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Robert Anderson Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin United States Bio: Wisconsin-based artist Robert Anderson works in steel. He created his first large garden kaleidoscope with one optical viewing teleidoscope in the later part of the 1990's. Over the past twenty-five years he refined the designs to include additional teleidoscopes mounted at different levels to accommodate viewers of varying stature. Robert's garden kaleidoscopes reside in more than 100 public spaces including, but not limited to, botanical gardens, museums, hospitals, libraries, churches, schools, parks, and hotel resorts and spas. Robert's garden kaleidoscopes are also found in hundreds of corporate and private collections worldwide.
Philosophy:
  The inspiration for my work comes from observations of the natural world. I am intrigued with seed pods, characteristics and life cycles of trees and other plant life, land formations, and the natural beauty of flowering plants. I enjoy melding ideas rooted in the natural world with the industrial strength and beauty of raw materials to create interactive living sculptures with a universal connection.

Arboreal Price: $21,500 Buy Arboreal
Year Created: 2022
Size: 90" H, 45" W, 45" D
Media: Steel Sculpture
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror
Description: This garden kaleidoscope is inspired by trees and the natural cycle of new growth from year to year. The scope holders represent the strength of the roots. This piece incorporates metal forging as an integral design element to the work which is exciting to me (see entry photos for close-up details of these elements). The material is steel. The center bowl rotates and there is a drain built-in through the center. Three optical teleidoscopes are mounted at different levels on the sculpture to accommodate viewers of varying stature. The completed schulptue has been powder painted red.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.  

Henry Bergeson Conifer, Colorado, United States Bio: I started out in the early 1980's as a mechanical engineer working to design and install modern sailing rigs on cargo ships. From there I worked at a place that designed and refined medical equipment. It was there that I discovered modern kaleidoscopes in a gallery near where I ate lunch. I thought to myself, "I could make these." Four months later I was laid off. This was in 1987 and it was time to go somewhere else, so I moved from Boston to Colorado. I have been making kaleidoscopes in one form or another ever since.
Philosophy:
  I attempt to make the best kaleidoscopes I can both visually and functionally

The CordaLee Price: $1,100
Year Created: 2022
Size: 15 x 8 x 14 inches
Media: Bubinga and brass
Mirror system: 3 mirror
Description: The CordaLee, a handmade kaleidoscope by Henry Bergeson is a kaleidoscope that will engage you completely. It is named for Corki Weeks who helped Henry get started making scopes back in 1987.(Time is going by it seems!!) CordaLee was her given name. She was the preeminent scope maker of the time and there probably isn’t a collection out there that doesn’t include some of her pieces.
This kaleidoscope incorporates may features within its flowing form. It is equipped with three interchangeable brass trimmed object cases that can be switched by simply pulling the magnetically held case out out the scope. Then you simply slide another one in and away you go on another visual journey. In addition, the kaleidoscope has its own internal led light source powered by three AAA batteries. You push the brass button at the front of the scope and you will have light. The light is on a timer and will shut off automatically after about a minute. The batteries are easily accessed via a compartment on the underside of the scope. All of the wood components are processed through a 25 step sanding and finishing process and all of the solid brass components are brought to a mirror finish. This produces a piece that is stunning to look at as well as to look through.

The Timefly Price: $720
Year Created: 2022
Size: 13 x 8 x 12 inches
Media: Walnut
Mirror system: 2 Mirror
Description: The Timefly a gorgeous hand made kaleidoscope by Henry Bergeson that will take you away. Its highly sculpted swooping shape is a pleasure to gaze upon and its extra long object case can be twisted as well as slid from side to side. This causes you to see a wide range of incredible imagery. When you slide it in one direction its as if the image is draining away from you down some infinite wormhole. When you slide in the other direction its like it is coming out of that same wormhole right at you. Then when you twist the tube a whole other set of effects happens. All of the wood components of the kaleidoscope are taken through a 25 step sanding and finishing process creating a wonderfully smooth and beautiful sculpture which will liven up any space. The name comes from a strange joke by Groucho Marx or Mark Twain, one of those guys. It goes like this…”Remember, timeflies like an arrow, fruitflies like a banana. ” Something to wonder about.

Ben Birdsill Billings, Montana, United States Bio: I have been fascinated by kaleidoscopes my whole life. After a crude attempt at building one as a change of pace from making furniture, I was hooked. When I decided to get serious and step up my craft, I drew from my woodworking background to make my scopes. The two things I like most about making kaleidoscopes are the combining of the multiple disciplines needed in their construction, and the first time I get to look through my latest creation.
Philosophy:
 
"I don't do business that don't make me smile." - Stephen Stills. And few things make me smile like kaleidoscopes.

In Bloom #2 Price: $1,900 Buy In Bloom #2
Year Created: 2022
Size: 13 x 6 x 13 inches
Media: Wood and acrylic
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror 7-point
Description: I had already begun the “In Bloom” scopes when I learned of the Foundry Art Center Exhibit. I wanted a scope to somehow tie in to St. Louis. To do this, I tried to mimic the flow of the iconic Gateway arch in shaping the leaves of the scope. .  

Allison Borgschulte Lincoln, Nebraska, United States Bio: Allison Borgschulte studied fine art at the Kansas City Art Institute in the Fiber Art Department. After college, she was employed in a fiber art & design studio in Bonner Springs, Kansas. It was in Bonner Springs where she met owner of the Moon Marble Company, Bruce Breslow, and began working for the Moon as their graphic and web designer. Exposed to many talented glass artists, she couldn't resist the draw to take up the medium herself and began taking classes in stained glass and later in glass fusing. Allison actively pursues her work in fiber art, glass art, and kaleidoscope making maintaining a balance in all areas. Her weavings and stained glass panels are primarily nature inspired, while her work in kaleidoscopes is inspired by her observations through the kaleidoscopes themselves.
Philosophy:
 
Along with being an artist, I am an art collector. One medium in which I collect, and for which I have great appreciation, is the work of contemporary handmade marble makers. I also find it very beneficial to collaborate with other artists. Artists within a particular medium have a tendency towards a certain approach that is natural to the techniques they employ. Collaborating with someone whose focus is on another way of working opens both persons' horizons and allows for innovative crossovers of the mediums. I find it especially rewarding to meet new marble makers who are eager to experience their work in a whole new way through their perspective of my work.

Crown of Light Price: $1,350 Buy Crown of Light
Year Created: 2022
Size: 13.5 x 14 x 9 inches
Media: Fused Glass, Metal, Contemporary Handmade Marble Viewing Object
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror
Description: The design of the kaleidoscope is inspired by the observations of the marble through the mirror systems. I found the marble created luminous imagery which uplifted my spirit. I created a design that speaks to the sacred moment that a saint is beatified, which shows the impression of a face surrounded by a textural and colorful halo reflecting light.  

Passion Flower Price: $685 
Year Created: 2017
Size: 7 3/8 x 10 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches
Media: Fused Glass, Metal, Contemporary Handmade Marble Viewing Object
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror
Description: Inspired by the many layers in this handmade marble and the resulting variety of petal like patterns, I chose the exotic passionflower for the subject matter of this parlor style scope. One side of the scope features a large blossom, while the other side depicts the leaves and curling vines of the plant.  

Interstellar Price: $415 Buy Intersteller
Year Created: 2021
Size: 2 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
Media: fused glass, metal, contemporary handmade marble
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror Tapered
Description: Inspired by the galaxy imagery of this marble, I created a nebula design with a tapered mirror system which gives a fisheye effect capturing the spherical form of a heavenly body on the interior of this kaleidoscope. Both the marble and the casing of the kaleidoscope contain glass that flouresces under a black light making the design even more out of this world.  

Heirloom Quilt Price: $275
Year Created: 2018
Size: 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Media: fused glass, metal, contemporary handmade marble
Mirror systems: 4 Mirror
Description: Using a 4 mirror system and a colorful swirl marble, I created a kaleidoscope design whose reflections resemble the block patterns of a quilt. The casing of the kaleidoscope has a flying geese design that is weathered with the love of an heirloom quilt.  

Mehandi Price: $295 Buy Mehandi
Year Created: 2022
Size: 1 1/2 x 10 x 1 7/8 inches
Media: fused glass, metal, contemporary handmade marble
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror
Description: The air trap design inside this contemporary handmade marble reminded me of a henna design and how when henna tattoos are applied the dye sits with a raised texture on the skin while it processes. Inspired by this, I created a design on the outside of the kaleidoscope that is reminiscent of the color, pattern, and texture of henna.  

David Branch El Paso, Texas, United States Bio: I have been turning wood for over 40 years and found the fun and creativity of kaleidoscopes some 10 years ago. I very much enjoy designing and making all of the components from the turned wood body to acrylic cell sculpture and glass components. Every one of my scopes are unique and "one of a kind". I find joy and a challange in combining wood, acrylic, metal, oil and glass together; both the chemistry and physics of glueing; to smooth movement of interior bearings and bushings; to oil movement with custom made glass. I like working with exotic woods and custom made finishes. I use my kaleidoscope studio to teach my grandkids the joy and practical use of chemistry, physics and geometry. Then there's the rewarding sound of the "wow" when my scopes are viewed.
Philosophy:
 
Incorporating the cylindrical coordinates allowed by a lathe provides a series of key insights and moments of discovery. As it is in the beauty and misleading simplicity of shapes themselves, like a snowflake, the most intricate beauty can be conveyed by simple symmetrical shapes with an underlying complexity. The human eye judges beauty by this combination of symmetry and the complexity that satisfies the eye while challenging the mind.

Swiss Joy Price: $1,350 
Year Created: 2021
Size: 6.6 x 10.5 x 7 inches
Media: Maple Burl and Brazilian Rosewood
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 7 Point
Description: The kaleidoscope image is a 2 mirror, seven point image incorporating a floating crystal sphere and crystal tower. When the scope is tilted horozontially the sphere moves along the tower to create a surprise depth and movement. The image cell contains custom glass lamp work and dichroic glass. The image cell is oil filled with a three step acrylic lens made to refract the light to the cell. The base contains a 72 note Swiss music box that plays 3 different movements of (To be added). The stand is made of Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia ingra), Spalted Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) and acrylic. The movement of the object cell incorporates a custom aluminium bushing to support ball bearings for very smooth rotation. The finish is a special product I make using special oils, shellac, alcohol and beeswax. My design was inspired by a desire to include visual and audio stimulation. .  

Wish Upon A Star Price: $650Buy Wish Upon A Star
Year Created: 2022
Size: 9 x 9 x 6 inches
Media: wood, acrylic
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 5 Point
Description: Oil Cell with convex colored acrylic cell. Wood is Bigleaf Maple Burl (Acer macrophyllum). with 50 note music box (when you Wish Upon a Star and Over the Rainbow). Base is Maple and acrylic. .  

