Dean A Kent, born 1957, grew up in Rhode Island and received his B.A. in Studio Arts from Hampshire College in 1982. Dean's’ fascination with the creative possibilities of glass began with an early exposure to the work of the renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. Dean’s father, a self-taught electrical engineer, was asked to create Tesla coil power supplies to broadcast wireless power to Chihuly’s glass sculptures, which glowed from within with electrified gases.
Following Hampshire, the fascination with glass light and color led to Dean’s work with kaleidoscopes and other optical toys in the 1980’s. He designed and marketed high end kaleidoscopes nationally selling to Sierra Club, Neiman Marcus and other fine craft outlets. Deans’ work was featured in Cozy Baker’s “Through the kaleidoscope” a book for collectors and connoisseurs of fine optical instruments.
In the late 90’s Deans’ collaboration with another glass artist led to the creation of Paradise City Glass Works, a business which crafted a line of “green” gift ware made from recycled bottles. The gift ware featured sand etched images and custom imprints for commercial customers.
Dean currently resides in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with his partner, Evelyn, their three dogs, two cats, 3 horses and a lot of chickens.