Mary Lee Keeler
I’m a Knoxville native, returned after 3 states and 16 years of following my husband’s corporate career. My B.S. in Education is just part of being a life-long learner. Creative projects are a passion. A stained-glass class in 2008 fueled a new interest that resulted in becoming a selling member at Appalachian Arts Crafts Center in 2011. For a little variety I also dye corn husks to make flowers.
Stained-glass brings me joy in the varied but orderly process. No short cuts in this medium, but the high level of concentration required creates a soothing rhythm. I am usually drawn to a subject which leads to a pattern, glass selection and finally construction. Nature themes are my favorite. Many projects begin with a desire to commemorate an event – wedding, birth, travel, holiday, or memorials.
Through stained glass I hope to create a visual memory the way aromas or sounds can bring back moments in life.