Kari Lynn Schneider is a maker. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Kari grew up participating in competitive athletics and nurturing an infatuation with handmade objects. She pursued her passion for creativity by attending Bowling Green State University, studying Graphic Design in the BFA program. It was here that she experienced the allure of the hotshop for the first time. Immediately mesmerized by the fluidity of the molten glass, and the teamwork and physical challenge required to manipulate it, she became enamored with glassblowing, and it has been an integral part of her life ever since.
The need to create, and work with her hands has been an essential goal in Kari’s life. Since graduating she has worked in a variety of art studios, both private and public glass studios, as well as ceramic and letterpress studios. Her keen eye for design is visible in her artwork. Using various hot sculpting techniques to explore the human figure, the elegance, power, and implication of the female form are recurring themes in her work. Having often been the only girl in the “boys club” in both sports and the world of glassblowing, Kari highlights the female influence in glass art. In the pursuit of strengthening her technique and establishing her career in glass, she actively travels across the U.S. to train with renowned masters in the glass community. She has been awarded scholarships to study at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and The Corning Museum of Glass.