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The studio glass movement began in 1962 when a ceramics professor, a chemist and engineer started experimenting with melting glass in a small furnace and creating blown glass art. This approach to glassblowing blossomed into a worldwide movement, producing such flamboyant and prolific artists as Kit Karbler, the proprietor of Blake Street Glass Studio in Denver. Karbler studied art at Ohio University and UCLA, before becoming a renowned modern glass artist.

“The primary purpose of my work is not to hold objects but to hold your imagination and light,” Karbler said as he moved through his action packed, glowing hot glass studio. Artisans twirled red hot dabs on the end of their blowing rods in an intricate dance of collaborative art making.

“A trained team of young artisans in the hot and cold shop are at hand to assist me in the enormous task of implementing my artwork to fruition,” he said. “With the help and skills provided by these people, I am able to produce the unique and labor intensive, beautifully handcrafted glass sculptures sought after by collectors worldwide.”

It’s a very athletic and precise practice to make molten glass into the frozen images we see in Karblers work. “At first it’s soft, simple and beautiful — like making candy. But when you are working with 40 pounds of glass at 2,000 degrees it’s like wrestling an alligator. You have to conquer it before turning it into a vessel.”

Karbler’s glass will be on display at the Art on the Rockies art festival this weekend at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. This free, outdoor art festival is sponsored by the Vail Valley Arts League, a volunteer non-profit group promoting a visual arts identity in the Vail Valley. Art on the Rockies will feature 120 artists from 16 states, international fine artists and Colorado. Painters, sculptors, glass and ceramic artists, fashion fibers and jewelry and mixed media visionaries will be in Eagle County for these two days. Music performances by DJ Unconventional Science and Peter Fontanese will fill the summer air. Wine, champagne and Crazy Mountain Brewery beer will be served by the Edwards Rotary during the weekend brunch event. Children will enjoy free art projects sponsored by Scully’s Art Supplies of Eagle-Vail and The Youth Foundation.

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        • KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID (American, Contemporary). Art glass bowl with patterned decoration on pale amethyst. Signed by both artis
          Jun. 27, 2024

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID (American, Contemporary). Art glass bowl with patterned decoration on pale amethyst. Signed by both artis

          Est: $200 - $300

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID (American, Contemporary). Art glass bowl with patterned decoration on pale amethyst. Signed by both artists and dated 1982. - D: 7 ½".

          Sloans & Kenyon
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Art Glass Sculpture
          Mar. 05, 2023

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Art Glass Sculpture

          Est: $600 - $800

          Kit Karbler and Michael David (American, 20th century) blown art glass "U" form sculpture or large paperweight, with polychrome and clear layers of cut glass, signed and numbered "12949" to underside. 6.5" H x 7" W x 4" D.

          Auctions at Showplace
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Art Glass Sculpture
          Mar. 05, 2023

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Art Glass Sculpture

          Est: $600 - $800

          Kit Karbler and Michael David (American, 20th century) "Petite Tri-Twist" Modernist studio art glass sculpture, openwork form with beveled edges and horizontal streaks of yellow, orange and red, signed to underside. 8.5" H x 5" W x 5" D.

          Auctions at Showplace
        • KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT AND OTHER GLASS PIECES
          Nov. 09, 2022

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT AND OTHER GLASS PIECES

          Est: $100 - $200

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT AND OTHER GLASS PIECES triangular paperweight with internal concentric circles, signed Michael David and Kit Karbler 89056 to underside, w: 5 in.; also an aventurine and glass marbled freeform dish, signed under base 'L. Tu... 1996', dia: 8 1/4 in.; a square dish with rounded corners of frosted glass and etched on the reverse with a portrait of a woman, signed to reverse 'M*H' and lightly incised to upper surface '10-4-50', w: 7 1/4 in., a blue glass circular plaque deeply incised with the Chinese character 'le' for happiness, signed Nancy Gong, dia: 4 in.; a curved rectangular dish, signed 'B. Gaffitt?, 2006' to underside, the material decorated from sea green to cobalt blue in center, w: 7 3/4 in. (5)

          Potomack Company
        • Michael David (American, b. 1953) & Kit Karbler (American, b. 20th century) Vort
          Jul. 21, 2022

