First Class Glass

Meet Courtney Downman who works in the fragile glass art world. She creates cutting edge dessert displays, beakers, chalices, and more

Written By- Joseph Scaglione

Glass is everywhere. It has a 5000 year history and plays a crucial part in our lives, spanning all the way back to 1AD when the technique of glass blowing was invented in Babylon. Courtney Downman’s journey began more recently in 2012. Courtney enrolled in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College, and after graduating Courtney took a job at Sheridan as a teaching assistant in the glass program. In 2016, Courtney received a two year artist in residence fellowship at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga Ontario. She is currently finishing her Bachelor in Craft and Design at Sheridan. Courtney has featured her work at exhibitions since 2014, most notably the One of a Kind Show.

Some of Courtney’s most stunning pieces come from her saw carved collection. Many of these pieces resemble ice sculptures or frozen globes. Translucent, colourful, and frosty, all the saw carved pieces can complement any room. The one above, the melting globe as I like to call it, comes in various colours and makes a perfect mantlepiece.

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Hand-soap has become all the rage lately and Courtney offers a variety of colourful reusable glass soap dispensers, perfect for display and cutting down on waste.

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Courtney also offers a variety of vessels such as dessert displays, beakers, glasses, chalices, vases, and my personal favourite mortar and pestle. For more information and a better look at the product selection visit Courtney’s site

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