Artists ~ Kim Vredenburg ~ Hope Valley

Artist’s name: Kim Vredenburg

Shop name: Kim V glass


1. Tell us about your work. 
I have worked with glass, in one temperature or another, for over 30 years. My love affair with glass started when our local school district offered a stained glass class as part of their Adult Education program. I’d always been intrigued by glass and signed up. As my designs became more complicated in nature, I wanted to include fused glass details. One day my husband asked me what I would like for Christmas and I immediately told him that I’d like a kiln for fusing. Another year, he asked again what I’d like for Christmas and I told him a basic lamp working kit would be nice. All I wanted to do was create coordinating glass beads in the fused glass jewelry that a local shop was selling. Once that beginners torch was lit I was hooked and the poor fusing kiln sat neglected (but don’t feel badly for it…it has recently been fired up again to create pate d’verre pieces) A number of years ago, I decided to take my glass up a notch and became the first in the area to create jewelry combining torch worked glass with metalwork. When health issues forced me to step back from the torch, I added glass enameling to my repertoire. I am happy to say that I am back at the torch and playing with fire again!

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I've always been creating something. I remember knitting sweaters for Barbie :) As retirement was coming closer, I knew that I would finally have the time to devote to a small art business.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
I am definitely inspired by antique/vintage things. I've been told by an artist friend that I create jewelry with a feminine industrial look. Perhaps it’s due to my love of antiques. Perhaps its due to my fascination with how old things work. Perhaps it’s due to having lived all my life in the area that was home to the American Industrial Revolution?

4. What’s your favorite item to create? 
Even though they are very time consuming, my favorite pieces to create are my electroformed skeleton keys. From the creation of the glass cabochon at my torch through the electroforming process itself, I am always intrigued by what happens. I love the mixing of new glass with vintage keys! I often find myself wondering what was unlocked and who did the unlocking with those keys.

5. What’s your best seller? 
It’s a toss up. I do sell a lot of boro glass beads on horseshoe nail pendants. But I also sell a lot of boro glass hearts, especially the ones that I include a small vintage key as an accompanying dangle. Due to the nature of how the glass reacts to the torch chemistry and the kiln temperatures, no two are alike, even if they come from the same glass rod. 

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
With the exception of my first couple of years, I have always lived in Rhode Island. Is there any better place to live? :)

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
I love the fact that I can live in the country, but can be in a small city within a short period of time. I love the fact that I see wildlife in my yard (ok, maybe not so much when they eat the garden). I love that I can be walking on a beach or meandering in the woods in the same day if I choose. I love the friendly people in our small state. I love doing shows and chatting with people that I chatted with at another show. I love the history of our state. I love local antiquing. I love that my grown children live in the same state and it’s only a short drive to visit with them. 


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