Bob McLeod

Bob McLeod

TV programs and fine art books on glass-blowing captured Bob’s imagination, but he needed more. Fortunately, he found “I Blew It” glass studio on Quadra Island, where he cut his teeth as assistant to Cheri Hemmingson before creating his own glass work. That was 2004. He’s been “playing” ever since. Two sessions of Red Deer College’s Summer School for the Arts were invaluable. Bob’s most recent creations are large wall installations. The wall pieces came together when Bob’s wife, Shannon Proctor-McLeod, got intrigues by the problem of arranging and hanging the pieces. Through trial and error they devised a system, which involves many hours of careful assembly. Bob makes the glass components; Shannon’s eye and imagination complete the composition. It’s truly a collaborative effort, as Shannon also assists in the hot shop. “I revel in the immediacy of glass,” Bob says. “There is no stopping for tea, or throwing a damp towel over your work for another day. Once you start, you’re committed. And glass is temperamental. A stray drop of sweat, an errant breeze, a moment’s inattention can have disastrous results.”