Karen Ehart Glass

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Karen Ehart glass artwork uses several different processes depending on the shape of the final product. Some of Karen’s pieces are more three dimensional than others. She begins one of these pieces by making an original sculpture. She will create a shell-like mould over that sculpture which she will use to shape her glass on. The mould making process is an art form in itself and requires much trial and error.

 

She will then craft the design elements she will use. She cuts, fires, torches and smashes pieces of glass, using a variety of techniques to create the parts that will make up the composition.

Karen experiments with the glass pieces in various configurations until she finds the right look for her design.

The glass sculpture takes shape during the second firing. Gold details are then painted on and it is returned to the kiln, this time over the mould she has fabricated if it is a dimensional piece. Some pieces even require additional firings.

 

A regimen of heating and cooling very slowly must be followed for all firings – a process is known as annealing – taking place over a period of several days.

 

Karen’s amber glass sculpture is the result of many hours of patient experimentation. Each piece is a highly collectable original.

 

Karen Ehart glass pieces are found in collections around the world. Her craftsmanship is ever-evolving as she continues to experiment with the endless possibilities for expression that glasswork offers.

 

We are delighted to welcome Karen and her beautiful work to Boha.

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