"Dierk Van Keppel has been immersed in his passion for art since 1981—incorporating the ancient tradition of glassblowing with the modern concept of fusing glass. His approach is to discover and create patterns in the glass which recognize the elements found in the universe. From seashore erosion, fire and water currents, to weather patterns, and astronomical and geological formations—nature is his inspiration and reflected in every piece of his fine art. His career has resulted in nationwide exhibitions at premier galleries and worldwide commissions. In addition to fine art, Dierk creates custom lighting, vessels, bowls, castings and fusings in his studio at Rock Cottage Glassworks in Merriam, Kansas."