Featured Artist Archive > January, 2011
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Ken Rosenfeld has
been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980's. Before that he trained and worked
as an off-hand glassblower in his own studio and for five years with Correia.
He also worked as a scientific glassblower. Ken's paperweight expertise evolved
from a formal art and technical background — a Bachelor's degree from the University
of California and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University,
coupled with over twenty years of studio and scientific glasswork. This has provided
Ken with a solid base for developing his lampworking skills; and in Ken's view,
lampworked paperweights stand at the pinnacle of artistic and technical glassworking.
his work as follows: "Each flower petal and leaf is made individually, by hand,
one at a time. They are then assembled to create the arrangement you see. Then
the lampwork design is encased. Encapsulated in crystal clear glass, the design
is forever sealed in its own little world. Each paperweight is a recording in
time, like a photograph, preserving every subtle and delicate motion made by the
artist. This is what sets lampworking apart from all other glassworking."
prefers producing commonplace, everyday imagery in his paperweights.
pumpkin patch paperweights are especially well known, and he is one of the few
paperweight artists to use an artistic arrangement of vegetables as a theme. But
most of Ken's paperweights use floral designs because, he says, they are appreciated
the world over. "When collectors hold a paperweight in their hands, there is a
connection between them and the artist. It becomes a personal art form — a window
into the state of mind of the artist."
technique of manipulating glass rods in the flame of a torch and then encasing
them can produce a very profound and powerful effect. Ken believes this process
is one of the highest and best uses of glass as an art form. It is a natural and
logical evolution of glass art and for him, personally, a pure joy!
Rosenfeld's glass art is documented in several current books and is held in many
public and private collections, and major museums, including the permanent collections
of the Museum of American Glass, New Jersey, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand, and
The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Wisconsin. The beautiful paperweight shown here features
a honeybee exploring a bouquet of flowers.
studio, Ken Rosenfeld Glass, is in Milwaukee, Oregon., and his website is www.kenrosenfeld.com.
He can be contacted by email at email@example.com.