Wind Beneath My Wings Price: $650 Buy Wind Beneath My Wings
Year Created: 2021
Size: 5 x 10 x 3 inches
Media: Mesquite Wood
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 4 Point
Description: The scope is made with fumed Mesquite (Prosopis Glandulosa). The raw wood is subjected to fumes of ammonium hydroxide 28% for 48 hours. The strong fumes mix with the tannin in the heartwood and darkens the wood. The sapwood of the mesquite is much lighter and has very little tannin therefore the final contrast between the heartwood and sapwood is very dramatic. I create the cells from acrylic and vary the front surface to cause the light to refract through the mirrors. The oil filled object cell is filled with custom lamp work and dichroic glass. I make a custom aluminum bushing to mount a ballbearing system inside the scope to provide very smooth action. The music box is an 18 note box playing "Wind Beneath My Wings". I am inspired by combining visual and audio stimulation by playing the music box and a "wow" with the image. .  

Sandra Christie Guilford, Connecticut, United States Bio: Sandra Christie is a photo restorer, metalsmith and kaleidoscope artist. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC and studied in Paris. Sandra started creating stained glass kaleidoscopes in 1991 and silversmithing in 1998. Her work has evolved through the years as she combined her kaleidoscope glass work with her love of metalsmithing. Her kaleidoscopes are now constructed of brass, copper, and nickel. She has taught at Parsons School of Design, the Silvermine Artists Guild, Hudson Valley Silverworks. Sandra resides in Guilford CT with her awesome hubby and many furry and finned family members.

Tick Marks Price: $100
Year Created: 2019
Size: 6.5 x 1 x 1 inches
Media: Etched Brass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror equilateral
Description: Hand etched brass kaleidoscope with interior dry object chamber and half dome on end. Objects in chamber are flameworked and the kaleidoscope comes on a lucite stand. .  

I See Spots Price: $125 Buy I See Spots
Year Created: 2019
Size: 8 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches
Media: Etched Brass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror equilateral
Description: Hand etched brass kaleidoscope with interior oil filled object chamber. Objects in chamber are a combo of flameworked and found. The kaleidoscope comes on a lucite stand. .  

Peacock Feathers Price: $200 The Robert C. Tupa Purchase Award provided by Robert F. Tupa
Year Created: 2019
Size: 8 x 1.5 x 1.5
Media: Etched and colorized brass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror equilateral
Description: Hand etched brass kaleidoscope. The detailed etched design is colorized and sealed. The kaleidoscope has a side lite oil filled object chamber. Objects in chamber are a combination of flame worked beads and found objects. It is a 3 mirror construction. The kaleidoscope comes on a lucite stand. .  

Queens Scepter Price: $100
Year Created: 2019
Size: 6.25 x 1 x 1
Media: Etched Brass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror equilateral
Description: Hand etched brass kaleidoscope with interior oil filled object chamber and half dome on. Objects in chamber are a combination of flame worked glass and found objects. It is a 3 mirror construction. The kaleidoscope comes on a lucite stand. .  

Victorian Lace - Mini Kaleidoscope Price: $100
Year Created: 2019
Size: 2.5 x .75 x .75
Media: Etched Brass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror equilateral
Description: Hand etched brass mini kaleidoscope with interior oil object chamber and half dome on end. Objects in chamber are flameworked and the kaleidoscope comes in a wooden box. It is a 3 mirror construction. .  

R Scott Cole Brasstown, North Carolina, United States Bio: R Scott Cole has been designing innovative kaleidoscopes since 1983. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and has been featured on television in addition to numerous books, magazines, and newspapers. The primary force in his artistic development has been exploring how different materials can be utilized creatively in kaleidoscope design. Consistent with much of his life's work, he enjoys teaching and has conducted workshops in many locations, including Penland, John C Campbell Folk School, Thailand, as well as numerous Brewster Kaleidoscope Society Conventions and other locations across the country. His latest project is a 40-foot, interactive, walk-in silo kaleidoscope. His home and Laughing Eye Studios are in Brasstown, North Carolina
Philosophy:
  Intertwining the magic of kaleidoscopes and their metaphorical wisdom.

Etched Aluminum Price: $260 Buy Etched Aluminum
Year Created: 2022
Size: 2 x 1.5 x 9 inches
Media: Aluminum with Brass accents
Mirror systems: 2-Mirror 7-point
Description: Etched aluminum body with brass accent fittings Ball Bearing turning end Integral aluminum feet Glass magnifier End dome to focus light in chamber Lampworked and Dichroic magic

Etched Silver Necklace Price: $350 Buy Etched Silver Necklace
Year Created: 2022
Size: .5 x .6 x 2.4 inches
Media: Sterling Silver
Mirror systems: 2-Mirror 7-point
Description:

  • Etched Sterling Silver body
  • Etched Sterling Silver rotational ring
  • Sterling Silver chain
  • Glass magnifier
  • Focusing dome
  • Lampworked and Dichroic magic

Eyes of the ScopeThe Collector’s Purchase Award provided by Tom and Gale Klingelhoets Price: $125
Year Created: 2022
Size: 2 x 2.5 x 4.5 inches
Media: Latex
Mirror systems: 2-Mirror 7-point
Description: Potato Sidelight It was staring at me while I was working.

Etched Copper Price: $250 Buy Etched Copper
Year Created: 2022
Size: 1.7 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
Media: Etched copper with Brass accents
Mirror systems: 6-point 3-mirror isosceles
Description:

  • Deeply etched copper
  • Ball bearing turning end
  • Brass accent fittings
  • Brass feet
  • Glass magnifier
  • Focusing dome

Marshall Fisher Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States Bio: I design and make kaleidoscopes of stained and fused glass as well as wood. I find the challenge of working simultaneously in wood and glass stimulating and an endless source of inspiration.
Philosophy: My fascination with kaleidoscopes comes from the realization that patterns of infinite complexity and control can be generated using 200-year-old technology and with no electronics whatsoever. Kaleidoscopes represent the perfect blend of external beauty and internal wonder. One cannot tell from the outside what incredible patterns lie inside, and the shock of surprise when the two are compared is the greatest pleasure.
 

Jeru Price: $180 Buy Jeru
Year Created: 2022
Size: 9 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches
Media: Fused Glass
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 5 Point
Description: A fused glass kaleidoscope on a stand, with an interchangeable cell. The cell is oil-filled and contains stained glass, metal, and lampworked objects against a clear background. The two-mirror system produces a five-sided image that is bright, complex and constantly changing.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Blue Miles Price: $180 Buy Blue Miles
Year Created: 2022
Size: 9 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches
Media: Fused Glass
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 5 Point
Description: A fused glass kaleidoscope on a stand, with an interchangeable cell. The cell is oil-filled and contains stained glass, metal, and lampworked objects against a black background. The two-mirror system produces a five-sided image that is bright, complex and constantly changing.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Stardust 3 Price: $180 Buy Stardust 3
Year Created: 2021
Size: 9 x 5.5 x 4.5 inches
Media: Brazilian Rosewood
Mirror system: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: A wood kaleidoscope on a stand, with two independently rotating wheels. The wheels include fused glass and lampworked objects against a clear background. The three-mirror system produces a full-field image that is bright, complex and constantly changing.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Deception Price: $180
Year Created: 2021
Size: 9 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches
Media: Walnut
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 5 Point
Description: A walnut kaleidoscope on a stand, with an interchangeable dry cell. The cell contains polarized film and a collection of stressed objects, producing unusual, neon-like colors and patterns. The two-mirror system produces a five-sided image that is bright, complex and constantly changing.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Richard Foster Bio: After many years of admiring and collecting kaleidoscopes, in 2017, I had the opportunity to take a week long class at John C. Campbell Folk School in the creation of kaleidoscopes. After a week working with Marc Tickle, I was totally committed to learning as much as I could about designing and making kaleidoscopes. I have been a wood carver for most of my life and wanted to use this skill along with working in stained glass to build unique works. In June of 2019, I attended the Brewster Society International Kaleidoscope Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, to exhibit my scopes and unveil one of my hand carved kaleidoscopes. I was also scheduled to attend the International Convention in 2020 and 2021, but they were canceled due to Covid 19. I will be exhibiting again in May of 2022 at the International Convention in St. Louis. I current exhibit my kaleidoscopes at Reflection Gallery in Chattanooga, TN and with the Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga. In the past Hunter Museum of Art has displayed pieces.
Philosophy:

Large Stained Glass Cube The Collector’s Purchase Award provided by Tom and Gale Klingelhoets
Price: $300
Year Created: 2021
Size: 10 x 5 x 5 inches
Media: Stained Glass and wood
Mirror system:
Description: Original design Cube Kaleidoscope made of dark blue, purple and cream swirled stained glass. Cube is approximately 5 inches by 5 inches by 5 inches.. Height of cube and base is 10 inches. Corners are dichroic glass. Base is cedar approximately 4 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches. Base is hand carved. Base has inlay of Blue Turquoise. Cube is lined with first surface mirrors to create effect on the inside. .

Small Stained Glass Cube Price: $200
Year Created: 2022
Size: 6 x 4 x 4 inches
Media: Stained Glass
Mirror system:
Description: Original design Cube Kaleidoscope made of blue, brown and cream swirled stained glass. Cube is approximately 4 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches.. Height of cube and base is 8 inches. Corners are dichroic glass. Base is cedar approximately 4 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches. Base is hand carved. Base has inlay of Rose Coral. Cube is lined with first surface mirrors to create effect on the inside. .

Lily of the Valley Price: $250
Year Created: 2022
Size: 3.5 x 4 x 5 inches
Media: Wood
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 5 point
Description: This kaleidoscope is part of a series of flower scopes. The wooden box is hand made of Purple Wood. The mirror system is a two mirror first surface system at 36 degrees. The cell is borosilicate glass filled with glycerin and flame worked glass. The top is hand carved Lily of the Valley. The carving is a technique called chip carving all done by knife. The inlay is malachite and mother of pearl. The inspiration is the beauty of nature in small flowers around us. .  

Inlay Rose Price: $250 Buy Inlay Rose
Year Created: 2022
Size: 3 x 4 x 10 inches
Media: Cherry Wood
Mirror system: 3 Mirror, equilateral
Description: This kaleidoscope is part of a series of flower scopes. The wooden box is hand made of Chery Wood. The mirror system is a 3 mirror first surface system. The cell is borosilicate glass filled with glycerin and flame worked glass. The top is a hand carverd Rose. The carving is a technique called chip carving all done by knife. The inlay is malachite and rose coral. The inspiration to this series is the beauty of flowers all around us. .  

Geometric Design on Cherry Box Price: $200
Year Created: 2022
Size: 3.5 x 4 x 9 inches
Media: Cherry Wood
Mirror system: 2 Mirror 5 point
Description: This kaleidoscope is part of a series of geometric design scopes. The wooden box is hand made of Chery Wood. The mirror system is a 3 mirror first surface system 36 degree. The cell is borosilicate glass filled with glycerin and flame worked glass. The top is a hand carverd geometric pattern. The carving is a technique called chip carving all done by knife. The inlay is rose coral, malachite, blue lapis and black opal. The inspiration for these scopes is my love of Geometry. .  

