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Vernon Brejcha




Annually, as the hot south wind is forming waves over the golden high plains, so begins the wheat harvest.  Atop the grain combine one's hands have to become part of the machine.  The Kansas sun shows no mercy, the grain flows into the bin as if it were a yellow liquid.  Over the constant roar of the engine, chains, belts, and gears, the ear tries to detect how the grain and straw are separating so adjustments can be made.

The roar is not too different from the burners on a glass furnace as the melt gives off an intense heat like the prairie sun.  Here the hands tune themselves to primitive tools to master another golden flowing liquid, molten glass, giving off light only for the artist to enjoy before it stiffens into a statement that has to be made.

The challenge of working glass, for me, comes from the immediacy with which a hot liquid mass must be manipulated into a finished object.  I enjoy the heat, hard work, and the effort of blowing, constantly exploring new ideas and techniques.  The reward is a finished work of art that makes a vital statement about my world. (Brejcha)

Brejcha opened and directed the glass program at the University of Kansas from 1976 to 1991, when it was closed. From 1991-2001, he was a ceramics instructor in KU’s School of Fine Arts. In 2001, Brejcha was one of three artists selected to represent the United States at the International Exhibition of Glass in Kauazawa, Japan, and was chosen to represent Kansas at the American Craft Odyssey at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He retired from teaching in 2001.

Collections: Smithsonian Museum; Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany; Corning Museum of Glass, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Mulvane Art Museum; Topeka Public Library; Madison Art Center; Carroll Reece Museum; Krannert Art Museum; Wichita Art Museum; Spencer Museum of Art; Emprise Bank Collection; Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery; and more.

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