PRLog - Feb. 27, 2014 - HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- Mark Kinsella spent the majority of his professional life as a photographer, but in 2005 discovered the art of fused glass. After starting with a small table-top kiln he quickly realized that he was meant to create larger and more complex works. Kinsella has continued to hone his craft through experimentation. While his pieces are often utilitarian in function – vessels, bowls and platters – the intricacy of his designs is staggering. Colored glass is cut, assembled and fused, then cut and assembled with other colors and fused again. The process is repeated over and over until the desired pattern emerges. Only then is the piece shaped, through repeated firings, into its final form. Each step can take many hours in the kiln.
One of glass artist Mark Kinsella's intricately designed platters
An award winning artist, Kinsella describes his creative process like this: “My conception of a glass piece begins with a vague idea of color or texture. As I start putting it together, it takes on a life of its own and can end up being totally different than what I had in mind at the beginning. When I work with glass I am reminded that life, like glass, is fragile. And that something shattered and broken into a million pieces can be recreated into something whole and beautiful again.”
About The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts (HGA) is owned and operated by 22 local artists. HGA represents established artists, accomplished in their fields, exhibiting modern and contemporary fine art and fine craft. Represented media include painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber, jewelry, glass, metal, mosaics, enamel and wood. Winter Hours: Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 1-4. 121 N. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC 27278 www.HillsboroughGallery.com