Studio Tour 2014

Only about three weeks to a yearly occurrence: The annual Art Studio Tour in our area. This year there will be 26 Artists participating, chosen by a jury. For the last 15 years I have been lucky enough to participate. Every year the preparation takes months. Creating new Artwork for the event that only lasts a weekend seems like a lot of effort but it is truly a wonderful weekend. For two days I am able to share with a crowd of ever changing faces, and some regulars, how my Artwork is created. From the drawing of the pattern to the first cut on the glass, the grinding, foiling and soldering and the finishing framing. I love how fascinated people are by the process. It is a lot more than just selling finished pieces.

It is a chance to show visitors what goes into making a one of a kind piece of Art, whether they purchase anything or not. It is a chance to interact with people that are really interested in all kinds of Art, every stop on the Tour shows different Studios, different Artists. If you are in the area November 1st and 2nd, please stop in, let me show you how an original piece of stained glass is created.


Taken last year during Studio Tour

Taken last year during Studio Tour



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
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