Janette Kennedy Handblown Glass Cats

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Janette Kennedy Glass Cats

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Note: Janette as of September 2015 has had to close her studio

We'll list any Glass Cat that is available in stock, but Janette is not taking orders at this time, Sorry

BIO: Janette Kennedy was born in Rochester, New York, grew up in Sarasota, Florida, went to college in Oberlin, Ohio, lived in New York City for 15 years, and, finally moved home to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Until three weeks before Janette graduated from college she was sure that she was going to work in theater as a set designer, when she suddenly realized that nobody in theater makes enough money to live on. So instead, Janette got a job with the Children's Television Workshop as a video technician (i.e. lackey) and worked there for eight years. During this time I also worked in off-Broadway theater, designing, directing or producing a number of shows that you have never heard of.

In 1989 Janette started taking glassblowing classes at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop (now UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY). One day she had suddenly realized that she needed to know how to blow glass. Fortunately, Janette was in Greenwich Village at the time, so she went into the next store that sold handblown glass and asked if they knew how she could learn. They sent her to NY Experimental, where Janette took classes and later got a job as a technician.

In 1991 Janette left CTW to become a substitute teacher in the South Bronx; a job that lasted for almost six months. Suddenly finding myself needing an income, Janette started showing her work to craft shops in New York, carrying pieces from door to door trying to persuade people to sell them. During this time she also worked at many other jobs to make enough money to keep from being evicted.

Gradually as Janette had more and more stores and galleries carrying my work she was able to devote more of her time to glassblowing. Janette's work is now carried in over 150 fine craft stores and galleries throughout the country and she concentrates (almost) entirely about glassblowing alone. In 1998 Janette moved to East Tennessee because its the best place in the world. Janette built a studio in the foothills of the Smokies in which she now does all her work, and which she shares with a good many (uninvited) cats.

"Glass is marvelous stuff to work with: liquid, it's brilliant and dripping, like glowing honey; solid, it's wonderfully hard and clear, like permanent ice. I can start with a pool of liquid, and, like magic, form solid crystalline objects out of it."

Each piece starts as a blob of molten glass--an opaque, orange-white 2000 gather at the end of a 5-foot metal pipe. The glass starts out at soft as caramel sauce, but as it cools, it grows firmer. When it becomes the consistency of putty I can shape it with metal tools. When the piece is finished, I put it into an annealer, a large oven which gradually cools it down to room temperature over a period of 36 hours.

My studio is in East Tennessee, at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. I dont work alone, as there is always a crowd of neighborhood cats and dogs who hang out there.

Janette

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Eglomise

Commemorative Gifts

Colleges & Universities

including Law, Medical &

Nursing Schools

May be Personalized

Paperweights - Pictures

Mirrors, Jewelry - Desk

 Accessories

Eglomise Child's Mini Mirrors

Hand Painted AKC Dogs

Have Breed Traits on Picture

John DeAmicis - Whimsical Art

Signed Limited editions

Sandra Somers Pictures

Kitras Trees of Inspirations

Luke Adams Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Panels

Kitras Garden Toadstools

Kitras Trees

 Life's Pathways

Serviente Folded Glass

Kitras Birthday Wish Balls

Prima Donna Glass Trays

Kitras Trees of Enchantment

Luke Adams Pumpkins

Anchor Bend Glass

Randi Solin Glass

Perfume Bottles

Kitras Witch Balls

Calico / Friendship Balls

Luke Adams Glass Twists

Van Glow Disks

Kitras Fairy Orbs

Christmas Tree Platter

Snow Flake Platter

Valentine Red Heart

Calico Friendship Hearts

Luke Adams Glass Crosses

Stars or Starfish

Luke Adams Glass Stars

Fish Ornaments

Carlson's Art Glass

Carlson's Art Glass

Spirit Ball - 12"

Gazing Ball w/Stand

Kitras Fairy Orb Oil Lamps

Van Glow Oil Lamps

Kitras Seasons Oil Lamps

Stands & Holders

from Kitras Glass

Solar Garden / Walkway Lights

Garden Spires

Candle Bowls

Vases - Classic Urn

Calico Oval & Round Vases

Hand Etched Glassware

Romanian Glassware

Open Stock Wine & Cocktail

Glassware - Made in USA

Jaguar Custom

Etched Glassware

Romeo Custom Glassware

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These Glass Cats are hand formed and then etched - Each is Unique & varies in shape and size

Small Cats - These are solid, fat, round, little cats, with swirls of color inside and an etched tail on the back

A frosted, flat paperweight shaped sort of like a river rock, with a smiling, sleeping cat face on it
 

Frosted Smiling Cat

Paperweight - Cobalt

3.5" to 4" Wide

$ 76.50

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