"John Leighton’s works ... are more than an homage to Japanese aesthetics…in their uniqueness, mystery, and allure, Leighton’s sculptures embody the legacy of the tradition that inspired him. His sculptural works are the innovative result of his study of Japanese culture and the care he took in their making.”
Writer/Critique, Annie Buckley ......Artist, designer, and educator, Professor Emeritus John Leighton, headed glass programs at San Francisco State University and California State University, Fullerton for a total of 37 years. He still teaches a class or two each semester at CSUF. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Glass Art Institute and at Osaka University of Art. His work is included in many private and public collections including the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Oakland Museum, the Ebeltoft Glasmuseum in Denmark, the Lemberk Castle, in the Czech Republic, the Notojima Glass Museum, and the Kanazu Art Museum in Japan. John has twice been invited to work at the International Glass Symposium, in the Czech Republic and was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Glass Art Society.