Someone asked me recently: “what do like to create more, boxes or panels or lamps?” I could not answer that in one or two sentences. The truth is that my favorite is always the one piece that I am currently working on. To watch a piece evolve from design to finished project is always a thrill, even after 30 plus years.
While I am waiting for a large glass shipment to arrive to create the glass Butterflies for the new Hershey Conservatory, I finished some custom orders. There was time to make some Treasure boxes for the Gallery at La Cigale and some upcoming shows. And I was thinking that the little Treasure boxes must surely be one of my favorite projects. Each one so unique, they allow me to pack as much or as little punch as I like into each one. When you look closely at them you can see beads, metal leaves, Geodes and Bevels. They all combine with the carefully chosen Artglass to make each one unique..
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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