Early on her art was channeled into stained glass and she saw the vibrant windows as large jeweled pieces for the home. Stained glass also provided her introduction to cloisonné enamel in 1976. Although technically different, stained glass and cloisonné appear to be the same art form on different scales.
Largely self-taught, she approaches many techniques and a wide variety of subject matter. Her love of detail and precision is quickly apparent in her work. The glass enamels give her a feeling of painting with gemstones. The wonderful transparency and saturation of color that can be achieved with enamels rivals gemstones but is vastly easier to obtain and control.
Karla has now entered the world of vintage automobiles. She repairs the damaged radiator badges that were created using vitreous enamel. She enjoys working with owners and restorers and is honored to be a part of the history of some amazing classic vehicles……..”jewelry” in another format.
“There is enjoyment working with a technical craft that is centuries old but is still very unique in our modern world. The visual reward is a vibrancy of opaques and luminosity of transparent enamels that is very powerful. The color, defining line work, permanence and use of precious metals offers an expression that I find compelling.”