Tyler Rock

Associate Professor, Glass

“The materiality of glass and in particular the optical and perceptual conditions that can be found through transparency is central to my practice.”

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For the past 20 years Tyler Rock’s studio practice has been focused on vessel aesthetics and the exploration of the intrinsic properties of glass as a material. Increasingly his interest within form and design in the glass blowing studio, has turned to the creation of sculptural objects that manipulate light and create immersive experiences.

Rock, who hails from western Canada, has been an instructor in the Glass program at the Alberta College of Art and Design glass program since 1995. He has served as the head of the Glass program at ACAD and as president of the Glass Art Association of Canada. He has taught workshops and lectured at schools, studios and institutions in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, Spain, and Japan.


MVA Research, University of South Australia.

Diploma, Alberta College of Art + Design.

Selected Professional Activity

n the Making, curated by Diana Sherlock, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2014.

Still Water, Solo Exhibition, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide South Australia, Australia, 2013.

At the interstices of Clockworks, curated by Libby Parrella, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 2013.

Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks, travelling, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2012.

Frontier, Solo Exhibition, Art Mur Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2010.

Glass Factor: Luminaries in the Canadian Glass Art, curated by Christian Bernard Singer, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo Ontario, Canada, 2010.

Selected Publications

Contemporary Canadian Glass, Suspended Stories: Tyler Rock and Almighty Voice, Berson, Amber, 2010.

Art InCLINEd - Tyler Rock, feature documentary, interview and collaboration. Juxtapose Productions, STV. Sandra Panko, producer, 2008.

New Glass Review 28 - Nues Glass Magazine, April/June 2007, pg 40, 2007.

Selected Awards

Award of Excellence – Established Craftsperson, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, AB,  2009.

Alumni Award of Excellence, Alberta College of Art + Design, 2002.