We are always discovering new artisans in our area, and we “discovered” Bobby in a nearby mall where he had sat up a kiosk selling his hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments. After a few minutes of discussion, we knew that he had a much greater artistic vision.
Here’s what Robert Horn, U.S. Editor of the Quarterly, had to say about Bobby’s work.
Utility becomes the art of every day in this and that object, worked over in the glass furnace by Bobby Sharp so that the simple shape becomes artistic form. This perfect whiskey glass, that wine carafe or tea pitcher is given the ideal form or proportion of Greek sculpture. In Bobby Sharp’s shop we can identify objects worthy to be titled classical revival, having the ideal of proportions found in ancient Athens, but which is also the certain ancestor of our own early modernism, where decoration was replaced by the value intrinsic to the object itself, the rough stone of Henry Moore or the sensuous marble of hans Arp; and every where around us the volumetric glass of our architecture first conceived in Bauhaus structural design years ago, the curtain wall or this and that architect. Bobby Sharp’s glassware can be and has been, given this art – historical approach.
Just as one can say pitch – perfect the eye takes pleasure in an ideal shape, a form, of whatever use. This tableware provides containers of liquid volume that copy classical ideals of perfect form, and so gratify our need for coherence in a chaotic world.
The geometric form or symmetry Bobby Sharp achieves is used as ground for shades or mere tints of coloration that fills out the proportion of space the object is given, and defines both spectrum and shape, with now decoration added. The flowers or Jugendstil tendrils as they are seen do not impose some irrelevant idea of beauty on the object, curve and curl as they do natural, name by Bobby Sharp with teams appropriate for a garden, as we see.
All this gives new meaning to the tradition of blown glass that is more then they utility object, and like art works can become part of a family inheritance.
We’ve worked with Bobby for over 14 months to perfect our first product with him, The Gaffer’s Tantalus decanter and glassware set. Take a look: