Martha L. Glenny, BFA

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Martha L.


Martha Glenny has been active professionally since 1974. She holds an advanced diploma from George Brown College and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University. She has worked as a goldsmith in Toronto, Norway and Halifax, and has taught jewellery and design at NSCAD University and at Nunavut Arctic College. Since 1996 Martha has been a professor at George Brown College. She has also worked as a coordinator of Jewellery Studies from 1997-2008. Martha is currently working on jewellery skills demonstration videos and designing blending learning courses.

Martha Glenny's work is represented in the permanent collections of the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim, Norway, and has been shown in group and solo exhibitions internationally. She has received awards for her work from the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Harbourfront Craft Studios and from George Brown College for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Recent publications that include her work are: The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers 2008, Unity & Diversity, Quintet: A Conversation in Design, and True Nordic.

Academic Credentials

Advanced Diploma, Jewellery Arts, George Brown College, 1975

Part time studies in Visual Arts Ontario College of Art & Design University, 1981-82

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jewellery Major, Art History Minor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, 1984

Diploma, Small Business Management, Maritime Training Centre, 1990

Areas of Specialization

Jewellery Techniques and Processes

Jewellery Design

Areas of Expertise

Small business entrepreneurship and management

Jewellery retail

Commissioned projects

Craft History

Program & Course Design and Mapping 

Career Highlights

1996-Present: Professor, George Brown College, Jewellery Studies

2017: Presentation at the International Association for Blended Learning Conference, Toronto, Ontario

2017: Presentation at the ICDE World Conference on On Line Learning, Toronto, Ontario

1997-2008: Coordinator, George Brown College, Jewellery Studies

1995-1996: Instructor & Coordinator, Nunavut Arctic College, Jewellery Department

1986-1994: Instructor (Part Time and Sessional), Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, Jewellery Department

1985-1996: Proprietor, Tangents Jewellery Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1985-1992: Visiting Artist/Lecture: Pecha Kucha, Harbourfront Craft Studio; Statens og Handverks Kunstindustriskole, Oslo, Norway; Metal Arts Guild, Toronto, Ontario; Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Royal College of Art, London, England

1975-1996: Goldsmith: Letki Designs, Pamela J. Ritchie, Christian Gaudernack, James Bradshaw

1984-1990: Solo Exhibitions: New Work-Tangents, Prime Canadian Craft Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; Memoranda, Mount Saint Vincent Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Souvenir/le souvenir, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1987-2013: Selected Group Exhibitions: Homonyms, Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Ghost in the Machine, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bowled Over, Uncommon Objects, Harbourfront Centre; Eight Cases of Water; Uncommon Objects, Harbourfront Centre; Quintet, St. Mary’s University Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, L.A. Pai Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Galerie Noel Guyomar’ch, Montreal, Quebec, Bill Boyle Artport, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario; True Nordic, Gardiner Ceramic Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Collections: Nova Scotia Art Bank, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway; Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Other Activities

Chair, Program Committee, Society of North American Goldsmith Toronto’13 Conference, Toronto, Ontario

Juror, Awards of Excellence, sponsored by Canadian Jeweller magazine, Toronto

Juror, Toronto Outdoor Art Festival, Toronto Ontario

Board Member, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, Ontario

Member, Craft Advisory Board, Harbourfront Craft Studios, Toronto

Board Member, Advisory Board, Canadian Jewellery Institute, CJA, Toronto

Member, Selection Committee, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Juror, Medium is Metal Exhibition, Metal Arts Guild, Toronto, Ontario


Achievement Award – Leadership, Jewellery Studies Faculty & Staff Team, 2013

President’s Award, George Brown College, 2010

Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award, George Brown College, 2010

Honourable Mention, “Juxtaposition”, Zilberschmuck Gallery, 2007

Best Body of Work, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council Christmas Craft Market, 1991

Award of Excellence, "The Medium is Metal: The Theme is Water", Metal Arts Guild 1990

Best Metal of Show, "The Makers' Eye", Harbourfront Craft Studios, 1986

Steel Trophy, Best of Show, "The Medium is Metal", Metal Arts Guild, 1984

Honourable Mention, 2nd Annual Ornament Competition, ‘Ornament’ magazine, 1984

Victor Secrett Bursary, George Brown College, 1974

A. Alan Perkins Enamelling Award, Metal Arts Guild juried exhibition, 1974