Kenny Pieper was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. He began his craft career in high school when he studied at the Penland School of Crafts, initially focusing on pottery. Later, he moved to California, discovered his passion for glass, and received a BFA from California College of Art and Design.
Kenny’s career came full circle when he returned to North Carolina and began managing Penland’s glassblowing and lampworking studios. It was during this time that he developed his expertise in the tradition of Italian glass.
Kenny now resides in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and makes art that reflects on the harmony and beauty of his surroundings.