Recipient of the RBC Emerging Artists Studio Setup Award, generously provided by the RBC Foundation
Aaron Oussoren graduated from the Craft & Design program at Sheridan College in 2008, and was a full-time artist-in-residence at the Harbourfront Centre Glass Studio from 2008-2012. Upon graduating he received a full Bronfman Scholarship to Pilchuck Glass School (near Seattle, WA) to study 3d computer modeling and glass. In 2008 he also won the Niche Student Awards in both the functional and sculptural categories (Philadelphia, PA). Aaron’s interests and strengths within the craft discipline lie in the thoughtful refinement of functional objects, and the sculptural exploitation of the many properties unique to glass. Every project begins with questions - sometimes abstract, sometimes material. These questions are answered through objects that always seek to elevate, and give new perspective to the viewer.
Aaron has shown his work extensively in the Toronto area, and has shown in and traveled to the U.S, Belgium, and Germany. In 2010 he co-founded a 13 member, 2000 sq. ft. studio and gallery in downtown Toronto dedicated to the showing and making of craft-based arts. He has taught workshops in both glassblowing and 3d technology for craft artists. He has collaborated with Sally McCubbin on both a public art project for the Toronto Transit Commission, and a line of functional glass. He has worked in collaboration with both a nationally funded curator and the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto to experiment, develop ideas, and understand new possibilities in glass. It is the scope of these varied projects that enables Aaron to continually discover, and re-formulate his relationship with glass.
Aaron currently works out of his studio in downtown Toronto, where there is an ever-increasing connection between the virtual world of computerized 3d design and physical making. He is proud to be a part of the forward momentum of a strong Canadian craft tradition.