Artist’s Statement – Bob Leatherbarrow

“My kiln-formed glass bowls, shields, sculptures, and roll-ups explore the subtle colours and delicate beauty of naturally occurring textures and encourage the viewer to ponder their origin.

Textures are a key part of our everyday visual landscape and through them we interpret how objects were formed, or how they evolved. Although textures may have common forms, their origin and evolution might be very different. For example, mud cracks in rocks and the wrinkled skin of the elderly look the same but are formed by entirely different processes. So by recognizing and interpreting textures we can understand and appreciate the stories of how objects and people evolve.

Stories have different interpretations depending on the timing and vantage points of our observations. I have tried to capture this sense of reference by presenting varying degrees of detail in my glass, from veining and blends of colours, to the use of delicate visual components. Thus, my pieces reveal one set of details when viewed from a distance and another set of details that are apparent only when viewed up close.”

Recognitions

  • 2009, 2010 Professional Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington
  • 2006 IgniteInternational Juried Exhibition of Kilnformed Glass, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Honourable Mention
  • 2004 e-merge@BE3 (catalog) recognition by jury member as favorite piece in show
  • 2001 Back to the Bank British Columbia Glass Art Association, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Award of Merit
  • 2001 Astral Bodies – An Exhibition of Cutting Edge Glass, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Colorado, First Place

Joint Shows    

  • 2013 (April 12 – May 12) Symbolically 8 Spring Exhibition, Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2012 (December) Small Works, Group Exhibition, Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  •  2012 (September) Two Wings, Group Exhibition, Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2012 (July-September) 16th Annual Canadian Glass Exhibition, Group Exhibition, West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 2012 (June 29-July7) Signature Showcase, ArtSpring Centre for the Arts, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2012 (May 18 – June 17) Chance and Intent, two-person show at Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2012 (May 12  July 28) Act 2: The Glass Track, Bullseye Resource Center, Emeryville, California
  • 2011 (September 24 – October 2)  Attachments – An Exhibition, Mahon Hall, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2011 (May – June) New 8 Exhibition, Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2010 (August  September) JD Evans and Bob Leatherbarrow Exhibition, Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2010 (May  June) New 8 Exhibition, Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2010 (April  May) Grand Opening Exhibition, “Symbolically 8”, Gallery 8, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • 2009 (July  September) 11th Annual Canadian Glass Show, West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 2008 (June) Calgary Warm Glass Guild Show, Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2007 (Summer) Canadian Glass Show, West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 2007 Lucent: A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Glass, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2006 Ignite, International Juried Exhibition of Kilnformed Glass, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • 2006 Member’s and Presenter’s Show, Conference, Glass Art Association of Canada,  Red Deer,  Alberta
  • 2004 BCGAA/SFU Biennial Show, Biennial Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2004 e-merge:WG@BE3, Bullseye Connections, Portland, Oregon
  • 2003 Legacy, Bullseye Connections, Portland, Oregon
  • 2003 Fragile! Palace Contemporary Art and Fine Craft, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2003 Member’s Show, Conference, Glass Art Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2002 (September) The Glass Canvas, Two person show at Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 (summer) Canadian Glass Show, West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 2002 (June  July) Glass – A show about Sculpture, The Works, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2000 (September) British Columbia Glass Art Association, Biennial Show, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2000 (Summer) The Mystery of Mastery, Alberta Crafts Council, Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2000 (Summer) Canadian Glass Show, West End Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 2000 (May) Fahrenheit 2000, Glass Art Association of Canada, Members Exhibition, Red Deer, Alberta
  • 2000 (May) The Rubaiyat Crafts Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2000 (April) Glassworks, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

 Publications

  • Act 2 The Glass Track, Bullseye Glass Company exhibition catalogue (2012)
  • Contemporary Fused Glass by Brad Walker (2010)
  • Creative Glass by Danijela Kracun and Charles McFadden (2010)
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Kiln-Formed Glass: Fused, Slumped, Cast by Brenda Griffith (2007)
  • Contemporary Glass Enameling: Fusing with Powders, Paints and Frit by Mary Bain Weiner (2005)
  • e-merge wg@BE3 2004 showcase of rising talents in kiln-glass Bullseye Glass Company (2004)
  • Design by Designers, Architectural Digest (August 2004)
  • The Future of Frit by Judith Conway, Glass Craftsman (2003)
  • Glass: A Fairly Pure Rock – The Art of Bob Leatherbarrow (May, 2002) in The Gazette, the quarterly publication of the Glass Art Association of Canada.
  • Contemporary Warm Glass by Brad Walker (Sept, 2000)

Teaching

  • Glass Master classes on kiln-formed powder Guest Artist, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary (spring 2003, fall 2005, spring 2008)
  • Presentations at Glass Art Association of Canada conferences in 2003 and 2006
  • Private studios in the United States and Europe
  • Invitation to participate in Teacher’s Forum, sponsored by Bullseye

Affiliations

  • Glass Art Association of Canada: Director 2001–2006
  • Calgary Warm Glass Guild
  • Salt Spring Arts Council: Director 2009–2013