In 1973 he took an inspirational trip to Europe where he spent many hours in museums looking at great works of art. It was here that he decided to become an artist with glass as his preferred medium. He loves the immediacy of the process, the spontaneous interaction between the glass and himself, and the need to be fully present from the beginning to end of the piece. He feels that glass surpasses all other materials in its ability to transmit color, light, and movement.
Kevin uses traditional furnace-working techniques with blowpipes, punty rods and hand tools. He starts with molten clear glass and colors it by melting in powders, frits and rods of concentrated colored glass. He mixes colors to achieve his own unique palette for his native fish pieces. The glass is always moving with gravity as he shapes it with scissors and a knife in its taffy-like state. Timing is critical-the piece must be kept hot with reheats and torches as each fin is applied.
Kevin began studying art at the University of New Mexico and lampworking glass at New Mexico Tech. He then learned glass blowing/furnace work at Central Washington University and earned a BA in Fine Arts. Later he took classes at Pratt Art Institute in Seattle, WA, and taught their first lampworking workshop. He built his studio with his wife, Belinda, in Bend, OR, in 1983. In 1996, Kevin attended Pilchuck Glass School to study advanced sculpting techniques from maestro Pino Signoretto.
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