Martin Kremer

“Glass has been a medium of expression for me for more than 30 years. I began as a stained glass enthusiast, but glass art gradually took over, evolving from a hobby to a full-time obsession.  My experience has included glass blowing with several Hudson Valley studios in New York and workshops in blown and fused glass at Penland School in  North Carolina, Urbanglass in New York,  and the Studio of the  Corning Museum of Glass in New York.”

Over the years my work has included Japanese-style art glass lamps, elegant jewelry boxes and decorative hanging panels. More recently I have concentrated on creating fused glass vessels of stunning form, color, and texture. My newest work involves sculptures of various sizes inspired by sources such as Japanese architecture, sculptor Richard Serra, and glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra. I am influenced primarily by texture and pattern from many sources including Native American fabrics, Italian masonry, classic American quilts, and wood marquetry.

Fusing, or kiln forming, is an ancient technique that is undergoing a revival. In fusing, the piece is set up cold, using a variety of techniques in common with traditional stained glass and mosaics. Firing in an electric kiln follows at temperatures up to 1800 °F. As many as four firings may be required to achieve the desired appearance and form. Grinding, sandblasting, and polishing complete the piece.

Awards

  • NICHE Award 2003 – Fused Glass

  • First Prize 2002 – American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD

  • Nice Award 2002 – Fused Glass

Honors

  • On permanent display at the  Cedar Rapids Museum of Art