Born in Sutton Coldfield in 1961, he trained under the tutelage of Ronald Pennell at the Birmingham City University, Institute of Art & Design. Since 1982, he has been based in Toronto, Canada, and has established an international clientele, with his work residing in private and corporate art collections around the world. His introspective sculpture focuses on human transcendence and the complex issues that challenge humanity including equality, spirituality, our relationship with the environment, and capacity to have hope in the face of adversity.
My approach to sandblasted glass is from the perspective of a printed textile designer, inspired by decorative imagery rather than constrained by the technicalities of an age old technique. Passionate about drawing, design and decoration, I use glass as a surface to embellish and enjoy the fact that I am creating a product which is both functional and decorative whilst adding an element of history to a building.
Colin Reid is regarded as a pioneer in the field of kilncast glass. He exhibits internationally and has work in over 35 museum collections worldwide. He has undertaken many public and private commissions often combining glass with other media such as metal, stone or wood. Based in his studio in SW England, Colin has developed the expertise and facilities to handle large scale commissions in glass.