Artist Bio

I’m Karol Macdonald and I grew up thinking I had no artistic ability. I was good with numbers, though, so I steered my life towards a career in business and finance.

We don’t get to “decide” about artistic ability – something I learned later in life. Following a passion for glass’s beauty, I took a class in stained glass. It wasn’t for me – the precision required created as much stress as crunching numbers. While taking that class, I was also exposed to the art form of fused (or warm) glass and totally fell in love with the freedom this art form offered. I ordered my first kiln that day and started Creations by Karol about two years later.

At first, I created jewelry, then moved to include decorative art for the home and office. Both my jewelry and decorative art enjoy an international following, in Canada, England, Scotland, and China, as well as in the United States.

I have exhibited in juried shows at the Art Center of Sarasota, Art Center of Manatee, and The Studio at Gulf and Pine, on Anna Maria Island. In addition to numerous other shows,  I have also enjoyed being a featured local artist at Art of Ireland, which lead to joining the Gallery on a permanent basis.

I have studied with renowned glass artists and continue to develop new techniques to take my glass creations to new and exciting levels. My art leans to the abstract, probably influenced by my father, an abstract artist who worked in oils. Some of my pieces are functional, while others are fun and funky. All my work has a beautiful decorative touch.

My clients tell me that the uniqueness of my art is a “wow!” experience. I hope you will feel the same way!