Rodney Haug Hawley, Minnesota, United States Bio: I am a kaleidoscope artist from Hawley MN. I have been making kaleidoscopes since 1988. I originally started out making hand held teleidoscopes and kaleidoscopes but soon gravitated towards larger free standing pedestal scopes and parlour scopes. I still create the occasional hand held scope (usually as gifts) but now am doing mostly parlour scopes. The SK-9 is the most recent example of my work.
Philosophy: I have always loved the symmetry of kaleidoscope imagery. Viewing great images makes me feel good. Creating scopes that make beautiful images makes me feel even better. I don't make kaleidoscopes to make profit. I tried that in the past and found that the process, for me, sucked the joy and fun out of it. So now I create scopes because I think they should be made. I have found this to be a much more satisfying experience.
 

SK-8 Price: $8,500 Geometric SK-8
Year Created: 2015
Size: 19.5 x 15 x 23 inches
Media: Aluminum and Wood
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 9 Point
Description: The SK-8 was actually the first of the SK series. SK is supposed to stand for "simple kaleidoscope". I named it SK-8 because it happened to be approximately the eighth design of the larger scopes I had been building and I decided to use skateboard wheels for the object chamber carriage. And so the SK-8 was born. It is a large parlour scope with 6x16 inch mirrors and a 12 inch object chamber with lamp worked glass pieces. This gives a large bright image.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery. > >   > > >

SK-9 Price: $6,500 Geometric SK-9
Year Created: 2022
Size: 17 x 12.5 x 18.5 inches
Media: Aluminum and Wood
Mirror system: 2 Mirror, 9 Point
Description: The SK-9 is the latest in my SK series. SK is supposed to stand for "simple kaleidoscope". I usually employ a small gimmick that alludes to the name of the scope and since this was the SK-9 I made the image a 9 point star and included a hand crafted aluminum replica of a dog nose print left on our window by our dog Bentley. I love the images it gives.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery. 1 PHOTO/ 2022/wOOD And Aluminum/9-SK/ Rodney/ Haug 5 Photo/2022/WOOD And Aluminum/9-FSK Rodney/ Haug PHOTO4/2022/WOOD And Aluminum/9-SK/RODNEY/HAUG

Patrick Ironwood Whitwell, Tennessee, United States Patrick Ironwood Bio: I am a multi-medium visionary artist and creator of the Nature of Reaction Art Studio, the curator of The Museum of Future Anthropology, and the Liquidambar Art Gallery. I flamework, copper electroform, sculpt and chemically age: glass, metal, mirrors, magnets, and contemporary objects into fictional anthropological artifacts, mysterious machines, kaleidoscopic optical devices, neo-tribal regalia, amulets, and talismans which appear to have been lost, perhaps under the sea, for hundreds of years.
Philosophy:
 
Our future ancestors will find mystery in what we leave behind. They will create shrines and adorn themselves. They will honor us by wondering about the mystery of our creations and what it was that we did with our magic powers. My artwork is meant to cause an existential conundrum You can hold in Your hands. These anachronistic objects are sculpted from contemporary, often recognizable items. They appear impossibly old, seeming to have been lost for hundreds of years, perhaps under the sea. Some appear to have been mechanical, yet the purpose is unknown. My work is created using methods and tools of my own design. I electrically deposit pure Copper ions onto found objects, organic polymer resins, flameworked and vintage glass, Carbon graphite, magnetics, mirrors, and experimental Phosphorescent and photo-luminescent compounds. These Metaphysically holy materials and chemically sacred elements and compounds are deliberately chosen and constructed to tell a healthy, healing, holistic story of future renewal, the best of all possible worlds reborn, created by none other than ourselves and our future relations. I explore imaginary shipwrecks and philosophical archeological digs. These visions become formed as artifacts and mechanisms. I flamework, electroform, sculpt, and chemically age from glass, metal, mirrors, magnets, and obtuse objects into fictional and impossibly old anthropological objects. I invent mysterious machines, experimental optical devices, post-civilization tribal regalia, magical amulets, and talismans. Evoking ceremonial fetish regalia, the ornamentation of an unknown people (our future relations perhaps), these amulets and talismans are anachronistic relics of a time long after the remembered. Much of my work appears to have been mechanical, yet now the purpose is unknown. We all carry parts of the mystery. These objects are mine to share through your eyes and intellect. Life is a geological force. We make the world and reality deeper and broader by offering our creations integrity, novelty, and majesty. I contribute my art to the Earth’s legacy.

Periscope from Imaginary Shipwreck #1 Price: $975 Periscope from Imaginary Shipwreck #1
Year Created: 2019
Size: 8.5 x 2.75 x 1.5 inches
Media: Copper
Mirror systems: 2 Mirror 11-point
Description: All of my works are electroformed with copper making them look like they’ve been under the sea for perhaps hundreds of years and now found as an object of curiosity. This kaleidoscope is based around part of the lens assembly from the Owen Mills portrait company’s first generation of digital cameras. It has a two-mirror system with a fabric interior and an 11 point star configuration. The eyepiece is small but the image is very clear. Because of a 45° mirror in the back of the viewing chamber, the light comes in and bounces off the mirror and backlights the three-dimensional objects moving through the chamber. The chamber is fairly large compared to the mirror size so there’s a lot of variation and flow. The Silicon oil in the scope is fairly thin so the action flows quickly into a loosely attached and slightly changing symmetry.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.  

Treasure Hidden Inside Price: $750
Year Created: 2019
Size: 10 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches
Media: Copper
Mirror systems: 2 Mirror 5-point
Description: This scope is a 2 Mirror kaleidoscope with a relatively long and narrow mirror assembly. The strip is made of antique pocket watch parts. The exterior is random found objects, including figures of people and antique bicycle reflector Gems. The eyepiece is small, but the image is clear with almost 2 inches of focal range. The lighting is enhanced by a surface reflective mirror at the back of the viewing chamber. The light comes in the sides and bounces off the back mirror, so backlights and sidelights the three-dimensional objects in the chamber. The Silicon oil in this scope is thick and slows the speed of the falling objects to about 1 inch every 2 seconds, so with each turn, it takes about 4-5 seconds for the “unicorn snowflake” to appear. Once the image has settled, it will stay relatively stable until shifted or turned again, setting the gravity of all the tiny things back in motion. The interior is UV reactive and creates a different vision when used under UV or black light.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.  

Chained Rainbow Unicorn Surprise Price: $1,100 Buy Chained Rainbow Unicorn Surprise
Year Created: 2019
Size: 11 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
Media: Copper
Mirror systems: 2 Mirror 6-point
Description: This kaleidoscope has a relatively long 2 mirror assembly with an intentionally loose chain stretching the length of the interior that giggles as the scope moves. The viewing lens is small but the image is very clear colorful and complex. The cut glass on the end is photoluminescent and has an additional copper electroformed ring to attach regalia to.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.  

Multiple flow states #1 Price: $1,350 Buy Multiple flow states #1
Year Created: 2019
Size: 13 x 2 x 1.5 inches
Media: Copper
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: Multiple flow states #1 is built around a vintage crystal cylinder, borosilicate glass tube, RGB cube, and a Swarovski cut glass crystal all with glow in the dark photoluminescence. After a few minutes of charging indirect light the Glass parts of the scope glow making the exterior appearance quite interesting in the dark and creating enough ambient light to be able to see some of the kaleidoscopic effect through the scope in the dark. Multiple Flow States #1’s object chamber is 2 inches deep and the focal range is wide enough to view objects as they flow throughout chamber.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.    

Mathew Kanne Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Bio: Printmaker and Digital artist from Saint Louis, MO.

Hierarchy Price: $330
Year Created: 2020
Size: 29”h x23”w inches
Media: Digital Print on Glossy
Description: Inspired by the Hierarchy of angelic beings and the atomic structure of things. A world inside a world.

A-Historic Price: $180
Year Created: 2020
Size: 15”h x 11”w inches
Media: Digital Print on Glossy
Description: Reflections of a painting I once did.

Charles Karadimos Damascus, Maryland, United States Bio: Charles Karadimos began working with stained glass in 1975 and made the transition exclusively to building glass kaleidoscopes in 1980. In the early days of the kaleidoscope renaissance, his main focus was concerned with creating crisp, vibrant, interior images and exploring and developing mirror systems with crystal clear optics that would produce rich, ever-changing patterns. And he has worked very hard towards mastering the development of the perfect kaleidoscope image. For without the image, it just isn't a kaleidoscope. Charles has designed and built thousands of kaleidoscopes, making each part of every scope by hand. There are no machined parts. Every piece -- down to the smallest shard of glass in the object chamber -- is hand worked and individually selected. All of his scopes feature a multidimensional slumped glass exterior, very nice to hold or display. Every piece is an original, signed, and numbered work of art. Charles' work is exhibited in many galleries, museums and private collections throughout the world. His work is featured in many books and publications and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Brewster Award for Creative Ingenuity. From November 2003 until January 2013 he served as one of the Directors of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, the international organization of kaleidoscope enthusiasts.
Philosophy:
  Kaleidoscopes represent what is important in a harmonious life, great diversity living together in one place, creating order out of chaos.

Nebula Price: $2,250
Year Created: 2022
Size: 10 x 4.5 x 3 inches
Media: Fused and slumped glass
Mirror systems: Tapered 2-mirror 12 point.
Description: Edition of two. The exterior of this kaleidoscope is multi-layered fused dichroic glass, slumped into a flask shape that stands upright on 3 feet that also support the free-turning dry object cell. A tapered two-mirror system produces perfect 12 point images. The object cell contains a combination of lampworked glass, dry-filled ampules, and hand-selected cut glass, the majority of which is dichroic. .  

Into the Blue Price: $1,800Buy Into the Blue
Year Created: 2022
Size: 10.5 x 13 x 4.5 inches
Media: Fused and slumped glass
Mirror systems: Tapered 2-mirror 11-point
Description: One of a kind The exterior slumped glass body of this parlor scope features fused and tack fused glass. The tapered two-mirror system produces perfect 11 point images. The free-turning dry object cell combines lampworked glass, dry ampules, and hand-selected and cut glass to produce an "infinite" number of intricate and random images. .  

Chromatica Price: $900
Year Created: 2022
Size: 4 x 9.5 x 3 inches
Media: Slumped glass
Mirror systems: Tapered 2-mirror 10-point
Description: Edition of 3 The body of this kaleidoscope is treated slumped glass in the shape of a flask and features 4 fused glass red beads along the top seam. It displays nicely sitting on its side. The tapered two-mirror system produces perfect 10 point images. The free-turning dry object cell contains lampworked glass, cut glass, and dry-filled ampules, producing intricate and random images. .  

