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Karen McIntosh

karencompAbaco Ceramics' grew out of Karen’s innate gift of creativity, and visitors to her studio are always welcomed with a warm smile from this very gentle, charming and kind-hearted lady, where she casts, glazes and fires all her beautiful pieces. After studying ceramic courses in college, she opened her studio in 1983 and now takes the ferry each day to work from her home on Green Turtle Cay. All of Karen's ceramics are individually hand-painted using colored clays and lead free glazes to create the ultimate ceramic pieces.

Karen’s best-selling design is the palm tree, which is also the design she enjoys painting most, and she always enjoys "playing" with new designs on one of a kind pieces such as teapots, large serving dishes, pitchers and fun items such as piggy banks. Her success is reflected in the fact that more than half of Karen’s clients return annually to add to their growing collections. Her ceramics are collected worldwide, and one of her pieces was recently spotted on the HGTV program "Designer’s Challenge".

Karen is a community leader on Green Turtle Cay who gives unselfishly of herself. Her great love is Junkanoo, a huge annual New Year attraction on Green Turtle Cay, drawing thousands of spectators. She is also the Chairperson of the Green Turtle Cay "Island Roots Heritage Festival", a huge event to which people flock from all over Abaco and Key West, Florida every May since 2004.

A great animal lover, she volunteers for the "Friends of Abaco Animals" spay, neuter and release program, and as the Green Turtle Cay representative, she can be found most Thursdays carrying stray animals to the vet’s office in Marsh Harbour.

A committed Christian, Karen worships every Sunday at St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Green Turtle Cay, where she taught Sunday school for 30 years and has been a vestry and ACW member.. She has been proudly married to Luke McIntosh since 1975 and the couple has three grown children. Her daughter, Jennifer, has been blessed with her mother’s gift and was herself a talented ceramist, but has retired from ceramics to persue her career in another exciting field.

Don’t forget to pay this lovely lady a visit in her studio where you will receive a very warm welcome and be able to find a little piece of paradise to take home.