Glass artist Tyler Rock holds a Master’s in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia and a diploma specializing in glass from the Alberta College of Art (now AUArts), where he has been teaching since 1995. He is the co-founder of the Firebrand Glass Studio based in Black Diamond (AB) with Julia Reimer. In his work, he seeks refinement of the form so that the spectator focuses on the aesthetic and sculptural experience and not so much on its utilitarian function. He received several prizes and distinctions, including the Established Artist Excellence Prize of the Alberta Craft Council in 2009. The artist has lectured, taught workshops, and participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions across the globe, notably in Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia, France, and South Korea. His artworks are part of numerous private and public collections, including those of The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass (NY, USA) and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.