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Robert Stewart started working with glass over 21 years ago. Considered a celebrity in the art world, especially in the field of glass, Robert produces one-of-a-kind museum quality pieces for galleries and collectors. Robert often mentions children and the child in all of us when he speaks of his efforts to teach himself to cut the beveled glass boxes he's known for far and wide. There’s something childlike – timeless, sparkling and magical – about these jewel-like vessels with their etched and angled facets.
The prismatic bevels of Robert Stewart's glass boxes refract a window's light and project its rainbows to a wall twenty feet away. The art of hand beveling thick glass was nearly lost until Robert conceived a passion to keep it alive.
Robert Stewarts's ornamental glass boxes have a very intriguing and dramatic optical quality. Using antique wheels that he preserves for his work, Robert meticulously hand grinds and hand polishes the glass and jewels, then combines them with various metals that he patinas, from rich blacks and browns to vivid blues and greens.
Robert's one-of-a-kind creations reside in museums around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, and are in collections of numerous foreign dignitaries, including Russia's Boris Yeltzin and Mikhail Gorbachev. Robert was commissioned to make his creations for President Ronald Reagan, and for President George H. W. Bush, who kept his on display outside the Oval Office. Robert was commissioned by President and Hillary Clinton to make the glass ornaments that graced the White House Christmas Tree during President Clinton's administration. Robert was recently commissioned by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies to create the annual Sydney R. Yates National Advocacy Award. Over the course of his glass career, Robert has been featured in three books, and has received prestigious awards and honors in the field of craft.
Robert Stewart believes that children and the most important adults on the planet are exactly the same, in relation to art. "For a few minutes, when people look at my work, they become children again," he says. "They remember fond memories of the past."
Click on a gallery image below to enlarge it. The works pictured are meant to be representative of Robert Stewart's work. These pieces may or may not be available.
Custom made boxes have been designed and fabricated by Robert Stewart for some of the world's most notable people.