Peggy and Steve Kittelson Clermont, Iowa, United States
    Bio:
  • Collaborative artists since 1986
  • Master Kaleidoscope artists for 30+years specializing in kiln formed glass and turned wood
  • Instructors of Kaleidoscope making classes for 12 years
  • Exhibited at Fine Arts and Craft Fairs, including Smithsonian Women’s Craft Show and American Crafts Council Shows where they have received many awards
  • Work is represented in over 40 Galleries in U.S. and Japan
  • Participated in first Kaleidoscope and Exhibition in Japan
  • Have participated in and received many awards at International Kaleidoscope Exhibitions;
  • Work included in an Exhibit of Kaleidoscopic Quilts at the American Fold Art Museum, Akron Art Museum, and Endicott College for the Arts; Museum of Northern Arizona
  • Work is part of permanent collections in the Sendai Kaleidoscope Art Museum in Sendai, Japan; Kyoto Kaleidoscope Museum, Kyoto, Japan; Cozy Baker Collection
  • Publications include books: Manhgekyou Taizen by Koji Yamami; Paula Nadelstern’s Kaleidoscope Quilts; Fascinating World of Kaleidoscopes; The Kaleidoscope Collector’s Guide; Kaleidoscope Artistry; Kaleidoscopes by Teruki Kimiko; Kaleidoscope Wonders of Wonders; Kaleidoscopes & Quilts; Kaleidoscopia; Kaleidoscope Renaissance; Kaleidorama; Through the Kaleidoscope and Beyond; Through the Kaleidoscope; and numerous magazine publications.
  • Education: Steve, BS University of Iowa; studied with fusing master, Gil Reynolds; Boyce Lundstrom, Co-founder of Bulls Eye Glass; Kevin & Shar Eagleton; Penland School of Craft with Richard Ritter. Peggy has studied at Penland School of Craft with Paul Stankard and glass artist, Kate Fowle Meleney. Together they have studied with Brian Kirfliet; Fred Berkhill at University of Michigan; and glass artists, Dinah and Patti Hulet.
  • Most recent project completed was “Hometown to the World”, a Byways of Iowa Foundation Public Art Initiative funded by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts and other local contributors.
Philosophy:
 
We are passionate about changing the perception of kaleidoscopes as inexpensive toys, elevating them to the art form they have become. To do this, we use a variety of materials including kiln formed glass, select hardwoods both lathe-turned and hand shaped, and hammered iron, and other types of metal. We use optic quality front-surface mirror to design the symmetry, and to create the unfolding imagery, we make flame-sculpted glass forms and suspend them in silicon oil, transporting the viewer to a place of ever-changing beauty.

Get In Gear Price: $1,600 Buy Get In Gear
Year Created: 2022
Size: 15.5" tall, 8" wide at base
Media: Mixed Media
Mirror system: 2-Mirror 9-Point
Description: The barrel, eyepiece and column are lathe turned out of cherry burl and the base is walnut. The gears on the column are from transmissions and the bands on the barrel are steel with steel rivets. The mirror is 9-pt with the 3rd side a patterned dichroic piece of glass to compliment the object cell colors. The object cell has a few watch gear pieces, and Peggy's flame-sculpted special glass and dichroic pieces.

Fancy Walnut Parlor Price: $1,200 Buy Fancy Walnut Parlor
Year Created: 2022
Size: 15.5" tall, 8" wide
Media: Mixed Media
Mirror system: 3 Mirror tapered
Description: The exterior barrel, pedestal and base are lathe turned out of figured walnut from the crotch of the tree. The mirror is 9-pt with the 3rd side a patterned dichroic piece of glass to compliment the object cell colors. The object cell has Peggy's flame-sculpted special glass pieces.

Solace Price: $3,000
Year Created: 2022
Size: 17" tall, 13" long, 7" wide
Media: Fused Glass
Description: SOLACE - "To give comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness"
We have all been experiencing so much stress in our lives – from the Pandemic of Covid-19 and its variants, to the horrors of unrest in our world, not to mention our everyday cares and pressures. It is almost too much to carry with us every day. We wanted to create a piece that invited the viewer to reflect and experience some moments of peace and solace. This piece is created using kiln-formed glass and walnut. The optics feature a 9-point mandala image and the object cell contains flame-sculpted glass pieces.

Sheryl Koch Brasstown, North Carolina, United States Bio: Sheryl has been making kaleidoscopes since 1980. She has been a stained glass artist since the early 1970's and has combined the 2 art forms over the years to create many beautiful kaleidoscopes! Known in the kaleidoscope world for making turning wheel kaleidoscopes early on, she now likes to experiment and incorporate different mediums into her kaleidoscopes such as copper metal working, and enameling, and torch work. Working with color is her life's work and the freedom to experiment and 'play' with new things is her inspiration.
Philosophy:
  I love that the work I do makes people smile! When I do it well, it makes me smile too! When the work surprises me and I've created something beyond what I thought I could do, well, that satisfies my soul and I laugh from within.

Dogwood Days Price: $1,350
Year Created: 2022
Size: 3 x 2.25 x 8 inches
Media: Copper Metalwork - Repousse'
Mirror systems: 2-Mirror 9-point
Description: I have been doing copper metalwork for a number of years now, studying with a Master Craftsman who specializes in the Craftsman Style. This kaleidoscope takes what I have learned and applied it to the Kaleidoscope World. The Dogwood flowers are Repousse'd, which is very difficult to do on a tube of this size and takes this scope to the next level! The mirrors are a beautiful 9 point, 2-mirror system and the scope sits on a walnut stand. Enjoy!  

Schoolhouse for the Birds Price: $725 Buy Schoolhouse for the Birds
Year Created: 2019
Size: 8 x 5 x 6.75 inches
Media: Stained Glass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror
Description: I've done a series of Kaleidoscope Birdhouses, exploring and having fun with this idea. My background is originally in stained glass and I liked the idea of making something that is representative and sculptural in stained glass. The interior is a vignette of a bird and her nest in the trees with the moon glowing in the background. there are no moving parts in this piece, but rather a magical scene to explore, absorb and enjoy.

Bastaille Enameled Kaleidoscope Price: $850 Buy Bastaille Enameled Kaleidoscope
Year Created: 2010
Size: 2.25 x 1.35 x 7 inches
Media: Enamel on Etched Copper Tube
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror
Description: Besides Stained Glass, and Copper Metalwork, I also love the art of Enameling. It was a challenge to enamel on a round tube, but I seem to like challenges! First, I etched the tube, then I sifted the ground glass on to the tube and fired it in a kiln - many times! This is a one of a kind kaleidoscope and is not for sale.  

Enamel Necklace Kaleidoscope Price: $850
Year Created: 2022
Size: 5/8 x 7/8 x 2.5
Media: Bastaille Enamel
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror
Description: I wanted to do a special piece of kaleidoscope jewelry. This kaleidoscope uses the Bastaille Enamel technique. I etched the copper tube and enameled a transparent color over the relief. I then fabricated the sterling silver end pieces and turning ring to make a kaleidoscope necklace that is functional and beautiful to look at - both inside and out!  

Batik Fun Price: $95
Year Created: 2012
Size: 1 x 1 x 4.75 inches
Media: Mixed Media
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: This is a fun kaleidoscope wrapped in batik fabric and sits on a walnut stand. The mirror is a 3 mirror equilateral mirror system and has a black backed tumbling cell which means the light comes in from the side rather than from the front of the tumbling cell. Quite nice!  

Dawn LaGrave Liberty, Missouri, United States Bio: I started my art career in 2010 after 20+ years in the IT consulting industry. I decided I wanted to do something more deliberate and creative with my life, and so with no art training, formal or otherwise, I embarked on a search for my niche in the art world. I was looking through a quilting magazine and saw a project using kaleidoscope software. The software allows you to create a kaleidoscopic tessellation from a photograph by selecting a portion of the photo that is then mirrored and replicated over and over. Anyone in the Brewster Society would know that this is more accurately known as a taleidoscope but calling it a kaleidoscope is easier for the general public! I loved the designs I created, but I felt like something was missing. There was so much depth to the designs, since they were photos of 3D objects, with light and shadow, but they felt flat just printed on paper. In my mind, the logical next step was to start cutting the designs apart and layering them to create that perceived dimension. Some of the first designs I created were from photos of a recent trip to France, and the architecture was a perfect fit, and so I had found my niche! The rest is history, as they say. I have had the privilege to participate in some of the most prestigious fine art shows in the country and was even commissioned by Disney to make three pieces for one of their hotels in Florida!
Philosophy:
  I have learned so much about myself, and the world around me, throughout this journey. I have learned that people have an affinity towards symmetry, and especially symmetrical repeating patterns, and that they induce feelings of tranquility and peace. It has made me more aware of the presence of symmetry and pattern in nature, and how it plays a large part in many religions and cultures. I think that is why people continue to be fascinated by kaleidoscopes, with their infinite, symmetrical, repeating patterns.

Eiffel Tower Price: $495
Year Created: 2021
Size: 16 x 20 x 2 inches
Media: Paper
Description: I digitally manipulated my own original photo of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France to create a "kaleidoscopic" design. I printed multiple copies on photo paper, and then hand cut different elements from each copy with scissors. The pieces were reassembled with foam core between the layers to create dimension. The finished piece is framed in a minimalist black shadow box.

Prague Castel Price: $265
Year Created: 2021
Size: 13.5 x 13.5 x 2 inches
Media: Paper
Description: I digitally manipulated my own original photo of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle in Prague, The Czech Republic to create a "kaleidoscopic" design. I printed multiple copies on photo paper, and then hand cut different elements from each copy with scissors. The pieces were reassembled with foam core between the layers to create dimension. The finished piece is framed in a minimalist black shadow box.

Sagrada Familia Price: $265 Buy Sagrada Familia
Year Created: 2021
Size: 13.5 x 13.5 x 2 inches
Media: Paper
Description: I digitally manipulated my own original photo of the ceiling supports in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain to create a "kaleidoscopic" design. I printed multiple copies on photo paper, and then hand cut different elements from each copy with scissors. The pieces were reassembled with foam core between the layers to create dimension. The finished piece is framed in a minimalist black shadow box.

Sagrada Familia Windows Price: $495 Buy Sagrada Familia Window
Year Created: 2022
Size: 16 x 20 x 2 inches
Media: Paper
Description: I digitally manipulated my own original photo of a stained glass window in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain to create a "kaleidoscopic" design. I printed multiple copies on photo paper, and then hand cut different elements from each copy with scissors. The pieces were reassembled with foam core between the layers to create dimension. The finished piece is framed in a minimalist black shadow box.

Dan Land Knoxville, Tennessee, United States Bio: I was raised in a kaleidoscope. My dad's barber shop was lined with mirrors and I could never count how many times I could see myself. I accidentally took a kaleidoscope class and immediately I was hooked; so many types of scopes, such beautiful images, infinite variety. It can't get better than this.
Philosophy: I like exploring the various ways kaleidoscopic images can be made. I like images that are highly textured, and are often themed based on the kaleidoscope. I love to showcase the beauty of kaleidoscopic playfulness with the beauty of nature. I use woods primarily from the Appalachian forests that surround my home, but also use woods from other parts of the country where I've traveled.

