A native of southern Oregon, Carole Perry has been creating functional and sculptural glass from her Laughing Glass Studio in Cave Creek for over 20 years. In 1990, Perry set aside a successful career in computers (IBM, Xerox, Alpha Micro) to pursue her passion for glass full time. "I ran after the executive brass ring for years before admitting it could never hold the same sparkle as the art glass I'd been collecting for almost as many years. My idols were Chihuly and Marquis rather than Iacocco or Watson."
Today her Glass Tapestries ~ sculptural glass baskets with varied textures which evolved from a desire to help other overcome the dreaded "Do Not Touch" lessons of childhood ~ can be found in select glass galleries across the country, including PISMO Glass galleries in Colorado, Petri's Fine Art in Sausalito, Philabaum Gallery in Tucson and Kuivato in Sedona.
Locally she has served on the boards of the Desert Foothills Land Trust, Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek Film & Arts Festival and Arizona Glass Alliance. She became a Spur Cross Ranch activist in 1994, and co-founded the Foothills Empty Bowls Project in 2001. "I've learned some simple rules first hand: the more you give, the more you get. When you lead with your heart, the universe supports you." Carole is a frequent guest speaker on the subject of the American Studio Glass Movement, and her studio is often filled with happy guests making glass bowls for the annual Empty Bowls Project held each October to benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. She and her husband have been supporting two high school glass programs and managing a trash-free studio environment for over 15 years.