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Pattie Walker was a dedicated member of the Ontario Crafts Council since 1994 and worked with glass for over 30 years of her life. She began with small scale residential commissions and church restoration work. She continued to expand on her foundation of traditional technique through the exploration of contemporary applications of her medium, including appliqué, sandblasting, and neon.
Pattie pursued her technical training the traditional way, embarking on a two-year apprenticeship with internationally renowned stained glass artist Stephen Bélanger-Taylor. Working with Taylor on large liturgical commissions and restorations, she received in-depth classical training in architectural glass techniques. These included glass painting, acid etching, leaded work, dalle de verre, and glass appliqué.
Pattie expressed her vision through the use of color and light as elements for the transformation of space using both sculptural form and architectural environments.
"Making art is about making contact. I strive to create art pieces and environments that will animate and energize space. And connect viewers to the radiant force of light. " – Pattie Walker
Pattie’s work is enjoyed in many residences, private collections and public spaces. She completed numerous commissions throughout her career for clients such as Microsoft Canada, Toronto Stock Exchange, Metro Hall, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (formerly Whitby Mental Health Centre) and various churches, as well as glass restoration and public art projects. Pattie brought her own style and voice to commissions and projects where the clients defined the form and function.
As a recipient of the Hey Frey Memorial Award, Pattie’s piece "Fluid Edge" was exhibited in the Award Winners 2009 exhibition at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery.
The Pattie Walker Memorial Award in Architectural Glass is being established with the Ontario Crafts Council by friends and family of Pattie Walker. This future award will be granted to artists working in glass appliqué, stained glass, sandblasting, glass painting, acid etching, leaded work and/or dalle de verre.
Images: Pattie Walker in her studio photographed by Joy von Tiedemann, Morning Frost photographed by Pattie Walker and Fluid Edge detail photographed by Joy von Tiedemann