John Forbes Artist Bio

Started working in glass in 1968.

John started working with stained glass in 1968 in Bonnie Doon, CA. As a 1960s musician /artist “flower child”, he had visions of stained glass windows and focused on learning to make windows. He taught himself the craft by picking up windows from abandoned buildings and repairing them himself. Forbes traveled east to seek out Tiffany windows and to Europe, searching for Art Nouveau windows. He also “got into the Car thing”. He was inspired by Dan Fenton (they “really clicked”), David Ruth and Jim Lundberg. John’s path has been to do commissions, “to make pieces for people”. He has made many large commissions, including McFly bars and restaurants.

Kelp Window
John Forbes

Glass Car
John Forbes

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