Article Published: Aug. 30, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 30, 2012
This week, ArtWalk is spotlighting the work of Kyle Keeler.
A self-taught glass blower, Keeler has been working with glass since 2001. Growing up on the plains of Colorado, Keeler had no formal training, instead using curiosity, imagination and determination to learn the language of glass.
Relocating to the Appalachian Mountains in late 2007, Keeler said he’s 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. Keeler has recently has become a father and said he’s rediscovering the world around him through the eyes of his new baby.
Each of Keeler's glass creations is individually hand-blown using no kits or molds. Upon completion, the piece is placed into a kiln to anneal overnight at 1,050 degrees Fahrenheit. The glass color is made from metals and minerals from the Earth, so there are no paints, dyes or glazes – just natural color-producing elements.
Keeler’s glasswork is available at ArtWalk, is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) in downtown Boone.
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