Karen Henderson has been a Stained Glass artist and teacher for 45 years. Her passion for glass started after a visit to cathedrals in Europe. She became captivated by the beautiful essence colors and designs that radiate the light through the churches.
She learned her craft in an adult Continuing Education course in Fort McMurray when she moved from her home in Edmonton.
After learning the techniques, she was asked to share her knowledge by teaching in the same college where she learned the skill. Inspiring others to appreciate the multiple stages of the process and create a beautiful piece of art is gratifying. She feels a great deal of satisfaction when a student discovers a passion for stained glass.
Her works are a variety of 3D sculptures, unique panels, suncatchers and recently using a snowshoe as a framework for her projects. Over the years she has done large commissions in chapels, show homes, a restaurant, private collections and Canmore Gallery. Each endeavor allows her to share the essence of the light and atmosphere in her works.
As I travelled in Europe the ancient church stained glass captured my heart. The vibrant colors of glass charmed me and guided me to learn the craft. The limitation of producing designs in glass is challenging but inspiring when the glass patterns are complete.
I learned the craft in Fort McMurray 45 years ago in an evening Adult Education class then became the teacher. As an artist and teacher, it is exciting to have students discover a passion of the craft.
Over the years I have completed many commissions in chapels, show homes, a restaurant, private collections in Canada and the US. Currently I have discovered that a snowshoe can be the framework for my glass works. I have also begun to enhance my projects with glass overlays to give them highlights and depth.
Check out my Facebook page at Karen Henderson for my works in progress and completed pieces for The Whyte Avenue Art Walk 2019.