handcrafted stained glass decor

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about us

Glimpse Glass is a family business creating stained glass terrariums and home decor from our homes in Calgary and on Vancouver Island. All pieces are handcrafted to break the mould on traditional stained glass, using both the starkness of modern home decor and the softness of nature as inspiration.


Items are created using Tiffany stained glass techniques where glass pieces are hand cut, copper foiled, soldered together and then polished.

Kara Bussey, Founder and Maker (Calgary)

Kara has been creating stained glass items for 20 years, having learned basic techniques in high school and then perfecting the craft with artists from her native Vancouver Island. Kara loves to see her creations come to life and be enjoyed.


With her two daughters Capri and Skye, two cats, husband Kris and a passion for travel as inspiration, Kara crafts all items for Glimpse Glass with a smile in mind from her home in Calgary, Alberta.

Astrid Hendriksen and John Halling (Vancouver Island)

Astrid and John complete all of Glimpse Glass's etsy shop orders and wholesale.


Astrid has been working with stained glass for about ten years, having started out with her daughter Kara in their previous home studio on Vancouver Island, BC. With a unique creative perspective, Astrid loves to work on creative projects of all types, from stained glass, to carving and paper crafts.

Before joining Glimpse Glass, John worked for many years in the construction field as a welder and carpenter. His welding skills and knack for perfection have proved extremely useful in cutting and soldering glass. When not working on glass, John spends every moment possible outdoors.

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Workshops currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Already have a group? Contact us about workshops for up to 7 people in Calgary.


Shows currently on hold due to COVID-19.


If you want to see our products in person or if you need something last minute, then these are the places to look!

Stockists with most availability are listed first under each province.

*Note stockists may carry a limited selection, contact them for availability.​




  • Funktional - Kelowna, BC (feathers, suncatchers, wall hangers)

  • Islandish - Nanaimo, BC (terrariums, feathers, suncatchers)

  • Two Trees Tofino - Tofino, BC (special collection of suncatchers)

We offer wholesale on items made by Astrid and John (all marked in our etsy shop) - contact us for special requests and wholesale.


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