Metalsmith, Glass bead maker (Lampworking) , Jewelry Designer and Graphic Artist
Karen is a self taught lamp work artist and metalsmith with studios in both Arizona and Michigan. Her passion for jewelry making goes back 15 years when she first moved to Green Valley, AZ and joined the local Lapidary Club in pursuit of making silver components to enhance her lamp work beads. The clubs classes opened up a whole new world of manipulating metal through embossing. texturing and fold forming. It wasn’t long before Karen was incorporating her beautiful glass beads with silver wire and other metal components to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.
Karen holds a teaching degree from Western Michigan University and a Graphic Design degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She has taught classes in metal casting, metal forming, wire-wrapping, chainmaille, colored pencil on metal and lamp working (the process of melting glass rods over a torch to form glass beads). All of her jewelry is one-of-a-kind and she shows at local fine art fairs in both Michigan and Arizona. Her work was published in 2004 in Lark Book’s “1,000 Glass Beads” and she has recently published jewelry tutorials for Wubbers University.
Karen believes everyone has a “creative” gene ready to tap and explore.
“My desire is to inspire creative jewelry making by learning the basics of color and design”.