Charlotte Behrens

Charlotte Arvelle Glass

Mount Carroll, IL

For her ACW piece, “Crafting Under a Star-Studded Sky”, Charlotte envisioned tools used by artists of the many Craft disciplines. She selected 10 tools. From left to right: rasp, ball peen hammer, tapestry beater, paint brush, potter’s wheel in the center, gouge, glass cutter, mallet, potter’s rib and an awl. Hidden in the tools are various symbols of ten. Ten ribs on the rasp. A Roman numeral X on the ball peen hammer. Ten teeth on the beater with a 10 on the handle. Finally, all these tools are set under a star-studded sky with 10 dichroic stars.

Charlotte writes, “when I work, I envision myself under the guidance of those masters of my craft who have gone before me and who watch over me like stars twinkling in the sky.” And she adds “I also see the paint brush lit up as a birthday candle in celebration of the first decade of American Craft Week.”

Charlotte Arvelle Behrens is an independent studio glass artist who works full-time in her NW Illinois studio/gallery. With over thirty years of glass experience she creates kiln fired glass art. All of her works are handcrafted originals and are noted for the quality of their material, color and composition. Her award winning work has been shown throughout the United States at art shows and galleries. They can also be found in private collections worldwide. Corporate collections include Alcoa Aluminum, Amoco Oil and Sunbeam Electric. In 2013, Char’s work, Five on Fire, was selected to be used as American Craft Week’s Fifth Anniversary logo. In 2013 and 2014, she was announced as a Niche Award Finalist for her snowflakes. She has also been asked twice to create a Christmas ornament for the White House's Blue Room Christmas Tree. She has also created two fundraising awards for St. Jude's Children's Hospital’s events.

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