Brian Kerkvliet

Brian Kerkvliet has worked with glass since 1977. He has taught workshops in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S., including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Arts and Crafts and Red Deer College. Currently, he runs Gossamer Glass Studios at Inspiration Farm, a hot glass/flameworking studio in Bellingham, Washington. He focuses on several different aspects of glasswork, recently exploring Italian furnace techniques with a contemporary twist. He is also known for his Flameworked goblets, sculpture, beads, and his furnace blown goblets, with an emphasis on incorporating flameworked imagery onto the pieces. Since 1994 Brian has hosted a series of glass workshops at his studio at Inspiration Farm, where he and other nationally recognized glass artists instruct aspiring students. Brian's style is fairly diverse, encompassing many facets of glass art. However, the fun and whimsy expressed in his work shines throughout the entire spectrum of his pieces. From intimate cosmic and vessel beads to sculptural figurative goblets and the Cosmic Kid series, a joy for life and technical expertise is expressed in each and every piece. Brian has taken many age old classical glass working techniques and added his own contemporary, childlike enthusiasm and blended it together where it works to bring joyful glass into existence.

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