Photographs of Kathleen Schnell creating in her studio, Cottage Glassworks, which can be found in Tioga County.
Even on a drab and dreary day, inside Cottage Glassworks color and creativity comes alive.
The quaint workspace is Kathleen Schnell’s fused glass art studio, located just outside of Wellsboro, PA.
“All my life I have worked with art and creating; this has been my dream,” she said.
Kathleen, now retired from another industry, enjoys sharing her passion for glass work with others. Out of the cottage on her property, she offers a beautiful showroom for her finished products, as well as a studio where she is able to offer classes throughout the year.
The largely self-taught artist began working in stained glass more than 35 years ago.
“In the early 2000's, I transitioned to fused glass and studied at the Cape Coral Art Studio. I see fused glass as stained glass without the lines,” the artisan shared.
About four years ago, Kathleen and her husband moved to Wellsboro, where she found herself “blessed to have a studio.”
Kathleen says she is grateful to be able to “create glass in such wonderful natural surroundings as the Pennsylvania Wilds.”
These images were captured by Bill Crowell as part of the 2018 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
The PA Wilds is home to an impressive and diverse community of skilled artisans, craftspeople, and producers working across a variety of media. The PA Wilds Conservation Shop is proud to source and curate our shop using products made the many talented makers of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
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PA Wilds Conservation Shops are owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. To learn more about our nonprofit mission please visit pawildscenter.org.