Karen has been working professionally in glass since 1981. Her work has been invited to show at the Bullseye Connections Gallery, Portland, OR, and accepted in exhibits curated by the past directors of the Smithsonian Museum and Pilchuck Glass. Her work has been requested by the Whitehouse and is now in the archival collection.
Karen was featured in the book “Your Career in Craft” by Prof. Elwyn Hayslip and her work was included in “Photographing Art, Craft and Collectibles” by Steve Meltzer. Glass Art magazine published a feature article of her work in Volume 28, Number 4 and showcased her work in Volume 22, Number 2. Stained Glass Quarterly of the Stained Glass Association of America published a feature article of the fused glass installation at the Madison Hospital in Madison, AL in Volume 107, Number 4.
Her ‘Sunscape’ series was shown on the CBS Sunday Morning show with Charles Osgood and she has been a featured segment on WAFF-TV (an NBC affiliate) “Bobbi’s Bama” and on WBRC-TV – Birmingham, AL “Absolutely Alabama” Karen has been a published, contributing editor for GLASS Craftsman magazine for 13 years of the publication. She has also written for: International Guild of Glass Artist’s publication: Common Ground Glass, Glass Art, the e-magazine artglassinfo.com, Fired Arts and Crafts and The Crafts Report.
Teaching is a major part of Earthstar Glass. Karen enjoys sharing information and techniques about glass but most of all enjoys sharing her love of glass. She is honored to be included on the Qualified Instructors list for Spectrum and Uroboros Glass companies. She teaches private classes in her Huntsville, AL studio in both stained glass and kiln-formed glass. She also teaches at one of her favorite places on the planet, the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC and has delighted in teaching at Arrowmont School for Arts & Crafts and Appalachian Center for Crafts for over a decade. She has taught specialty classes for Weisser Glass, Kenningston, MD, The Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL as well as teaching specialty classes for Botanical Gardens, Clubs, Guilds and Design Centers. (See Classes for upcoming classes.)
Karen credits her diversity in glass to the influence of the great artists with whom she has studied.
Dick and Victoria Millard — Traditional Glass Painting
Cappy Thompson — Pilchuck Glass School: Narrative Painting
J. Kenneth Leap — Glass Painting
Raphael Schnef — Airbrush Techniques on Glass
Dan Fenton — Fusing Glass
R. Bruce Laughlin — Fusing and Screen Printing on Glass
Norm and Ruth Dobbins — Sandblasting, Carving, Shading, Gold leafing Glass
Bullseye Glass: Glass Teacher’s Invitational Glass Seminar/Class — Kiln Formed Glass
This creative diversity has allowed collaborations with ASID certified Interior Designers in custom designs in glass for homes. She has also been commissioned for glasswork for businesses, churches, commemorative pieces and awards. Her diversity allows her to create glasswork for commission, sub-contract or consignment choosing from or combining Pieced, painted, kiln-carved, abrasive etched, fused, laminated, gilded, screen printed, stamped, photo transfer, cast, slumped and draped glass.