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Julian Duerksen

"I love working with glass because it changes quickly and has a mind of its own, forcing me to stay in the moment and engage mindfully with the material. With hot glass, if you lose your focus for an instant, the piece can be lost."

Julian Duerksen is intrigued by the ancient craft of glassblowing, which has grown into a modern day art form requiring technical skill, physical stamina, and persistence. He works from his studio in Burnaby, BC, in Canada's Pacific Northwest, where he creates glass artwork with close attention to detail.

Julian begins each piece with the centuries-old techniques of gathering, blowing, and shaping. Although glassblowing is usually a multi-person effort with assistants helping out the lead glassblower, Julian Duerksen has trained himself to work solo on many processes. The results are truly individual glass pieces that reflect the dance of an artist with his material.

Duerksen studied glassblowing at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, and has taken workshops at Red Deer College and Pilchuck Glass School. He also likes to learn new techniques by trial and error with a good dose of curiosity and exploration.