Jim Norton Memorial Scholarship Fund

James (Jim) Norton was incredibly kind, generous, loving and inspiring. A unique soul, he possessed a creative mind and was intensely passionate about glass.

He was a significant part of Canada’s Glass Community for decades and was recognized in various publications like Canadian Glassworks, A Treasury of Canadian Craft and The Survey of Glass of the World. He exhibited throughout North America and his artwork sold worldwide. 

Jim was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and studied art and glassblowing at Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) in Calgary and the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Later, he became an instructor at AUArts in the Glass Program in 1983 and at Red Deer College in 1986. He assisted in developing Skookum Glass in the 1980's and opened the Double Struggle Studio in 1985 with Marty Kaufman and continued running the studio with Barry Fairbairn. 

We live with the assurance that Jim's sound and inspired teaching will carry his legacy forward in the brilliance of his students and his surviving artwork. 

The Jim Norton Memorial Scholarship Fund honours the memory of a champion in Calgary's glass blowing community. It was established to assist the funding of a bursary, scholarship or award in Jim's name to help future students of glass in the School of Craft + Emerging Media. 

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