Leon Applebaum’s creations are largely transparent using translucent, yet brilliant pigment colors in his signature bowls, vases, and abstract sculpture designs. His large scale sculptures combine exquisite glass work and engineering to create masterpieces in his monumental glass sculptures. Leon uses striking primary colors in what appears to be liquid-watercolor compositions. The textured shapes he also uses often add a unique dimensionality to his pieces.
Leon utilizes a combination of cast and blown glass to create just the right feeling in his work and pieces. He employs optical crystal which is known for its high lead count and elevated degree of refraction and brilliance. His elements can be cut and faceted like a diamond then joined together to create unique sculptural masterpieces.
Leon first studied art at Toledo University in Ohio. He then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in MA. Ever studious in perfecting his craft, he then went on to earn two Masters of Fine Arts degrees. His first Masters was from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he also instructed. The other Masters he received from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY where he instructed, also. He subsequently studied glass blowing in Sweden at the well known Akrahallskollan Orrefors. Then he worked as a glassblower at the famous Boda Orrefors factories in Sweden.
Leon’s work has been acquired by many admiring collectors around the world. The following is a partial list of his credentials:
The McDonaugh Collection of American Art, Youngtown, OH
Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
The Patrick Lanen Art Foundation, Palm Beach, FL
Wheaton Museum of Glass, Millville, NY
Brunner Museum, Iowa State University, Aims, IA
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH
Renaissance Gallery, Rochester, NY
Heller Gallery, NY, NY
Fraigil, San Juan, P.R.
Riley Hawk, Cleveland, OH
Judith Wolor, Bostn, MA
Christy Taylor, Boca Raton, FL
Invitational Glass Show. Habatat Gallery, Southfield, MI
CGCA Fellowship Exhibition, Syderman Gallery, Phil., PA
NY Craftman’s Show at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
Kanazawa Crafts International, Japan
Kyoto Glass International, Japan
International Glass Museum, Novy Bar, Czech. Republic
Instructor of Glass, Peabody College
Instructor of Glass, Rochester Institute of Technology
Specialty Glass Blower, Boda Glass, Smalanda, Sweden
Specialty Glass Blower, Orrefors Glass, Orefors, Sweden