Glass Artist JoshMEET GLASS ARTIST JOSH

"I don’t remember a time
when I wanted to be anything
other than an artist. "
- Josh Kehrberg


I was born in Illinois, but raised in Southern California.  My first love was ceramics and throwing on the potter’s wheel to which I was first introduced in high school.  I continued my interest in ceramics when I moved on to Jr. College and I eventually secured a position as a teaching assistant for the ceramics center at UCSD in La Jolla, California.

In the late 70’s I moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where I worked as a private ceramics tutor and also as an Art Director for a souvenir company where I designed and constructed store displays, handled advertising copy and layout and created art for souvenir mugs, T-shirts, caps, etc. directed at the tourist trade.

In 1996 I relocated from the Caribbean to Boston, MA.  I began my love affair with glass, working  for over a year as an apprentice at one of the oldest stained glass studios in the city where I learned to cut and constructed leaded and stained glass windows, cut stencils for sandblasting glass and restoring old leaded windows.  I even had the opportunity to contribute work on a leaded glass window constructed for the Watertown house featured on the TV program, “This Old House”.

I left Boston for Portland, OR. in 1999 and a few years later opened my own glass studio, “O’Gawd Art Glass” focusing on leaded glass window repairs and restoration and as well as custom made windows.  I began experimenting with fusing and slumping glass as a way to add greater detail and dimension to my windows.  Eventually I took up lamp work bead making with the same end in mind.

A few years ago I was approached by my primary glass supplier, Clines Glass in Portland, to teach lamp work bead making classes and the following year I added a few fusing and slumping classes as well.  The Reliquary Beads were created in response to my father’s death in the summer of 2009.  Although they were initially created as a personal remembrance for my step mother and siblings, my Reliquary Beads have met with a great deal of interest locally through word of mouth.