Located in Northwest Montana less than an hour from Glacier National Park and two popular ski resorts, Glacier Metal Arts Studio is a working artist’s jewelry and small-scale metalsmithing studio offering classes, workshops, private lessons, mentored work time, and studio/bench space rental to persons of all skill levels. Our mission is to provide both beginning and experienced metal artists a welcoming and comfortable place to create their work, build and refine skills, network, and increase their exposure to the wider metalsmithing community through visiting artists’ lectures and workshops. Flexible scheduling and instruction tailored to individual needs makes this an ideal environment for the non-traditional student



Karen holds an MFA degree in Sculpture/Metals from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and a BA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught in a college goldsmithing program for over twelve years and now owns and operates Glacier Metal Arts Studio which offers year-round metalsmithing classes and workshops for all skill levels.


Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois Karen has been a resident of Kalispell, Montana for over 25 years. She feels this experience of both urban and rural living has greatly influenced her work as she draws upon the best facets of each.


Karen’s work can be found in select galleries or viewed online at www.karenchesna.com.