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John Barber
John Barber


John Barber
Pioneer of the New Renaissance Glass Movement

 
At the invitation of Erwin Eisch, John Barber traveled to Germany to meet with Eisch and was subsequently accepted as his apprentice. And so it was in the basement of the Eisch glass factory that Barber first set foot on the road from studio apprentice to intricate decoration assisting Eisch in the creation of his glass masterworks.

Later Eisch was instrumental in helping John gain admittance to the celebrated State School for Glass Design in Zwiezel, Germany where Barber completed an intensive two-year apprenticeship program studying in-depth the techniques of European Masters.

In 1973, John returned to the United States and founded one of Southern California's first privately owned glass blowing studios. He continued his research, focusing his interest on the rediscovery of lost techniques which produced the breathtaking glass masterwork of the Art Nouveau period.

Beginning with Erwin Eisch and continuing for over a quarter century, John Barber has researched and utilized techniques of the Masters ... and in doing so has achieved the status himself.

In European tradition, an apprenticeship lasts 20 years -- in 1992 John Barber at long last earned the right to sit at the Master's bench.


1972 - 1974 1975 1977 1978 1988
Apprenticed under Master Glass Blower Erwin Eisch at the Eisch Glass Factory for Glass Designs.
Attended the State School for Glass Designs and Engineering in Bavaria, Germany.
During stay in Germany, met and apprenticed under two notable American Master Glass Artists, Harvey Littleton and Dale Chihuly.
Built and established the first privately owned art glass studio in Los Angeles with two partners, Steven Correia and Roger Roland. Built and established personal glass studio in Inglewood, CA. Returned to reside in Laguna Beach, CA. Built and established glass studio in Lake Forest, CA. Built and established current glass studio on Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA. Began demonstrating the art of glass blowing at the Sawdust Art Festival for thousands of spectators annually for well over 25 years.


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