Adam Kaser - Artist Statement
I am inspired by the natural world that surrounds us. The ocean in particular captivates me; waves seem at times so smooth and gentle, yet full of raw power and determination. There lies beneath the surface a whole world unlike that which we experience everyday. This world is full of foreign species, both plant and animal, adorned in rich vibrant colors and patterns. It is a world that I can explore in my mind, a dream world based on my interactions with reality.
I am also intrigued by the traditional vessel form. In much of my work I attempt to find a balance between the natural environment, which is organic, and the functional man-made object. An example of this is a seascape that envelops a functional vessel, combining the two worlds in a harmonious balance of form and function.
Originally intending to be an oil painter, my energies were focused on landscapes and still-life when I was seduced by a medium that was more tactile and allowed me to capture these images in 3D. Because my work is inherently about beauty, glass enables me to further embellish on the aesthetics found in nature, enhancing the look of things that already appeal to me for their exquisiteness. And, because I often focus on marine life and acquatic themes, the fluid movement of glass plays homage to the underwater world that I try to portray.
Adam Kaser graduated from The Wellington School of Columbus, Ohio in 1994 and went on to study Fine Art at the Columbus College of Art and Design. First introduced to the medium in Columbus through the nonprofit cooperative hot shop Glass Axis, Adam has worked primarily in glass since 1997. He has studied solid sculpting with glass masters Ferdinand Theriot and Scott Darlington, and, in 2001, he attended the Pilchuck Glass School to study solid sculpting with Italian artist Dino Rosin. In 2005, after two years of fabricating equipment and refurbishing a hundred-plus year old barn, he opened Kaser Glass Studio in his hometown of Delaware, Ohio. Today he has work in galleries along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as in places as far away as New Zealand. Adam also continues to give back to his community, participating in many fundraising events to benefit organizations that help foster creativity and imagination through the arts.