Rob Raeside


The Summa Series is my own personal exploration of how forms interact with one another. Originally inspired by functional glassware such as whiskey decanters and perfume bottles, the Summa series takes those objects and pares them down into mere suggestions of their former functions. From here, I then experiment with further transformations by uniting shapes together. As the series evolves, I have found that some pieces have become more complex while others have simplified.

While my work is often described as sculptural, I personally reject this characterization. Sculptural art generally tends to have to the connotation of expressing a narrative, something that is not my goal with this series. I prefer to classify this work as decorative as they are not trying to convey a message to the viewer. I have had many interactions with individuals who tell me what they see in my work: natural imagery such as trees and flowers, human figures and families, as well as the whimsical as people also see toys, balloons and candy. Instead of me trying to tell a story, I have instead left room for the viewer to make their own meanings for this series.       


Rob Raeside is a glass object maker who has been working with the medium for 9 years. He has studied both at Sir Sanford Fleming College and Sheridan College. In his second year of studies at Sheridan, he received the Silent Night award. His dedication to the material has allowed him to work for Canadian glass artists such as Andy Kuntz, Paula Vandermey, Sally McCubbin, Paull Rodrigue, as well as a full-time production artist for Alexi and Mariel Hunter. Rob’s work is driven by the inherent complexities of what appears to be simple, and the constant desire to refine his technique.