Donald Glaister is a book artist living and working on Vashon Island Washington, near Seattle. He began his bookbinding career after taking degrees in painting and sculpture from San Jose State College in California, and studying binding privately with Barbara Hiller in San Francisco and Pierre Aufschnieder and Roger Arnoult in Paris. His over thirty year professional career in design bookbinding has centered on the exploration, development and use of unexpected binding materials, visual humor and spontaneous visual expression, while working within the
classical framework of the European binding form. Beginning in 2002, Don’s work expanded to include the design and production of editions of artist’s books which include painting, sculpture and poetry that Don has made.
Don has taught binding and design privately and as Professor of Book Arts at The University of Alabama and at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride CO, where he is the Director of Fine Binding.
Don’s work appears in private collections throughout North America and Europe, and in institutional collections such as The Library of Congress, The National Gallery of Art, The British Library in London, The Getty Center in Los Angeles, Scripps College, Claremont CA, The Lilly Library at Indiana University, The Ruth Mortimer Collection at Smith College, The Bridwell Library at S.M.U. The Houghton Library at Harvard University, The Cornell University Library, The James S. Copley Library in La Jolla, California, The Jaffe Collection, Florida Atlantic University, The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York and The National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague.