Bernard Katz employs a wide range of techniques in his blown
glass pieces to achieve his desired outcome. He frequently references objects found in the natural world. Katz blows vessels in brilliant transparent colors encased in layers of clear crystal. He then applies a darker layer of color that is later etched
away to reveal the image and underlying colors. Reduction flames are applied to the outer skin of the piece, resulting in a metallic-looking sheen. In recent years, Katz's glass has transformed from utilitarian vessels to more sculptural forms. Using positive and negative space, the new sculptural series of the Transparent Bolinas, Serenoa, and Vilano combines a sandblasted
layer of transparent areas that diffuse ambient light for a soft glow, creating dynamic contrast within the glass.
Katz's glassworks are highly regarded by gallery owners and collectors all over the world. His pieces have been featured in numerous books and magazines, including: "Contemporary Glass: Color, Light & Form," "Object Lessons: Beauty and Meaning in Art," by Guild Publishing, and most recently, a feature article in the 2006 fall issue of World Art Glass Quarterly
. Katz was also selected as a 2007 NICHE Award finalist.
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