Life as a generality moulds me, panging my intuition and causing me to react to situations in creative ways. My artwork is in no way shape or form separate them this. It is cliché to say that everything around me has a hand in shaping what I create, however as I am wholeheartedly empathic to the point of frustration. Life absolutely moulds me completely and truly to the point of redundancy.
I do not find glass easy. I find myself craving glass akin to how I yearn for more knowledge, as it is a material that I will not master in my life time. I am a no trick pony, but I flourish in the fact that I cannot make a truly realistic representation out of glass. I must use my intuition to fill in the detail and keep going.
Melanie T. Long hails from Calgary, Alberta, where she works as a school teacher, artist assistant and practising artist. She holds a Bachelor of Art from the Alberta College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. Ms Long has studied glass worldwide including Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and the Australian National University in Canberra Australia. Ms Long has taught painting and glass processes at numerous institutions including with the Calgary Board of Education in Calgary, Montserrat in the West Indies, and New Small Sterling in Vancouver. Currently Long works as an Artist Assistant for three internationally known glass artists: Brain Kelk, Julia Riemer, and Tyler Rock who is the head of the glass program at ACAD. In her personal art making practice she has exhibited throughout North America, from Norfolk, VA, to Vancouver, BC.