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Biography: Roy Gruver

Roy Gruver
Roy Gruver

Artist Roy Gruver from Bethlehem, Pa., specializes in kiln-formed glass and is one of the founders and a resident artist at the newly formed R&R Glass Studio in Bethlehem. Gruver is the principal instructor in the kiln-formed glass program at the Banana Factory, where he has been teaching all experience levels for eight years. He has also been a teaching assistant for numerous kiln-formed glass classes at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Gruver’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows and events including a solo show at the Backstreet Gallery in Stroudsburg, Pa. (2012-2013); the Riverside Festival of the Arts in Easton, Pa. (2012-2016); Santa Bannon Fine Art (2013, 2014); Banana Factory Glass Blast (2014, 2015, 2016). He has studied with a number of major glass artists including Rudi Gritsch, Dan Fenton, Mark Ditzler, Martin Kremer, Alyssa Oxley, and Matthew Day Perez, and has intensely studied the work of Klaus Moje.

“For me, art is simply a way of seeing, feeling, and doing,” he said. “It is being open to ideas not your own, but indeed, even to your own. It is part of everyone, whether expressed or unexpressed. And it is not reserved for the special, the few, or the privileged. My hope is that we, as a society, can help everyone understand his or her own artistic possibilities and encourage their expression.”

Gruver’s most recent work is focused around texture (physical and visual) in mid-sized glass panels.