Folklife Feature: Kimberly Huffman-Perry

Kimberly Huffman-Perry
Kimberly Huffman-Perry began working with stained glass in 1993 after getting married and moving back to her home town of Alexandria/Pineville. She was designing high end jewelry in North Louisiana and practicing speech pathology. When she married, she decided she wanted to learn how to do stained glass.

After cutting her first piece of glass, she never looked back and didn’t want to work with any other medium. Huffman-Perry studied for two years with a well-known glass artist, Sandra Castrillo, in her area until Castrillo said she was ready to go out on her own. They remained friends until Castrillo passed away in 2016. Huffman-Perry eventually purchased Catrillo’s business.

Five years ago she began working with fused glass. Fused glass is designing glass in layers and firing multiple times in a kiln to achieve different textures, shapes and designs. She loves working with both forms of glass but has a deep appreciation for stained glass because it is much more involved, little has changed in the way it’s done and there are no shortcuts or mass production.

Kimberly Huffman-Perry will display her fused and stained glass artwork on July 15 from 8 am – 5 pm.

The 38th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern Folk Festival will be held July 14-15 in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus. Festival hours are 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $13 for an advance all-events pass through July 11. Advance tickets are free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door for $6 for Friday night, $10 for all day Saturday or $6 for Saturday after 5 p.m.