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I have been working full time with glass for the past eleven years. I relocated to the Appalachian Mountains in late 2007 and I am enjoying the mild climate and eco-diversity the Asheville area has to offer. I find much of my inspiration through traveling, reading, and spending time in nature. When I am not off selling at art and craft shows or in the studio creating art, I spend as much time as I can with my wife, toddler, and dog. In July of 2011 my wife gave birth to our first child, Amara Lyn. She has kept us extra busy teaching us just how little sleep we can get by on and reminding us of the truly important things in life.

I create hand blown, lampwork, borosilicate/pyrex glass. Each piece is individually hand blown using a torch, my breath, and gravity. The torch burns in excess of 2500 degrees Fahrenheit, with a gas mixture of propane and oxygen. When the glass is molten I shape it with my…

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  • Born on March 2
  • Joined June 15, 2009

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glass, metal, wood

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I have been working full time with glass for the past eleven years. I relocated to the Appalachian Mountains in late 2007 and I am enjoying the mild climate and eco-diversity the Asheville area has to offer. I find much of my inspiration through traveling, reading, and spending time in nature. When I am not off selling at art and craft shows or in the studio creating art, I spend as much time as I can with my wife, toddler, and dog. In July of 2011 my wife gave birth to our first child, Amara Lyn. She has kept us extra busy teaching us just how little sleep we can get by on and reminding us of the truly important things in life.

I create hand blown, lampwork, borosilicate/pyrex glass. Each piece is individually hand blown using a torch, my breath, and gravity. The torch burns in excess of 2500 degrees Fahrenheit, with a gas mixture of propane and oxygen. When the glass is molten I shape it with my breath, gravity, and other rods of clear glass. I actually draw with colored glass rods layering and melting them into the clear glass until I get the design and color I am trying to create.

All glass color is made from metals and minerals from the earth. There are no paints, dyes, or glazes. Every color reacts differently to the slightest variance in temperature, so working with color is a delicate process. Upon completion the piece is placed into a kiln to anneal at 1050 degrees overnight, furthering the strength and durability of the glass. The glass I use Borosilicate glass is the same glass formula as Pyrex glass, so it is a very strong material and made to last.

”Art is a necessity in every person’s life; it takes us away from the mundane and into the world of infinite possibility. If nothing else the goal is to get the observer to pause, even for the briefest moment, it is in that moment the magic happens and the person can choose to see the potential in themselves and
in us all.”
Kyle Keeler

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