Art making has been a passion and a way of life for Bob Pike for decades.
An early love of drawing and designing led Bob into sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design in the 1960’s. After art school he stumbled into candle making which he developed into a national crafts business.
Interested in expanding his skills, Bob took a pottery course and found he enjoyed the process of clay and firing along with the challenge of the vast amount of knowledge required to be a competent potter making a living from his work.
In 1978 Bob and his wife Connie Pike started Pike Studios in High River. In addition to making pottery full time, Bob taught classes through Red Deer College, built kilns, invented tools and designed and built machinery for extruding clay.
In 1981 Bob began having severe debilitating environmental health problems. Working with clay was no longer a possibility. Unwilling to give up a life in the arts, Bob refocused and returned to his roots in sculpture.
Currently, Bob works with metal, hammering, welding, and designing to create sculptures, clocks and commission pieces such as gates, garden sculpture and architectural items.
Bob finds happiness in this phase of his artistic journey. His philosophy of life is to keep challenging himself to find new directions and new things to discover. Bob considers himself a maker and inventor and a creative individual. He’s always looking for new places to go and new challenges to build rather than holding on to the places he’s been.
[NOTE: You will not find all of Bob's work in our online shop. The photos below of examples are some of the work we have had in the gallery. Please contact us for photos of current work which we can provide in real time!]