in Reno, Nevada in 1947, Rex Buckley Cravat also lived in California,
Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota and finally in New Jersey’s Delaware
River Valley. A man truly in love with nature’s splendor,
Rex was a consummate outdoorsman, who spent his favorite hours in the
mountains and deserts of the Western USA. His passion for Mother Nature
remains alive in his expertly sculpted glass.
mother was a school teacher and a ventriloquist. His father was Sundance
Cravat, a well-known glass sculptor, goldsmith, engraver, painter,
wood carver, cowboy and showman. Rex not only inherited his father’s
artistic abilities, but he actually surpassed Sundance’s
skill in the area of glass sculpting. He received his very first
glass sculpting lesson from his father and then in 1968 he had the
privilege of working with the famous paperweight maker, Harold
Hacker, at Hacker’s Knotts Berry Farm Studio. Soon
thereafter, Rex was creating prize showpieces and displays for the
Crystal Palace in Las Vegas. And, for thirteen years, he operated
his own successful glass shop in Tucson’s Trail Dust Town.
elaborate sculpture titled, The Sentinel, was in The Corning
Museum of Glass New Glass Review 18 in February of 1997. Each
year, Corning picks the top 100 glass sculptors in the world. And,
with sculptors from 40 countries competing, Rex Cravat was among those
chosen for this honor. The Corning competition included all types
of glass sculpting, not just the flame-working technique in which Rex
was proficient. The Sentinel (pictured right) was
created with colored glass, clear glass and fumed with pure silver
and 24K gold. Last I heard, The Sentinel was held in a
text and photos about Rex in the Delaware Valley on next pages.
Photos of the mural done in Rex’s memory are included.
old publicity photo, Rex is pictured here
holding one of his popular
above) hard glass, frosted,
fumed with 24K gold
and pure silver.
Award-winning (see text) lamp-worked
by Rex B. Cravat.
Nest Scene (below) hard glass, frosted
and fumed with
24K gold. Rex’s wonderfully graceful
birds were some of his
most popular sculptures.