Mr. Glendon Morris
Glendon is the second of three sons of the legendary Ken Morris. He attended Barataria E.C. School and Osmond High School in San Juan. During the holiday periods in elementary school, as early as ten years old, he assisted his father, Ken Morris, with carnival costumes and began learning the art of copper sculpture. At the age of twenty Glendon and his father were chosen together with Wayne Barkley and Carlyle Chang to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the Sphere of Art at the Canadian Exposition in Montreal, Canada.
In 1968 Glendon migrated to Canada, where he trained in a highly skilled area of tool and die sinking, Sculpture of Metal Moulds for Reproduction, at Compo Industries of Canada. On his return to Trinidad and Tobago in 1983, he managed the tool and die department of Y De Lima and Co. Ltd. for fifteen (15) years. His last major work was the Trinidad and Tobago Police belt buckle.
Glendon is certified by the Metal Industries Company (M.I.C.) in physical metallurgy heat treatment of metals, and design for components of machines and equipment. He was also the first band leader of the Belmont Original Stylish Sailors (De B.O.S.S.). His designs have achieved the band of the year title in the small band category for many years. He is presently the band leader of the Belmont Jewels. His designs include metal work and his craft has been well appreciated in Carnival over the years. He is also a member of the National Carnival Bands Association and in 2006 he was chosen to visit Nigeria to observe and make recommendations for their newly developing Carnival. He returned to Calabar, Nigeria in 2008, together with three other members of the mas fraternity, and conducted a workshop in the use of materials, designs, and construction of small, medium and large costumes.
Carnival judges of mas have enhanced their skills by his lectures in past years. Glendon works at his studio located at 107B Belmont Circular Road, Belmont. His art in copper sculpture is very much in demand. His copper murals can be found throughout Trinidad, and are displayed in the University of the West Indies, Piarco Airport, Kapok Hotel, Pheonix Park Gas Company, Angostura, and private collections. He is also a prominent designer/artist’s to the Eric Williams Memorial Foundation.