When Julia Reimer was introduced to the craft of glass blowing she immediately knew she had found the right form for expressing her creativity. She says, "I was always drawn to the muted luminescence of river ice on bright brisk days in winter. So when I had a chance to combine the essence of light, colour and movement with a material, it was a perfect fit."
Julia grew up and still lives in a small prairie town nestled in the foothills of southern Alberta. Her aesthetic, based on the simplicity of light and form, is derived from this environment of crisp prairie light, gentle hills and windswept grasslands.
After first studying glass blowing in 1996 at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), she has continued her studies through travels to Scotland, the United States, Spain, France and Hungary where she acquired a knowledge of design and traditional European glass making techniques. She completed her course work at ACAD in 2000 and now owns and operates Firebrand Glass Studio with her husband, Tyler Rock.
Her original design and meticulous craftsmanship have been recognized through several awards and scholarships, such as the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2008 she received the first ever RBC and Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery national glass award. In 2002 she was chosen as an Artist in Residence at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York state. As well, her sculptures are featured in the publication 500 Glass Objects. Her work is carried in several Canadian and U.S. galleries and has been exhibited in Europe. To see more of Julia's incredible glasswork, visit firebrandglass.ca.
For the past 15 years, Tyler Rock’s artistic practice has shifted between conceptual art and glasswork based on the aesthetic tradition of the vessel. In the late 1990s, his blown glasswork began to receive critical attention both nationally and internationally.
Tyler Rock has demonstrated continuous growth as both an artist and consummate craftsman. In 1995, when he began teaching glass at the Alberta College of Art and Design he was both the youngest faculty and employee of the college. Since then, Rock has worked collaboratively with artists in a variety of studios and schools in Canada, the United States and Europe.
In 2002, Rock and his wife glass artist Julia Reimer collaborated as “Artists in Residence” at the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. In addition to maintaining his studio practice, Rock is currently the head of the glass program at the Alberta College of Art and Design and the president of the Glass Art Association of Canada. See more of his and Julia's work at firebrandglass.ca.