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Artist Statement:

My art and life are a study of contrasts: order and chaos, thick and thin, questioning and acceptance. Using rich surfaces and layers of glass, I contrast fleshy realism with abstraction.​ Immediacy and restraint, delicacy and directness; I balance bold composition and nuanced line.


A maker of pictures and teller of stories; soothed by familiar fluency, yet stirred by ecstatic newness. Fleeting gesture on solid ground, murky meaning and bruising impact, chaos and eerie calm. Disparate elements crescendo and resolve into beauty.​


Kari Minnick owns and operates Kari Minnick Art Studio, where she produces architectural commissions, fine art and introduces artists from other media to kiln-glass. Her glasswork has won several prestigious awards and is held internationally in private, corporate and embassy collections. Minnick began her career as a painter; earning a degree in studio art from the University of California at Davis. An exhibiting artist and dynamic educator, Kari shows her work and teaches her signature classes internationally. 

Selected Teaching Venues:

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

Bullseye Glass Company, Resources Centers: CA, NM, NY, OR

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Creative Glass, UK and Switzerland

Blue Dog Glass, Melbourne, AUS

Art Glass Studio, Perth, AUS

Honors and Residencies:

Pilchuck Glass School: Invitational Residency, Stanwood, WA,, 2019

Glass Art Society Conference: Portfolio Reviewer, 2015

Highland Inspiration: Location and Perception

A North Lands International Symposium, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland, 2014


Abstraction of Place in the High Desert of New Mexico: A Professional kiln-glass residency, Abiquiu and Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2012


In Place: Kiln Formed Glass in the Built Environment Invitational international residency at North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland, 2010, 2011


Crossover: A Material Exchange Exploring the interface between kiln glass and other media, Conference presenter at BECon, 2011


Juror's Choice Award: Outstanding craftsmanship and achievement in glass, Bay Area Glass Institute Gala, 2008


Celebrating Connections: Contemporary Glass Art by Mid-Atlantic Artists at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ, 2007

Selected Commissions and Collections:

Lani McGregor, Portland, OR

Fortune 500 Healthcare headquarters, Minneapolis, MN

Embassy Suites Hotel, Washington, DC

Hampden Square, Bethesda, MD

Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD

Holy Cross Hospital, Germantown, MD

Homewood Suites (Hilton Hotels), Silver Spring, MD

Morgan Stanley, Rockville, MD

Samek McMillan & Metro, Rockville, MD

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Washington, DC

Swedish Embassy, Washington, DC

Wendy Day, Atlanta, GA

Dawson and Audrey Heck, Reno, NV

Dr. Mimi Cameron, Silver Spring, MD

Marsha Gold, Washington, DC

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