Kenyon's Creations

Indianapolis, IN

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Matt Kenyon's Artist Statement I feel a wonderful connection to the entire process of making art I like to work in glass, wood, metal or any other medium. I have been putting things together and creating from a young age and have always had a passion for the construction of objects. Each piece that I create allows me to express a bit of my personality or imagination. I steadily try to keep my work contemporary and fresh by doing research and following new artists. Glass is a medium that provides me endless opportunity to create, learn and teach. Glass does not have very many limits in itself. The substance, an outwardly privative, slow-moving molten liquid, is capable of being formed and molded with not much more than air, a wet newspaper and an inspired mind. I am drawn to it mainly because of the creative process itself and how cool molten glass is. The infinite variations of color, depth and texture - along with any shape my imagination can envision - are just a few reasons why I like working with glass over any other medium. The beginning of a form always starts the same way on an empty blowpipe, like an empty canvas for a painter. Each piece depends on my timing, balance and control. I especially like the fluidity and adaptability of molten glass. When I decide a piece is finished, I let it freeze. What had started as a dynamic fluid molten goo is now beautifully frozen in time. When I create my furniture, I try to pair up the wood with the glass so that complementary synthesis is achieved. The two mediums have very different qualities, and I am constantly trying to blend one with the other to achieve a fluid balance. Synthesis between the two mediums is also attained through the use of color and medium characteristics. The personalities of each medium bring unique challenges that must be overcome. The process I follow bridges the gap to achieve harmony. Understanding the balance between mediums, I aim to create this beautiful synthesis.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy the creative process that goes along with working in glass. I love to see the progression that people go through in figuring out the medium. This molten medium is so much fun once you figure out the process.
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Location

Indianapolis, IN 46219

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

8

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Malinda B. Mar 13, 2016
    Recently met Matt Kenyon when I took a group class from him. It was an awesome bucket list experience. He is a patient and fun instuctor. I am looking forward to taking other classes! I also purchased a beautiful flower he had made that now has a place of honor on my fireplace mantel. Check out his artwork!
  • Sarah F. Jan 25, 2015
    Matt is a great teacher. He was patient, descriptive, hands-on and made glass blowing accessible to me as a novice even though it was wildly out of my comfort zone.
  • Elizabeth G. Jan 25, 2015
    I had so much fun doing glass. The first experience was making a paper weight with a group of friends and even though it was harder than I thought it was fun. Laid back instruction but hands on. The second time was with my mom and son. Matt assisted my son but not to the point of taking over. I appreciate his approach. The last time was a group making hearts. I think Matts classes are reasonably priced and lots of fun. Check him out.
  • Malinda B. Mar 13, 2016
    Recently met Matt Kenyon when I took a group class from him. It was an awesome bucket list experience. He is a patient and fun instuctor. I am looking forward to taking other classes! I also purchased a beautiful flower he had made that now has a place of honor on my fireplace mantel. Check out his artwork!
  • Sarah F. Jan 25, 2015
    Matt is a great teacher. He was patient, descriptive, hands-on and made glass blowing accessible to me as a novice even though it was wildly out of my comfort zone.
  • Elizabeth G. Jan 25, 2015
    I had so much fun doing glass. The first experience was making a paper weight with a group of friends and even though it was harder than I thought it was fun. Laid back instruction but hands on. The second time was with my mom and son. Matt assisted my son but not to the point of taking over. I appreciate his approach. The last time was a group making hearts. I think Matts classes are reasonably priced and lots of fun. Check him out.
  • Peggy H. Jan 25, 2015
    Matt was such fun to have helping up make some things that I used as Tree ornaments, for my family. He was laid back, but gave us helpful clues on how to do our own thing. I hope to go again soon.
  • Erin R. Jan 24, 2015
    My husband and I did an ornament making class a couple weeks before Christmas. The class occurred at GRT studios and we were there for about 2 hours, then hung around for another 30 minutes to ask questions and checkout the local art. The class went really well and started with an introduction to glass working and blowing. Matt was incredibly informative and very good at explaining his passion for the medium as well as some of the technical items. He went through a couple of examples of what we were going to do, then we jumped in and started making our own creations! He worked with a couple of students at a time, but it never felt like we were waiting around because we could watch other people's techniques and try to figure out what colors we would use, etc... It was a great experience! We had fun and are trying to figure out what the next class we would like to take from him will be! We are planning on taking personal lessons next year to create unique ornaments for our entire family- so excited!
  • Lisa W. Jan 24, 2015
    I have taken 5 or 6 of Matt's classes. He provides excellent instruction through demonstration. While it is still intimidating to work with molten glass, Matt's relaxing demeanor helps ease the nerves!
  • Dontee' A. Jun 1, 2014
    Glass Blowing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Matt is an awesome and patient instructor. He is very talented and skilled. It was a great 14th anniversary gift for my wife and I. We will definitely have another training class with him.
  • Shannon B. Jan 13, 2013
    Glass Blowing Lessons
    Verified Review
    We contacted Matt Kenyon for a class on glass design for me and my 2 friends. We met Matt for a 2-hour session and he did a gret job demonstrating and then letting us do for ourselves with his guidance. We each made a 3-4 glass pieces, and we learned a lot, and we had a great time. Matt was a great teacher - he was very organized and very calm and every piece we did was going to be "amazing." I would definitely recommend Matt!
    Replied to Shannon B. - Feb 9, 2014

    thanks so much for the good review, hope to see you in the hot shop again one day.

  • Victoria R. Dec 29, 2012
    Glass Blowing Lessons
    Verified Review
    Im hoping you will soon be teaching me how to work with glass,, im do excited im going to call tomorrow.
  • Mark I. Oct 30, 2012
    Glass Blowing and Glass Art Lessons
    Verified Review
    He was definitely a great teacher for my first time using the soft glass medium.
    Replied to Mark I. - Feb 9, 2014

    thanks so much for the good review, hope to see you in the hot shop again one day

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I thought that it would be really fun and exciting to work with molten glass, I was right so I have been creating things out of glass ever since.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Besides teaching I do commissions for lighting like pendent lamps or centerpieces for tables at weddings or any other project that needs to be created out of glass.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I helped a 8 year old create ornaments
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Bring sunglasses and cotton clothes. Be ready to make some really cool stuff. Dont worry, even if it is a one time event it will be a good time and you will enjoy yourself working with such a different material than you have ever worked with.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I am very good at keeping everyone safe in the hot shop. My demos explain what is hot and what you should not touch. there is not that many things that are hot and it is easy not to burn yourself or others