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Karen Gilbert

"I see my work from two sides.  one is the exploration of materials; the other is the content of my ideas. The functonal forms in nature and science, put together, are those we find familiar.  I see these most primal forms as roadmaps for everything we think and feel.  the smallest can be a visual representation of the larger complexity.  what is underneath the surface is what I choose to explore. I try to question ideas about where comfort and beauty are found.  the objects I make are my expressions of a new narrative."- Karen Gilbert b.1971, oregon




1999 & 1996 pilchuck glass school, 1991-93 california college of arts, 1989-90 university of san francisco

Public Collections

museum of fine arts, boston: acquisition 2007

tacoma art museum: acquisitions 2003 & 2004


 art jewelry today, schiffer, 2007

art jewelry today 2, schiffer, 2008

jewelry design, daab, 2008

glasswear, arnoldsche, 2008




glasswear - toledo museum of art, toledo oh; schmuckmuseum, pforzheim germany; museum of art and design, new york ny

relief - velvet da vinci gallery, san francisco ca

sparkle plenty - quirk gallery, richmond va


making sense - urban glass, brooklyn ny

solo show - snyderman works gallery, philadelphia pa

solo show - martina + co, providence ri


building traditions - tacoma art museum, tacoma wa

one & only - john michael kohler art center, kohler wi


solo show - sherrie gallerie, columbus oh

ornamental art - de cordova museum, boston ma


solo show - snyderman works gallery, philadelphia pa

botanical - the society of arts and crafts, boston ma


functional fine art - braunstein/quay gallery, san francisco ca

solo show - suydam+diepenbrock gallery


absorption, solo show - susan cummins gallery, mill valley ca


vetri glass gallery, seattle wa


nancy sachs gallery, st louis mo

torch songs: 50 years of northwest jewelry - tacoma art museum, tacoma wa

new glass from the northwest - craft alliance, st louis mo


materials for reasoning, solo show - susan cummins gallery, mill valley ca

results of reasoning, solo show - mia gallery, seattle wa


award of acheivement, american craft council, 2003 & 2007

artist trust, washington state arts commission fellowship, 1998


workshop - 92nd street Y, new york ny

workshop - arizona designer craftsmen, tuscon az

workshop - pratt fine arts center, seattle wa


Current Work

Cuff in brass, glass and silver. Cuff is 2 1/2" wide. Beaded element is approx 3 x 1 x 1/2". 
Green Necklace
Necklace in sterling silver, green garnet and Pyrex glass. 16" long adjustable chain. Pendant dangle hangs 2" long. 




Past Work


Brooch in sterling silver, mica, quartz, glass, and enamel. Approx 4 x 4 x 1 1/2".