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John Gilbert Luebtow

10954 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311, U.S.A.
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Phone: 818-718-7569     Fax: 818-718-2601

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John Gilbert Luebtow has been working in the architectural scale art world beginning with the ceramic murals in 1969, when he began creating ceramic murals. This work was accomplished during his tenure as Director of the Architectural Ceramics Department at "De Porceleyne Fles" in Delft, Netherlands. His interest in glass was aroused during a collaborative exhibition with Leerdam Glass in Amsterdam.

In 1971 Luebtow returned to the U.S.A. and began exploring all aspects of glass artistrty; blowing, cutting, polishing, bending, and enameling; he always strove for ways to expand his ideas and the scale of glass into the architectural venue. After considerable experimentation and technical exploration Luebtow designed and built his own furnaces to enable him to forge his art on a much larger scale. By the late 1970’s he was able to manipulate 10- foot (3-meter) sheets of 1" thick ( 2.5- cm- thick) glass. Other materials emphasized in John’s work are ceramics, metal,(primarily stainless steel) and stone. These have been selected not only for what they bring visually to the work, but also because of their permanence, ease of maintenance, and structural integrity. Luebtow views art in architecture as a permanent commitment, as a cultural reference that we leave for generations.

He feels that the integration of art into architecture must be birthed and nurtured with extreme sensitivity and caution in order for it to be successful. Art both influences and conditions the way the environment is perceived and received. One needs to be supportive of the other. The site and the art being equal, the sum of their parts create a greater whole.