Katherine Russell

Katherine Russell earned her BFA from the Alberta College of Art as a Glass Major and went on to further her training in Black Diamond, then Perth, Australia for several years. Internationally, she has exhibited, attended glass conferences and taken master glass courses. Katherine has been awarded many grants and awards including those from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Columbia Basin Trust.

Katherine currently lives in Elkford BC where she has a kiln studio and coldshop. She teaches art projects in schools and offers workshops from her studio, which is open by appointment to view the gallery space. Katherine blows glass out of a studio in Calgary, AB. Both her blown and kiln-formed work can be found in galleries across Western Canada and can be recognized by its bright colours and whimsical nature.


BORN: October 19 1983, Calgary, Alberta,Canada


2002-2006      Alberta College of Art andDesign, Calgary, AB, Canada

                         Bachelor of FineArts Degree, with Distinction, Major in Glass


2019                “Memories Are Malleable” Craft Council of BC Gallery, Granville Island

2014                “Along These Lines” Fernie Arts Station, Fernie, BC

2013                “Held”Fish Creek ELC, Calgary, AB

2009                “Head Space”, Glass Manifesto Gallery, Perth, Australia


2018                “Landmarks”Centre 64, Kimberley, BC

2017                “Landmarks”Alberta Craft Council FeatureGallery, Edmonton, AB

2014                “Formative”Leighton Arts Centre, AB

2014                “Coming Up Next” Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB

2012                “Elemental”Elkford Conference Centre, Elkford, BC

2011                “Kaleidoscope”Ausglass Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2010                “Round Trip” Calgary, AB

2010                “Touch of Glass” Old Bakery on 8th Gallery, Maylands, WA, Australia

2009                “Furnace”,Deloraine, TAS, Australia

2009                “30th Anniversary Exhibition”, Ausglass Conference, Hobart, TAS, Australia

2008                “Australian Glass Artists Exhibition”, Katanning, WA, Australia

2008                “Open Slather”, Ausglass Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia

2007                “The Works Art and Design Festival”, Edmonton, AB

2007                “Lucent: A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Glass”, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary

2007                “Coming Up Next”, Nextfest, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB

2006                “National Glass Graduate Exhibition”, Material Matters, Toronto, ON

2006                “Member’s Exhibition”, GAAC, Red Deer, AB

2006                “Graduating Exhibition”, ACAD, Calgary, AB


2015-present   British Columbia Craft Council

2016-present   Alberta Craft Council

2017                Glass Art Association of Canada(GAAC)

2007-2011       AustralianSociety of Glass Artists (Ausglass)


2017                Major Project Grant, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

2016                Project Grant, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

2016                Artstarts,Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

2015                Artist in the Classroom, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

2015                Artstarts,Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

2014                Project Grant, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

2012                Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2012                Project Grant, Calgary Arts Development 2012

2007                Arts Award for Career Development, Alberta Scholarship Programs

2006                Visual Arts Project Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts


2017                GAACBoard: Director

2016-present   Art Instructor for the Elkford Arts Council

2015-2016       Art Instructor for the District of Elkford

2014-present   Vice-President of the Elkford Arts Council

2013                Panel Discussion: “Life as a Practicing Artist” abrACADabra, Calgary AB

2013                Exhibition Coordinator for Month of Glass 2013

2011                Glassblowing Instructor, ACAD Extended Studies, Calgary, AB

2010                Curator“Round Trip” Calgary, AB

2007-2011       Full time Studio Assistant for Peter Bowles & Anne Clifton, Glass Manifesto, Perth,WA, Australia

2007                Member of “Poleturners Union”, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, USA

2006-2007       Exhibition Coordinator for “Lucent”, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB

2006-2007       Full time Studio Assistant for Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock, Black Diamond, AB

2005                Teacher Assistant for Tyler Rock, Foundation Glass Class, Calgary, AB


2017                “Re:DoCanadian Glass Conference” Oakville, ON

2014                Nathan Sandberg’s workshop: “Vitrigraph Murrini” Portland, OR, USA

2013                “abrACADabra Symposium” ACAD, Calgary, AB

2011                “Peripheral Vision: Australian Glass Conference”, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2010                Katherine Grey’s glassblowing workshop, Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA, Australia

2009                “Glass Roots: Australian Glass Conference”, Hobart, TAS, Australia

2008                “Open House: Australian Glass Conference”, Canberra, ACT, Australia

2006                “Intermediate Glassblowing”  with Pamina Traylor andEddie Bernard, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, USA

2006                “Looking Within, Reaching Out: Canadian Hot Glass Conference”, Red Deer, Canada

2006                “An In-depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques”with William Gudenrath, Calgary


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