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By way of her sculptures, the artist tells us stories interwoven with glass and copper:  “My pieces are often imagined as scenes; they tell a story, or they evoke a memory.” Through sculptural narration, the artist invites us into her intimate poetic universe, which is tinged with real or imagined reflections, reveries, and memories.

Throughout her career, Carole Frève’s work has combined two interrelated research topics: one symbolic, the other technical. The artist’s creative process is distinguished by a combination of several techniques, including glassblowing, kiln casting, lost wax casting, and copper electroforming on glass. Added to this are metal wire knitting and low-tech electronics. 

Bruno Andrus

Curator of the « Entrelaced Stories » exhibition, 2021



Carole Frève is a Montreal-based glass artist whose practice is a model of excellence in contemporary fine crafts. During her 25-year career, her original works have been exhibited at art fairs in the United States as well as in several Canadian and American galleries. In 2000 she did an artist residency at the Creative Glass Center of America and in 2009 at the North Lands Glass Creative in Scotland. In the summer of 2017, she resided at Porphyry Island in Lake Superior to continue her research into the use of solar energy to power her new works. She has obtained grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec. In addition, his works have been presented in the publications Glass Quaterly, 500 Glass objects, Fiberart and Neus Glass/New Glass.



Carole Frève           

Glass artist

Born in Gatineau, Canada, 1967


1993-96             Technique des métiers d’arts- Glass option            

                             Espace Verre, Montreal, Canada

1988-92             Industrial design

                             Graduated from University of Montreal, Canada

1991                     Student exchange ( 3 months )

                             Birmingham Polytechnique, Glass and Ceramic Department

                             Birmingham, UK


 2017                   The Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior 

                             Porphyry Island, Ontario, Canada

2009                  North Lands Creative Glass

                              2 months, Lybster, Scotland

2000                  Creative Glass Center of America fellowship(CGCA)

                              3 months, Wheaton Arts, Millville, New-Jersey, U.S.A



Selected honors and grants 

2017                    Canada Council for the Arts, research grant

2016                    Quebec Council for the Arts, research & creation grant

2009                  Quebec Council for the Arts, research & creation grant 

2005                   Selected entry, Jutta Cuny-Franz memorial award

                             Canada Council for the Arts, research grant

2004                   Selected for New Glas Review 26, published in Neues Glas

2002                   Selected for New Glas Review 24, published in Neues Glas

                             Quebec Council for the Arts, creation/production grant

2001                   Canada Council for the Arts, creation/production grant

2000                  Canada Council for the Arts, Travel grant

1999                    Canada Council for the Arts, creation/production

1998                    Quebec Council for the Arts, research in electroplated copper

1997                     Bourse Houdé-Mendel, grant for research in kiln casting


Solo show

2021                    Histoires entrelacées / Entrelaced Stories, retrospective, Musée des Métiers d’art du Québec, Montréal, Canada

2018                    Connectivité / Connectivity, Espace Verre gallery, Montreal, Canada

2015                    Veiled memories, Bender gallery, Asheville, NC, USA

2007                   Nostalgia, Elena Lee Gallery, Montreal, Canada


Selected Exhibitions

                             SOFA Chicago, 2000 to 2012 and 2015

                             SOFA New York, 2000 to 2005 and 2008

                             SOFA Palm Beach 3, 2005 to 2009

                             SOFA Santa Fe 2009 and 2010

2018                   Glass Catalyst, WCU Fine Art Museum, NC, USA

                             Blue/Green: color/code/context, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton, CT, USA

2017                    Still Crazy… 30 years in art, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton, CT, USA

                             Professeurs et gradués d’Espace verre, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal

2016                    L’imaginaire de l’objet, Quebec Museum of fine Arts, Canada

2015                    Mutations, Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Montréal, Canada

2015                    Influence and Evolution, Browngrotta Arts, Wilton, CT, USA

2013                    Kaléïdoscope: Variations sur le verre, Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Québec, Canada

2012                    The Last Glass Show, Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Canada

                             The Last Glass Show, Ontario Craft Council Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                             Beyond Tradition, Caithness Horizon Museum, Scotland, GB

                             Caserne no.28, Espace Verre, Montreal, Canada

2011                     Linen Diaspora, R-Space, Lisburn, Ireland, GB

                             Linen Diaspora, Biennale internationale du Lin de Portheuf, Canada

2010                   Kaléidoscope, Espace Création Loto-Québec, Montreal, Canada

                             Montreal, the city, Espace Verre, Montreal, Canada

                             Verre aujourd’hui, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal

                             Vitreous North, Timespan Arts Center, Scotland

2009                  Humain, Espace Verre, Montreal, Canada

                             The residents, North Lands Creative Glass Gallery, Lybster, Scotland, UK

                             Vente de garage, Museum of Civilization, Quebec, Canada

2008                  Talk to me : The voice of kiln-formed Glass, Craft Alliance, Mo, USA

                             Fusion, Espace création Loto-Québec, Montreal, Canada

2007                   Sur invitation, Glass Inspiration, Burgdorf, Switzerland

                             The fellows, Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Arts, NJ, USA

                             Visual Seduction, Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, U.S.A

2006                  30th anniversary, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Canada

                             Le verre « Hot », Materia, Québec, Canada

2005                   The fellows: Cast glass, Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Village, NJ, USA

                             Northern Neighbors, Andora Gallery, Arizona, U.S.A.

