The last few months Kenan has been very busy in the glass shop preparing for 2 marble exhibitions in Japan that he was invited to take part in. These are the first major exhibitions that he has ever had the honor of participating in.
The exhibition at the Kobe Lampwork Museum is a 3 month show (Oct. - Dec.) in which many American marble makers were invited to display their work.
You-Yuusya, and displayed the work of only 8 American artists and 4 Japanese artists. It was arrranged, in part, by Akihiro Ohkama, one of Japans most recognized bead and marble makers.
Kenan has been selling his glass work in Japan for almost 6 years now, and we greatly appreciate all of the support and encouragement he has received from the Japanese glass community over the years. He feels very fortunate to have been invited to participate in both of these events and hopes that the Japanese appreciation for glass art will continue to grow.
So that is what Kenan has been working on for the last few months. The focus for the New year, will be to work on rebuilding his website, and create more individual pieces to retail on Ebay and Etsy, as opposed to just wholesaling production work to other retailers. He is also preparing for an upcoming show in Las Vegas, the Glass Craft and Bead Expo. It runs from April 1st through April 5th. Kenan will be flying out for the show, and experiencing Las Vegas for the first time.