Jan Kranberger

Creating sculptures in glass is not an intellectual exercise for me. I simply do what I like, finding cast glass to be the perfect medium through which to express myself.

When I began, I chose to explore the power of the female form. Slight shifts within a figure determine great differences in a mood or expression. I pare down shapes and exaggerate isolated elements, begging an emotional connection, reaction from the viewer.

The tactile qualities of cast glass appeal to me. The particular way light comes through the material is more interesting to me than the traditional beauty of the material and its glossy smooth surfaces. To me, the soft, velvety appearance of my work enhances the subtleties of mood I strive for. I also find incorporating sterling silver and copper into the glass produces wonderfully unpredictable, sometimes mysterious color, never occurring exactly the same way twice.

Hopefully my work reflects the complexities of human nature - moments of joy, contemplation, reminiscence, introspection, solace. Emotions experienced and observed yet often not voiced.Once having done that, it is left for the viewer to create their own dialogue, to weave their own story.

The themes I pursue in my work or the techniques used for its execution may vary and can represent any current fascination, obsession or concern where the glass merely becomes vocabulary.

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