Ken Frybarger’s fascination with glass began as a child when he discovered the small knob with a four leaf clover on the steering wheel of his Aunt Ada’s 1954 Chevy.
Ken studied Fine Arts while in school in Spokane then worked under glassblower, Steve Adams, during an independent study. Ken later attended Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA where he learned from master glassblower, Makoto Ito from Tokyo.
Upon his return to Spokane, Ken was left without the complex furnaces and expensive studio equipment required for glassblowing. Missing his medium, Ken signed up for classes in Lampworking at The Spokane Art School and fell in love with the extreme optical clarity of the glass, color palates, and the momentum and movement of the glass in lampworking.
Ken uses clear glass rods of varying diameters and adds color by melting color rods using a specialized torch with a flame of propane and oxygen mix. He then manipulates the glass with carbon paddles, tweezers, jacks, shears and gravity. The borosilicate (Pyrex) has a working temperature of 2,280 degrees.
“I hope to create objects as beautiful and durable as our earth from which the composition of this glass began.” --Ken Frybarger, Spokane, WA
Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting Ken and his wife, Carole, at the gallery for an in-house marble demonstration.
Ken brought a vast inventory of amazing handmade marbles--each one unique. With his torch and glass in hand, he demonstrated the making of vortex, dichroic, and floral marbles. Carole was happy to educate our clients about Ken's process of marble making.
The event was very informative and well received by our collectors.