St. Louis Way Back Machine Price: $150 Buy St. Louis Way Back Machine
Year Created: 2022
Size: 8.75 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Media: Wood
Mirror system:
Description: Did you know that kaleidoscopes can be time machines? This “Way Back Machine” is a kaleidoscope celebrating St. Louis past and present. The body of the Way Back Machine is a modern-day dirigible commemorating the first publicly viewed powered air flight in America which occurred at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The kaleidoscope image is an arch representing the St. Louis arch. In addition to the glass and beads normally found in the object chamber, there are several objects related to St. Louis’s history. See if you can find the following: - Riverboat – early transportation method important to St. Louis development - Harmonica – St. Louis was/is famous for jazz and the blues - Red licorice stick – Switzer’s licorice was started in St. Louis in 1886 - Cardinal – St. Louis pro baseball team - Ice cream cone – first created at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair - Beer mug – Adam Lemp created the first St. Louis brewery in 1840 The kaleidoscope comes with a stand and a product card detailing the kaleidoscope and the story behind the first powered dirigible flight in America. .  

Shining Sun 2 Mirror Kaleidoscope Price: $120
Year Created: 2022
Size: 5.75 x 3 x 2.5 inches (approximately)
Media: Wood, curly ambrosia maple and walnut
Mirror system:
Description: When I was designing this kaleidoscope, I had 3 goals: 1) Develop a kaleidoscope that had a beautiful image that built on what I knew, but exceeded what I had done previously. 2) Make a kaleidoscope with a simpler turning end than what I made on a lathe 3) Make a kaleidoscope with an interchangeable object chamber. When I started making kaleidoscopes, I considered myself a box maker (I had never used a lathe in my life). As a result, my first scopes were based on boxes. For this scope I decided to return to an original design and beef it up. As a result, you will see a simple box with an image of 16 to 18 points, depending on the mirrors. This 2-mirror (mandala) kaleidoscope is made from curly ambrosia maple and walnut, and features a detachable object chamber holder that is held on with magnets. The scope comes with a "Sun Rise" object chamber, and additional object chambers can be purchased from the artist. The kaleidoscope also comes with a product card describing the kaleidoscope and the process to change the object chambers. I hope you enjoy every day basking in the warmth of a Shining Sun. .  

Shining Sun 3 Mirror Kaleidoscope Price: $120
Year Created: 2022
Size: 5.75 x 3 x 2.5 inches
Media: Wood
Mirror system: 3-mirror
Description: When I was designing this kaleidoscope, I had 3 goals: 1) Develop a kaleidoscope that had a beautiful image that built on what I knew, but exceeded what I had done previously. 2) Make a kaleidoscope with a simpler turning end than what I made on a lathe 3) Make a kaleidoscope with an interchangeable object chamber. When I started making kaleidoscopes, I considered myself a box maker (I had never used a lathe in my life). As a result, my first scopes were based on boxes. For this scope I decided to return to an original design and beef it up. As a result, you will see a simple box with an image of 16 to 18 points, depending on the mirrors. This 3-mirror (full-field) kaleidoscope is made from curly ambrosia maple and walnut, and features a detachable object chamber holder that is held on with magnets. The scope comes with a "Sun Set" object chamber, and additional object chambers can be purchased from the artist. The Sun Set object chamber features predominately metallic objects, and as a result has deeper, more saturated colors. The kaleidoscope also comes with a product card describing the kaleidoscope and the process to change the object chambers. I hope you enjoy every day basking in the warmth of a Shining Sun. .  

Tesla Tessellation 4 Point Kaleidoscope Price: $95
Year Created: 2022
Size: 8.75 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Media: Wood
Mirror system: 4 point - 45/45/90
Description: I will admit, I am a geek and I live in an area that has a fair number of geeks. When I sell kaleidoscopes I like to help others become kaleidoscope geeks. One day at a show, a man kept looking between a few different kaleidoscopes. He finally looks up with a big grin on his face and says "they're tessellations!" I was so surprised that he knew what a tessellation was. Later, I was telling my story to a good friend who afterwards said "tessellation? Does that have something to do with Tesla cars?" While my friend wasn't geeky enough to know what I was talking about, he inspired me to create the Tesla Tessellation kaleidoscope.
Nikola Tesla was the inventor of the alternating current electric system. Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity, but we have household appliances because of Tesla. He invented many other cool things like the tesla coil (used in radios), remote controls, and a “death beam”. Elon Musk named his car company for Tesla’s electrical contributions to the world.
A Tessellation is a pattern created by repeating one or more shapes without gaps or overlaps (a.k.a., tiling of a plane). Square or hexagonal floor tiles create a "regular" tessellation. The artist Escher was famous for his "complex" figural tessellations.
Tesla Tessellations are a kaleidoscope series based on the common (regular) tessellations found in kaleidoscopes and are decorated on the outside with a branching pattern (known as Lichtenberg figures) created using high voltage electricity (ala Tesla). These patterns are literally burned into the wood and are the same patterns created in nature by lightning strikes.

    Most kaleidoscopes use a triangular mirror system. If all the angles in the triangle are evenly divisible into 180, the image you see will be a tessellation. The common kaleidoscope tessellations are:
  • 3 point - 60/60/60 equilateral triangle, displays a grid of triangles
  • 4 point - 45/45/90 right triangle or isosceles triangle, displays a grid of squares
  • 6 point - 30/60/90 right triangle, displays a grid of hexagons
The copper eye-caps of the kaleidoscopes can be used to identify each type of Tesla Tessellation scope. The object chamber of each type of tessellation features objects based on the underlying geometric figure (triangles, squares, or hexagons).
This kaleidoscope is a 4 point kaleidoscope, with a repeating rectangular grid image, and a brushed copper eye-cap.
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Tesla Tessellation 6 point Price: $95
Year Created: 2022
Size: 8.75 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Media: Wood
Mirror system:
Description: I will admit, I am a geek and I live in an area that has a fair number of geeks. When I sell kaleidoscopes I like to help others become kaleidoscope geeks. One day at a show, a man kept looking between a few different kaleidoscopes. He finally looks up with a big grin on his face and says "they're tessellations!" I was so surprised that he knew what a tessellation was. Later, I was telling my story to a good friend who afterwards said "tessellation? Does that have something to do with Tesla cars?" While my friend wasn't geeky enough to know what I was talking about, he inspired me to create the Tesla Tessellation kaleidoscope.
Nikola Tesla was the inventor of the alternating current electric system. Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity, but we have household appliances because of Tesla. He invented many other cool things like the tesla coil (used in radios), remote controls, and a “death beam”. Elon Musk named his car company for Tesla’s electrical contributions to the world.
A Tessellation is a pattern created by repeating one or more shapes without gaps or overlaps (a.k.a., tiling of a plane). Square or hexagonal floor tiles create a "regular" tessellation. The artist Escher was famous for his "complex" figural tessellations.
Tesla Tessellations are a kaleidoscope series based on the common (regular) tessellations found in kaleidoscopes and are decorated on the outside with a branching pattern (known as Lichtenberg figures) created using high voltage electricity (ala Tesla). These patterns are literally burned into the wood and are the same patterns created in nature by lightning strikes.

    Most kaleidoscopes use a triangular mirror system. If all the angles in the triangle are evenly divisible into 180, the image you see will be a tessellation. The common kaleidoscope tessellations are:
  • 3 point - 60/60/60 equilateral triangle, displays a grid of triangles
  • 4 point - 45/45/90 right triangle or isosceles triangle, displays a grid of squares
  • 6 point - 30/60/90 right triangle, displays a grid of hexagons
The copper eye-caps of the kaleidoscopes can be used to identify each type of Tesla Tessellation scope. The object chamber of each type of tessellation features objects based on the underlying geometric figure (triangles, squares, or hexagons).
This kaleidoscope is a 6 point kaleidoscope, with a repeating hexagon grid image, and a blue patinated copper eye-cap.
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Paula Nadelstern Bronx, New York, United States Bio: Paula Nadelstern has achieved international recognition for her innovative and complex designs inspired by the bilateral symmetry of kaleidoscopic images. Honored by inclusion in the Twentieth Century’s 100 Best American Quilts, her designs were showcased in the American Folk Art Museum’s first one person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist. In addition to her numerous awards, she was a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Bronx Council on the Arts. Paula has authored five books about her unique art quilts. She lives in the Bronx, New York on the same bock where she was born with her husband, Eric.
Philosophy: My quilts combine the symmetry and surprise of a kaleidoscope with the techniques and materials of quiltmaking. I try to free myself from a conventional sense of fabric orderliness, seeking a random quality in order to imitate the succession of chance interlinks and endless possibilities synonymous with kaleidoscopes. There are two kinds of surprises: the meticulously planned kind and the happy coincidence. Making kaleidoscope quilts allows me to synthesize elements of both, to merge control and spontaneity to spark something unexpected. Often effects more wonderful than I imagined occur, making me both the one who makes the magic and the one who is surprised.
 

KALEIDOSCOPIC XXX: Tree Grate, 53rd & 7th Price: $25,000 Buy KALEIDOSCOPIC XXX
Year Created: 2004
Size: 58.5 x 51 inches
Media: Quilt
Description: A tree grate integrates trees into the cityscape, suppressing weeds while allowing pedestrian traffic over the tree planting area. I’m a born and bred New Yorker. How many times had I passed these urban accessories before the day I looked down and instantly recognized the shape of my next quilt?

KALEIDOSCOPIC XVIII Cha Price: $20,000 Buy KALEIDOSCOPIC XVIII Cha
Year Created: 1998
Size: 37 x 37 inches
Media: Quilt
Description: The crucial Hebrew word Chai refers to life. Used as a symbol, the word expresses the hope and prayer for life, health and prosperity. In Hebrew, each letter represents a number (as if A equals 1 and B equals 2). The word chai is spelled chet (the 8th letter) plus yud (the 10th letter), making the numerical equivalent of chai eighteen. Consequently, the number 18 is also a symbol of life. This quilt is the eighteenth in my kaleidoscopic quilt series. The asymmetrical sixteen-point image is based on the interior image of DELTA II, a limited edition kaleidoscope by Charles Karadimos of Damascas, MD.

Judith Paul Emerald Hills, California, United States Bio: Judith is a kaleidoscope collector by addiction and a kaleidoscope maker by vocation. With degrees in Art History from Brown University and The University of Chicago, as well as extensive study at the Art Institute of Chicago, she has spent her whole life in the visual arts. Her experience as a professional studio photographer, ceramicist, fabric and jewelry designer and glass artist all come into play as she designs and makes kaleidoscopes. Judith lives in Northern California and is married to her "mirror man", Tom Durden. Together they produce collector quality kaleidoscopes from the finest and most unique materials. Her kaleidoscopes have won numerous awards in international competition and are enjoyed in many homes and several museums around the world.
Philosophy:
  I believe that a kaleidoscope is a beautiful, visual conversation between the artist and the viewer. I'm delighted to meet you!

