Kenny Walton’s Hand-Blown Glass

Kenny Walton, Fine Hand-Blown Glass

I really like his work. Here’s a screen grab from his store. There are more there.

Kenneth (Kenny) Ray Walton, born July 22, 1947 in Galion, Ohio, died December 31, 2019, in rural Avoca, Nebraska. Kenny grew up on a rural truck farm in Edison, Ohio. He graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1965. Kenny was drafted into the US Army in 1966 and served in the infantry and as a radio repairman in Viet Nam from 1967 to 1968, when he was honorably discharged. Kenny used his GI benefits for education at the Department of Art at Ohio State University 1970-76, and worked in the ceramics and glass areas, joining in at the beginnings of the Studio Glass Movement. He taught stained glass at art centers in Columbus, Ohio, blew glass at Columbus College of Art & Design from 1978-85, and worked with developmentally disabled adults for Franklin County and the State Institute for 10 years. Kenny moved to Nebraska in 1985 to build his own glass studio and develop his art business. Through 1990 to 2007, Kenny exhibited his hand-blown glass at the highest level of juried arts and craft fairs around the country and region, winning many awards. He had solo exhibitions of his glass in Nagoya, Japan, Ohio Craft Museum, and the Haydon Art Center in Lincoln. He received two Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in 1994 & 1995, and a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1995. He lectured on his glass in Finland, Poland, Hawaii and throughout the Midwest.

He was drafted and went to Vietnam. It was a difficult time in this country, especially for young men who were forced to fight in a war they didn’t believe in. Many came home maimed. Kenny Walton came home and went to art school and created. I try to imagine what goes on in a mind that can produce such beauty.

The draft continued until 1973, “in January 1973 Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announced that no further draft orders would be issued,” although men still had to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Do you think the draft will ever be reinstated? Should it be?

Thanks to Virginia.

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