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John Nutter

For almost 30 years, John Nutter has been designing and creating stained, leaded and sandblast-carved glass at an architectural scale. In 1997, he attended a furnace-casting session at the studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. This experience, along with access to the museum's collection and library, introduced him to the efforts of international artists working in glass at a more intimate scale.

Until attending the furnace casting session at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY in 1997, he primarily focused on creating large-scale architectural glass pieces ­ stained and carved glass windows and walls. While at Corning, Nutter explored their world-famous museum and library and was inspired by the work of Bertil Vallien, as well as the Czech artists Libensky and Brychtov. As part of his experience, he cast two glass disks with holes in their centers. He was intrigued by this form and has stayed with it over the years, using it as a constant in an ongoing body of work.

Nutter's architectural installations may be found throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.

"My aim is to take a piece of flat glass, manufactured to optical perfection in a state-of-the-art factory and through the process of controlled erosion (sandblasting), transform them into unique, translucent, primitive artifacts."

The cyclical nature of life is apparent in his Four Seasons and Four Elements Medallions. Pieces like Sunflower Key and Frog Pond bring back childhood memories of playing outside in the summertime. Both pieces start with Nutter's signature disk form, around which a spiral pattern winds, referring to the plowed fields of his prairie upbringing. Sunflowers, dragonflies, frogs and water lilies are magnified on separate sections of glass, which fit into the disk forms.

John Nutter

1983 Manitoba nominee - 1983 Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts

Massey Foundation Collection, Ottawa, ON
Canadian Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico
Britannia Golf Club, Grand Cayman, British West Indies
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Symphony Society - sculptural mural - Water Music, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC
Alcan International, Vancouver, BC
Burnaby Hospital, Burnaby, BC
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Vancouver, BC
Chalmers Collection of Contemporary Canadian Craft, Toronto, ON
Concord Pacific Corp., Vancouver, BC
Crofton House School, Vancouver, BC
Condominiums of Ellesmere Britannia, Grand Cayman, British West Indies
Delta Pinnacle Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Ernst and Young Ltd., Vancouver, BC
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Grand Cayman, British West Indies
Intrawest/Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
Investors Group Headquarters, Winnipeg, MB
Kelowna International Airport, Kelowna, BC
Langara Lodge, Haida Gwaii, BC
Museum of Northern British Columbia, Prince Rupert, BC
Young Israel of Hillcrest Synagogue, Flushing, NY (in collaboration with artist Shoshana Golin) - in progress 2006

Ernst and Young Ltd., Vancouver, BC & Calgary, AB
Kelowna International Airport, Kelowna, BC

1972-74 University Of Winnipeg - Arts
1973-4 University of Manitoba Environmental Studies(Faculty of Architecture)
1997 Studio at Corning Museum of Glass - Furnace Casting
1983 New York Experimental Glass Workshop - Neon Stained Glass Apprenticeship
1983 Western Art Glass, Winnipeg Manitoba

2006 New Work, solo, Vetri International Glass, Seattle, WA
2004 New Work, solo, Harrison Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
2003 Light Constructions (Circles with Holes in Them - An Obsession), solo, Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1985 Let There Be Light - group show of 7 Canadian artists working in neon, Uptown Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1985, 1990 Juror - First and Sixth Annual Manitoba Glass Exhibition
1987 Manitoba Arts Council grant, curator Darlene Toews, The Box Project, group show of 30 Manitoba artists at Fleet Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1982-84 University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, studio elective (stained glass and kiln techniques)
1982-87 Winnipeg Art Gallery - glass techniques

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