          Michael David (American, b. 1953) & Kit Karbler (American, b. 20th century) Vort

          Est: $500 - $700

          Michael David (American, b. 1953) & Kit Karbler (American, b. 20th century) Vortex Bowl, circa 1995 Blown and cut glass 6-5/8 x 14-1/4 inches (16.8 x 36.2 cm) Incised to underside Kit Karbler 109812 Michael David HID01801242017

          Heritage Auctions
        • Kit Karbler art glass perfume
          Dec. 01, 2021

          Kit Karbler art glass perfume

          Est: $150 - $300

          Faceted ovoid form in translucent glass decorated with yellow, blue and red concentric circles, signed Kit Karbler and Michael David, 3 3/4' ht. Condition: good with no defects found.

          Jaremos
        • Kit Karbler art glass perfume
          Dec. 01, 2021

          Kit Karbler art glass perfume

          Est: $150 - $300

          Faceted ovoid form in translucent glass decorated with green, blue and red concentric circles, signed Kit Karbler and Michael David, 3 3/4' ht. Condition: good with no defects found.

          Jaremos
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Modern Art Glass Bowl
          Aug. 25, 2021

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Modern Art Glass Bowl

          Est: $100 - $1,000

          Kit Karbler and Michael David (American, 20th to 21st Century). Modernist studio art glass vortex bowl sculpture. Features colors of green, blue, pink and purple, cased in ribbed clear crystal. Artist signatures to underside. SHIPPING Hill Auction Gallery will offer in-house continental USA shipping for $65 plus insurance. Gallery will refer a local shipper for international buyers. Purchaser pick up available upon request. Got something to sell? Contact us at HillAuctionGallery.com.

          Hill Auction Gallery
        • Kit Karbler / Michael David Art Glass Bowl
          Jul. 01, 2021

          Kit Karbler / Michael David Art Glass Bowl

          Est: $10 - $1,000

          Clear Art Glass Vase With Blue Design. Signed On Bottom: Blake Street Glass, Denver Co. 1984. Kit Karbler. 3.5" Tall X 6.75" Diameter.

          Berner's Auction Gallery
        • Kit Karbler (American, b. 20th century) and Michael David (American, b. 20th cen
          Apr. 27, 2021

          Kit Karbler (American, b. 20th century) and Michael David (American, b. 20th cen

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          Kit Karbler (American, b. 20th century) and Michael David (American, b. 20th century)  Arch, late 20th century Glass 8 x 7-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches (20.3 x 18.4 x 16.5 cm) Incised Kit Karbler 789107 Michael David HID01801242017

          Heritage Auctions
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Modern Art Glass Bowl
          Mar. 31, 2021

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Modern Art Glass Bowl

          Est: $100 - $1,000

          Kit Karbler and Michael David (American, 20th to 21st Century). Modernist studio art glass bowl sculpture. Features colors of pink, blue and green, cased in ribbed clear crystal. Artist signatures to underside. SHIPPING Hill Auction Gallery will offer in-house continental USA shipping for $65 plus insurance. Gallery will refer a local shipper for international buyers. Purchaser pick up available upon request.

          Hill Auction Gallery
        • Peter Vanderlaan Born 1950 Modern Art Glass Vase
          Mar. 31, 2021

          Peter Vanderlaan Born 1950 Modern Art Glass Vase

          Est: $100 - $1,000

          Peter Vanderlaan (American, born 1950) Modernist studio art glass vase sculpture. Features colors of light pink, and maroon, cased in etched clear crystal. Artist signature to underside. SHIPPING Hill Auction Gallery will offer in-house continental USA shipping for $65 plus insurance. Gallery will refer a local shipper for international buyers. Purchaser pick up available upon request.

