Susan Edgerley Glass Artist
Val-Morin, Quebec
Saidye Bronfman winner

Saidye Bronfman Award Winner

Susan Edgerley, Glass Artist

Susan Edgerley is an artist whose glass practice encompasses both large-scale glass and mixed media sculptures and installations. Her work has been exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia, and is included in museum, corporate, and private collections across Canada and the US.

Susan taught contemporary glass practices, initially at Sheridan College and subsequently at Espace VERRE, from 1985 - 2006. As pedagogical director of Espace VERRE, she implemented Quebec’s first college-level glass program. In 1993, as a board member and president, she established Fusion, a hot glass studio program and professional incubator for graduates. She co-organized the Glass Art Association of Canada's national conference in Montréal in 1996, and was a GAAC board member. Susan is an honorary lifetime member of the board of directors of Espace VERRE and an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. She lives in Val-Morin, Quebec.

https://www.susanedgerleyglass.com/

“Susan’s artistic creations explore the subtle and sensitive avenues of life. They combine feminine sensibility, poetry, nature, vulnerability, time, and ingenuity with technical excellence, originality, and a deep understanding of art and of her craft.

Her early works have evolved into large-scale installations, in which artistic maturity is expressed through shapes found in nature—spirals, flakes, and fine glass branches. Through her works, she composes an almost meditative poetry on life and the human condition.

Susan has made a rich contribution to fine crafts in Canada and played a prominent role in the development of the conditions for the professionalization of aspiring glass workers in Quebec.”

Nominator:
Christian Poulin, Director General, Espace VERRE

Saidye Bronfman Award Winner
for Excellence in the Fine Crafts

“Susan has made a rich contribution to fine crafts in Canada and played a prominent role in the development of the conditions for the professionalization of aspiring glass workers in Quebec.”

Selected works

Susan Edgerley, Poupée, 1991, Glass, forged steel, copper, barbed wire, natural fibers, 36 cm x 35.5 cm x 25.5 cm. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts collection – gift, The Joe and Anna Mendel Collection Photo: Jocelyn Blais

Susan Edgerley, Poupée, 1991, Glass, forged steel, copper, barbed wire, natural fibers, 36 cm x 35.5 cm x 25.5 cm. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts collection – gift, The Joe and Anna Mendel Collection
Photo: Jocelyn Blais

Susan Edgerley, From the One, 1997 – 2003, part of “Seed Sower” series, Sandcast glass, copper, wood, 203 cm x 86 cm x 14 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, From the One, 1997 – 2003, part of “Seed Sower” series, Sandcast glass, copper, wood, 203 cm x 86 cm x 14 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Dans un moment éphémère, 2016, Flameworked glass, metal, gold leaf, 243 cm x 243 cm x 18 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Dans un moment éphémère, 2016, Flameworked glass, metal, gold leaf, 243 cm x 243 cm x 18 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Artist installing Within Grace, 2013, flameworked glass, handmade paper, 243 cm x 243 cm x 17 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Artist installing Within Grace, 2013, flameworked glass, handmade paper, 243 cm x 243 cm x 17 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, B.r.e.e.z.e (with artist), 2013, part of "Light and Shadow" series, kilnworked glass, handmade paper, metal, gold leaf, 1.7 m x 1.7 m x 16 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, B.r.e.e.z.e (with artist), 2013, part of "Light and Shadow" series, kilnworked glass, handmade paper, metal, gold leaf, 1.7 m x 1.7 m x 16 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Left: Susan Edgerley, Detail Chatoiement/Shimmer, 2010, part of "Light and Shadow" series Flameworked glass, metal, 1.6 m x 1.6 m x 13 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil Right: Susan Edgerley, Chatoiement/Shimmer, 2010, part of "Light and Shadow" series, flameworked glass, metal, 1.6 m x 1.6 m x 13 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Left: Susan Edgerley, Detail Chatoiement/Shimmer, 2010, part of "Light and Shadow" series Flameworked glass, metal, 1.6 m x 1.6 m x 13 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Right: Susan Edgerley, Chatoiement/Shimmer, 2010, part of "Light and Shadow" series, flameworked glass, metal, 1.6 m x 1.6 m x 13 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Unfurl, 2008, part of "Light and Shadow" series, flameworked glass, metal, 1.5 m x 2.3 m x 13 cm. Private collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Unfurl, 2008, part of "Light and Shadow" series, flameworked glass, metal, 1.5 m x 2.3 m x 13 cm. Private collection. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Within, 2007, flameworked glass, handmade paper, 152 cm x 122 cm x 22 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

Susan Edgerley, Within, 2007, flameworked glass, handmade paper, 152 cm x 122 cm x 22 cm. Photo: Michel Dubreuil

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