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About Karen

Karen StahlmanI have always liked working with my hands, but it wasn't until I was introduced to kiln-fired glass that I found my passion and found that I like to cut and play with glass.

Having spent most of my life "making a living", suddenly, in my fifties, I discovered hot glass and started creating wearable glass art pendants. Now, even though work and life get in the way, I spend as many hours as I can in my studio in this ongoing adventure of new found creativity. I also spend time with my miniature schnauzers, Max and Katie, as well as my husband, John.

What fun!  I love it when I go out and encounter someone wearing one of my pendants!  Each pendant is individually crafted. No two can be alike, maybe similar, but never exactly alike. All the glass is hand cut and shaped. The layers are stacked and glued and fired in the kiln at 1, 465 degrees. They are then "shaped up" a little more with a glass grinder and then go back in the kiln to be 'fire polished' to smooth the edges. Sometimes pieces get fired 3 or 4 times.

I love Mardi Gras and Mardi Gras people! Mardi Gras people love things that sparkle. So, as enhancement to my fused glass pendants, I started working with Swarovski crystals. If it sparkles we have to have it. I make necklaces and earrings.

I also fire "whatnot" pieces...plates and bowls that can be used as whatever you want. They can be for appetizers, candles, decorative or just "whatnots".

In this ever evolving process of creativity, I started fusing Christian crosses that you see here on this website. For the most part I just take them to a 'contour' fuse instead of a 'full' fuse. This means that you can still see and feel the different pieces of glass but they are still fused together and are smooth--resulting in a lot of definition

Many friends buy white on white crosses to give as wedding presents.

Then I started fusing the SeaHorses and Butterflies. I also have picture frames and night lights available. I am not sure what direction I will be heading next!  You will just have to come back often to see what's new!