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Kevin O’Toole

Kevin has always been fascinated with the process of making.  His work is influenced by a childhood in what was then rural Maryland, with days spent roaming the woods, tending his family’s garden, and sifting through old tools and machinery at local farmers’ auctions and flea markets….developing a deep appreciation of the natural world and a respect of the self-reliant ability to transform simple materials into useful tools and implements.

Kevin earned a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, and while the natural world continued to inform his work, the desire to shape glass soon won out over the desire to shape the land.  Early experiments with glass were made possible through the generous support of Judith Conway; teacher, friend and business partner. Together they owned and operated Vitrum Studios, a teaching facility in Maryland, focused on the medium of kiln formed glass.  Kevin and Judith closed the physical studio after 15 successful years, and they now craft EBooks to share their knowledge with the kiln glass community.

Many of Kevin’s more elaborate kiln glass constructions explore the connection between natural materials and the crafters/artisans/makers of early machinery, tools, and instruments. The work honors with deep appreciation the craftsmanship that is required to create an object that is not only functional, but also treasured for its beauty.

Kevin’s exploration of new materials will probably never cease, but kiln glass embodies everything he loves about the creation of art – an intensive process presenting endless ways to shape /manipulate the material and to showcase the inherent beauty, translucency and depth of color unique to glass.


Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street
Suite 2063

Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building

 

Gallery Hours

Thurs-Sun 11am-6pm
Other days/times by appointment

 

Deborah Maklowski allowed me to video her colored pencil demo; she began drawing at 12:30 & stopped at 4:30. Besides checking out a students progress (18 seconds) and a lunch break she worked steadily. Imagine if the world paid artists by the hour… Please watch the videos carefully, Deborah lost her kneaded eraser, & we can’t find it, if you see it roll off the table let us know. ☺️ #innerworkingsouterjourneys #horsespiritartist See MoreSee Less

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Have you seen the show ‘Inner Workings, Outer Journeys’ with artwork by Deborah Maklowski & Allison Pasarew yet? Well even if you have – stop by tomorrow to meet artist Deborah Maklowski between 1 & 4 pm, 9/26. She’ll be doing a colored pencil demo, and answering questions about her work.
NEXT Sat, 10/3 Meet Allison Pasarew when she does the same! #InnerWorkingsOuterJourneys
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Recently Robin Holliday talked with glassblower Tim McFadden about how he got his start & how far he’s come, let’s listen in… See MoreSee Less

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Support local artists by giving the gift of tranquility this holiday season! Shop uplifting art & more at horsespiritartsgallery.com/shop-online/ See MoreSee Less

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Allison Pasarew wraps, weaves & "sews" her sculptures using impossibly thin wire repurposed from today’s broken & replaced technology. Here Allison stands with her, very impressed, Dad.
Inner Workings, Outer Journeys with Allison Pasarew & Deborah Maklowski runs though Sun, Oct 4th.
#InnerWorkingsOuterJourneys at #HorseSpiritArtsGallery, the gateway to Historic Savage Mill.
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We’re located at:

Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063
Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building

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