Merry-Go-Round Price: $400 Buy Merry-Go-Round
Year Created: 2022
Size: 9 x 9 x 10 inches
Media: Walnut body with porcelain horse figures.
Mirror system:2 mirror, 5 point
Description: Freestanding, handheld walnut kaleidoscope with gilded highlights recreates the magic of a carousel. 2-mirror, 5-point system; liquid filled interchangeable cell filled with carousel horses and flowers (see mandalas). Gilded wood tray holds the scope and two ceramic merry-go-round horses on walnut stands. Signed by artist. .

Dragonfly Price: $200 Buy Dragonfly
Year Created: 2022
Size: 8 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches
Media: Violet Powder-Coated Aluminum adorned with mixed-media dragonflies.
Mirror system:2 mirror, 5 point
Description: Happy complex mandalas of dragonfly wings in gold, purples, and greens. These patterns were inspired by garden visitors. Signed by artist. .

Dichroic World View Price: $300
Year Created: 2021
Size: Globe: 4 1/2" base; height: 12 1/4"; Coordinated teleidoscope: 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Media: Brass and dichroic glass
Mirror system: 3-mirror
Description: 100s of pieces of clear fire-polished dichroic glass in multitude of colors cover the surface of the globe and the matching teleidoscope. The viewer uses the hand held 3-mirror fitted teleidoscope (with glass viewing dome) to see the globe - and the world around it. Point and enjoy! Signed by artist. .

WoodWorks Price: $200
Year Created: 2022
Size: 8 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches
Media: Walnut and mixd woods
Mirror system:2 mirror, 6 point
Description: I wanted to explore the wondrous patterning in wood. The 2-mirror, six-point system is focused on a liquid-filled cell that has varied wood treasures. The mandalas feature rich earth tones and the beauty of geometry. Interchangeable cell. Signed by artist. .

Venetian Bouquet Price: $500
Year Created: 2020
Size: 5" round base, 16" tall x 10" overall width
Media: Steel and glass.
Mirror system: 2-mirror, 5-point
Description: This scope celebrates the extraordinary glass history of Venice. The body of the scope is covered with hundreds of brightly colored, individual fused millefiori. The liquid-filled cell has the same millefiori with sculpted wire work and rainbow charms. The base, in the shape of a classic European urn, is powder coated in a fine textured matte black. The mandalas created by the 2-mirror, 5-point system are surprising, complex glass bouquets. Artist proof. .

Jasmine Raskas Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Bio: Jasmine Raskas lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been shown across the region, including at Art Saint Louis, the Jacoby Art Center, 31 Art Gallery, Osage Arts Center, Manchester Arts, the Koken Art Factory, the Stone Spiral Gallery, and St. Louis Lambert International Airport. She’s a resident artist at Silver Sycamore Gallery in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and Artisans in The Loop in St. Louis, Missouri. Art reviews and features have appeared in Gesso Magazine, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, KDHX radio, Art Saint Louis, Ladue News, and Art Brunch with the Travel Agency. Jasmine has been awarded grants from The Luminary’s Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Regional Art Commission in St. Louis, in addition to graduating from the Regional Arts Commission - Teaching Artist Institute in 2020.
Philosophy:
 I work with paint, sculpture, and assemblage to explore patterns found in natural growth, form, and collective systems. I’m fascinated by the mathematical rules that govern the emergence of organic structures and information-based systems, including the Mandelbrot set, Lindenmayer systems, and Laplacian growth. These patterns matter to me because of how they occur across multiple levels of scale and relate to mysteries around the interconnectedness of all parts and particles. This work is informed by my education in the fields of medicine and biotechnology. I create things that are purposefully ambiguous, but simultaneously representational of objective patterns, forms, and systems found within the natural world. Throughout the process, I embody the mindset of an alien observer, stepping outside the human vantage point to occupy a timeless, scaleless, culture-less existence. I’m particularly interested in the point at which objects and systems are labeled to be intelligent, conscious, or alive, and how these distinctions relate to the 21st century’s relationship to plants and technology. My work gives animistic qualities to a variety of forms exploring the crossroads at which intelligent systems may alternatively be defined as sentient creatures.

Hyperbolic Tone Price: $1,500
Year Created: 2021
Size: 36" x 36" x 1.5" inches
Media: acrylic on canvas
Description: My work explores the patterns that make up natural growth, form, and collective systems. From atoms to entire galaxies, these patterns can be found across multiple levels of scale. They are fractal-like, self-similar, repeating over and over in an ongoing feedback loop that appears familiar at all levels of scale.

Treasures That Exist Outside Price: $1,200
Year Created: 2021
Size: 236" x 24" x 1" inches
Media: acrylic on canvas
Description: My work explores the patterns that make up natural growth, form, and collective systems. From atoms to entire galaxies, these patterns can be found across multiple levels of scale. They are fractal-like, self-similar, repeating over and over in an ongoing feedback loop that appears familiar at all levels of scale.

Circumnavigate Price: $1,600
Year Created: 2020
Size: 48" x 24" x 1.5" inches
Media: acrylic on canvas
Description: My work explores the patterns that make up natural growth, form, and collective systems. From atoms to entire galaxies, these patterns can be found across multiple levels of scale. They are fractal-like, self-similar, repeating over and over in an ongoing feedback loop that appears familiar at all levels of scale.

Dancing After Dark Price: $1,000
Year Created: 2020
Size: 36 x 24 x 1 inches
Media: acrylic on canvas
Description: My work explores the patterns that make up natural growth, form, and collective systems. From atoms to entire galaxies, these patterns can be found across multiple levels of scale. They are fractal-like, self-similar, repeating over and over in an ongoing feedback loop that appears familiar at all levels of scale.

Nedra Reed Albany, NY, United States Nedra Reed Bio: I have been creating in stained glass for over 40 years. I specialize in kaleidoscopes and have created several prize-winning models. My horizontal wheel is unique and forms a small sculpture which is lovely to look at both outside and through the tube. More recently, I’ve been making fused glass and pottery ornaments for many of my scopes. I also love to "pull" dichroic glass using a torch and then fusing those pieces onto the sides of kaleidoscopes. The recent COVID crisis has led to new scopes. I sell mainly online marketplaces, and in Kaleidoscope stores. I love doing custom work and have made many scopes for special occasions. I love the joy that kaleidoscopes bring people and watching them look through mine.
Philosophy: Kaleidoscopes are the most beautiful configuration of light, color and movement!
 

Dragon Kaleidoscope Price: $400 Buy Dragon Kaleidoscope
Year Created: 2022
Size: 6 x 7 x 11 inches
Media: Stained and Fused Glass
Mirror system: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: This Dragon Kaleidoscope has scales which are glass "puddles"**, and wings of red and white iridescent glass. It is a Kevel spinner type kaleidoscope with a wheel on the end which spins on a horizontal plane. The wheel has a pewter dragon, a pewter castle and a crystal ball which swings and adds motion to the image. There is also second small wheel that turns on the first wheel.
**The glass puddles were created by this artist by layering scrap glass and fusing it. That layered piece was then broken into smaller pieces. Those pieces were then fired to become puddles.

 

Dragon Guarding Tower Price: $300 Buy Dragon Guarding Tower
Year Created: 2021
Size: 9 x 2.5 x 1 inches
Media: Stained and Fused Glass
Mirror system: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: This "Dragon Guarding Tower" 2 Marble Kaleidoscope has a fused glass dragon on one side, a tower created using decorative soldering on its second side and a spare marble and wire and a pewter crown and brass knight armor on its third side. It has a 3- mirror tapered system. The dragon is created using "puddles"** for its scales and has dichroic feet, horns and a tail tip.
**The glass puddles were created by this artist by layering scrap glass and fusing it. That layered piece was then broken into smaller pieces. Those pieces were then fired to become puddles.

Oil wand kaleidoscope with dichroic squiggles and a stand Price: $150
Year Created: 2021
Size: 11 x 14 x 2 inches
Media: Stained and Fused Glass
Mirror system: 3 Mirror
Description: This oil wand kaleidoscope has a beautiful black body with dichroic "squiggles" *** fused into its sides and top. It is a beautiful scope to display and look through. This oil kaleidoscope provides a cascade of color. It is often described as being like fireworks. You turn the scope so that the color is at the top of the tube. The colored oil and small metallic pieces flow down through the tube and “burst” in front of the mirrors within the scope. It is just fantastic!!. The pictures above are actual views through this scope. However, still pictures do not capture the movement effect. This scope has gold tiny beads and metallic moons and stars. The scope has a beautiful base. It is made of black and white swirly glass.

Stained Glass and Oyster Shell Sea Scope Price: $500 Buy Stained Glass and Oyster Shell Sea Scope
Year Created: 2022
Size: 5 x 4 x 9.5 inches
Media: Stained glass and shells
Mirror system: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: This kaleidoscope was created from oyster shells, found on the beach. Two shells were cut and pieced together to form each of the three sides. The shells have barnacles, shells and coral to form wonderful textures. Some shells have been stripped by the sea of the outer layer to reveal the iridescent abalone inner shell. The scope also honors the sea with sea glass, a shark's tooth and other shells. Images are created by turning the wheel on the end in a horizontal plane. The wheel has a shell, a lighthouse, a naval compass and a moving crystal on it.  

Stained Glass Kaleidoscope- Gems, Semi-prescious stones and Minerals Price: $120 Buy Stained Glass Kaleidoscope- Gems, Semi-prescious stones and Minerals
Year Created: 2022
Size: 6.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches
Media: Stained glass
Mirror system: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: This kaleidoscope is one of my "theme" series of scopes. It is a smaller than usual and easy to handle with a magnified eye piece to enhance the image. This scope features gems, semi-prescious stones and minerals. There is a wire-wrapped piece of crazy lace agate on one side and a piece of rhodonite on the other. Images are formed by turning the wheel on a horizontal plane. The wheel has pieces of turquoise, red coral, tigers eye and quartz on it.

Mark & Carol Reynolds Austin, Texas, United States Bio: In 1974 Mark migrated from Illinois, where he was born, to Austin, TX to attend the University of Texas majoring in English Literature. He and his brother Peach supplemented their income by making handmade kaleidoscopes and selling them on " the drag". After completing his education, Mark and Peach went into scope making full time. As pioneers in a kind of kaleidoscope renaissance, they built a by-the-seat-of-your-pants business designing hand-made scopes that included a camerascope, electroscope, and various hand painted and wood styles. Earlier models had an endearing quality, but with the discovery of front surface mirrors, image clarity became the benchmark for the future of scope appreciation. Art shows, then in their infancy, were the largest market for their work, along with galleries and gift catalogs worldwide. In the late 80's Peach gravitated toward a real job in Real Estate, while Mark continued on in the world of kaleidoscopes and light sculptures under the banner of "Kaleidovisions". Fortunately for Mark, Carol, his soon-to-be-wife, swept into action as artist partner. Daughter to a decorated flight navigator and Air Force Mom, Carol has been the "navigator" for the business ever since. Together they continue to design, build and show their high quality pieces at shows and galleries all across the country.
Philosophy:
 
In all our efforts our goal is to create art where form follows function. We begin each design by experimenting with mirrors that can be cut and configured to create an infinite number of unique kaleidoscopic illusions...all variations of triangles and squares. Then, we design a wood "delivery system". In each case, the wood on the outside reflects the mirror assembly inside. To make our scopes interactive, we build fluid filled viewing chambers that contain our flame worked glass, dichroic glass, shells and anything that helps to make a mesmerizing image. Success for us is when folks are attracted to our wood sculptures and then are amazed when they look inside.

