Bob Crooks


Quite simply, without the opportunity I received at The Glasshouse I would not be where I am today!

The experience, although hard work, was not available any where else; Four very different individuals, creating an amazing diversity of work using hot and cold processes in a medium I loved.
This combined with a larger than life factory glassmaker with over fifty yearís experience and a beautiful gallery effervescing with ëdeliciousí objects, united with the hot glass workshop to tell the whole ëstoryí.

To me as a student, intent on pursuing blown glass, The Glasshouse already held iconic status. I was selected as a first year student to take a one-year secondment and work with the glassmaker, Ronnie Wilkinson (Gaffer from the Whitefriars factory).
This provided me with the incredible creative input from the four directors, a huge wealth of making techniques from Ronnie and an invaluable insight into running a professional business.

Twenty years on, I am still drawing on the information learned from my time there and passing my knowledge on to students and employees.

The work exhibited is inspired by sources as diverse as geometry, architecture, the natural world and the material itself. Elements of these are taken and synthesised with others to create a ëwholeí. The desired effect is to create a larger scale work, which, on closer inspection, reveals an attention to finer detail.

Education
1985 Humberside College of Higher Education, Foundation
1985-89 West Surrey College of Art "&" Design, BA (Hons)

Recent Solo & Group Exhibitions
2008 Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2007 Art 2007–London with The Scottish Gallery.
Collect – London with Contemporary Applied Arts.
‘Inspired’ Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey.
‘Vessels for Spring’ The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh,
Affordable Art – London with Broadway Modern
Bob Crooks Solo. Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
Bob Crooks Solo. Eton Applied Arts, London
2006 ‘Focus’ – Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
Bob Crooks – Solo – Scottish Gallery Edinburgh.
‘Focus’ – National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
‘Select’ The Grace Barrand Design Centre, London.
‘My Collection’ Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
‘Coburg Glass Prize’ Coburg, Germany.

Commissions
2007 Corporate Gifts for Anglo American.
Large scale wall installation. Private Collection, London
Design & Make 2 chandeliers, London
2006 Design & produce five large scale pieces for Four
Seasons Hotel Barbados.
Design and create Fourteen Awards for Look Ahead Housing and Care.
2005 To design & make two large scale unique pieces for cruise liner P&O – Arcadia.
To create two large scale suspended pieces for the HQ of Tempest Radford, London.

Public Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Crafts Council Collection, London.
Fitzwilliam Collection, Cambridge.
British Council Collection, London.
Cowdy Gallery Contemporary Glass Collection, Gloucestershire.
Standard Life (Art Collection) Edinburgh.
Anglo American (Art Collection) London.
Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole ( Private Collection). London. G.B.
The Sainsbury Collection. London.
Mobile Museum, Alabama, USA.
Walker Museum, Liverpool.
Manchester Metropolitan University, (Special Collections).
Coburg Museum, Germany.
National Museums of Scotland.

 

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