Catawba County Artist Transforms Glass Into Works Of Art


When you happen to see the work of artist Marietta Burke for the first time, it doesn’t take long to figure out why her studio was aptly named “Belle Le Vere”. In English, that translates to “beautiful glass” from French. And while that is certainly an accurate description of the magnificent stained-glass art she creates, those two words don’t nearly do Marietta or her work justice.

Burke, a graduate of UNC-Charlotte with an architecture major and minors in Fiber Arts and Dance, first started working with stained glass 15 years ago. A precise, meticulous process, requiring both the artistic vision of a painter and the focus and precision of a dancer, her education prepared her for her chosen medium in ways she could never have imagined when she was in school.

Although much of her work this time of the year features the colors of the season, Burke is best-known for her spellbinding stained-glass pieces ranging from bright, colorful, suncatchers that can be made-to-order for homes, businesses and galleries, to custom made windows, Tiffany-style lamps, and whimsical night-lights. No matter what form the final pieces take, each is as unique and delicate as a snowflake, with no two being quite the same. And, each in its own right – a vision to behold. Visit to learn more.


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