Glass artist Fred Kaemmer isn’t afraid of a little heat. This is probably true of most glass artists but Kaemmer takes it one step further by capitalizing on the interior of a freshly blown vessel as a decorative surface. Protective glove in place, he pulls a delicate piece of cooper or silver foil from the sheaf and plunges his hand into the vase, tapping the foil onto the molten glass as the excess pieces burst into flames. Kaemmer’s unconventional approach creates unique, elegant sculptures that belie their perilous conception.

Minnesota Music in this Segment:

Bill Banfield
Daniel Kallman
Tom Heasley
Dean MaGraw

Artist web site: Fred Kaemmer
Nolan Prohaska