Hello and happy summer to everyone in the Guild from us in our little piece of heaven, our property neighboring the Willamette Valley Vineyards winery in Turner, Oregon. Here we have our two studios, our home and a small Christmas tree farm that keep us busy.
When we retired, Gerald in late 2016 and Rose in spring of 2017, we made plans to just travel abroad and see as much of the world and as many cultures as possible and for two years we did just that! As we both love history and art, we toured dozens and dozens of museums and churches marveling at beautiful paintings and amazing glass artistry. It was later that set our imaginations ablaze with ideas we wanted to capture and create in glass. One small issue, we hadn’t a clue where to start.
In 2018, in between trips, I looked up a stained glass artist friend whom I had not seen for 20 years, asking her if she would teach me the basics of stained glass and mentor me in my efforts. Gerald purpose built me a great little studio for creating stained glass, painting and sculpting. My friend, Claudette, did teach me the basics and continues to mentor me on my glass journey.
Once I was up and running, Gerald was hot to pursue his own passion to work with fusing and slumping glass. To begin that journey we both signed up to make our own sheets of glass at Bullseue and while there we signed ourselves up for a 3-day Tim Carey workshop Bullseye was offering in late Spring of 2019. We were, quite frankly, in way over our heads during that advanced glass workshop, but we loved everything we were being shown and found we were actually creating what we set out to make. The workshop cemented our mutual desires to create glass art in earnest.
An amazing part of the workshop experience is meeting other artists. It was our lucky day to meet and get to know Charlene Fort. She immediately recognized two things about us…..our desire to make glass art and our true need to educate ourselves further to be successful at it. She encouraged us to join the Oregon Glass Guild to get to know other glass artists who, she assured us, freely shared ideas and techniques and could point us to other learning avenues.
Gerald left the Bullseye workshop and immediately began building his warm glass studio, completing it in late 2019.
If there is a silver lining to COVID-19, it is that for two years, along with everyone else, we traveled nowhere. Instead, we enjoyed the gift of lots of time to experiment, design and bring to life glass art creations in two mediums – stained glass and fused glass. Our artworks are sold by Gallery at Ten Oaks in McMinnville, River Gallery in Independence and by the Halicuna Bay Mall in Salem. This year we also enjoyed participating in the Gathering of the Guilds in Portland. We have learned so much from guild members, this past year especially, and we both thank each person who has helped us to improve our art by teaching us new ways to play with glass.
Hi Fellow Glass Enthusiasts! This will be our 7th year having an Open Studio Tour and Sale. Mark your calendar now to see and buy some inspiring glass.
Artists selling in the tour only pay $60.00! The price goes up to $75.00 on August 6th, so don’t miss out on this deal! Registration closes August 13th.
The show is open to all current PNWGG members. Those who have their studio or home in these five counties: Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Counties in Oregon or Clark County Washington can host in their own space. Members who live in other counties may participate by being hosted in a studio within these 5 counties.
If you’ve already made arrangements with a host studio, you’ll enter that information on the Registration Form from the website. The process is easiest if your host signs fills out the Host registration form before you fill out the Artist Registration form so please check with them that they have done so.
If you don’t have a host yet, fill out the Artist Registration ASAP and we’ll try to match you with a host studio.
Once you register and have a host, you can pay by debit or credit card on the website.
We need a volunteer to help us hand out signs and collect the flyers eligible for the drawing. Let Linda know right away if you are able to help. Sign distribution will be handled at the picnic on August 28th. All signs must be returned to the VOLUNTEER prior to November 1st. Also, all flyers that are valid for the $50 drawing will need to be turned in to at that time as well. Once we have a volunteer, the tour coordinator will provide a contact number in case you need to pick up your signs at their home.
Welcome to Summer, it is good to finally experience some summer-like temperatures. I hope that this provides inspiration for outdoor functional glass art or outdoor-inspired art pieces.
