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

News from Glasshaus

We all know the saying: time flies when you are having fun. Well, time has certainly flown for me. The summer was incredible busy with both glass work and baking goodies for German Delights, the venture that my daughter and … Continue reading

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A week at Glashaus

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 … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Project

There is exciting news to share: Hershey Garden is building a Conservatory! A beautiful Building to house tropical plants and Butterflies with areas for instruction. Learn about it here: I am thrilled that I was chosen to create the Butterfly … Continue reading

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About stained glass

The term “stained glass” is actually misleading. The color of the glass is not an applied stain. It is an artful combination of sands, Feldspar, Minerals and some other proprietary ingredients. This is where glass achieves it’s brilliant, permanent color. … Continue reading

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5 things that I am grateful for today.

Today is Alyson Stanfield’s Birthday. And with her wishlist she is actually giving gifts. A list of 8 simple things to do that will  brighten your day. One item on the to do list: think of five things that you … Continue reading

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Lute players Serenade

This picture shows “Lute players Serenade” before it was framed in a custom picture frame. I really like the glass chosen for this piece. Subtle textures to make the clothing appear as if it is cloth. That panel sold at … Continue reading

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Galactic Marbles

Some new work that I am taking to the Gallery at La Cigale in Mt. Gretna. While they are called ” Galactic Marbles” they also represent a study in colors and textures. In addition to the hand rolled, american made … Continue reading

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A Privilege

And so it goes for all of us: The calendar keeps moving forward, regardless of the events and battles that go on in every ones life. We can only withdraw for a time, trying to figure out how we are … Continue reading

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A Muse

A Mosaic of Ouranie, the greek Muse of Astrology. There will be more Mosaics of different Muses for an Exhibit next year. This one sold at a Benefit Auction. Still one of my favorite pieces.  

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Simple Vine

Sometimes just a simple touch will be enough. The small Bevels sparkle and catch the Sun while the Vine adds Tranquility.

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