Lecture by John Leighton

Presented by the Glass Program
April 11, 2013 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Oakland Campus

Glass shop (ground floor of the Shacklee building)

Info: Contact Elin Christopherson at echristopherson@cca.edu or 510.414.5243


10-11:30 a.m. lecture in classroom
Noon-3 p.m. demonstration in hot glass shop

Glass artist John Leighton will visit the CCA Glass shop and classroom to lecture and demonstrate. German glass designer Ludwig Schaffrath introduced Leighton to stained glass in the 1970s.

Leighton's Ishikawa Tani objects celebrate the spiritual connections that Japanese craftspersons make with the mundane, and their ability to infuse useful, commonplace objects with functional beauty and abstract representations of nature.

Stemming from a teaching residency at Osaka University of the Arts in western Japan, Leighton used glass in this work in order to create distance. Viewers have the opportunity to disconnect these objects from their utilitarian purpose.

Cast glass allows him to present (not represent) these patterns and forms as new objects. The translucency of these castings simultaneously denotes their original use and connotes a more transcendent purpose.

Leighton has degrees in environmental design and sculpture from Cal State Fullerton and California College of Arts and Crafts.