When discussing his work, Steve Klein notes, "My influences are primarily painters—Diebenkorn, Mondrian, Rothko, Newman, Miro, Pollock—and the ceramist Jun Kaneko. My work seeks to explore and establish a relationship between shape, color and texture. I’m very taken by glass as a material and the fusing and casting processes. I like the idea of having control of the piece during the construction, then losing control while the piece is in the kiln, then being able to regain control through cold working to bring together both forces into a resolved piece.” This precarious balance between control and compromise finds expression in his sculptural forms and designs. “In life,” he explains, “there are moments that require compromise, resolution and action to create balance. I am challenged by that act of balancing and this is what my work addresses.” An alumnus in Theatre Arts from California State University in Long Beach, CA, Klein began his career in glass art almost 30 years later, taking classes between 1996 and 1998 at Pilchuck Glass School.
Klein has taught his unique approach both nationally and internationally since 2001 in workshops at Pilchuck in Washington State; Bullseye in Oregon; Bella Glass in Colorado; Corning Glass in New York; Vitrum Studio in Washington, DC; Espace Verre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland; Escuela Del Vidreo, La Granja, Spain; HKGADS in Hong Kong; and the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. He has been a professional artist in residence at Pilchuck (in 2002 and 2005) and Penland School of Arts and Crafts, North Carolina (2001).
His art is in the collections of The Studio at Corning Glass; the Nacional Museo Del Vidreo, La Granja, Spain; the Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland; The Bullseye Collection, Portland, OR; and the Museum of the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His work has also been reviewed in such periodicals as Neues Glas/New Glass (Germany); American Craft (USA); Glass Art (USA); and Oficio y arte (Spain).