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Daniel Crichton — Glass Artist

Toronto — Ontario

Metamorphic Vessel, Barite II 1994
free-blown glass
36 cm x 19 cm
CMC 95-1

Daniel Crichton
From the outset, my career in glass has revolved around two poles: exploring the wide range of expression available within the vessel-making tradition, and teaching others about the medium and related technology. Over the years, these two roles have intertwined, so that guiding others through the initial stages of their experience with glass has often had a nurturing influence on my own work.

Daniel Crichton received his Diploma from the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design in 1978 and has been head of the Glass programme there since 1979. Over the past seventeen years, Crichton has directed a tremendous amount of energy towards the development of a broad glass curriculum and to enriching the studio environment. As a result of his efforts, Sheridan now boasts a world-class facility where more than twenty glass courses are taught, ranging from engraving to architectural casting. Many graduates of the programme have gone on to establish their own studios and to organize other glass programmes across Canada. Espace Verre in Montreal, founded by the late François Houdé, is a prime example.

Crichton has lectured, given workshops, and organized student exchanges across Canada, as well as in Finland, Spain and the United States. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Claridge Collection, Montreal; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Montreal Museum of Fine Art; the Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto; and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across Canada and the United States, as well as in Finland, France, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

In 1991, Crichton received the President's Award of Excellence from Sheridan College and in 1995 he designed and created the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts.

As a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Glass Art Society, Crichton was responsible for bringing the International Glass Conference to Toronto in 1989. He is one of the founders of the Glass Art Association of Canada.

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