Courtney Downman was introduced to glass in September of 2012 after enrolling in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College. Courtney works primarily with blown glass and has also set up her own flameworking and glass fusing studio. She has been recognized by Sheridan College with four awards and was selected for a Student Summer Residency Scholarship at Harbourfront Centre in 2014. Courtney has recently finished working as a Teaching assistant at Sheridan College and is currently working on a project based residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON.
Courtney's' "Carved" series begins with a blown glass form made by gathering and shaping the molten material. Once cooled the glass becomes rigid and is delicately saw carved to create linear texture and raw edges. This series highlights glass' ability to appear and act as both liquid and solid, acting as a visual representation of this transition from liquid to solid and fluidity to rigidity.