Kyle Keeler has been working with glass since 2001. Growing up on the plains of Colorado, Kyle learned about hard work and the dedication needed to be an artist. Having no formal training Kyle uses his curiosity, imagination, and determination to learn the language of glass.
Relocating to the Appalachian Mountains in late 2007, Kyle has been inspired by Asheville's unique, artistic community. As he continues to deepen his understanding of the complexity of glass, he has begun to explore the relationship glass can have with other materials. In July of 2011 he became a father and through the eyes of his daughter and baby son he is rediscovering the world around him.
"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 within, the potential that is within us all."
About the Glass
Each piece is individually hand blown using a torch that burns in excess of 2500 degrees Fahrenheit, using a gas mixture of propane and oxygen. Upon completion the piece is placed into a kiln to anneal at 1050 degrees overnight.
All glass color is made from metals and minerals from the earth so there are no paints, dyes, or glazes, these elements combined with silica sand create each color. Every color reacts differently to the slightest variance in temperature, so working with color is a delicate process. Borosilicate glass is the same glass formula as Pyrex glass, so it is a very strong material and made to last.
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25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
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