KENNETH PAUL ROSENFELD
Los Angeles Ken Rosenfeld has been a paperweight artist since the mid 1980s. As an artist, he evolved from a serious focus on the art and techniques of ceramics at the University of California to a love of working with glass and all its magical properties at Southern Illinois University. With a Master of Fine Arts degree (1975) in hand, the artist returned to California. He trained and worked as an off-hand glassblower for five years with the Correia Glass Studio. He also worked as a scientific glassblower at Radnoti Glass Technology. All this experience provided Ken with a solid basis for developing his lampworking skills; in Ken's view, lampworked paperweights stand at the pinnacle of artistic and technical glassworking. Ken opened his own studio in 1983. In 1990 Ken and his wife Marilyn moved from Los Angeles to the Portland, Oregon area, where they reside today.
He describes his work as follows: "Each flower petal and each leaf is made individually, by hand, one at a time. They are then assembled to create the arrangement you see. Then, the lampwork design is encased. Encapsulated in crystal-clear glass, the design is forever sealed in its own little world. Each paperweight is a recording in time, like a photograph, preserving every subtle and delicate motion made by the artist. This is what sets lampworking apart from all other glassworking."
Ken prefers producing commonplace, everyday imagery in his paperweights. His pumpkin patch paperweights, koi fish designs and lavishly festive scrambles are especially well known, and he is one of the few paperweight artists to use an artistic arrangement of vegetables as a theme. But most of Ken's paperweights use floral designs because, he says, they are appreciated the world over. "When collectors hold a paperweight in their hands, there is a connection between them and the artist; it becomes a personal art form — a window into the state of mind of the artist."
The technique of manipulating glass rods in the flame of a torch and then encasing them can produce a very profound and powerful effect. Ken believes this process is one of the highest and best uses of glass as an art form. It is a natural and logical evolution of glass art and for him, personally, a pure joy! Ken Rosenfeld's glass art is documented in several current books and is held in many public and private collections, and major museums, including the permanent collections of the Museum of American Glass, New Jersey, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand, and The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Wisconsin.
Ken Rosenfeld 2020 columbine, forget-me-not and berry bouquet fancy-cut paperweight.
Ken Rosenfeld 2020 columbine, forget-me-not and berry bouquet fancy-cut paperweight. Dimensional pur [...]
Ken Rosenfeld 2020 columbine, forget-me-not and berry bouquet fancy-cut paperweight. Dimensional purple columbine flowers, with cupped white centers around a tuft of yellow stamens, are gathered on stems with clusters of blue forget-me-nots into a dimensional bouquet. Four pink berries garnish the base of the stems. Clear, fancy star-cut ground. Signature/date cane. Diameter 3 3/16".[hide]
Ken Rosenfeld 2020 pink gerbera daisy bouquet paperweight. Three large pink flowers, with large fila [...]
Ken Rosenfeld 2020 pink gerbera daisy bouquet paperweight. Three large pink flowers, with large filament stamen centers, are joined by blue forget-me-not flowers, seedpods, red berries and attending leaves. Clear ground. Signature/date cane. Diameter 3 3/16".[hide]
Ken Rosenfeld 1983 pink flower and buds miniature paperweight. Two partially open pink buds grow fro [...]
Ken Rosenfeld 1983 pink flower and buds miniature paperweight. Two partially open pink buds grow from two green and brown twisted vines, which come together under an open-faced, double-tiered, pink flower, on clear ground. Signature cane. Signed/dated. Diameter 2 3/4".[hide]