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Karen Gola

Juried Member Since 2008

I work with glass because I love the material in all of its forms. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the historic center of glassmaking in North America. My family heritage is Czech, a land renown for beautiful glass art. It was these influences that have lead me to working with glass.

I am inspired by the pure forms in nature—the gentle curve of a leaf, the graceful movement of flowing water, the varied patterns of tree bark. In glass I find an amazing material that can capture the organic essence of nature.