My art is an expression of my love for nature and my fascination for the patterns and design forms revealed in the natural environment. From representational to completely abstract, and frequently a melding of both, my work seeks to reveal an organic energy found in the natural environment. Glass is a critical component to this expression; its innate, organic, flowing movement, energy and color are sympathetic to this goal.
Richard Bond was born in 1958 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He moved with his family to Ottawa in 1970 and lived there until he completed his high school education. From 1979 to 1983, Richard attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and returned to Ottawa after graduation where he began working for a stained-glass company. It was during this time that Richard began experimenting and developing his unique art form of sandblasted glass. Richard had his first public showing of his new art form in 1986. Encouraged by its success, he continued to exhibit and develop the technique until setting up his own studio in 1988. Since then, Richard has continued to explore and develop his technique. He now has a large number of clients and his work can be found in government, corporate, and private collections around the world.
All of the artwork featured are original works of glass art, designed and handcrafted by the artist. The design has been created by sandblasting the surface of one or more pieces of mult-coloured glass. The colours in the work are the original colours of the glass itself. They have not been painted or stained on the surface, thus are permanent and will never fade. This is a unique art form, pioneered by Richard Bond.
The art piece is made of glass and may require periodic cleaning. In most cases, annual cleaning is all that is required. A microfiber cloth and clean water, or vinegar an water solution, is recommended. To clean, dampen the cloth and wipe across the surface. The colours in the glass are permanent and will not wash off, however the sandblasted or rough surface areas will temporarily darken when wet. Spread the cleaner evenly, turn the cloth over and continue wiping until dry. Finish drying by fanning cloth over the surface. Under extreme humidity, drying with a hand-held hair dryer may be necessary. For stubborn marks or stains on the glass, use a soft bristle toothbrush, or the like, to scrub the surface. May need to be used in conjunction with a vinegar and water solution.