“My work is about the enhancement of life.
I have never had an interest in self-promotion and prefer the freedom of relative anonymity. I have no website and no catalog; in fact,
I rarely even sign my pieces. If the work pleases me, I feel confident that the right person will discover it at an art fair or gallery.
“My platters and bowls can perform as interesting centerpieces or make their way to a special dinner as one-of-a-kind serving dishes.”
Growing up in a household of musicians and artists, Bruce began painting and sculpting during grade school in the 1960s. In high school, after he attended a demonstration of pottery on the wheel, his artistic interest turned to fine crafts.
At Illinois State University, where he earned a BS in fine art, and then at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he earned a master’s degree in fine art, Bruce continued developing functional and nonfunctional vessel forms in clay. His formal schooling completed, Bruce struck out as an independent craftsman. Although teaching appointments from time to time found their way into his schedule, they didn’t intrigue him as did the pursuit of his own creations.
As time marched on, Bruce found himself seeking a new artistic challenge. Having heard about the glasswork being done at Third Degree Glass Factory, it took only one visit to inspire his interest in making vessels and objects of art from glass.
Since 1980, Bruce has owned and operated a private multimedia studio in Millstadt, Illinois. He is involved with kiln-fired fused glass and freehand blown work in the Third Degree Hot Shop and has taught at the Craft Alliance, Southwestern Illinois College and City Museum.