Joel Berman Glass Studios
Joel Berman Glass Studios was founded in 1981 by artist Joel Berman with the vision to bring artistic privacy into architectural spaces using beautifully crafted art glass. Over a 34-year history, the studio has built an international reputation for design and innovation, and the vision continues with ongoing research and development, in both materials and processes, continuously expanding the boundaries of what can be achieved in creating new forms and textures.
In addition to award-winning kiln cast glass are graphic solutions, resins, and Berman Glass Editions, founded in 2000, a complete collection providing solutions for every project. This provides clients flexibility to satisfy aesthetic ambitions, functional requirements, and budgetary considerations.
Coming together in a 47,000 sq. ft. facility, located near Vancouver, Canada, a diverse team of talented and passionate artists, architects, industrial and graphic designers, project managers and production craftspeople developed projects from concept to application with uncompromising craftsmanship and attention to detail, developing some of the world’s most unique and engaging installations.
Joel Berman Design
The Joel Berman Design Studio undertakes the design and strategy of corporate commercial, institutional, hospitality, healthcare and residential projects, as well as public art, for both interior and exterior applications.
Installations include recently completed Hamad International Airport, in Doha, Qatar, 6,000 panels totaling 170,000 sq. ft., stretching nearly 4 miles, public art projects; Inside Ice for the James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Alder Canopy and Autonomous Trees 09 in Vancouver, and the recently completed maple tree project for the Canadian Senate with Diamond Schmidt Architects.
About Joel Berman
Revolutionizing glass art today, the name Joel Berman is synonymous with innovative and creative glass design. Breaking the rules of convention, Joel Berman has devoted more than 30 years into creating works of original art in glass that explore texture, pattern, colour, shape and form, as well as developing new techniques in glass forming and graphic application on glass. At the forefront of industry trends, Berman continues to grow as a designer and industry leader and is constantly seeking new ways to reinvent the world of glass design.
Inheriting his love of the arts, Berman was first inspired by his grandfather, a watchmaker who immigrated to Canada from Romania. Growing up in Winnipeg surrounded by the craftsmanship of his family’s jewelry business, Berman looked up to his grandfather who supported his family through his craft. His love of handcrafted artisanal trades encouraged him to begin working in glass in the late 1970’s in Winnipeg. Here he trained under Ernest Ashcroft, a graduate of Royal College of Art, London, England, who instructed Berman in traditional leaded glass design and fabrication, dalle de verre and glass painting. Pursuing his fine arts education Berman also studied at the Pilchuk Design Center learning fused glass, sandblast and acid-etch techniques and most importantly architectural glass design from industry leaders Ludwig Schaffrath, and Klaus Moje of West Germany as well as Anne Warff of Sweden. After settling down in Vancouver to open his own studio, Joel Berman Glass Studios, in 1980, Berman also attended the Banff School of Fine Arts, where he trained in architectural glass design under the direction of Johannes Schreiter.
Since the beginning of his journey as a glass artist, Joel has held that art must be made more accessible to the public. To achieve accessibility of his own art, he has pursued public placement opportunities to build works in glass that reflect the design intent, the project objectives, and the will to capture the hearts and minds of the community’s residents and visitors. He has been honoured to have his work selected for numerous public art projects.
JBGS International photos courtesy Forms+Surfaces.
Other photos by Joel Berman.