Pieper Glass

Pieper Glass

About The Artist

Kenny Pieper • Burnsville, NC

Kenny was raised in western N.C. In high school he began studying at Penland School of Crafts. First in pottery later in glass, in 1978 he moved to Detroit to study at Center for Creative Studies. Later he transferred to California College of Arts and Craft to receive a B.F.A. He spent 16 years as a glassblower in the S.F. East Bay, then moved back to N.C. While construction a studio there, he managed the glass studios at Penland. He is in the collections of many museums and private collections.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

In my private studio

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Often when I teach workshops I will give the assignment to make something unattractive in glass. It is not easy with such a beautiful material. I love the process of using tools as extensions of my body, as of course you should not touch the hot glass. I lam intrigued with how there are endless things to do with it.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I work hard to have really good technique. I like using very old techniques and am proud to be part of that tradition but try to make things that are more contemporary.