Leon Applebaum is known for his bowl and vessel forms which capture and emit color and light. He first studied art at Toledo University and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art. Leon went on to earn two Masters of Fine Arts degrees, one from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and the other from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also studied glassblowing in Sweden at the Akrahallskollan Orrefors and even worked as a glassblower at the Boda Orrefors factories. Leon has served as an instructor at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt and the Rochester Institute of Technology. His works have been shown throughout the United States and the world. Leon¡¯s work is highly collected and is included in several prestigious collections including the Frisk University, TN; Canton Art Institute, OH; Iowa State University; Wheaton Museum of Glass, NJ; Brunner Museum, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC. His work has also been honored with awards such as the Juror¡¯s Special Award, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Best of Crafts Gold Medal, Toledo Museum of Art; and Winner of the Fragile Art Competition, Glass Studio , Portland, OR. Leon Applebaum transmits the essence of glass through his vases, bowls, and large scale sculptures. Leon focuses on vibrant, primary colors in rainbow compositions which are encased in clear crystal to enhance the depth and brilliance of the glass. Leon combines cast and blown glass forms to create his large scale sculptures. He also incorporates sections of optical crystal which is forty two percent lead which causes it to have an extremely high index of refraction and brilliance. These elements are cut, faceted and laminated to come together and transcend into a new sculptural experience.