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John Gibbons

John Gibbons Glass

"I am inspired by the optical illusions of glass: how it can bend light to magnify colors and textures. "

John Gibbons recreates the movement, colors, and creatures of the ocean in his glass artwork. He is known for transforming the beauty of cold northern coasts and warm tropical seas into the earthy tide pool greens and glowing aquas of glass. He creates vessels detailed with starfish clinging to the sides, turtles riding on optical waves, or starfish clustered together in a crown.

Gibbons uses unique metal hand tools to shape his glass artwork, some of which he welded himself, and a small handheld torch that pinpoints the heat to liquefy the glass and create small details. He layers organic color patterns underneath a thick layer of clear glass, making his sculptures appear as though they have just been pulled out of the ocean.

John Gibbons has been blowing glass for more than 13 years. He grew up making art in Northern California, encouraged by his father, a painter and glass collector. Gibbons earned a BFA in glass from California State University, Chico in 2009. He has studied with glass masters Pino Signoretto, Martin Janecky, and Benjamin Moore.

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Trade Winds Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 750
Zebra Platter II
Art Glass Platter

$ 590
Vertigo Bottle
Art Glass Vase

$ 290
Barnacle Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,790
Rainbow Vase III
Art Glass Vase

$ 350
Rainbow Vase II
Art Glass Vase

$ 290
Tide Pool Vessel
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800
Rainbow Bottle
Art Glass Vase

$ 160
Sunken Treasure
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 350
Tide Pool Vessel II
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800
Zebra Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 590
Starfish Amphora II
Art Glass Vase

$ 2,400
Lidded Urn
Art Glass Vessel

$ 180
Aqua Black
Art Glass Vase

$ 448
Caribbean Surf
Art Glass Vase

$ 350
Rainbow Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 236
Aqua Tide
Art Glass Vase

$ 236 - $ 448
Aqua Vortex Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 342
Eye Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 358
Aqua Amphora
Art Glass Vase

$ 350
Cobalt Amphora
Art Glass Vase

$ 440
Jade Vortex
Art Glass Vessel

$ 490
Rainbow Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 450
Tide Pool Teardrop
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800
Venetian Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 750
Starfish Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 290
Turtle Wave
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,700
Starfish Cluster II
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800 - $ 4,450
Caribbean Green Orb
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 780
Starfish Cluster
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800 - $ 4,450
Starfish Wave
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,700
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
1st Place in Glass, La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, La Jolla, CA, 2014
Bellevue Arts Museum, ARTs Fair, Bellevue, WA, 2016
ACRE (American Craft and Retail Exposition), Philadelphia, PA, 2015-2017
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, Palo Alto, CA, 2016
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, CA, 2016