On Sunday, July 21, Steve Scherer will create intricate glass animals and ornaments from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea celebrates 10 years as Kentucky’s showcase for the arts with three days of celebration.

Scherer, of Edmonton, has been working with glass since 1969. He was introduced to his craft by “Cap” and Dave Duewer, while a senior in high school in Decatur, Ill.. At school there was little time for glass lessons, so Scherer began to experiment with glass on his own as a hobby. After completing a degree in microbiology at the University of Illinois, he decided he would prefer to earn his living working with glass.


Glassblowing with a torch is referred to as “lampwork” because in the past, it was done in an alcohol lamp with a mouth-powered blowpipe to direct the flame. Scherer uses an oxygen-gas torch to work his borosilicate glass. His mentors, the Duewers, taught him how to color his own glass and instilled in him an ethic for doing quality work. He still uses his own hand-colored glass for most of his pieces.

Christmas ornaments with encased handmade animals are one of Scherer’s more unique creations. To make them, a sphere is first blown out of a piece of glass tubing, leaving a hollow tube attached to the bottom. The sphere is opened at the top, the finished glass animal inserted and attached by fusing it to the bottom, and the opening gathered together and sealed. A loop is then added to the top.

Works by Scherer are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013 with three days of events and activities July 19-21, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits include, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” on display through Aug. 24; and “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea,” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on display in the lobby through Nov. 17, 2013. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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