Meet the Maker, Tyler Kimball, of Monarch Glass Studio, located in the historic 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, Missouri.
Tyler designs and handcrafts colorful handblown gemstone cups, bedside bottles, lace patterned wine, whiskey glasses, decanters, and more.
Tyler started out making stained glass panels and recognized how light changed and enhanced his work. His understanding of working with, and manipulating, light comes from his father, who worked as a career lighting designer.
After pursuing his own career as a journalist, Tyler realized he was more interested in turning his passion for glasswork into something beyond a hobby, and thus began his glass career journey. He started out working in the cold shop at a local studio, polishing and grinding, but soon found himself working with hot glass, making his own creations as a glassblower.
Tyler is inspired by the natural play between glass and light. He favors clean lines, simple, elegant shapes, and colorful glass.
Welcome to Monarch Glass Studio!
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