Karel Murphy

Karel Murphy's love for glass and jewelry led her into her artistic world.  It started with jewelry making, and then quickly evolved when she discovered glass fusion which led to an interest in mosaics using glass fusion techniques.

Karel creates functional, decorative, and wearable glass art.  She likes working with bright bold colors and layering small pieces of glass to create different patterns and textures.  She has a deep love for animals and nature, and she enjoys working with glass to bring creatures or designs to life in her work.

What's been fun for her is integrating the skills she has learned in each medium.  Layering glass and then firing it in a kiln is glass fusion.  Cutting small pieces of glass to form a mosaic on glass, and then placing it in a kiln is called a "hot" mosaic.   Her jewelry is made with small designs in glass which is then fused and made into pendants and earrings, or hand-cut and drilled fused glass buttons. 

Each medium has its own specific draw.  Glass fusion provides Karel with the ability to use a range of colors and manipulate different sizes of glass to create textures.  Mosaics give her the flexibility of using small hand-cut pieces of glass to create shading and additional detail to her designs like the ribs in a feather.  By fusing her mosaics, the colors remain vivid and bright without the presence of grout.

Karel Murphy lives above Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon where she has her studio, Windy Sea Designs.  She is a member of the Oregon Glass Guild, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Contemporary Mosaic Artists, the Artists’ Studio Association Mosaic Guild, and the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts.


This section is intended as more a history of the work this artist has displayed over time at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery, and not a catalog of what's currently available.  As such, it is useful more as a means of seeing the evolution of an artists' work, rather than a representation of what the artist is currently creating.  Techniques, colors used, and even form of color are elements that are likely to change over time.  Also, some pieces will be unique combinations of color and movement that artist may not be able to reproduce.

The gallery at Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery includes work from nearly 50 different artists, all from the Pacific Northwest, almost all from Oregon, and most from Oregon's central coast.  Whereas Bob creates his work exclusively within our studio, the other artists have their own studios in which they create their work.  Though our gallery basically just purchases their work to sell, we like to promote them in any way we can - which includes showcasing them on our website.  Their appearance here is in no way meant to imply that they work for Bob or for Ocean Beaches Glassblowing. 

Click These Examples for a Larger View

Lonestar Pony Express

Orca's Breach

Pelican's Return

Appetizer Plate

Around the Corner


Great Blue Heron


Ocean Beaches Glassblowing & Gallery is owned and operated by Bob and Vicki Meyer.  Bob is the primary artist of the gallery.