Born in Santa Ana, California, Robert Held aspired to be an artist from an early age. His father, a sculptor, only lived six years of his son’s life but passed on the talent and appreciation of art that gave Robert the beginnings of a quest to create beauty in form and colour.
He obtained a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, specializing in ceramics. In 1968, he discovered a new love: the art of glassblowing.
His collections range from classic to contemporary. Some works are inspired by the paintings of famous artists such as Monet and Klimt, while others take inspiration from photographers and even interior designers.
Robert’s glass work has also been chosen for many prestigious awards and collections. His goblets were selected to grace the table of the Governor General’s “Perfect Setting” and his newest commisioned piece: a glass bowl encasing 23rd karat gold maple leaves and sparkling dichroic glass now sits in Her Majesty’s Royal Collection.