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Rising Stars: Meet Tyler Kimball

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Kimball.

Hi Tyler, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I began blowing glass in Seattle 17 years ago. I returned to Kansas City in 2014 to open up a studio in the city I grew up in and love so very much. I’m proud to say it has been well received. Over the 17 years I’ve been blowing glass, I have worked in 59 different studios all over the world and shown in over 100 show galleries, museums, and other institutions. I taught glassblowing in many different facilities and have been artist in residence internationally as well. I continue to push the limits with my material and try to continue to grow and evolve every day.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Early on, it was tough for me since I did not go to college for glass art to get accreditation for my work. After my first residency in 2013, that changed quickly. But it was a real struggle trying to prove my work’s worth without paperwork.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a glass artist. I cover wide spans with the material of glass from large architectural installations to fine stemware and everything in between.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Again… I worked as much as I could and learned from as many others as I could in my early years. I still try to travel at least once a year to teach a class, do a residency, or something in order to keep myself fresh. The mentors I had were just like me, hard-working and loved the material. I continue to work hard every day and do my best to inspire others in the glass field.

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Image Credits
Hattie Odell took the fountain and the Cellular wall.

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