          Hill Auction Gallery
        • KIT KARBLER DMITRI RUDENKO "LA MESITA ORBITA" ART GLASS
          Nov. 15, 2020

          KIT KARBLER DMITRI RUDENKO "LA MESITA ORBITA" ART GLASS

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          KIT KARBLER DMITRI RUDENKO "LA MESITA ORBITA" ART GLASS TABLE: Signed Kit Karbler & Dmitri Rudenko, 21812. Original purchase price from Blake Street Glass Studio, Inc. in 2019 was $9600.00

          Burchard Galleries Inc
        • Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)
          Aug. 29, 2020

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)

          Est: $300 - $500

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary) "Inverted Arch" blown and cold cut glass, with Blake Street Glass Studio, Denver, Colorado, incised signature, marked and numbered "2926B". h. 8-1/2", w. 8-3/4", d. 4-1/2"

          New Orleans Auction Galleries
        • Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)
          Aug. 29, 2020

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)

          Est: $200 - $400

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary) "Untitled" blown and cold cut glass, in the shape of a faceted diamond, with Blake Street Studio, Denver, Colorado, incised signature and marked at bottom edge. h. 3-3/4", w. 5-1/2", d. 3-1/2"

          New Orleans Auction Galleries
        • KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID GLASS PAPERWEIGHT.
          Jun. 27, 2020

          KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID GLASS PAPERWEIGHT.

          Est: $100 - $200

          A Kit Karbler and Michael David art glass paperweight. Colorado. 20th/21st century. Geometric form with blue, pink, and yellow kinetic design. Signed and numbered 48840 on bottom. 4" x 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". Shipping: This lot does not qualify for in house shipping. We will provide a list of our preferred shippers.

          Quinn's Auction Galleries
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David art glass paperweight
          May. 30, 2020

          Kit Karbler & Michael David art glass paperweight

          Est: $100 - $200

          Kit Karbler & Michael David art glass paperweight, geometric design, signed and numbered 39/52, very good condition. 3 1/4''h

          Rachel Davis Fine Arts
        • Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)
          May. 01, 2020

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)

          Est: $400 - $700

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary) "Untitled" blown and cold cut glass, in the shape of a faceted diamond, with Blake Street Studio, Denver, Colorado, incised signature and marked at bottom edge. h. 3-3/4", w. 5-1/2", d. 3-1/2"

          New Orleans Auction Galleries
        • Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)
          May. 01, 2020

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary)

          Est: $500 - $800

          Kit Karbler (American, Contemporary) Michael David (American, Contemporary) "Inverted Arch" blown and cold cut glass, with Blake Street Glass Studio, Denver, Colorado, incised signature, marked and numbered "2926B". h. 8-1/2", w. 8-3/4", d. 4-1/2"

          New Orleans Auction Galleries
        • KIT KARBLER / MICHAEL DAVID GEOMETRIC PAPERWEIGHT
          Mar. 10, 2020

          KIT KARBLER / MICHAEL DAVID GEOMETRIC PAPERWEIGHT

          Est: $100 - $200

          A studio art glass paperweight having a kinetic geometric design by Kit Karbler and Michael David. Dremel signed by both artists to bottom and numbered 78697. Measures approx. 4 1/4" height x 4" width (11cm x10.2cm).

          Elite Auctioneers, LLC
        • KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID ART GLASS SCULPTURE
          Nov. 23, 2019

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID ART GLASS SCULPTURE

          Est: $750 - $1,500

          Hand blown and cut glass with layered multicolor design. Signed by both artists, numbered 29645. Artist: Kit Karbler Michael David Issued: 20th c. Dimensions: 12"W x 12"L x 10.5"H Country of Origin: United States

          Lion and Unicorn
        • KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID Art Glass Paperweight
          Sep. 14, 2019

          KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID Art Glass Paperweight

          Est: $100 - $200

          Kit Karbler and Michael David geometric design, contemporary art glass paperweight / sculpture. Signed and numbered 109663. Very good condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. Some fleabites along one edge. Measures 4 1/4" tall x 4 3/4" square.

          Blackwell Auctions LLC
        • KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID Art Glass Sculpture
          Sep. 14, 2019

          KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID Art Glass Sculpture

          Est: $200 - $400

          Kit Karbler and Michael David signed and numbered 119513 contemporary blown art glass "U" form sculpture / paperweight. Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. Measures 7 1/2" tall x5 1/4" wide x 7 1/2" deep.

