|ARTIST BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: ||“As a visual artist it is difficult to place oneself in the context of twentieth century art with its plethora of ‘isms’ and theories,” says glass and steel artist Jeff Holmwood. “Coming from a literary arts background, I believe the important thing in the visual arts is to create an object with visual ‘punch.’”
Holmwood studied English at the University of Calgary (1979 – 1984) and Glass at the Alberta College of Art + Design (1991 – 1995). He worked briefly as a technician at Red Deer College’s hot shop, and also at the Pilchuk Glass School hot shop where he served as a teaching assistant. He owned and operated Edmonton’s first hot shop, Glass Happens Studio (2001 – 2008), which also offered classes and rental time. After relocating to Vancouver (2010), he established a glassblowing facility for Bocci Design and Manufacturing, and became one of the founding members of the Terminal City Glass Co-op in East Vancouver.
Holmwood’s work has appeared in several exhibitions, including the International Students Exhibition of the 24th Annual Glass Art Society Conference in Oakland, Refractions/Directions in Waterloo, and the Pilchuk Glass Exhibition in Seattle. He taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and teaches at Red Deer College’s summer program.|