One year. That is how long Kyle Kraiter was going to spend in New Zealand traveling
and studying glass at Wanganui Polytechnic, and then it was back to the US to get
his masters in Social work. After two years though he was still in New Zealand studying
glass. Five years later he had blown glass in seven different countries and traveled
all over the world.
Kyle has worked in small private studios making decorative ware, the historic Boda
factory bringing famous Swedish design to life, and architectural studios making
large installations for palaces, homes, and hotels.
The history, design, and technique of the many different studios Kyle has been in
help to shape his work, but the people, land, and culture of the different places
he has traveled are in every piece Kyle makes. Kyle’s most important influence is
where he calls home. Growing up in Oregon and being a surfer he has always been
surrounded by beautiful nature. Two of the strongest influences would have to be
the ocean and the human form. This can be seen in a strong focus on line and form
with simple coloration.
Kyle’s work is a unique culmination of his experiences. Not just the countless number
of artists he has worked with, but the people he has met, and the natural beauty
of the places he has lived.