These sea glass vases & votive holders are created on House Island in Casco Bay. Karen Lannon has had a connection to Maine from the young age of 8. Her mother introduced her to the ocean life by buying an Island in Casco Bay. When they were not cleaning out the years of litter from the Civil War fort, or helping to rebuild the vandalized houses, Karen’s brother and herself were on the beach. Anything that floated in was fair game for two children’s imagine. Gathering shells and the “sea jewels” called sea glass was a natural way of life for an Island Girl. She remembers staking claim to a collection of boards that at one time had been a rowboat. As she attempted to Captain it to the dock it sank. “To this day I blame my brother for the lose of my first command. It was not that I was rowing to slow; he was not bailing fast enough.”
After a beginner’s class of stained glass knowledge and an abundance of sea glass, Karen set out to develop a style that was her own. She now has an art product that is unique enough that when people see it they recognize it as being created by Karen M. Lannon.
Her greatest joy in life after children and now grandson, Island, and the sea, is to sell a piece of her art to someone who does not know she is the artist and listen to them express their excitement of their purchase.