For over 40 years, glass artist John Nutter, has been designing and creating stained, leaded, cast and sandblast-carved glass at an architectural scale. His installations may be found throughout Canada and the United States, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.
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 introducing him to the efforts of international artists working in glass at a more intimate scale. He was inspired by the work of Bertil Vallien, as well as the Czech artists Libensky and Brychtova. He cast glass discs and ship's hulls, two forms he has since used as a constant in many of his gallery-scaled pieces.
Over the years, opportunities have presented themselves with other artists and designers to help them realize their ideas in glass and wood. Several collaborations with friend and mentor, Winston Leathers (Winnipeg), led to a joint nomination for the Saidye Bronfman Award, recognizing excellence in craft in Canada. Also in Winnipeg, Nutter, with partner and friend John Edwards, worked with architect Etienne Gaboury on two major projects—Winnipeg's St. Boniface Cathedral and the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City. A chance meeting with Haida artist Bill Reid at his Vancouver studio led to a position on sculptor George Rammell's team working to complete Reid's monumental Spirit of Haida Gwaii. Nutter stayed with Reid after completion, sharing the shop and working with him on numerous projects.
Another chance meeting with artist Shoshana Golin-Cahn has resulted in two large synagogue installations: one in Queens and one in Atlantic Beach, New York - 26 windows in all over the last decade.
The studio is at 1659 Duranleau Street on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC and is open daily, by appointment or by chance.