Catherine Labonté is a glass artist, inspired by animal behavior and cartoons. Catherine received a Fine Art diploma in 2001 and a Glass Art diploma in 2002. Since 2002, she has been actively involved in the glass community, creating and exhibiting her original glass characters.
Catherine states: "Cartoons were always a part of my life. As a child, I was fascinated by their antics- and simplicity. Originally, I began by copying popular cartoons to entertain my friends. Eventually, I created my own characters, in particular, cats.
During my studies in fine art, these small characters continued to be my primary source of inspiration. I wanted to bring dimensionality to my work.
I use glass because of the simple lines, the brightness, the translucent and colorful properties, as well as for the technical challenges. With glass, I hope to create objects that evoke laughter and wonder, in order to lighten the heart."
She has won numerous awards, including a Niche prize in the United States in 2007 and the François-Houdé prize, awarded by the City of Montreal in 2008. Recognized for her work internationally, Catherine is one of the privileged artists whose creations are sold at the Corning Museum of Glass shop. Each year, this prestigious American glass museum invites her to give demonstrations in front of the public, in order to testify to her creativity and know-how.