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BIO:
Thomas Kite

>> Thomas Kite creates sculpture and flat Art employing various combinations of hot worked and engraved glass, stone, and metal. This bio provides a little background in that area:

After completing seven years of undergraduate and graduate study in Fine Art, Thomas Kite earned his final degree in Printmaking. However, he had become more and more involved in applying Printmaking processes to working glass so that the major works of his Graduate Thesis Exhibition were sculptural- employing large acid-etched glass panels. This lead him to open a studio/gallery in New England during the latter part of the 1970s.

Over the next 15 years, he immersed himself first in mastering various glass cold working techniques and then in combining glass and other media such as stone and metal into more three dimensional expression. During this time, he created hundreds of works, completed numerous private and commercial commissions, and was represented for several years by Hobe Sound Galleries North, part of Midtown Payson Galleries in New York.

For most of these years, the Art Glass Movement in the United States was yet to take hold, so he did his research and acquired skill alone, building his own glass engraving equipment, and perfecting techniques through trial and error. 

"In the 70's and 80's, I was a fulltime artist. Among other things, I built a stone wheel glass lathe and setup a rig for brilliant cutting large glass panels

At first, I set a goal to recreate the Victorian style cut glass panels popular in the 1800's. I wanted to take it farther, but became more interested in the rich possibilities of working glass with other media.  So, I abandoned putting further effort into it.

In the late '80s, opportunities lead me away from Art. In 2004, I found it was time to resume something that was patiently waiting all along."
                                                                                                                      -Thomas Kite

In 2004, Thomas created Thos. Kite Design to pick up where he left off over 15 years ago.

"It's taken a few years to get started again, mainly because setting up a studio takes a great deal of time- finding the right equipment, then making it work. Also, there was the mental transition from my day job in computers back to Art as well as the brush up on old skills like glass engraving. 

The goal I've set for myself is to do things I didn't do before. Before, I was into hot glass work on a very limited basis- now that has changed. Before, many of the experimental pieces were smaller. Now, the focus is exploring a larger scale and taking bigger risks.

A rigger once told me that the best knot is one that is both very strong and still unties easily after being under great stress. It won't let go until you want it to. So hard times may shape us to be like better knots? At least for me, past difficulty seems to have informed the objects I make in mostly positive ways- some of which only become evident over time and with letting go. Now, the whole thing is about being transparent to the Art making. And that's something I didn't fully understand 20 years ago."
                                                                                                                        -Thomas Kite

Other than his studio in Seattle Washington, this Web site is the best place to track future directions or contact Thomas.


Recent study :

  School of Glasswork Abate Zanetti, Murano, Italy-
  Lampworking Solid Forms/Sculpture
 
  Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington, USA-
  Advanced Cold Working
  Hotshop Glass Casting
  Advanced Fusing

Previous Academic study :

  SUNYA, Albany, New York, USA-
  MA Printmaking

  Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-
  BFA Printmaking

 

 

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