GAYLE BUZZI
PATTIE WALKER MEMORIAL AWARD

After receiving a specialist high skills major in fine arts with her Highschool Diploma, Gayle attained her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts at Lakehead University and is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba with a specialization in sculptural glass and ceramics.

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Gayle was exposed to many aspects of nature and she now finds her inspiration from the natural world around her. Her current sculptures position delicate glass animals within human-made settings, emphasizing the ways in which animals interact with the new urban ecosystem. With increasing urban development and encroachment on natural habitats, our wildlife is forced to contend with unnatural situations and either adapt or parish. Some animals are successful, while others are less capable of adapting. Gayle’s artworks often require time consuming and involved processes that provide her with a deeper connection to the materials and imagery she utilizes. Her works aim to initiate critical thoughts about contemporary society’s relationship with nature, while prompting an emotional response.

 http://lakesuperiorartgallery.com/Artists/GayleBuzzi

Dwell
Cast glass frit, Wood, LED lights, 40L x 25H x 25D, Nov 2017

Dwell (detail)
Cast glass frit, Wood, LED lights, 40L x 25H x 25D, Nov 2017

Open Faced
Cast glass frit, fur, copper, 30L x 60H x 30D, Oct 2017

Open Faced
Cast glass frit, fur, copper, 30L x 60H x 30D, Oct 2017

Find Your Space
Cast glass frit, LED lights, 150L x 45H x 50D, March 2018

Find Your Space
Cast glass frit, LED lights, 150L x 45H x 50D, March 2018

Find Your Space: Site Specific
Cast glass frit, site specific, 20L x 40H x 15D, March 2018

Nesting
Cast glass cullet, wood, 180L x 75H x 25D, March 2018

Nesting (detail)
Cast glass cullet, wood, 180L x 75H x 25D, March 2018

Squirrel (work in progress)
Cast glass frit

Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.