© Kenneth Pieper
Glass vase with self-portrait bust forming stem.
A resident of Western North Carolina living near Penland School of Craft, Pieper combines his expertise in traditional Venetian glassmaking techniques with personal expression for his portrait vessels. In Kenneth the Venetian technique known as reticello creates the intricate spiraling lines and tiny bubbles throughout the large-scale vase. The stem features the playful yet skillful manipulation of hot glass sculpted into a self-portrait; in other works in this series, the portraits are of his friends. Somewhere between cameo and caricature, the visages built into these works are noble alongside the traditional glasswork yet indicative of the maker’s unique vision.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2021
Type: Catalogue Entry
Written by: Hilary Schroeder
- Red Hot in the Blue Ridge Asheville Art Museum , 5/19/2018 - 10/28/2018
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