Karen Franzen was born in Peterborough, Ontario in 1959. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1988 with honors in Ceramic and Textile Design. Following arts school Karen completed 3-year artist residency in the clay studio at the Harbourfront Craft Studio in Toronto. She was later awarded two Ontario Crafts Council Grants to help her establish a co-operative clay studio. She also participated Fusion's first mentor-ship program with Angelo di Petta. Today Karen works from her beautiful home-studio studio situated along the Williamson ravine in the east end of Toronto where she continues to make pots and teach classes and workshops. Her can be found at Meta4 and The Blue Crow Gallery. "Function, playfulness and an element of storytelling all play a role in my work. With clay I allow myself the pleasure of making pots and ceramic objects for every day use."