Teaching

In 1985, Élisabeth Marier collaborated with François Houdé and Susan Edgerley in the development of the fine craft, glass option program. It was created following the guidelines of the Québec provincial plan. Its primordial goals are creation, knowledge and business incentiveness. Since 1989, the glass option program has been offered at Espace VERRE to students enrolled in the Cégep du Vieux Montréal's fine craft DEC (diplôme d'études collégiales), glass option program, where Marier teaches kiln work basics, painting on glass and the development of a fine craft enterprise class offered to the 3rd year students.

In this respect, it is by focusing on diversified sides of the profession that she hopes to throw some light on practices other than her own, identifying their risks and advantages, establishing bridges, like the collaboration between the students in Environmental Design at UQAM (Québec "State" University in Montréal) and Espace VERRE's students learning basics kilnwork techniques.

It is again in this context that she has come to broaden the scope of her work to explore other venues, touch different markets, among which integrated work for private environment, limited series and even production on submitted ideas. This is how she came about making custom-made work, the reading-table lampshades designed by Michel Dallaire for the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, using this experience as a management subject of study in class.

By keeping this perspective in mind, she has given Espace VERRE's students the opportunity to work with a remarkable material, Bullseye colored glass. It is while researching the fusing of this colored glass that gave way to her most recent body of work.

Spring of 2008, she begins a year long sabbatical, to recenter her creative energy.