Charlene Kelln – www.ck-glassworks.com
A brief history about myself:
I was first introduced to the art of stained glass in 1990 after I enrolled in a beginner’s class via the Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre, thinking it would be an interesting hobby.
I continued to produce a few pieces as gifts over the next few years, but started to pursue the craft in earnest in 1995 when I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and took advanced classes at a well-known studio, Prairie Studio Glass (PSG – one of the largest stained glass suppliers in Western Canada).
I was a student there for roughly a year when they offered me a job – of course I enthusiastically accepted! I worked & trained full-time at Prairie Studio Glass for the next 4 years, learning many unique skills, developing an ‘eye for colour’, as well as expanding creatively and technically in the stained glass field.
I also taught several beginners classes and some specialized workshops at PSG, as well as assisting students & customers with project selections/supplies and purchases. I was also responsible for making finished windows to hang in the store to inspire new students, as well as for customer purchases.
I moved to rural Alberta in 2001 (Wainwright) and became a self-employed artisan for the next 3 years.
I moved back to my hometown of Victoria in 2004, and have my own home-based business/stained glass studio. I design and fabricate finished pieces for sale, although the majority of my work is commissioned custom orders – small, medium & large orders alike!
I have shown my work via The Coast Collective, the Victoria Arts Council, and the Sooke Fine Arts Show. I also have a Facebook page and an Instagram account, as well as my website:
www.ck-glassworks.com. Thanks for reading!