￼￼￼Elizabeth Levine Braun began her training in stained glass at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France in 1981. In 1986 she founded Elizabeth's Glassworks LLC, a custom art glass studio, originally in Old Town Alexandria, VA, now in Slanesville, WV. Though self taught in the art of glass fusing, beveling, and sandblasting, Elizabeth began studying cast glass techniques in the '90's with many of the worlds leading glass artists. Other techniques she incorporates in her work include torch working, glass blowing, glass casting, and pate de verre, and mosaics. Elizabeth is an energetic instructor with an "anything is possible" approach. For over 20 years she has taught glass classes to students of all ages. Elizabeth was president of the National Capitol Art Glass Guild for three years and remains an active member of that organization. She is also a member of the Glass Art Society, Alleghany Arts Council, Hampshire County Arts Council, and is a board member of The River House, WV. " I like to like to develop many themes and ideas simultaneously, and embrace an attitude of discovery, invention, and relevance in my art. Exploring aspects of universal human conditions appeals to me. My work often incorporates body parts, and words. I was a creative writing major in college, and I consider my sculptural art a form of visual poetry. I am finding great joy in my interactive works called "Best Wishes". Beginning in 2016, the first 7' tall "Best Wishes" piece, consisting of 66 painted, fused glass pockets woven with fiber, attached through a kiln cast glass element, was created in hopes that our best wishes for others manifest by putting them "out there". This piece has been in 6 galleries so far, collecting wishes. The wishes are spread further on social media. "Best Wishes" has spurred many smaller "Best Wishes" pieces for non profit organizations and private collectors, even portable table top versions.