                             Dialogues entre formes et matières, Galerie des métiers d’art, Montreal

2004                  Three young Sculptors, Elena Lee Gallery, Montreal, Canada

                             Parcours/Then and now, Galerie Espace Verre, Montreal , Canada

2003                  20/20 Vision, Museum of American Glass, New Jersey, U.S.A 

                             Nouvelles perspectives, Galerie des métiers d’art du Québec, Montreal

                             Canadian Glass Art, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, U.S.A

                             Artform,with Galerie des métiers d’art du Québec, Florida, U.S.A

                             Tout feu Tout flamme, Galerie Espace Verre, Montreal, Canada

2002                  Finalists François-Houdé Prize, Galerie des métiers d’art, Montreal

                             The month of the glass, Ariana Gallery, Michigan, U.S.A

                             Verre contemporain du Québec, Stewart Hall, Montreal, Canada

                             Expressions contemporaines du verre, Galerie des métiers d’art du Qc

2001                   Contemporary Quebec Glass, The Corning Gallery, New York, U.S.A

                             25th anniversary, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Canada

                             Glass Weekend ‘01, CGCA: Fellows 1999-2000,

                             The Gallery of American Craft, Wheaton Village, New Jersey, U.S.A

                             Traversier des arts, Citadelle de Brouage, France

2000                  Four Emerging Artists, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Canada

                              Finalists François-Houdé  Prize, Galerie des métiers d’art, Montreal

                             Material World, Martha Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A

                             Fonctions vitales, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Canada

                             Oeuvre à deux, Galerie des métiers d’art du Québec, Montreal, Canada

1999                    Glass Artists from Montreal, Galerie Elena Lee

1998                    Parfum Bottles, Galerie Elena Lee

                             Circle / Tondi, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal, Canada

                             Collectors’ choice, Galerie Éric Devlin, Montreal, Canada

1997                     L’art du verre, Galerie McClur, Westmount, Canada

                             North of the Border, Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, Arizona, 

                             Convergence, Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulange, Canada

1996                    Biennale canadienne du verre, Marché Bonsecours, Montreal, Canada

                             Feu sacré, Galerie, Harrison, Montreal, Canada



Related Experiences

2018                    Développement d’un l’atelier de 2 jours Innover et créer dans sa production métiers d’art, pour le Conseil des métiers                                      d’art du Québec

2017                    Lecturer, Re:Do, GAAC Conference, Oakville, Ontario

2014                   CA, Espace Verre, Montreal

                             Guest lecturer, Le succès de l’un est le succès de tous, CMAQ

2013                    Coach e-learning, Artistic Business Management, Espaces Autonomes

2009                  Teaching: Career development as a glass artist, Espace Verre

2004                  Teaching: Electroformed copper technics

2004                  Presence on assessement committes, Quebec Craft Council

2010-2013        Art and Craft Specialist, Integration of the arts à with architecture and the environment, Ministère de la Culture,                                              Gouvernement du Québec

2006 - 2013     Juror for the Quebec Council for the Art, CALQ

2011                     Guest lecturer, Round table on Glass art, Fine Art Museum of Montreal Guest lecturer, Materia gallery, Quebec  

2003                  Guest lecturer, Glass and mixte media, GAAC Conference, Toronto

1998                    Conception and production of  “La Débacle”, sand casting, 

                             200 cm x 50 x 20 cm, Permanent exhibition of  McCord museum, Montreal

1996 - 1998      Membre of the Hot shop Fusion a studio for CMVQ graduated

1996 - 1997       Teaching assistant, glassblowing I with Paul Schwieder and cold work with Michèle Lapointe, collegial program, CMVQ

1995 - 1996       Assistant, glassblowing 1 and 2 with Laura Donefer, Espace Verre



25 ans de fusion, exhibition catalog, 2018, p.18, Espace Verre

Glass quaterly no 151, summer 2018, Connexité/Connectivity Review, P. Beaudet, p.57  

American Craft, octobre 2015, vol.75-no.5, p.36

Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture…then and now,

Exhibition catalogue, section Evolution, p.80-83, Browngrotta Arts, 2015

Beyond Tradition : Contemporary Glass in a Museum Environment

Exhibition catalogue, Curator Micheal Bullen, august 2012, photo p.7

Sofa Déco, summer 2010, Carole Frève, artiste du verre contemporain, Jean Frenette, p.298-299

American Craft, June/July 2010, p.71

New Glass, summer 2010, photo p.42

500 Glass Objects, 2006, Lark Books, NY, photos p.185, 244, 245

Glass quaterly, no. 94, spring 2004, Carole Frève: Interstices,

Heater Ritchie, p.36-41 with photos

Fiberart, summer 2003, Glass and Textile, p.36

Glass Gazette, july 2002, Carole Frève, Robin Rice, p.15

Verre, october 2001, Montréal:l’école de verre, Colette Save, photo p.64

Boulevard, july/august 2001, The Arts and where to find them, photo p.32

Creative Glass Center of America web site, decembre 2000,, Carole Frève, essay by Robin Rice, texte and photo

Parcours, printemps 2000, Entre ciel et verre, Anne Morasse, photo p.14

Neues Glass/New glass, 02/99, Some Reflection on the Competition, 

Melissa G. Post, p.106

The Gazette, 09/10/1997, Glass artists sparkle in new  exhibition, p. G8/WE

Glass quarterly, no. 64, fall 96, La biennale canadienne du verre, Gloria Hickey, p.52

Glass Gazette, fall 96, La biennale canadienne du verre, Gloria Hickey, p.15



Museum of American glass, Wheaton Arts, New Jersey

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Quebec Museum of fine Arts)

Canadian Foreign Affairs Collection, Berlin Embassy

Adele and Leonard Leight collection, Speed museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Lowe Art Museum, Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion, Miami

Loto Quebec

Montreal City

Kerry Strokes collection, Australia

And other several privates collections



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