For nearly forty years, Lou Lynn has explored the sculptural possibilities of combining the fragility and optical properties of glass with the strength of metal and other materials. She attributes her interest in this approach to her studies at the Pilchuck Glass School.
Lynn’s sculpture has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions and is part of public collections that include the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the Glasmuseum in Denmark, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York State.
Lynn taught professional practices for over twenty years and was the co-coordinator of the “Beyond Borders: Craft Marketing” conferences held in Nelson, British Columbia, in 2003, and Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 2005.
In 2006, she was the recipient of the Gerson Award for Excellence, Innovation & Leadership from the Craft Council of British Columbia and, in 2010, she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
“The trajectory of her career evinces a continual development and refinement of her technical skills and artistic vision, yet, throughout, her work has focused on the iconic forms of tools and other functional objects valued for their relevance to craft and role in human culture.
Lynn’s work is characterized by extraordinary craftsmanship, as defined by her mastery of relevant technologies and materials, attention to all aspects of production and presentation, a life-long interest in the tools and implements associated with the history of handcraft and making, and her ability to invest form with presence.
Her work not only draws us in to admire its skillful and aesthetically pleasing facture—it makes us think about our histories as makers and about the hand, mind and body working in concert to create beautiful and functional objects that enrich our world.”
Nominators: Raine Mckay, Executive Director, on behalf of the Craft Council of British Columbia, and Amy Gogarty, artist and writer
Saidye Bronfman Award Winner
for Excellence in the Fine Crafts
“Lou Lynn’s work not only draws us in to admire its skillful and aesthetically pleasing facture—it makes us think about our histories as makers and about the hand, mind and body working in concert to create beautiful and functional objects that enrich our world.”