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Karen Abel

Ceramics, glass, and sculpture
On display in our retail gallery

Karen Abel was our Executive Director, leading artEAST through many changes until the start of 2016.

Karen is a glass and ceramic artist with extensive experience teaching clay to elementary and middle school students as well as hosting ceramic and glass workshops for adults. She has been an artist-in-residence in the Issaquah School District where her focus is developing ceramic courses that are sequential, educational, fun and result in treasured projects. Karen works in clay, fused glass and lampworked beads; her passion is combining these materials with wire and found objects.

Karen Abel. Photo by Hilling DesignAfter earning an advertising degree from the University of Washington, and more than a dozen years in corporate America managing wacky, creative teams, Karen studied art at Pratt, BCC, and KAC. From these diverse experiences she’s learned the value of enthusiasm, devotion to a mission and making space for dreaming and grand attempts. Her approach to teaching both adults and children in the ceramic and glass arts reflects this philosophy of inspiring and energizing others. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, past board member of Intiman Theatre, and co-founder of Tales Well Told, a non-profit organization for the support of storytelling.



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