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Boris Kramer
Boris Kramer was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1969. His father, Richard Kramer, was an artist and blacksmith. Boris first learned about metal and art through his father. After completing post graduate studies in Fine Arts and Renaissance History, he committed his future to art. For Boris, art must touch not just the mind but also the heart. Each sculpture is hand formed, using both modern and ancient blacksmithing methods. No two pieces are alike. Sizes range from 10 inches to monumental. Special requests are welcome, such as specific configurations of family, or an addition to your existing family sculpture. Boris Kramer makes works of art that generate emotional response. Whether indoor or outdoor, they continue to make an impact in private and corporate settings. Boris’ sculptures have a home in numerous corporate and private collections and can be found in the many galleries around the world. Celebrities who own a Kramer sculpture include Victor Borge, Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Princess Margaret, Gerald Ford, Jean Chretien, Pierre Trudeau, Nana Mouskouri, and Billy Graham
Helen Rudy
"My work vision is to create glass pieces that are not only beautiful, sometimes tactile but are also functional. Glass is not an inexpensive medium and I find that if a piece is both functional and beautiful the owners are able to enjoy it more as they use or see it." Helen Rudy Born in Liberia, West Africa to English and Welsh parents, Helen's varied childhood contributed to her early appreciation for design, color and texture. Helen's exploration of the medium of glass began with her move to the US. Upon visiting a friend's glass workshop, she was mesmerized by the myriad of possibilities of color, form, texture and light transmission possible in every combination of glass. An initial reaction to the bold and bright colorful designs is amazement, closely followed by the question "Are those colors painted on?" The elements of color and design were only half of her interest, as fused/ kiln glass requires a rigorous understanding of its technical properties. Helen focuses on kiln fused glass. The glass designs are constructed piece by piece, and then melted in a kiln to 1460F and above where it becomes liquid. After cooling and annealing a solid piece of glass has been made. The glass is often fired a second or third time to create 3D shapes. Sometimes the glass is layered like a cheese sandwich and melted together. Other times thin strips of glass are placed on edge like dominoes and fired together. Both techniques enable her to create strong bold designs and distinctive color placement. The designs are created to take the best advantage that light can bring to a piece. Often a pattern will change as you view it from different angles depending upon where the light comes through. Helen's work is featured in some of the finest contemporary American glass galleries, including the Pismo Galleries, Philabaum Gallery and the Denver Art Museum gallery. Her commissions include structural glass panels, light fixtures and glass furniture from clients in the US, Europe, South America and Australia. She was recently honored with a commission by the board of directors of the Denver Art Museum to create glass tributes honoring the museum's most significant benefactors.
Jean Elton
“I love creating designs on clay shapes, always imagining them in a lovely home where they help create an ambience that encourages rich interaction among people and their modes of expression” Lois Jean Barker Lois Jean and William Elton Barker are the husband and wife team that combine their middle names to produce the studio name – Jean Elton. Lois J Barker is an independent ceramic artist who produces distinctive pieces of home décor that she entirely makes in her studio in Fairfield, CT. Ms. Barker has developed a line whose basic forms are each limited editions. Each piece is decorated by hand into a work that is both unique and yet consistent with her sense of design. Each piece is designed on a 3-D Printer which her husband, William then makes into a plaster mold. Lois then slip casts her canvasses, which are then hand painted and decorated. A tremendous amount of work goes into each piece- and it shows!
Kinzig Designs
Kinzig Design studios create lamps and jewelry artistically handcrafted in the US by sisters-in-law Susan and Caryn Kinzig. Each piece incorporates their distinctive designs with a celebration of color and texture to be treasured for generations.
Kliszewski Glass
For over fifteen years, Bob & Laurie Kliss have produced this line of glass art that has strived to enrich the lives of art lovers everywhere. With the perfect combination of color, texture and form, they create whimsical glass sculptures meant to enhance your surroundings. Each piece undergoes a lengthy process- the artists first assemble the colors and shapes for the base, and then fuse the base with secondary color elements. Then they blow the vessel, constantly heating and re-heating it until it reaches a temperature of 1000 degrees. The glass is then melted and fused into its desired shape and finally they apply brightly colored lip wrap to the rim. Every piece is signed and dated. Kliszewski Glass have won multiple awards, participated in a long list of exhibitions and have given glass blowing demonstrations across the country. They’ve also been a part of many publications for their achievement in contemporary art glass, and curated exhibitions at the Fresno Art Museum.
Vetro Vero
Vetro Vero is the award-winning collaborative glassblowing studio of designers Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck. Based in Pennsylvania, the two designers share over 40 years of professional glassmaking experience. Michael Schunke launched his first line of handcrafted glass bottles and vessels (Nine Iron Studios, Inc.) in 1996. He brings a long-standing use of signature gold-leaf details, an eye for refinement, and unrivaled technical ability to Vetro Vero. Josie Gluck contributes over 20 years' experience in glass production and a cultivated mind for design. Together, Schunke and Gluck combine expert knowledge, keen intuition and obsessive finesse to inform the Vetro Vero design sensibility. Noted for remarkable clarity, spectacular colors, and clean forms, Vetro Vero creates enduring objects to honor function and enrich decor. ​Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck conceive each design and together, make every piece of Vetro Vero glass by hand in their private studio. From one-of-a-kind artworks to contemporary home decor and distinctive tabletop designs, the designer-makers' shared dedication to the refinement, craftsmanship and quality of each finished piece is apparent in the strong consistency and subtle individuality of every glass object their hands create.