Dierk Van Keppel
Dierk Van Keppel has been immersed in his passion for art since 1981, incorporating the ancient tradition of glassblowing with the modern concept of fusing glass. His approach is to discover and create patterns in the glass which recognize the elements found in the universe. Nature is his inspiration and is reflected in every piece of his fine art—from seashore erosion, fire and water currents, to weather patterns, astronomical and geological formations. His career has resulted in nationwide exhibitions at premier galleries and worldwide commissions. In addition to fine art, Dierk creates lamps, vessels, bowls, castings and fusings in his studio at Rock Cottage Glassworks in Merriam, Kansas.
Dierk studied Art Glass at the University of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, assisting with lectures and demonstrations with renowned artists including Dale Chilhuly, Stephen D. Edwards, Ken Carder, Fritz Driesbach and Wes Hunting.
In 1984, Dierk studied under Richard Marquis and Thermon Statom at Pilchuck Glass Studio in Stanwood, Washington and then joined the Pilchuck staff himself in 1985. In 1986, Dierk founded his first private glass studio, Free State Glass, in Lawrence, Kansas. By 1991, the artist moved closer to his hometown area near Kansas City and established Rock Cottage Glassworks in Merriam, Kansas. Today, working in his eighty-year old stone cottage studio with a skilled team, he continues to handcraft extraordinary works of art. In 2010, Dierk became an Associate Professor of Art for Park University in Parkville, Missouri.