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  • "Village," kiln cast crystal, houses range in size from 4" x 4" x 2.5" to 6" x 4" x 2"
  • "Homage to Silence," kiln cast crystal, 13" x 7.5" x 3"
  • "Languid," kiln cast crystal, 12.5" x 8" x 4"
  • "The Arrangement," kiln cast crystal, 17.5" x 8" x 4"
  • "Sister I," kiln cast crystal, 12" x 7.5" x 3"
  • "Sister II," kiln cast crystal, 12.5" x 7" x 3"
  • "Possessions," kiln cast crystal, 11.5" x 9" x 3.5"
  • "The Prize," kiln cast crystal, 10.5" x 12" x 3"
  • "As Time Goes By," kiln cast crystal, 10" x 9" x 3"
  • "Bust with Green Leaves," kiln cast crystal with pate de verre, 9.5" x 8" x 6"
  • "Bibelot," kiln cast crystal/pate de verre, 14.5" x 7" x 3.5"
  • "Rapt," kiln cast glass, 15" x 9" x 4"
  • "Bliss," kiln cast glass, 17.5" x 6.5" x 3.5"
  • "Somewhere Between a Dream and Reality," kiln cast glass, 12.5" x 9" x 3.5"
  • "Lament," kiln cast glass, 17" x 7.5" x 3"
  • "Azure Garden," kiln cast glass, 12" x 10" x 5.5"

Bio

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 choose 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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Jan Kransberger: Education and Honors

Private workshop, Anna Boothe, cast glass artist, Philadelphia, PA, 2009
“Kiln Casting Glass,” with Rene Culler, Corning Studio, Corning, NY, 2008
“Metal and Glass Collaboration” workshop, Penland School of Crafts, 2007
“Textile Techniques in Metal,” with Arline Fisch, Peters Valley, NJ, 2007
“Exploring the Human Form”, Thomas Williams, Atlanta, GA, 2006
“Personal Observation of the Human Figure” workshop, Melissa Cadell, Odyssey Studios, 2006
Silversmithing workshop, John C. Campbell School, 2005
Silversmithing, Haywood Community College, 2004
BA, Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, 1961

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Jan Kransberger: Selected Exhibitions

New Works, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2017
Holiday Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
No: 10 Anniversary Show, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2016
Arvada Center for the Arts, Denver, CO, 2015
The Art Company, Group Exhibit, Nashville, TN, 2015
Glass Sculpture, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2015
SOFA Chicago with Thomas Riley Galleries, Chicago, 2015
Art Palm Beach with Thomas Riley Galleries, Palm Beach, FL, 2015
Holiday Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2014
Art Palm Beach with Thomas Riley Galleries, Palm Beach, 2014
Into the Fire, Group Exhibit, Focus Gallery, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, 2014
Western North Carolina Studio Glass Exhibition, Morganton, NC, 2014
Holiday Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2013
Summer Group Exhibition, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2013
Wheaton Village Glass Weekend, Pismo Gallery, Millville, NJ, 2013
Quiet Places, Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2013
Temple Arts Exhibit, Nashville, TN, 2013
40th Annual Art Festival Beth-El, St. Petersburg, FL, 2013
Uncommon Ground, Morgan Contemporary glass, Pittsburgh, 2013
Inner thoughts, The River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2013
Holiday Group Show, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2012
New Work, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2012
Celebrating Glass, Morgan Contemporary Glass, Pittsburgh, 2012
Parallel Play, Upstairs ArtSpace, Tryon, NC, 2012
Cast Glass, Joe Rowand Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, 2012
Six Women, Six Perspectives, Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2011
Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibit, 2011
Form, The River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2010
Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibit, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC, 2011
Gallery Walk at Terminus, Atlanta, GA, 2010
People and Places, Red Sky Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2009
Tactile Dichotomy, Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC, 2009
Featured Artist, Somerhill Gallery, Durham, NC, 2009
How Dreams Become Creations, Bender Gallery, Asheville, 2009
Ladies in Waiting, Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC, 2008
Pondering, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2007
Invitational, Hendersonville NC Arts Council, 2007

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