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Biography: Edward Kish

Edward Kish

Edward Kish began copper-wheel crystal engraving by way of inspiration. He was in California doing something else when he says, “I got a little voice in my head that told me to do things to the surface of clear glass with tools that I never thought about, never heard of.” He started reading about Corning, New York, and copper-wheel engraving. Eventually, he wrote to Peter Schelling, a senior engraver at Steuben, who invited him to come to Corning.

Kish’s work has evolved from basic copper wheel engraving to sculpture using diamond, copper, steel, wood, and even particle-board. He makes jewelry, freestanding sculpture, and architectural installations. He thinks of his work as signs and symbols, how they relate to glass, and how they can be expressed in glass.