Author Archives: Luise Christensen-Howell

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

New Year Resolutions

We all make them, resolutions to do better, to live better, eat better. With a brand new year stretched out in front of us this seems to be the perfect time. Part of that is looking back at the year … Continue reading

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Old video

Hahaha! Dug up an old video. Funny how we think we come across and how we really do.  

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The question: ” how long did that take you to make?” is never easy to answer.  The time from inspiration to finished piece involves many steps.                              … Continue reading

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Treasure Boxes

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“Mother Nature”

A new mosaic, this time it’s three dimensional. Inspiration strikes at different places and times. I saw this dress form and while I was looking at it I could just see it covered in glass mosaic. I wanted to depict … Continue reading

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Stairway to the Galaxy

A new piece for the Gallery at La Cigale in Mount Gretna is “Stairway to the Galaxy”. The shades of dark blue glass mixed with clear iridized glass evoke a sky at midnight.

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June First Friday at the Gallery at La Cigale

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Valentines Day

What are you planning to commemorate this special day? I was busy making a few things for easy gift giving.   Have a Happy Valentines Day!

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An Evening at the Opera

Another Mosaic that allows the viewer to interprete what is in front of him/her. To me it is an abstracted view of the glamour of an Opera House from days gone by. The shimmering fabrics in the beautiful dresses, sparkling … Continue reading

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Always things to create.

It’s been a busy few months. Mostly custom orders but also a few things to keep the inventory at the    stocked and some items for the new venture at ” The Nest” antique store. One of the custom … Continue reading

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