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It is the shimmering light and the colors of glass that continue to intrigue stained glass artist David W. Kent, even after working with the medium for more than 30 years.
“I am always searching for that perfect relationship between natural light and the endless colors of glass,” he said. “Even after all these years, I love finding new ways to reveal the beauty and wonder of stained glass.”
Kent worked with glass throughout college, mostly as a hobby.
But he moved toward making it a career when he left college to serve an apprenticeship with a Louisville studio.
He was hooked, although he did return to Hanover College and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1982.
Hoping to teach creative writing in college, he kept working with glass part-time during master’s degree work at the University of Louisville in 1984-87, and doctoral work at the University of Cincinnati in 1987-88.
Finally realizing that he loved stained glass work more than teaching, he left academia and opened his own studio in 1988.
“With every project, my goal is to unite the beauty of light and color in glass with the satisfaction that comes from true craftsmanship,” he said.
Trained in traditional European methods, and embracing modern materials and techniques, his work has appeared in galleries and museum shows and can be seen in homes, churches and businesses throughout the region.
David is married, and has one daughter, two dogs and two cats, so far.
Kent’s artwork will be on featured at Gallery 104 in La Grange during the month of September. Gallery 104 is owned and operated by the Arts Association of Oldham County at 104 E. Main Street, La Grange. For information, visit www.gallery104.org.