Donald Glaister

Vashon Island, Washington

Mark Beard, Utah Reader, 1986

Bound in burgundy Morocco with onlays of calf, snake and goat skin. Gold, blind and painted tooling with areas of acrylic spray paint and sanded leather. Mark Beard’s story is about his youth in Bountiful, Utah. Beard remembers the K-Mart, the mountains, his tract home with the obligatory basketball hoop over the garage door, the family camper and other classic trappings of suburban life. The binding is simply an interpretation of those images. 31 x 41 x 4 centimeters. Created 1987. Lent by Earl M. Collier, Jr.

Donald Glaister is a book artist now living and working on Vashon Island, Washington. 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 Aufschneider and Roger Arnoult in Paris. His over twenty-five year professional career in design bookbinding has centered on the exploration, development and use of unexpected binding materials, visual humor, and spontaneous expression, while working within the classical framework of the European binding form. The main focus of his current work is the creation of artistís books in multiple. Don has taught binding and design privately and as Professor of Book Arts at the University of Alabama. Donís bindings appear in private collections throughout North America and Europe, and in institutional collections such as the Library of Congress; the Lilly Library at Indiana University; the Ruth Mortimer Collection at Smith College; the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University; the Houghton Library at Harvard University; the Cornell University Library; the James S. Copley Library in La Jolla, California; the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York; The National Library of the Netherlands; and The British Library. Website at