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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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Aqua Tide Pool Vessel
Art Glass Vase

$ 745
$ 596
Trade Winds Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 750
$ 600
Footed Indigo Spiral Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 380
$ 304
Rainbow Vortex Bottle
Art Glass Vessel

$ 490
$ 392
Zebra Platter II
Art Glass Platter

$ 590
$ 472
Vertigo Bottle
Art Glass Vase

$ 290
$ 232
Zebra Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 590
$ 472
Rainbow Bottle
Art Glass Vase

$ 160
$ 128
Rainbow Vase II
Art Glass Vase

$ 290
$ 232
Barnacle Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,790
$ 1,432
Rainbow Vase III
Art Glass Vase

$ 350
$ 280
Tide Pool Vessel
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Sunken Treasure
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 350
$ 280
Amber Barnacle Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 102
$ 81.60
Tide Pool Vessel II
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Aqua Nautilus Candlestick Holder
Art Glass Candleholder

$ 240
$ 192
Starfish Amphora II
Art Glass Vase

$ 2,400
$ 1,920
Rainbow Fireworks
Art Glass Vase

$ 3,598
$ 2,878.40
Lidded Urn
Art Glass Vessel

$ 180
$ 144
Black and White Shell Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 164
$ 131.20
Aqua Black
Art Glass Vase

$ 448
$ 358.40
Aqua Tide
Art Glass Vase

$ 236 - $ 448
$ 188.80 - $ 358.40
Aqua Blue Vortex Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 350
$ 280
Rainbow Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 236
$ 188.80
Amphora Rainbow Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 284
$ 227.20
Aqua Vortex Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 342
$ 273.60
Lagoon Green Amphora Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 350
$ 280
Tide Pool Green Vase II
Art Glass Vase

$ 450
$ 360
Eye Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 358
$ 286.40
Rainbow Patchwork Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 190
$ 152
Footed Rainbow Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 290
$ 232
Aqua Amphora
Art Glass Vase

$ 350
$ 280
Cobalt Amphora
Art Glass Vase

$ 440
$ 352
Jade Vortex
Art Glass Vessel

$ 490
$ 392
Tide Pool Teardrop
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Rainbow Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 450
$ 360
White Trumpet Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 250
$ 200
Cobalt Blue Vortex Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 360
$ 288
Rainbow Switch Axis
Art Glass Vase

$ 490
$ 392
Amber Trumpet Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 248
$ 198.40
Tide Pool Green Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 450
$ 360
Venetian Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 750
$ 600
Starfish Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 290
$ 232
White Starfish Amphora
Art Glass Vase

$ 2,390
$ 1,912
Amethyst Sunken Sea Vessel
Art Glass Vase

$ 2,200
$ 1,760
Starfish Cluster II
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800 - $ 4,450
$ 1,440 - $ 3,560
Caribbean Green Orb
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 780
$ 624
Turtle Wave
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,700
$ 1,360
Starfish Cluster
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,800 - $ 4,450
$ 1,440 - $ 3,560
Darkest Lagoon Orb
Art Glass Vase

$ 780
$ 624
Starfish Wave
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,700
$ 1,360
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