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For a number of years, my work has focused on the theme “angle of repose’, the maximum angle of a stable slope of granular particles. The concept of repose as a measureable attribute is intriguing, and I employ conical and angled forms in the work as physical representations of measurable repose. These pieces are realized in traditional jewellery forms and materials to illuminate the tension between the ephemeral nature of repose and the enduring nature of jewellery. The work is deliberately complex and miniature, offering repose as the viewer engages with the objects. My recent work employs the imagery of Fibonacci numbers and Ontario wildflowers.

Education and Professional Experience:
Completed a George Brown College Jewellery Arts Diploma (Toronto) in 1975 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design (Halifax) in 1984. Glenny joined the faculty of George Brown College Jewellery Studies in 1996. Prior experience included a studio practice in Halifax; teaching in Halifax and Nunavut; and working as a goldsmith for Letki Designs (Toronto), Christian Gaudernack (Norway) and James Bradshaw (Halifax).

Selected Exhibitions:
Quintet: A Conversation in Design, St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, 2012
Unity and Diversity, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea, 2010
Juxtaposition, Zilberschmuck Gallery, Toronto, 2007
Eight Cases of Water, Uncommon Objects, Harbourfront, Toronto, 2001
International Alternative Materials, Arts and Crafts Society, Boston, 2000
Ghost in the Machine, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, 1992
Homonyms, Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery, Halifax, 1987
Memoranda, Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery, Halifax, 1986
Smykker 85, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, 1985
Souvenir/le souvenir, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, 1984
Schmuck und Gerät, Munich, 1984

Glenny is represented in numerous private collections and the public collections of the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway. She received the Metal Arts Guild Steel Trophy for Best in Show in 1984. Glenny has served on advisory boards for the Canadian Jewellers Institute and Harbourfront Craft Studios. From 1997-2008 Glenny coordinated the Jewellery Studies program area at George Brown College.

Follow my metal finishing for jewellery videos on Vimeo and YouTube at:

Martha Glenny Vimeo Channel with 18 videos:

George Brown College YouTube Channel ShowGBC Polishing 101 with 14 videos:

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.