The Artists

Reimer, Julia

Reimer, Julia

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.

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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. As well, her sculptures are featured in the publication 500 Glass Objects. Most recently, she was commissioned by the office of the Prime Minister to create a gift for the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Her work has also been selected for the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale as well as the official Cultural Olympiad, at the Museum of Vancouver.