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Raabe, Clair

Louisville, KY


lampworked glass jewelry, carved glass

Since 1987, Clair Raabe has been developing her distinctive, self-taught glass carving and flameworking techniques. She says of her work, “My images are friends from my world of imagination. I am inspired by the ancient stories filled with large than life heroes and the mysteries and by the challenges of following your dreams. Glass is my medium and my passion.”


Raabe uses a combination of old world glass techniques in combination with current diamond technology to carve her images into colored, multi-layered blown glass. This type of glass is also known as cameo glass. All of Clair’s carved work is done by hand - it is not computer drawn. This method is extremely labor intensive.


Raabe’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and was featured in the award winning BC documentary “Artists Among Us.” Her limited edition works have been included in both Sundance and Eziba catalogues and she was commissioned by Revlon, Symrise Corporation to create a limited edition series.


Raabe’s work has been shown in Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, China and Austria and is in the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, the White House collection of American Craftsman and was given as a gift to Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands from the people of Aruba.


Works by this artisan can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.