Catherine Labonte 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 could have purused illustration, but I wanted to bring dimensionality to my work. In order to do this, it may have been a more practical choice to use a different medium, but none attracted me more than glass.
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."