          Blackwell Auctions LLC
        • KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID Art Glass Sculpture
          Sep. 14, 2019

          KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID Art Glass Sculpture

          Est: $500 - $1,000

          Kit Karbler & Michael David (American, Contemporary) blown art glass, modernist sculpture / vase form. Signed and numbered 109634. Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. Glass sculpture measures 12" tall x 7" diameter.

          Blackwell Auctions LLC
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Glass Sculpture
          Feb. 23, 2019

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Glass Sculpture

          Est: $300 - $500

          Sculpture is titled OBJECT #10843.

          Palm Beach Modern Auctions
        • Kit Karbler Michael David Mid Century Modern Art Glass
          Jan. 26, 2019

          Kit Karbler Michael David Mid Century Modern Art Glass

          Est: $1,500 - $3,000

          Kit Karbler Michael Davidmid Century Modern Art Glass Vase. Packaging, Insurance, Handling And Shipping Are Done In House And Is 125.00 For This Item In The Continental U.S. Or You Are Welcome To Pick Up In Person Or Make Your Own Shipping Arrangements.

          Ross Auction Company
        • KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE In the form of two arms extending skyward. Layered glass with thin concentric l...
          Nov. 16, 2018

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE In the form of two arms extending skyward. Layered glass with thin concentric l...

          Est: $600 - $800

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE In the form of two arms extending skyward. Layered glass with thin concentric lines of color in clear glass. Signed and numbered 28749. Height 16.25".

          Eldred's
        • MICHAEL DAVIS & KIT KARBLER STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE
          May. 19, 2018

          MICHAEL DAVIS & KIT KARBLER STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE

          Est: $400 - $500

          MICHAEL DAVIS & KIT KARBLER STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE H 12.5" :Signed by both artists. Object # 3953. Cranberry, clear and royal blue.

          DuMouchelles
        • KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID, art glass sculpture, signed on bottom. 11''H. x 14''W.
          May. 06, 2018

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID, art glass sculpture, signed on bottom. 11''H. x 14''W.

          Est: $800 - $1,600

          KIT KARBLER AND MICHAEL DAVID, art glass sculpture, signed on bottom. 11''H. x 14''W.

          Dargate Auction Galleries
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Vase
          Dec. 17, 2017

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Vase

          Est: $400 - $600

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Vase. 15.25" x 6.25".

          Bruce Kodner Galleries
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Art Glass Sculpture
          Oct. 26, 2017

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Art Glass Sculpture

          Est: $10 - $1,000

          Signed On Bottom: Michael David. 119262. Kit Karbler. 7.75" Tall X 12" Diameter. Location: 182: Case 18

          Berner's Auction Gallery
        • Michael Davind and Kit Karbler Bowl - Signed
          Sep. 21, 2017

          Michael Davind and Kit Karbler Bowl - Signed

          Est: $200 - $300

          Description - A Michael David and Kit Karbler art glass bowl, signed. Dimensions - 5" x 16" x 9"

          Regency Auction House
        • KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE
          Jun. 19, 2017

          KIT KARBLER & MICHAEL DAVID STUDIO GLASS SCULPTURE

          Est: $250 - $350

          Contemporary. Etched signatures, numbered 689182. Of stylized U form, with internal linear color and cut details. Height 6”. Width 6”. Depth 4”. (Cond: good)

          Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Bowl
          Jan. 10, 2016

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Bowl

          Est: $200 - $400

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Bowl. Signed Kit Karbler & Michael David #88454. Measures - 5 1/2" high x 7 1/2" wide.

          Bruce Kodner Galleries
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture
          Jan. 10, 2016

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture

          Est: $200 - $300

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture. Signed Kit Karbler & Michael David #88453. Measures - 8 3/4" high x 3 3/4" wide.

          Bruce Kodner Galleries
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture
          Jan. 10, 2016

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture

          Est: $300 - $500

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture. Measures - 12" high. Signed on bottom Kit Karbler & Michael David #12968.

          Bruce Kodner Galleries
        • Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture
          Jan. 10, 2016

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture

          Est: $300 - $500

          Kit Karbler & Michael David Studio Glass Sculpture. Measures - 12" high. Signed on bottom Kit Karbler & Michael David #19725.

          Bruce Kodner Galleries
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