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Biography: Julia Reimer

Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock
Julia Reimer

Julia Reimer grew up between the mountains and prairies in Canada and her aesthetic, based on the simplicity of light and form, is derived from this environment of crisp prairie light, undulating hills and grasslands carved by wind and water. When Reimer was introduced to the craft of glassblowing she immediately knew she had found the right form for expressing her creativity: the chance to combine the essence of light, color and movement with a material was a perfect fit.

After studying glassblowing 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. She completed her course work at ACAD in 2000 and now owns and operates Firebrand Glass Studio with her husband, Tyler Rock.

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 Canadian Clay and Glass National Glass Award for Excellence. She has been chosen as an Artist in Residence at several prominent art institutions such as The Corning Museum of Glass, Jam Factory Art Centre and University of South Australia. Her sculptures are featured in the publication 500 Glass Objects. 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 Cheongju International Craft Biennale as well as the official Cultural Olympiad, at the Museum of Vancouver.