Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lisa Samphire

Lisa Samphire is Canadian born and began her glass blowing career in 1985. Since that time she has produced a diverse body of work, which includes private and public, sculptural and functional pieces. Over the years she has been recognized and applauded for her glasswork through the receipt of various awards, scholarships, teaching appointments and commissions.
Blowing glass is a very physical and exciting process, which Lisa enjoys each time she tackles a new piece. She loves trying to resolve the aesthetic and technical challenges that the medium of glass presents. She maintains a freshness and vitality to her work by constantly exploring its properties and following her intuition and curiosity. She is always trying something new by integrating other mediums, playing with color, and exploring patterns and layers. She utilizes different techniques in her works and has continued to look for others as she pursues her career.
Lisa's ability to bring a new vitality and approach to her medium year after year is due in part because she continues to further her education and experience. She has taken many courses through the years at Pilchuk and The Corning Glass Museum. She has also taught many courses at Red Deer College, spoken at several engagements, and been the feature of various publications and exhibitions.
This year, Lisa has had four pieces acquisitioned by the Federal Government of Canada for its Visual Arts Collection.