Karen Ladd is a self-taught artist, with over 27 years of experience in her field. She is an artist
who creates realistic floral and wildlife glass art. The vintage pieces of Rene` Lalique were her
first inspiration into the world of crystal. Over the years, she has corroborated with other master
glass artists throughout the country. She has really been one of the pioneers of realistic crystal
The heart of the process is Flame working, a technique of melting and manipulating glass rods
into a given shape through a bench mounted torch with a flame of over 8000 degrees. Each
design begins with a sketch to adjust balance and form but it is in the glass studio where the true
magic begins. The interplay of light within and through satin and clear glass is her main focus.
The Satin affect is created by sandblasting at various depths to create contrast and dimension.
The finished sculpture is then placed in an annealing kiln at 1050 degrees and slowly reduced to
room temperature to assure durability and clarity.
In 2011 Karen was accepted to show her work at the prestigious wildlife art exhibition at the
“National Museum of Wildlife Art” in Jackson WY. A partial client list would include:
Paramount Pictures, Mobile Oil, GMC, Toyota, Caesar’s Palace, Opryland Hotel, Lilly Corp.,
Barbara Bush, Crystal Gayle, Dick Clark, Louise Mandrill the Rockefeller family and heads of
State in China, Malaysia and OPEC. But just as important to Karen are the Hallards of
Williamson SC who were married in 2000. Each September they order a custom piece to add to
their personal collection of her work in remembrance of their anniversary.
Karen lives with her husband, two cats and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, in the beautiful
mountains of Northern California in the small town of Mt. Shasta. They have one daughter who
is a successful Web Designer and two beautiful granddaughters. Karen and Greg’s home over
looks a creek on their property where on opening day of the fishing season her husband Greg,
who is an avid fly fisherman, walks down to the creek and catches a trout and is back on their