1990, he presented his first series of sculptures with glass integrations. He pursued his explorations with glass with the guidance of François Houdé, Bertil Vallien, Geene Koss and Hank Murta Adams. He set up his own studio in 1995 and has since been represented by many galleries of Canada, the United States and Europe. At Espace VERRE, he teaches the sand casting course to the 2nd-year students.
Patrick Primeau has worked with glass since 1997. During and following his studies at Espace VERRE, he travelled through North America and Europe to work with many eminent artists and designers. In 2004, he and his wife, fellow glass artist Caroline Ouellette, cofounded the Welmo studio in Sainte-Julie. Since then, his blown and sculpted glass pieces have been added to numerous private and public collections. A three-year-long sojourn in Australia solidified his experience as a glass artist and as a glass blowing virtuoso that masters countless Venetian techniques. At Espace VERRE, he shares his experience and knowledge with the 2nd year students.
Donald Robertson graduated from Sheridan College, Ontario, in 1984. In 2014, he completed a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Concordia where he graduated with Great Distinction. He specializes in the in the pâte de verre technique, for which he is internationally recognized. His works are part of many private and public collections from Eurasia to North America. He is one of the original teachers of Espace VERRE, where he still shares his vast knowledge on cold work, lost wax and kiln work and pâte de verre techniques. He also teaches the Technologie du verre (glass technology) and Entretien d’un atelier de verre (glass studio maintenance) courses.
After graduating from Espace VERRE in 2002, Jean-Simon Trottier honed his technical skills by working with several glass artists in France, notably at the Centre international de recherche en verre et en arts plastiques (CIRVA) in Marseille. His accumulated experience places him as one of the best glassblowers of Canada. Whether solo or with his spouse and work partner Montserrat Duran Muntadas, he creates delicate and playful decorative objects and impressive sculptural installations. At Espace VERRE, he teaches the basic elements of glassblowing to the 1st year students
In 1977, Michel Vincent graduated from the Applied Arts programme of the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. He furthered his ceramic studies at the Alberta College of Arts and Design. From 1980 to 1992, Michel taught ceramics at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal and ceramic technology at Concordia University. In 1993, he started his own information technology consultation enterprise, which he still runs. Since 1989, he teaches the Modelage et moulage (modeling and mold making) and Dessin aux instruments (technical drawing) courses to Espace VERRE’s 1st year students.