Local glassblower met his spouse through his art, now they work together

More than a decade-and-a-half ago, local glassblower Kristian Kohrs was looking for someone to take the colorful, glass pendants that he was creating and make them into complete jewelry pieces. 


“We met at a gathering in Vilano Beach,” Laura Kohrs says. She is now his wife. 

“I had worked at a bead store for several years, and had quite the collection of beads, so I started making jewelry with him. We formed a friendship that quickly turned to romance and have been married for 11 years.” 

Today, the Kohrs own Reflections Bistro, a lunch spot in the courtyard of the Lightner Museum that opened in February of 2014. There, they serve up everything from locally roasted coffee to sandwiches and cheese plates to wine and beer. It also doubles as a storefront for their glass jewelry business, Natural Reflections Glass. 

“We were on Aviles Street for three years and really enjoyed being a part of that community,” Laura says. “However, we were the last spot on the street and eventually needed more [foot traffic]. I had heard of this perfect spot in the Lightner, so we put our names on the list. Soon enough, we were signing the lease.” 

Kristian moved to St. Augustine to attend Flagler College where he studied social sciences with a focus on archaeology as well as earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree — dabbling in painting, bronze casting, sculpture and photography. 

“From there, I was introduced to glassblowing and lampworking by looking over a friend’s shoulder and apprenticing,” says Kristian. 

“Working glass rods and tubes behind a torch allows me to fluidly manipulate color and line.” 

Kristian’s glass pieces are whimsical and colorful. His attention to detail is unmistakable. He creates everything from cabinet pulls mimicking flowers and outer space to pendants fusing simple dots and stripes to earrings and wine stoppers.
In 2002, Laura moved from Jacksonville Beach to St. Augustine to start the couple’s glass and jewelry business, Natural Reflections Glass. They spent the next decade traveling around Florida to craft shows and music festivals to sell their wares — that is until they found a brick-and-mortar spot of their own. 

“Our jewelry is unique because it is a collaboration of Kristian’s bursts of color and my ability to match beads to his work. Each piece is one of a kind,” Laura says. “If I had to pick a most popular glass item, I would say its Kristian’s sea urchin pendant. They are a perfect example of the hard work and detail that he puts into his work.” 

Reflections Bistro is located at 75 King St., Suite 120, in the courtyard of the Lightner Museum. 

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 

For information, call 217-6385 or go to naturalreflectionsglass.com.