Glasswork done by local artist Katherine Russell. Photo Submitted

Glasswork done by local artist Katherine Russell. Photo Submitted

Katherine Russell launches new exhibit at Fernie Museum

On Friday, December 13, glass artist Katherine Russell launched a new exhibition at the Fernie Museum.

Hot & Cold: Glass Art in Three Parts is Russell’s largest solo exhibition ever and it will showcase all of the different techniques she uses in her glass work.

“Typically, when I’m doing a solo exhibition, it’s a small body of work that’s new,” said Russell. “This is several bodies of work all showing together.”

The exhibition will showcase pieces made using techniques like glassblowing, sand carving, kiln-forming and powder printing. This assortment of techniques is what inspired the name of the exhibition, according to Russell.

“Some processes are literally cold when you’re working the glass so you’re grinding it or you’re sand carving it,” she explained. Russell has a cold shop in Elkford but also does glasswork at high temperatures.

“On the other end of the scale is hot glasswork which would be when I’m blowing glass, using a glory hole that’s at 1100C and a furnace that’s at 1100C, it’s literally working the glass when it’s hot.”

Although Russell is putting forth one large exhibition, she mentioned that there will actually be two miniature exhibitions within the whole. One is called Held and was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. This body of work was inspired by photos that Russell took on a trip to Australia.

The other mini-exhibit, Memories Are Malleable, was funded by Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and is composed of pieces that Russell made this past year. The pieces are kiln-formed glass with a powder printing technique. According to Russell, the body of work examines the unreliability of our memories.

“It’s finding a visual way to depict how storytelling changes the more we tell that story,” she said. “How the original facts in our stories could get lost and go through changes.”

As visitors move around the exhibition they will be able to see these mini-exhibitions in clusters around the gallery. Russell says there will also be panels displayed with the art to explain the motivations behind the pieces.

When is comes to glasswork, there is one major thing that Russell would like visitors to the exhibition to consider: that glass can be art.

“I’d like them to consider glass as an art medium,” she said. “Often glass is a craft medium, which I love working in a craft medium, I love making vessels and objects that are useful for people but I’d like people to see that glass can also be an art form, that it can also be on the wall, it can be talking about larger ideas.”

Russell noted that so often glasswork is functional and on the table. She wants to “get it off the table and onto the wall where we are used to seeing photographs and paintings.”

This is Russell’s first exhibition at the Fernie Museum and it will run from December 13, 2019 to April 19, 2020.

The launch of Hot & Cold: Glass Art in Three Parts was part of a larger event, the Fire & Ice holiday gala celebration at the Fernie Museum on Friday.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Katherine Russell’s glasswork can be viewed at the Fernie Museum until April 19th. Photo Submitted

Katherine Russell’s glasswork can be viewed at the Fernie Museum until April 19th. Photo Submitted

Just Posted

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
104 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

IH is reporting the new numbers since Friday, Nov. 20

(File Photo)
Riders challenge Rockies in last game prior to mandated break

KIJHL games are set to resume on Dec. 4 following a two week long pause

.
Loblaws reports worker tested positive for COVID-19 in Fernie

The worker’s last shift at Kevin’s Your Independent Grocer was on November 10

(Black Press file)
Interior Health reports 31 new COVID-19 cases

In the region, health authority reports 235 total active cases

Kelsey Merton and Sam Finnigan enjoy the comedic acts. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Infinitea sets stage for amateur women comedians

The joyful event encouraged local ladies to take the stage while celebrating Infinitea’s closure

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

An aerial shot of Cedar Valley Lodge this past August, LNG Canada’s newest accommodation for workers at the project site in Kitimat. This is where several employees are isolating after a COVID-19 outbreak was declared last Thursday (Nov. 19). (Photo courtesy of LNG Canada)
Forty-one positive COVID-19 cases associated with the LNG Canada site outbreak in Kitimat

Thirty-four of the 41 cases remain active, according to Northern Health

7-year-old Mackenzie Hodge from Penticton sent a hand-written letter to premiere John Horgan asking if she’d be able to see her elf, Ralph under the new coronavirus restrictions. (John Horgan / Twitter)
Elf on the shelf an acceptable house guest, B.C. premier tells Penticton girl

A 7-year-old from Penticton penned a letter asking if she’d be allowed to see her elf this year

Workers arrive at the Lynn Valley Care Centre seniors home, in North Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It was the site of Canada’s first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Rapid tests ‘not a panacea’ for care homes, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

B.C. lacks capacity for daily tests of thousands of workers

(Delta Police Department photo)
Cannabis edibles found in Halloween bag lead B.C. police to illegal lab

Delta police arrested a man and a woman while executing a warrant at a residential property Nov. 20

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A woman being arrested at a Kelowna Value Village after refusing to wear a mask on Nov. 22.(@Jules50278750/Twitter)
VIDEO: Woman arrested for refusing to wear mask at Kelowna Value Village

RCMP claims the woman was uncooperative with officers, striking them a number of times and screaming

B.C. Liberal MLA Shirley Bond questions NDP government ministers in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 19, 2020. (Hansard TV)
Cabinet veteran Shirley Bond chosen interim leader of B.C. Liberals

28-member opposition prepares for December legislature session

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, November 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19: What do rising positivity rates mean for B.C.? It’s not entirely clear

Coronavirus cases are on the rise but the province has not unveiled clear thresholds for further measures

Most Read