John Gibbons grew up making art in Northern California, encouraged by his father who is a painter and glass collector. He officially began his study of glass in 2003 at Shasta College and went on to earn a BFA in glass from California State University, Chico.
After graduating, John moved to Cambria on California’s beautiful central coast to work at Harmony Glass Works. In 2011, he moved to San Diego, CA to work as a resident artist at Cirello Gallery in North Park. In 2014, he opened his hot glass shop in San Diego, CA. He moved his hot shop to Northern California two years later. John continues to create his beautiful glass sculptures in Eureka, California.
In his artwork, John recreates the movement, colors and creatures of the ocean. He transforms the cold, craggy northern coasts and tropical warm waters of the oceans into the earthy tide pool greens and glowing aquas that his work is known for, including detailed glass vessels with starfish clinging to the sides, turtles riding on optical waves, and starfish clustered together in the shape of a crown.
From single starfish to Kelp Chandeliers, each piece is skillfully hand sculpted by John using equipment and tools that he fabricated himself. The quality, detail and craftsmanship of John Gibbons Glass is proven in every piece. John’s work is featured in major galleries and collections across the United States.