John Kiley is a fourth generation Seattle native who attended The Pilchuck Glass School and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Throughout his career as a professional glass artist, which began in 1992 at the age of 19, Kiley has worked with the most renowned masters in the field and has become an established mentor in his own right.
Kiley constructs his pieces in separate sections then focuses on how the sections fuse together and how the membranes that connect them can be passageways to enhanced visual experience. Between the sphere’s soft roundness and the cleavage’s hard edges, light revels in infinite motion. Sightlines open and close through lens-like holes and shift with the subtle movement of the viewer’s gaze.