November Brings Glass Artistry to the Kentucky Artisan Center

Photo: Artist Steve Scherer at the torch creates a horse in blue glass


November is the start of holiday shopping and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will open the season with demonstrations of glittering glassworks by three Kentucky artists whose works are regularly featured at the center.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Steve Scherer, of Edmonton, will demonstrate his unique glass ornaments from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center.

Using an oxygen-gas torch and his own hand-colored borosilicate glass, Scherer creates Christmas ornaments by encasing his handmade animals and birds with clear glass. A sphere is blown from a piece of glass tubing and the finished glass animal is inserted and attached. The opening is then gathered together and sealed with a loop for hanging.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Marlene Dennis, of Louisville, will demonstrate her stained glass ornaments from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center.

Marlene states that once she started learning to do stained glass, she was hooked. Having always loved glass, crystals and natural stones, she found that with stained glass the possibilities were endless. 

Also on Saturday, Nov. 12, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” and the lobby exhibits, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition” and “Reveal: Monica Pipia.” 

These free, guided exhibit tours will be led by Kentucky Artisan Center staff who will talk about the exhibits, the artists and individual works. Staff will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used and the objects featured. Tours will be given at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. 

Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, Ann Klem, of Fisherville, will create Lampworked glass beads with a torch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center. 

Klem draws most of her inspiration from her love of strong color and from images in her environment where she looks for patterns in nature. Working with the hot glass at an oxygen-propane torch, she gathers colored and clear glass onto her mandrel to layer and shape the beads she needs to complete an idea for a piece of finished jewelry.

Also on Saturday, Nov. 26, the musical group Raison D’Etre will perform holiday music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center. Recordings by this trio are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center and their close harmonies and spirited renditions of holiday music set the tone for holiday shopping. 

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at Exit 77. The center’s exhibit, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans,” through Feb. 25, 2017; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition,” and ”Reveal: Monica Pipia.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, or visit the center’s website or Facebook page.

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


Photos, left to right: Stained glass ornament by Marlene Dennis; fused glass necklace by Ann Klem; the musical trio Raison D'Etre



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