About Karen

Working with warm glass since 2007, my kiln-formed glass vessels in brilliant colors and complex designs are collected nationwide. I create artwork for people who love vibrant color and luscious lines, and crave tangible art with shape and heft.

Bursting with color, my abstract vessels and panels strive for strict geometry and sharp lines in a material that only bonds when heated to a liquid, flowing state.

Whether it’s a modern-day take on the traditional murrine construction of 16th century Murano, Italy, or carefully-engineered flowing and mingling, I enjoy creating special glass components and then designing around them. Elements of a finished piece have frequently undergone several firings on their way to the final artwork.

Tell Me More

When I’m not cutting glass or peering into a kiln, I like to hike in the US and abroad, perform quirky dance routines in Labor Day parades, and bake cupcakes with odd flavorings.

I have dozens of tiny drawers of extremely organized hardware.

I do a lot of my own home renovation — painting, flooring, trim, closet installation, tile. Friends stop by when they need a table saw, drill press, or floor nailer. I hate grouting!

My hair color constantly changes. It hasn’t been a natural color since 2004.

I have parasailed in France.

I accidentally free-climbed a mountain that should have required a climbing harness in Romania.

Journey to Glass

A software developer and database architect by training, my journey into glass began with stained glass in the early 2000s. After a few years, feeling constrained by the limitations of flat panes, I took a fused glass class at my local community center and was hooked on warm glass!

Looking around for instruction, I found a warm glass teaching studio just up the road from me. Little did I know at the time, but I’d stumbled into Vitrum Studios, which turned out to be one of the preeminent teaching studios in the country. I had the great fortune of learning there for several years with a variety of domestic and international visiting instructors as well as Vitrum’s delightful owners.

As my enthusiasm for glass grew, so did my herd of kilns and demands for electricity. A few years in, I had to move out of my historic co-op row home when they decided I couldn’t have a 50-amp kiln!

As I learn and explore new techniques and constructions, my love for riotous color in my work never changes. Perhaps what you’d expect for someone with an ever-changing rainbow of hair colors and a bright orange and blue car.