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Carole Perry
Laughing Glass Studio
Medium(s):
  glass
  mixed media
  acrylic
  pastel
  jewelry

Contact Info:
   Web: www.LaughingGlass.com
Artist Statement

LAUGHING GLASS STUDIO

The artists of Laughing Glass Studio, Carole and Don Carroll, have been happily creating art glass for 25 years. By the early ?90?s, Laughing Glass had a base of collectors and designers that allow them to work full time developing functional and sculptural glass art in their Cave Creek studio.
A growing demand for affordable and functional art glass has led to constantly evolving designs that reflect both artists? love of bright colors and unexpected elements. The past few years have seen a more stylized and contemporary design in their decorative platters, bowls and dinnerware.
Imagine triangular dinnerware, square bowls and horizontal vessels. Bright colored polka dots abound. Carole comments, "Working together fulltime, we benefit from that creative synergism you get when two unleashed spirits collide in a small space. The new collaborative work coming from the Studio is always exciting and ever changing. Our fear that turning our art into a business would lessen the joy was unfounded."
In addition to art tableware, Laughing Glass is emerging as a popular resource for unique art glass awards and custom architectural glass. Dozens of delighted clients include Apple, Morgan Stanley, Scripps Hospital, Tempe Chamber of Commerce and many sports events. ?I?m ecstatic that I can achieve spectacular gifts and awards from a local artist who is always willing to provide us with a custom design, on time and within our budget!? wrote one satisfied customer.
The unique presence of Laughing Glass can be seen in homes, restaurants, offices and resorts throughout Arizona and the West. Self-described glass addicts, Carole is a frequent guest speaker on the subject of the American Studio Glass Movement, and their Studio is likely to be filled with happy guests making glass bowls for the annual Empty Bowls Project held each October to benefit the Foothills Food Bank.
Don, an Arizona native, has been instrumental in designing their collectible holiday lines that include Christmas, Independence Day and the very popular Day of the Dead.
Carole, a former IBMer and Xerox executive, has her signature Glass Tapestries represented in top fine glass galleries around the country and collected around the globe.
They welcome visitors year round by appointment in their Cave Creek studio?
www.LaughingGlass.com ~ 480-488-6070
  Member Profile:

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.

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