About Bobby Sharp Glassworks
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 no 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 naturally, name by Bobby Sharp with terms 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.
Robert Horn, U.S. Editor of the Quarterly review XX Siècle