Right Brain: Kerry Feldman

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Master glassblower Kerry Feldman first learned to weld working for the Southern Pacific Railroad. “I never imagined that it would be a skill that would be invaluable to me when I built my first studio,” Feldman said. He said he first got a taste of glassblowing at California State University, Northridge. After his first class he was hooked.Feldman is the owner of Fineline Studio in Farmer’s Korner, which he first opened on Ridge Street in Breckenridge in 1991. He moved to his current location in 2002. “I’m constantly amazed and incredibly grateful that I’ve been able to work as a glass artist and support myself for the last 25 years,” he said.

What are your dreams/what would you like to do with your art?I’d love to find a studio in another country where I could work, and go there with my son. We could share the experience of seeing what we do through a new pair of glasses.What does art give you/why do you do it?My mind is incredibly restless and I can be terribly unfocused. Blowing glass allows me to step away from the internal noise and connect with the stuff that is below my conscious thought.It’s very soothing, in an intense sort of way. The end result of this, is brightly colored, shiny stuff, that makes people happy when they look at it, or use it. Well at least that’s what they tell me.What do you try to convey through your art?

The forms and symbols that decorate the surfaces of my work are about a lively and vibrant journey. Kind of like life.What is/has been your biggest challenge, and how do/did you deal with it?My biggest challenge so far, was the dissolution of a 25-year partnership and business relationship. It was only by putting one foot in front of the next and praying that I have been able to work through it.What are you most proud of regarding your art (and/or greatest accomplishment)?

My son is the single, best and greatest piece I’ve ever had the privilege to take part in the creation of!How do you stay fresh/motivated?I start my day by taking the time to thank God for the chance to be of service and reflect on how I might be able to accomplish that.What do you do when you’re not making art?Outside of all the great things that living in the High Country offers, I love cooking for friends and having a good piece of chocolate.

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