Oh Be Joyful Price: $3,400 Buy Oh Be Joyful
Year Created: 2020
Size: 16 x 14 x 12inches
Media: Mixed Media
Description: This scope was inspired by our experience in Crested Butte at a campsite of the same name where we were stuck in a creek and had so much help getting out that we were grateful for that experience. We went on to create a scope that represented our feelings of gratitude in the colors of joy for this voluntary and overwhelming good will. .

Sue Rioux Kennebunkport, Maine, United States Sue Rioux Bio: I have been designing and creating Kaleidoscopes for over 38 years. My work is in private collections as well as museums and galleries all over the world.
Philosophy:
 
I want my pieces to be as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.

Jeweled Price: $2,500 Buy Jeweled
Year Created: 2022
Size: 5 x 10 inches
Media: Stained Glass
Mirror systems: 2 Mirror 5-point
Description: The scope body is a mosaic of dichroic glass housing a two-mirror ten-point mirror system viewing a hand made rotatable oil filled chamber. .

Joe and Susan Roetker Plaquemine, Louisiana, United States Bio: Joe and Susan Roetker are retired and live about 20 miles south of Baton Rouge, LA ,on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Life includes church, family, and woodturning. In 2021, we added making kaleidoscopes and, with help from BKS members, had good but not perfect success. Objectives now are to improve this new craft.

Clover Price: $275
Year Created: 2022
Size: 10 x 2 1/2 inches
Media: Wood
Mirror systems: 2-mirror 6-point
Description: The wooden body scope is turned from a solid piece of pecan. The barrel has been embellished by power carving, texturing, and hand painting inspired by techniques learned from Dixie Biggs. The lacquer finish should give lasting protection from being handled.  

Monarch Butterfly Price: $275 The Wilson Family Purchase Award provided by Debra & Walter Wilson
Year Created: 2022
Size: 10 x 2 1/2 inches
Media: Wood Sinker Cypress from the Louisiana swamps
Mirror systems: 2 Mirror 5-point
Description: Butterflies are representations of imagination, pleasure, and happiness. Kaleidoscopes defined! .  

Rose Fantasy Price: $470 Buy Rose Fantasy
Year Created: 2022
Size: 10 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
Media: Wood
Mirror systems: 2-mirror 6-point
Description: The body is constructed of eight staves (Rosewood) with an enhancing strip (Bloodwood) between each stave. The rotator is of stave construction (Bloodwood). The eyepiece is Rosewood. Stave construction is a technique I learned from a dear friend who passed in late 2019. This style of construction is now a favorite of mine. .  

Red E to Rumble Price: $450 Buy Red E to Rumble
Year Created: 2021
Size: 10 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
Media: Mahogany, Bloodwood, Maple Burl
Mirror systems: 2 Mirror 7-point
Description: The body is mahogany enhanced with bloodwood strips between eight staves. The rotator and eyepiece are bloodwood. The base is bigleaf maple burl. .  

Esther Roth Astoria, New York, United States Bio: Kaleidoscope artist, based in NYC, with a 15-year fascination of Kaleidoscopes inspired by my brother’s extensive collection in Switzerland. After many years in the tourist industry, a new phase in life has given me the opportunity to explore kaleidoscope art and reconnect to my own creativity, relationship to design and fabrics from my background in high fashion. My love for the arts, travel, and opera also nurture my inspiration to work with a variety of materials, all repurposed and recycled, making each design unique.

Musetta Price: $390
Year Created: 2022
Size: 9 x 3 1/2 inches
Media: Up-cycled custom jewelry bracelets and brooches, plastic from water bottles, front surface mirrors
Mirror system: 3 Mirror, Equilateral
Description: Inspired by the character of Musetta in the Opera "La Boheme" by Puccini.  

Queen of the Night Price: $390
Year Created: 2021
Size: 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches
Media: up-cycled custom fashion bracelets, jewelry pieces, plastic from water bottles, front surface mirrors
Mirror system: 3 Mirror, Equilateral
Description: Inspired by the character Queen of the night in the opera "The Magic Flute" by Mozart.  

Jim Schmidt Papillon, Nebraska, United States Bio: Jim has been a stained glass artist for over 25 years, focusing primarily on designing and creating one of a kind windows. He started making stained glass and stone kaleidoscopes in 2015 in earnest. Using semi-precious stone slabs allows him to create one of a kind hand-held and parlor scopes.
Philosophy:
  I like to innovate in making my kaleidoscopes using stained glass and natural stone. Integrating the two mediums seem to work naturally together and it is a passion of mine to explore the boundaries of each medium.

Petrified Wood Visions Price: $2,000 Buy Petrified Wood Visions
Year Created: 2017
Size: 16.5 x 4 x 11 inches
Media: Petrified wood and stained glass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror, 6 Point Tapered
Description: This tapered parlor kaleidoscope is mounted on a southwestern Wyoming petrified wood log. This log is millions of years old. It was formed by the petrification of primeval trees. The tapered kaleidoscope produces a three dimensional mandala provide by the three rotating wheels at the end. The kaleidoscope can be used by viewing on a table. It can also be removed from the mounting and used elsewhere The log itself is “as found” with exception of the hole noted into the top to mount the kaleidoscope. The log is wrapped by a stained glass and wire simulated rose vine to give it a natural appearance. In mythology, petrified wood is regarded as an object with divine power and a symbol of man’s connection to the natural world. Others believe that petrified wood stabilizes health and the body’s defenses, generating calm and encourages contentment.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.   Petrified Wood Visions

Snake Skin Agate Kaleidoscope Price: $425 Buy Snake Skin Agate Kaleidoscope
Year Created: 2021
Size: 5 x 5 x 8 inches
Media: Snake Skin Agate and stained glass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror, 12 Point 30° 60° 90°
Description: This kaleidoscope is made from two slabs of snake skin agate and highlighted with semi-precious beads on the top. Each stone slab has its own character as it was formed by nature, this stone kaleidoscope is therefore truly unique. The agate slabs were cut from a larger agate stone using a diamond blade. Lapidary techniques were used to prepare the slabs for use in the kaleidoscope. The agate slabs are about 1/4 inches thick. This in addition to the agate beads along the top of the kaleidoscope makes it heavier than the average kaleidoscope hence stained glass was used on the bottom to keep the weight down. Agate is believed by many to have magical powers enabling the user choose between true friends and false one. It is said to avert storms and lightning, protect children from danger, bring prosperity and prevent miscarriages.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.  

Porcelain Jasper Kaleidoscope Price: $425 Buy Porcelain Jasper Kaleidoscope
Year Created: 2021
Size: 4 x 4 x 7.5 inches
Media: Porcelain Jasper Stone and stained glass
Mirror systems: 3 Mirror, 6 Point Equilateral
Description: This kaleidoscope is formed from two slabs of porcelain jasper stone slabs. This particular piece of porcelain jasper shows wonderful color variations. Each side is unique. The top is highlighted with sparkling amber colored beads. These porcelain jasper slabs were selected for use because of their unique stripes making this kaleidoscope a “one of a kind” display. Each slab of this jasper was sliced from a larger stone using a diamond blade. Lapidary techniques were used to prepare the stone for use in the kaleidoscope. Because this stone slab is approximately 1/4 inch thick stained glass was used for the bottom side to limit the weight of the kaleidoscope. In the Middle Ages jasper was regarded as the warrior’s stone, symbolizing willpower. It is linked to Aries and Virgo .
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.  

Kirk Sora Metelsdorf, Germany Bio: 1976 born in Celle, Germany 1998-2003 Studies of Art at the HfBK Dresden, Germany 2003-2005 Master class student of Hans Peter Adamski 2015 moved to Wismar, Germany
Philosophy:
 I live and work in a remote and quiet place, in a village in the Mecklenburg Province near the German Baltic Sea coast. The surrounding nature and the vastness of its landscape have an essential influence on my abstract picture compositions. After my studies of painting in Dresden and a subsequent period of studies in Berlin, I now, living in the countryside, enjoy tranquility and a feeling of getting back to essentials. A prerequisite for creation of my powerful pictures. Despite their complexity these are artworks reduced to the essentials. I put an emphasis on, and feel very strongly about, the aspect that all of my pictures reflect a positive sentiment and give pleasure to those viewing them. At the same time, though, they convey more complex contents on a deeper level that cannot be described by means of language.

Orbland 262 Price: $1,900
Year Created: 2022
Size: 600 x 800 x 50 mm inches
Media: Photography
Description: The artworks of the new ORBLAND series deal with the beauty of light and the secrets hidden in it. These are pictures created for dreaming and about dreaming, for immersing and calming down. This is a moment for taking a pause to get aware of conscious breathing. Each of them is of distinct individual presence, is full of expressive power, exploding colours and compositional refineness. Never pushy, although esthetically pleasing, timeless and harmonious.

Orbland 275 Price: $1,900
Year Created: 2021
Size: 600 x 800 x 50 mm
Media: Photography
Description: The artworks of the new ORBLAND series deal with the beauty of light and the secrets hidden in it. These are pictures created for dreaming and about dreaming, for immersing and calming down. This is a moment for taking a pause to get aware of conscious breathing. Each of them is of distinct individual presence, is full of expressive power, exploding colours and compositional refineness. Never pushy, although esthetically pleasing, timeless and harmonious.

Orbland 254 Price: $1,900
Year Created: 2022
Size: 600 x 800 x 50 mm
Media: Photography
Description: The artworks of the new ORBLAND series deal with the beauty of light and the secrets hidden in it. These are pictures created for dreaming and about dreaming, for immersing and calming down. This is a moment for taking a pause to get aware of conscious breathing. Each of them is of distinct individual presence, is full of expressive power, exploding colours and compositional refineness. Never pushy, although esthetically pleasing, timeless and harmonious.

Orbland 288 Price: $1,900
Year Created: 2022
Size: 600 x 800 x 50 mm
Media: Photography
Description: The artworks of the new ORBLAND series deal with the beauty of light and the secrets hidden in it. These are pictures created for dreaming and about dreaming, for immersing and calming down. This is a moment for taking a pause to get aware of conscious breathing. Each of them is of distinct individual presence, is full of expressive power, exploding colours and compositional refineness. Never pushy, although esthetically pleasing, timeless and harmonious.

Orbland 268 Price: $1,900
Year Created: 2022
Size: 600 x 800 x 50 mm
Media: Photography
Description: The artworks of the new ORBLAND series deal with the beauty of light and the secrets hidden in it. These are pictures created for dreaming and about dreaming, for immersing and calming down. This is a moment for taking a pause to get aware of conscious breathing. Each of them is of distinct individual presence, is full of expressive power, exploding colours and compositional refineness. Never pushy, although esthetically pleasing, timeless and harmonious.

