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Fiber artist Karen Pierce grew up in the Midwest and holds degrees in German, French, International Business and Human Resource Development. Vienna, Austria was her home for twenty years when she worked for the U.N. She has lived in Colorado since 1996.
Learning from books in Austria, she taught herself basketry techniques and decided to turn her hobby into a second career. She has honed her skills through decades of weaving and at workshops taught by internationally-known artists and has taught basketry to teens and adults. Karen has also shown her work in juried fiber shows.
Since 2000 Karen has worked with ceramist husband Marc Jenesel to create one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces in clay, fiber, metal, stone and other materials. Karen and Marc have participated in regional and national exhibitions and have had images and articles published in The Crafts Report; Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot; 500 Baskets; and Fiber Textile Forum magazine.
Karen was an invited speaker at Colorado Weavers Day 2016 and is a member of the National Basketry Organization and the Handweavers Guild of America.