Glass artist Jan Kransberger creates kiln cast women bedecked in colorful jewels and strewn with flowers.
Kransberger received her BA degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has continued her studies at Penland School of Crafts (NC) and the Corning Studio (NY). Her work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast. Jan currently works from her studio in Western North Carolina.
“The tactile qualities of cast glass appeal to me. The particular way light comes off the surface is more interesting to me than the traditional beauty of the material, its glossy smooth surfaces and its light transmitting capacity. 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 explores and reflects the complexities of human nature, emotions experienced and observed but mostly never spoken. 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 a vocabulary to express something which often times is difficult to other wise communicate.”