grace cameron rogers
deadline for applications
tba in 2025
This scholarship is awarded to a practicing and/or emerging craftsperson to attend a recognized school or course to upgrade technical or design skills, or to seek a stimulus for greater creativity and inspiration.
As the cost of craft-related education (tuition, materials, travel, accommodation, etc.) can be high, there is an ongoing need for financial assistance to craftspeople to help defray these costs. The principle of the Grace Cameron Rogers Fund is held in trust by the CCBC, and the interest generated is awarded to a deserving member. The current award is for $1000.
Grace Cameron Rogers 2022 Awardee Hope Forstenzer is a BC-based glass artists who is always looking to build on the rich history of glassmaking, interpreting it through her own lens to see where it interconnects with where the world is now. When she uses blown glass paired with stained glass techniques, she tries to bring the modern human experience into a space historically reserved for religious icons.
When she uses images in glass harkens back to the very beginning of photography while using it for something entirely new. When she uses everyday shapes in sculpture (balloons, pillows, bodies), she tries to bring a new perspective on our own emotional states. She’s always striving to express the two things she loves most about glass : light and emotion. For Hope, it’s the mix of transparency and opacity, and working with those natural properties, that sets glass apart as a medium.
“My goal is to be able to make wood sculpture bases, and to build basic glassblowing molds and cabinetry so I can form glass pieces with wood, and build wood into and around glass. This activity will be the beginning of a new way of working for me. The woodworking skills I will be learning will let me make pieces I otherwise couldn’t have made, and will give me a skill set that will allow me to make things that I wouldn’t even have dreamed of making otherwise. The skills I learn will also give me the opportunity re-imagine installation work to include wood aspects that I can create myself, and can give me opportunities for public art work that might not have existed otherwise. I’m at a point in my life and career where I both want and need to stretch myself with new materials and skills. I’ve wanted to do woodworking for a while, and as my life allows me a little more room to grow and work, I know this is the right time for me to learn these skills.”