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Artist Bio

Kay has been working in stained glass since 1971. Her involvement with glass started at a studio in Scottsdale, Arizona where she learned all phases of stained glass fabrication, including the copper foil and lead came techniques. She has studied stained glass design under Sue Bird of Utah, Margareta Grandin-Nettles of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and Charles Z. Lawrence of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1973 Kay opened her own stained glass studio, The Stained Glass Shop, in Arizona. The retail studio featured original glass gift items, decorative wall reliefs, and custom stained glass. Comprehensive stained glass classes were offered and taught by Kay. Colored glass from around the world was also a feature, as well as tools and supplies.
Kay’s original stained glass art has been exhibited throughout Arizona and across the United States. Her stained glass work has also been shown internationally. A stained glass panel designed and fabricated by Kay, entitled Southwest Pottery, was one of twenty panels on exhibit at La Galerie du Vitral, Chartres, France. This exhibit, sponsored by The Stained Glass Association of America, was the first presentation of non-architectural American stained glass in Europe.

Award and Prize Recognition

Best of Show - Shared Recognition
Annual Mesa Stained Glass Show
Mesa, Arizona

Best Use of Opalescent Glass
Associates Show
Stained Glass Association of America
Jekyll Island, Georgia

Best of Show
Associates Show,
Stained Glass Association of America
Toronto, Canada
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Kay participated in the Phoenix Art Museum’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival. Her stained glass work was featured in the magazine Better Homes and Gardens “Christmas Ideas” and in the book Treasury of Christmas Crafts and Foods, published by Better Homes and Gardens.
Recently Kay has been working on a series of stone sculptures incorporating glass. She has been using primarily Maine granite with a wide verity of glass types, including pieces she has fired in her kiln and inch thick “dalle de virre” glass. These sculptures have been used as lawn and garden sculptures as well as deck and inside home accent pieces. .