The week started out on a good note. A planning meeting for the upcoming months at the Gallery at La cigale. We have some great Artist’s lined up for the coming season: painters, glass sculptors, Collage Artists, basket makers. The preparation is always very time consuming but so very important. The Artists are featured on our website: http://www.galleryatlacigale.com
And other preparations for the upcoming Exhibit in June at the Lebanon Art Association. New designs, choosing the glass, and all that is involved in an Exhibit. Knowing how many pieces the space allows for, choosing what to display and of course the most important part: actually making everything. A group of glass Artists, showing all the different ways to use this beautiful medium. From kiln formed to mosaic, lead work and the Tiffany method. It promises to be a sparkling June.
More planning for the Butterfly project. Some of the dimensions needed size adjustments so details will be clearly visible form the height they are suspended from. And then the construction of the prototype for the largest of the Butterflies, almost three feet across. The image is of one of the smaller Butterflies hanging under a Trellis.
About Luise Christensen-Howell
My fascination with glass began in 1984 when I took a class that explained the basic procedure of working in this medium. It became a full time occupation. I owned and operated a stained glass store, Glasshaus Studio, for a number of years. There I sold stained glass supplies, tools, glass sheets, original glass art and taught classes on the subject.
Because I wanted to devote more time to the creative process, I closed the store in 2001 and now work in my studio full time. I work in the original Tiffany method, cutting colorful pieces of glass that follow my design. The pieces are shaped on a glass grinder for a perfect fit. Copper foil is added around the edges of each piece and they are then soldered together to form a finished piece.
There have been numerous installations over the years, a series of church windows at St. Johns Lutheran church in Sinking Springs, Pa. A double Entrance door at Our Lady of Peace church in Halifax, Pa. An Entrance door at the Adjutant Generals mansion at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. Two large, historically inspired windows at the Union Canal House in Hershey, Pa. My largest installation to date is at the welcome Pavilion of the Catherine and Milton Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Garden, Hershey Pa. I was chosen from a field of applicants to create 63 very large glass Butterflies.
Because of it's versatility and permanence, glass can be used in a variety of applications. Whether it is a window, door, glass mosaic, lamp or one of my Treasure boxes, the item will last for years to come.
I am a founding member of the Gallery at La Cigale where my work is on display and available for purchase, a member of the Hershey Area Art Association and a member of the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts.
I can be contacted at 717-534-9135 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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