Bruce has been working for Peter Layton since 2001, as a trainee and assistant, then as Studio Manager and most recently as Peter’s principal colourist. He completed his Masters’ Degree at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham in 2010. He was the winner of the Gold Award in the Glass category of Craft & Design Selected National Awards 2014.
Born in South Africa, his work is collected nationally and internationally and his pieces are in Public Collections at the Turner Museum of Glass and Broadfield House Glass Museum.
Bruce is a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and of Contemporary Applied Arts in London. He has exhibited in major shows including SOFA New York and Chicago, the Miami Art Fair and Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in 2014.
ABOUT THE WORK
Birds, an ongoing series, has been hugely successful and its evolution has attracted an avid and enthusiastic public following. Bruce has achieved deceptively simple abstract forms, which allude to bird shapes. He says:
“I am a long-time admirer of the sculptor Brancusi. I envy his ability to capture the essence of his subject, creating a purity of form with minimal detail, whilst projecting profound presence.”
Bruce’s response has been to strip back his forms to achieve an exquisite simplicity retaining a definite bird-like quality.
In his Fish series, Bruce blows the form with multiple colour overlays. Wheel cuts through the layers reveal their internal colours. Simplicity of form and colour is a challenge that he plans to continue to explore.