Robert Held

Robert Held Art Glass

"Color, fire, danger, dance, immediacy, Christmas every day—these are a few of the wonders of glass blowing that I fell in love with in 1968 and still love today. I design it, make it, finish it, and love it. For over 40 years, I have created glass art for everyone"

Robert aspired to be an artist from an early age. His father, a sculptor, only lived six years of his son's life, but passed on the talent and appreciation of art that gave Robert the beginnings of a quest to create beauty in form and color. Some works are inspired by the paintings of famous artists such as Monet and Klimt, while others take inspiration from photographers and interior designers.

Robert's art pieces are created using techniques developed over 2000 years ago. His work begins as molten glass gathered onto a blowpipe. Colored glass containing minerals such as copper, cobalt, and gold are added to create the final design. The glass is then mouth blown and hand formed into its final shape. After being gradually annealed, the glass is ground, polished, and signed.

While pursuing a Master's Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, Robert was awarded the graduate assistantship and won the prestigious Glen Lukins Award for new work in ceramics. Robert later discovered a new love: the art of glassblowing. Inspired, he launched Canada's first college-level hot glass program, crowning Robert as the pioneer of art glass in Canada.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Metiers d'Art 2, Canada Cultural Centre, Canadian Embassy, Paris, France, 1976
Canadian Gift & Tableware Association Award, CGTA Show, Toronto, Canada, 2003
Gold Award for Excellence in Craft, Circle Craft Co-operative of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1992
Outstanding Achievement in Off-Hand Glassblowing, Alberta Achievement Award, Alberta, Canada, 1984
American Art Glass 1982, Barrett Galleries, Toledo, OH, 1982
Artisan 78 Travelling Exhibition, Canada Crafts Council, Canada, 1978
Gas 6 - Glass Art Society Group Exhibition, Corning Glass Center, Corning, NY, 1976
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, England, 2002
The Perfect Setting, Rideau Hall, Office of the Governor General, Ottawa, Canada, 1983