Kenny Pieper

Pieper Glass

"My work is a celebration of traditional techniques, opulent colors, and classical forms."

Kenny Pieper has spent more than 30 years experimenting with and perfecting his glassblowing techniques. He is deeply moved by the entire process of the medium and relishes every opportunity to work with fire and glass in its liquid state. The jewel-like qualities and luminosity of glass influence and intrigue him. His goblets and vases, while celebrating function, also convey the elegance, beauty, and harmony that he cherishes.

Pieper uses the same techniques as master glassblowers used centuries ago. In his Primavera series, he plunges a hot bubble of colored glass into water that contains the raw chemicals of glass. This results in a web-like crackle pattern. He also experiments with a variety of chemicals, melting and mixing his own colors, which are a rare palette of vibrant red and gold.

Pieper began his craft career in high school when he studied at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. After high school, Pieper studied at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, and then completed his BFA at California College of Art and Design. After 16 years working as a glassblower in the San Francisco area, he moved back to North Carolina to establish his own studio.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Award of Excellence, American Craft Council Show, Baltimore. MD, 2016
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore. MD, 2020