JK Designs Hanging Glass Ornaments, Joe Kohlbeck, Artist. Artist Signed And Dated
The ornaments came about because Joe wanted Christmas ornaments for himself that were classic orb shapes with lots of color, texture and energy. None to be found, he decided to apply his sense of color and texture to the outside of glass balls and eventually, with prayers for inspiration, figured out how to paint the balls from the INSIDE where the color would never wear off. Painting glass balls from the inside is definitely hard. Thin layers of pigments and chemicals are applied inside the clear glass ornament through the neck with specially adapted brushes. Multiple firings stabilize them or else they take weeks to dry. Further details are a production secret. He paints each ornament himself. Production time is 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours each. There are no two exactly alike. No clones possible or desirable. In a simple clear glass bowl or basket they can be enjoyed all year long.