KZA Glass started working with glass in Chicago during his high school years in the early 2000’s. He was interested in several approaches to art as a medium, but kept returning to glass. The relationship people had with their boro glass piece really got his interest. Like many glass artists outside of the Pacific NW, KZA is self taught. There aren’t glassblowing schools available in many parts of the US, or easy access to classes by working artists. He started working with color in boro and learning techniques he read about on GlassPipes, the old Org website for boro artists. Studying there with trial and error on the bench helped him develop his own style on his own terms.
Eventually he moved away from working with the array of boro colors, and in to clear boro with fuming as his main focus. He found various boro colors tended to run in trends, but fuming always seemed to look good and was always desirable outside of trends. Fuming provides almost limitless variety too. He continues to work on his intense color fuming style today in the Midwest.
This is a beautiful fumed hammer by KZA Glass. The colors here are insane. Several different fume approaches add variety to the color and overall feel. The honeycomb fume on the toe and base of the can is exceptional with such rich color. There’s a fumed marble on the can with a fumicello honeycomb too. The silver fumed honeycomb on the stem and mouthpiece adds a light blue color that sets the piece off! The fuming in the bowl has a more violet tone. Fumicello approaches are all over this with thick violet highlights. Amazing heady work by KZA Glass!
At 6.25 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, and 2.6 inches tall this is a solid medium piece. There’s a nice beefy feel to this. A large carb gives easy control of your pull. Intense color from KZA Glass!