17-68 vase

A technique known as drop-out which was used to create this hand made vase by carefully managing heat, time and gravity to stretch and shape glass in a kiln. A technique that  was combined with strip-construction to create a dramatically patterned piece in the colors of red, white, blue, black and purple.   Bob Heath, glass artist


My primary technique is fused glass, but that covers a broad range. I am mostly known for strip-construction work that features geometric patterns with bright colors, strong lines and sharp contrasts. Very often my intricate designs require the creation of multiple component pieces that are fused separately and then cut, shaped and fused together to create the wholeMy work is typically very colorful and often features geometric patterns with strong lines and sharp contrasts. Edges and rims are cold-worked and polished to give them a professional finish.

“My engineering background expresses itself in my glass artwork, both in terms of design influence and in the precision and attention to detail that I strive for in my glass creations.

I have active part of the Oregon glass community, serving on the board of directors of the Oregon Glass Guild since 2005, and as its state president.

Oregon is home to many glass artists, due in large part to the presence of several of the world’s major manufacturers of raw art glass materials and numerous glass schools.

Bob Heath has had the opportunity to study with many of the leading artists in the field including; Avery Anderson, Patty Gray, Marty Kremer, Richard LaLonde (a cousin of the gallerist), Peter McGrain, Robert Oddy, Stan Price and Raphael Schnepf.

I really enjoy working with the process of fusing glass and like to try and accomplish things beyond the ordinary. My work is carefully planned, starting out as a detailed drawing. I  try out multiple variations on each idea and to think through the steps that I will use to implement the design in glass. The complexity of the design requires that I start by creating multiple individual components that are fused separately, and then cut and shaped before ultimately being fused together to create the whole. After the work is fused, it is cold-worked to achieve a professional finish on the surface and edges that brings out the inherent beauty of the glass.  Bob Heath, glass artist


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