Peggy and Steve Kittelson Clermont, IA • Kaleidoscopes

Peggy and Steve Kittelson have been creating fine handcrafted kaleidoscopes since 1986. They are known for their classic 2-mirror imagery and the highest quality optical reflections defined by the incredible display of miniature glass sculptures found in the object chambers. The exterior of the scopes are of kiln formed glass, or lathe-turned hard-woods, combined with finely machined metal turning ends.
 

Each kaleidoscope is a collaboration of both artists.

Steve's fusing skills result in clean, crisp definition of design often requiring multiple firings and annealing, and his optics using front-surface mirrors create images of the highest standard. Peggy's flame-sculpted glass pieces floating in the oil-filled object chambers are among the most beautiful to be viewed through a kaleidoscope.

 
The Kittelson's work has been included in many exhibits throughout the United States including the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2010. A collection of their kaleidoscopes are on permanent exhibition at the Teruko Tsuji Memorial Art Museum in Sendei, Japan. They have been recognized with numerous awards given at Brewster Kaleidoscope events as well as other glass competitions
 

The Kittelson's are a part of the Northeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour held each fall, and are active educators of their craft--opening their studio and giving demonstrations on the magic and science of kaleidoscopes to students of all ages. They also present programs and have taught classes on making scopes, but most of all they love sharing the beauty, wonder in kaleidoscopes.

They enjoy knowing the viewer participates in the randomness of the art and that their work brings childlike wonder to people of all ages.

 

 

 

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