Kit Karbler

Born: September 8, 1954
Education: BFA; Ohio University, Athens, UCLA

TEACHING
University of Denver

COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS

 

• American Bar Association
• Georgia Institute of Technology
• IBM Corporation
• Mountain Bell Corporation
• Oppenheimer Investment
• Colorado Federation of the Arts
• Lucent Technologies
• Denver Grand Prix
• American Bar Association
• Colorado Council for the Arts
• American Association of Interior Designers
• National Jewish Medical/Research Center

• Quark, Inc.
• BellSouth
• lIT Corporation
• TransCanada Pipelines
• US West
• UPS
• Dupont
• D lA Partnership
• Xerox Corporation
• Bangkok Int'l Film Festival Cinematography Award
• Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
• Coming Museum of Glass
• Denver Art Museum
• Royal Ontario Museum
• Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
• Kjarvalsstadir Museum, Iceland

AWARDS
• Helier Gallery Perfume Botde Design Award
• Herman Miller Award for Excellence
• Tiffany Award - Best of Glass; Philadelphia, PA
• Colorado Council on the Arts Award
• Cherry Creek Arts Festival - Best of Glass; Denver, CO

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

As I work with the hot glass, I am still awed by it's ability to fascinate and offer fresh possibilities with each moment. The juxtaposition of quiet and loud, or angular and smooth, appeals to me. With the glass, I'm aware of nature's forces and my role as witness and maker. We are all attracted to light and color; glass has both qualities in a clean, pure form. For me, imagination rests comfortably in these qualities.

My original designs are achieved by layering, threading, cutting and polishing hand-blown glass into prismatic forms. For me, altering the perception of glass as a functional medium is a common theme. My work is distinguished by thin, concentric lines of colored glass, in gem-like hues, which appear to be immobilized in clear crystal.

I begin each piece as a hand-blown form. After cooling and annealing a perfectly shaped vase, bowl or plate, its sides are cut away, thus eliminating any possibility of utility and transforming the object into a purely sculptural form. Elaborate facets are cut with a diamonded saw, and then polished to reveal interior layers of color. Many of my larger pieces have evolved into mixed media sculptures utilizing metal, stone and hand-blown glass elements. Each piece is signed, dated and numbered.

Flame
Bowl
Tall Vortex
Assemblage
Crescent