Art Brokerage: Keith Clayton American Glass Artist: Keith Clayton was raised outside Philadelphia in the Bucks County area. Born in 1964 his father was a child psychologist which he credits for his level of sanity-often using the phrase-“I saw a shrink everyday of my life.” He was introduced to glass at a local college in 1989 and there he found his true calling-his wife-and glass. Keith and Deanna pursued an education in glass that took them from the Tyler School of the Arts in Philadelphia to Kent State University in Ohio to The University of Illinois, all the while acquiring many expensive degrees and meeting new and exciting friends.
During Keith’s tenure as a graduate student under the tutelage of the famed William Carlson he began the Pate-de-verre vessel series that has become a trademark in both his and Deanna’s work today. It combines the beauty of the pate-de-verre glass with electroplated copper. After Keith had finished his studies he went on to use this technique to make work to sell in a number of galleries. The work was quite successful and soon he asked Deanna to join him. For years they collaborated on these vessels until Keith moved on to a more sculptural realm with the work and Deanna branched off on her own versions of the technique. The two continue to show together and have had three children along the way; two daughters and a son. They now reside in beautiful Door County which is a peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan and creates Green Bay in Wisconsin. They operate a large studio and continue to make all of their work by themselves. They show nationally with many major galleries and participate in various international shows throughout the year. Listings wanted.