Barry Fairbairn

Born - 1961

Lives and works in Calgary, Alberta

As co-owner of a glass studio since 1990 and being professionally employed in the medium since 1984, I am fully involved in a lifetime of exploration and experimentation. Being an instructor since 1990, I find great pleasure in spreading my enthusiasm and energy to my students. If the last twenty one years are any indication, I look forward to the next forty (knock on wood ...oops!

The Saxophone

The Saxophone is an intricate sculpture that involves several techniques in the making of glass that includes off hand blown glass, slumping, and hot sculpting. Small decorative pieces are made separately and hot sculpted onto the stem of the Saxophone to give the Saxophone the bling.

The sculpture is fumed with gold and silver glazes to give the sculpture a metal look. Because each Saophone is unique in design and shape, the metal stand is custom made for each sculpture.Barry Fairbairn is the only glass artist who has been able to create these beautiful instrument sculptures out of glass.

1980-85 Alberta College of Art, Glass Major, studio monitor in glass department.
1979 High School diploma: particular promise in drawing and painting.

1990-95 Double Struggle Glass Studio: self-employed
Instructor for: Alberta College of Art, Extension Services
Calgary Board of Education, Leisure Learning Department
Red Deer College
Alberta College of Art, 2nd Year Introductory Glass program
G.A.A.C. Conference, assistant to James Norton
Robert Held Glass Studio, Vancouver, BC
Alberta College of Art, assistant to Fritz Dreisbach

1999-Present Rowles & Company Ltd, Edmonton, Alberta
1991-1998 Canadian Glass Show, Rowles & Company Ltd, Edmonton, Alberta
1996 Mutart Gallery Auction
1996 Travels to Edmonton’s A.C.C.
1995 Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1995 Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, Ontario
1995 Muttart Gallery Auction, Calgary, Alberta
1995 2nd Annual“Great Goblet Grab”, G.A.S. Conference, Ashville, NC, USA
1994 “Containment, The Space Within”, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, Ontario
1994 “The Great Goblet Grab”, G.A.S. Conference, Oakland, CA, U.S.A.
1994 Muttart Gallery Auction, Calgary, Alberta
1993 Faculty Show, Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta

Glass Art Association of Canada
Glass Art Society (USA)

His artwork is represented by Rowles & Company Ltd., Alberta’s Corporate Gift & Art Gallery, in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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