Donna began A Touch of Glass thirty-four year ago, after earning her BA Fine Arts degree from Goshen College, Indiana in 1978. Her husband and sister joined her shortly thereafter. Donna and Gerry live in the rolling hills of Lancaster County, PA, along with their menagerie of animals which include six cats, eleven chickens, two geese, a Guinea hen and a miniature donkey named Beau.
The Keeners’ house and studio are located next to an Amish farm. From their studio windows they watch cows grazing, work horses plowing the fields, and Amish children playing. It’s an idyllic setting for creating their jewelry.
A Touch of Glass is comprised solely of Donna, Gerry and Lorene. Donna and Gerry participate in retail shows, and Lorene is in charge of wholesale, customer service, and the many behind-the-scenes details. They choose to keep the business small as a deliberate lifestyle choice, allowing them to maintain personal contact with their customers. They sell their work at juried crafts exhibitions, glass museum stores and crafts galleries, and derive great pleasure in knowing that each year at Hanukkah and Christmas their jewelry is being given as gifts all over the world.