Churnhill Glass

January 26, 2018

Inside her mountain studio on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Laura Churn Hill is obsessed with glass. […]

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Using the lampwork method, Laura melts rods of colored glass in the flame of a torch to create her one-of-a-kind intricate glass masterpieces, including her Tahoe landscape ornaments and beads.

Laura has always been fascinated with color and texture, which she explored through painting, photography, drawing, gardening, and working with textiles.  It wasn’t until she took a lampwork beadmaking glass in 2006 that her innate creativity exploded into a fiery obsession.

True to her glass addiction, she uses lots of different types of glass including Effetre, Vetrofond, Lauscha, Bullseye, Zimmerman, Reichenbach, Kugler, and Double Helix. Her work is small scale, consisting mainly of beads, vessels and ornaments with a special emphasis on Tahoe landscapes.

Laura’s work has been displayed at the Ohio Museum of Glass, the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, and the Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts Gallery in Miami. Her beads are featured in the Bead and Button publication “Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads”.

Laura’s current work can be seen in the Artisan Shop at North Tahoe Arts, located in Tahoe City next to the Fire Station, and on her website –