David Sugich Santa Barbra, Califnoria, United States David Sugich Bio: Santa Barbara, California based artist David Sugich creates a series of wonderful kaleidoscopes with a wonderful assortment of colors and textures of stained glass fitted with colorful bead-filled wands that help create a beautiful expression of color with every turn.
Philosophy: My kaleidoscopes are not your typical everyday kaleidoscopes. I make a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-mirror kaleidoscopes which are 2, 2.5, and 3-dimensional in nature. I use domestic, U.S. made, colored glass as the decorative exteriors, and dynamically moving, sparkling oil for the object chambers at the end of the mirror systems.
 

The Spirit of St. Louis quantity squared Price: $600
Year Created: 2022
Size: 16.5 x 5 x 3 inches
Media: Stained Glass
Mirror system: 3 Mirror tapered
Description: The Spirit of St. Louis quantity squared was created for the Foundry Art Centre Exhibit "Kaleidoscopes : The Art Form" and to celebrate the 2022 BKS Expo in St. Louis and is based on David's Nova series of kaleidoscopes. A squadron of the airplane "Spirit of Saint Louis" appears to be flying toward the orb created by the tapered the mirror system.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Alchemy Price: NFS
Year Created: 2022
Size: 11.5 x 16.5 x 2 inches
Media: Stained Glass
Mirror system: 2 Mirror
Description: Alchemy was created for the Foundry Art Centre Exhibit "Kaleidoscopes : The Art Form". It has a very large mirror system with four different ways to view the three denominational image. Two glitter wands are employed to produce a "changing to gold" effect.
More details and pictures of this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Wizards and Dragons Price:NFS
Year Created: 2022
Size: 16.5 x 4 x 4 inches
Media: Stained Glass
Mirror system: 3 Mirror tapered
Description: Wizards and Dragons gets its name from the dragons and wizards inside the mirror chamber and is based on David's Nova series of kaleidoscopes. The interior of this three sided kaleidoscope appears to be larger than the exterior. The dragons appear to be flying to the spiky orb created by the large tapered mirror system. Light entering from one side alters the image.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Mike & Donna Thibodeau Saint Charles, Missouri, United States Bio: We began making kaleidoscopes in 1994. Our first product was a kaleidoscope kit that we marketed to Junior Achievement Companies to be used as a product the kids manufactured and then sold. We were both JA advisors and though the kit was a great project for the kids, it didn’t provide us with much of a challenge or creative outlet. We began making different kinds of scopes; creating different body styles and discovering different ways to create the images. We learned how to put together boards to create inlay to use in some of our scope bodies. As we learned more about kaleidoscopes, we became involved in the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, a group of kaleidoscope artists, collectors, and shop owners. This gave us the opportunity to meet many of the people in the kaleidoscope community where we formed connections that both helped us to grow as artists, and to sell our scopes in shops around the country.
Philosophy:
 We believe that kaleidoscopes are "two-in-one" pieces of art. The body of the kaleidoscope is a beautiful piece of art that can be displayed but once it is picked up and looked through, the images created can be mesmerizing.

Checkers Price: $145
Year Created: 2018
Size: 4 x 2.5 x 10 inches
Media: Walnut & Cottonwood
Mirror system: 2-Mirror 7-point
Description: This 6-sided checkerboard inlay tumble scope is created from walnut and cottonwood. A two-mirror system is used to create a 7-point image. The image chamber contains a variety of glass objects including dichroic and flamework pieces. Just give it a gentle shake or turn.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.
Checkers Interior

Mini Flower Wheel cutting board inlay Price: $75 Buy Mini Flower Wheel cutting board inlay
Year Created: 2019
Size: 4 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches
Media: Wood - Walnut, Cherry, & Oak
Mirror system: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: This kaleidoscope employees two hexagonal wheels with dried flowers and insect wings laminated between clear glass. The body is made from domestic walnut, cherry and oak.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Circular Inlay wand kaleidoscope Price: $70
Year Created: 2019
Size: 9 x 2 x 11.5
Media: Wood - Maple, walnut, Cherry, and Cottonwood
Mirror system: 3-Mirror 14-point
Description: The first kaleidoscope we made was a wand scope. The body on this scope takes it up a notch.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Spalted Holly Tumble Wheel Kaleidoscope Price: $70
Year Created: 2020
Size: 4 x 2.5 x 9.5 inches
Media: Wood - Spalted Holley
Mirror system: 3 Mirror Equilateral
Description: The maple tumble wheel contains flame worked glass object, dichroic glass, stained glass pieces, etc. We found the spalted holly at a local saw mill, it is not something we had seen before & thought it would make great kaleidoscope bodies.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

Laura Wilde Daly City, California, United States Bio: Born and raised in Fresno, Wilde then attended Santa Clara University, where she received a Bachelor in Fine Arts. After that she moved to San Francisco and pursued a career in printing and graphics. Now retired, she lives in Daly City and continues with kaleidoscoping and graphics.
Philosophy:
  I love the colorful individualism, chaos, and organization of kaleidoscopes as they seem to echo the reality of life.

Mystical: Bacchus Price: $500
Year Created: 2019
Size: 10 x 10 ½ x 8 inches
Media: Acrylic
Mirror system:2 mirror, 6 point
Description: This scope is in honor of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine. Seeing the wine bottle holder, this idea came to mind - and I ran with it! The scope itself is 8 ¾” x 3 ¼”, it has a 2-mirror, 6 point system. Its cell is dry and turns independently; in addition, the cell lid can be removed and all items replaced. Exterior and interior colors match..  

Rondel: Spring Trio Price: $400 Buy Spring Trio
Year Created: 2010/2022
Size: 19 x 9½ x 9 inches
Media: Acrylic
Mirror systems: three mirror systems: 2 mirror, 4 point; 2 mirror 5 point; and a 3 mirror
Description: An original Rondel was basically a simplified version of this. I so liked it I decided to upgrade it to the Trio. The scopes measure 7" x 3" (including the cell). There are three different mirror systems - 2 2-mirror systems, 4-point and 5-point, and a three mirror. The cells are sealed, contain oil, and move independently. Exterior and interior colors match. .  

Astral: Gingko Price: $140 Buy Gingko
Year Created: 2022
Size: 10 x 7 x 2 ¾ inches
Media: Acrylic and metal
Mirror systems:2-mirror, 4-point
Description: I find gingko leaves to be particularly beautiful. When I saw the stand I immediately decided to create a scope featuring gingkoes. The scope itself is 4 ¼” x 1 ¾”. It has a 2-mirror, 4-point system and a dry cell. The scope is a one-piece item, as the cell is permanently attached to the body. Exterior and interior colors match.
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery  

Serenity: Spring Bouquet w/ Crystal Flower Price: $160 Buy Spring Bouquet
Year Created: 2022
Size: 7 x 9½ x 4 inches
Media: Acrylic, crystal, wood
Mirror system: 2-point, 4-point.
Description: Bright colors of a mixed spring bouquet are beautiful! Hence the design of this scope. It has a colorful crystal tea light holder w/ a battery-powered tea light in it, providing a light source as needed. The scope alone is 6” x 2”. The cell is a glass vial with oil, sealed. It moves independently. The mirror system is 2-point, 4-point. Exterior and interior colors match. .

Astral: Iris Price: $140 Buy Astral: Iris
Year Created: 2022
Size: 6¾ x 7 x 5 inches
Media: Acrylic, porcelain, wood
Mirror systems:2-mirror, 4-point
Description: The iris is my favorite flower. Seeing this lovely tea light holder and knowing I had a number of iris images, I created this scope. The scope itself is 4 ¼” x 1 ¾”, and the mirror system is a 2-mirror, 4-point. The cell is attached to the body and therefore cannot be turned independently. Exterior and interior colors match.  

Wesla Weller Marina Del Rey, California, United States
Philosophy:
 
I make objects of delight from reclaimed and up-cycled musical instrument parts to help people celebrate their personal connections to music. I am inspired by the stories these materials have to tell. Craftspeople shaped them; musicians dreamed with them; listeners cherished those dreams. Then I turn them into kaleidoscopes, and art for your ear becomes art for your home. Kaleidoscopes fall right at the overlapping center of the Venn diagram of things that fascinate and inspire me: Art, Music, Science, Rhythm, Spirit, Play, Magic, Joy. My process thrives on improvisation. In my Los Angeles studio, I experiment with different, often unexpected combinations to discover how each kaleidoscope’s form will enhance its function.

Tuxedo Junction Scope Price: $900 Buy Tuxedo Junction Scope
Year Created: 2021
Size: 9.5 x 8.25 x 3 inches
Media: Mixed Media
Mirror system: 3 Mirror, equilateral
Description: This one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope uses the classic black and silver palette of the clarinet as its inspiration. The result is a piece of Art Deco Steampunk. The body and stand are made from reclaimed clarinet parts. A frog from a broken violin bow connects the scope body to its object cell. Most elements in the object cell are monochromatic; many are music-related. The 3-mirror system creates dazzling, ever-changing imagery as the viewer turns the object cell. .  

Koji Yamami Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan Koji Yamami Bio: I have been making Kaleidoscopes about 30years. I have a Kaleidoscope making school in Tokyo. I became a member of Brewster Kaleidoscope Society in 1995 and my first convention was 1996 in Corning. I have won 8 People' s Choice Award at BKS convention. I have won a Juror Award at Strathmore Hall Exhibition in 2016 I have gotten a Cozette Award in 2019. I am an international board member of BKS.
Philosophy: I have been making kaleidoscopes since 1992. I use stained glass as one of the major materials for making my kaleidoscopes. I own my private kaleidoscope making school in Tokyo. I have formed a group called " ART KALEIDOSCOPE JAPAN" to promote awareness of Art Kaleidoscopes to the public.
 

Venus X Ⅱ Price: $1,300
Year Created: 2022
Size: 9 × 4 × 2.5
Media: Fused Glass
Mirror system: 3 Mirror tapered
Description: Venus X Ⅱ has a complex tapered 3 mirror system. It has 2 eyeholes and each hole has different images with a half liquid object cell. The images are very unusual vision of outer space.https://brewstersociety.com/kaleidoscope/venus-x-%e2%85%b1/
More details for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.

SNOW QUEEN Price: $7,000 Buy SNOW QUEEN
Year Created: 2022
Size: 19 × 8 × 12 inches
Media: Fused Glass
Mirror system: 3-Mirror 6-Point tapered
Description: This scope named ”SNOW QUEEN”. I have got inspirations from my favorite Disney movie “Frozen”. I designed it from the image of Snow, Ice, Queen, so I designed it with white and blue stained glass and it shaped like a rock of a ice or a ice castle and a movie character Elsa’s dress. Inside image is like Explosion Ices. Snow Queen receive one of the "Peoples Choice" awards in the 2020 Brewster Kaleidoscope Society virtual unveiling.
More details including videos for this kaleidoscope can be found in the kaleidoscope gallery.