Bob Crooks


Bob Crooks is one of Britain’s most highly recognised leading glassmakers. Renown for the high quality, skillfully executed dynamic forms and surfaces, he has been producing over the last twelve years.
Each piece is designed, handmade and finished by Bob. No moulds are used to create the forms or surfaces achieved.
The pieces are inspired by Geometry, Architecture, the Natural and Man-made worlds we live in as well as the qualities and capabilities of the glass itself: Throughout the variety of the work, Bob exploits the many properties of the material through refraction or reflection; sharpness or softness, transparency or opacity, working with it’s fluidity and ‘freezing’ it as the desired form is realised.
Within the range of work made, Bob has consciously developed work that is, because of the nature of different applications, a one-off it is not possible to make two pieces identical.

Born 1965, London

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 AngloAmerican.
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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