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The Artist: Kyle Kinsey.
Kyle von Wrangel Kinsey is a diversely talented individual. A talented glass artist, and all around genius, you can meet him and/or see his glass work every day of the week at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. The rest of the time he is immersed in the creation of beautiful things in his studio in Seattle.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Kyle grew up in and around the studio of his grandmother, Margaret von Wrangel. Herself a renowned glass artist and Pioneer in the Field of Glass Fusion, Margaret's influence on Kyle and his work was a blessing from an early age. Long summer weeks spent at his grandparents house in Kent were formative gems for the young artist. His grandmother's studio was a playground and laboratory for Kyle to play with color and form, and to develop his art.
As years went by, what started as play grew into a more concerted pursuit of artistic visions. In High School Kyle entered and won various art shows with his Drawings, Ceramic creations, and Fused Glass pieces.
High school, was followed by college in Santa Fe, New Mexico at St. John's College. Set in the incredible New Mexico high desert which is thick with art, wonder, and beauty, Kyle chose the school for it's unique and excellent curriculum. Through a four year course of study culminating in a BA, students there study the great books of western civilization. The readings consist only of original texts by authors ranging from Plato to Homer, Newton to Einstein, and all classes are in a seminar format with students working together to pursue the wisdom contained in the texts. Though far from his Studio, Kyle kept his artistic juices flowing parallel to the intellectual ones by sketching regularly and entertained himself with the composition of many lyrical poems and songs. The independence of thought, and the bravery in intellectual and creative pursuits inherent in the works and lives these groundbreaking thinkers were a Great influence on Mr. Kinsey, and are a large part of his inspiration to set out on his course as an independent artist and creator with his own styles and ideas.
After his time at college, Kyle traveled for a time in Europe, living in Southern Portugal for three months as a Landscaper, then circling much of the continent staying with family in their eight hundred year old castles, in youth hostels, and with European friends met on the road. After returning to the US, Kyle worked at various professions following years of hearing about vocation versus avocation. Though the jobs did get more interesting as time went on, culminating in an incredible two years spent teaching Humanities and Math (and Art) to four wonderful students in Bozeman, Montana, Kyle's artistic blood called too strongly for him to ignore.
At the end of 2002 Kyle moved back to Seattle to pursue his Art full time. Moving in with his grandmother, Kyle was able to both work and pursue his Artistic Visions in the studio in which his earliest work had been done, and to spend time with his grandmother helping her to stay in her house for longer than she might otherwise have been able.
Spending Long hours in the Studio, Kyle worked like a mad scientist in his laboratory, experimenting with original techniques, honing his skills and expanding his knowledge of his medium. Success came relatively quickly. By the summer of 2003 Kyle had his work displayed in various venues, and even in Galleries on the prestigious Canyon Road, in Santa Fe, NM. At the beginning of 2004 Kyle began to show his work at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. Feedback was immediate and positive. Kyle's sparkling dichroic creations catch the eye of many visitors to the market, and his larger format slumped plates and lamps delight as well.
The new year, 2011, sees Kyle well. The Studio in Lake City, in the NE of Seattle, is running well. Dichroic jewelry is still a mainstay of production, but new projects are finding time now too. Including a fused countertop, sink, and accent tiles in the master bathroom, large scale outdoor sculpture and fountains, sushi platters, and some interesting castings. With almost 8 years at the Market under his belt, and in a wonderful setting, Kyle is excited and still working to expand both his art and his business. New challenges present themselves regularly. Love, life, glass and Snowboarding!
DO NOT RESIST THE POWER OF THE GLASS!
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