It is hard to believe that it has been six months since I started as President of the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild, the time has gone by too quickly. The one thing that I realized very quickly was that we have a GREAT group of volunteers that keep the Guild moving forward and provide the membership benefits that you have grown accustomed to. We look forward to continuing to provide meaningful and informative General Meeting topics along with events like Play Days and social events. These events cannot take place without help from the membership. We need immediate volunteers to plan the summer and fall events so please consider volunteering to help the Guild. Additionally, there is a short term need for a Nominating Team leader. This team leader will help to recruit volunteers for any open Board level positions. Finally, we continue to have an urgent need for a website operations support volunteer so check out the posting on Idealist for more details https://ideali.st/Kv4oRe
If you are interested in volunteering for any of our open committee teams or specific needs outlined above, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
YOU are qualified to serve on the Guild Board next year. We can teach you all the rest of the job. Help plan meetings and future events. To consistently get the job done most positions can be shared with another member like our current treasurers are doing. All the meetings are on Zoom so it doesn’t matter where you live. Board elections will be held at the October 23rd General Meeting.
Log-in and read about all the Guild Officer positions. There are also Committees and Teams which are looking for volunteers. We know from our own experience that you’ll get even more out of being part of our glass community if you are part of helping us grow.
If you are interested in standing for election to one of the offices or for further info contact Terry Thomas, the current president.
Hi! We wanted to come up with a fun glass project for guild members (join the Guildif you want to participate) to do before the summer is over. If you would like to participate we would like you do to a NEW piece of art for this project so we are going to supply several photos giving you three possible subjects to choose from. We thought it would be interesting to see what different artists would do with the same subject…… both by using different glass techniques and materials…..or by making it very representative, or more impressionistic or abstract……changing the lighting, etc. This project should show that there are lots of ways to be creative with basically the same subject matter…..but all in glass!
The guild members will vote on their favorites in each category. The piece with the most overall votes will win its creator a FREE MEMBERSHIP in our glass guild for next year! The photos will be posted (without artist names to be as fair as possible) in the September newsletter and then you will email your votes to Rae Williamson. The results will be announced at the annual meeting in October and then also posted on the website showing who created each piece.
The first photo is a landscape with a lovely sunrise or sunset, mountains or hills in the mid ground and some really pretty rhododendrons in the foreground.
The second object (two photos supplied) is a sunflower…….it is a beautiful subject anyway but especially meaningful lately because of the war in the Ukraine. There are lots of ways to play with this one…..and you can add more to the background if you would like….it doesn’t have to just be a sky.
The third is a fun summer shot of a little rabbit out and about. One thing I would like to point out is how the lighting makes this a strong image….even though the photo is very simple. You can be more creative with the vegetation or background a bit….but must keep the general layout similar to the photo.
You can do more than one of the subjects if you would like. This would also be a good time to maybe try a new glass technique! It can be mosaic, applique, fused, frit painting, enamels…..whatever technique sound like fun to you….and again…it will be fun to see all different the ways these subjects can be done in glass. We hope this inspires you to have fun doing this project and sharing the experience with other guild members.
The deadline to have the photos toGreta Schneiderwill be August 26th (no late entries accepted) so that we have time to size them and post them in the September newsletter. Please resize images to no more than 600 px in either direction, if possible. Paint (Windows) or Photos (Mac) come with your operating system and can resize your images. There is also a free online image resizer at https://resizeimage.net/ Have fun!
A new feature in our Newsletter will be publishing contests we are aware of that may be of interest to our members. We are looking to the membership to provide input to this feature by sending us contest information you may be aware of so we can share it in upcoming newsletters.
Plus if you win a contest or win an award we would love to hear about it and publish a photo.
We will start it off with the CBS – 2022 Dichroic by Design Contest below:
CBS – 2022 Dichroic By Design Contest!
Coatings By Sandberg, Inc. is sponsoring their 17th annual contest using Dichroic Glass in an artistic or functional piece. They will be accepting photographs of your art work and placing the winning photographs on their web site for the world to see what their talented customers create with CBS’s quality Dichroic Glass Coatings.
1st place winner will receive a $500 gift certificate towards CBS Dichroic glass. 2nd place winner will receive a $300 gift certificate towards CBS Dichroic glass. 3rd place winner will receive a $200 gift certificate towards CBS Dichroic glass.
(Runner-ups and honorable mention awards will also receive Dichroic Gift Certificates.)
We’re pausing our member benefits series to cover the website in detail. It has a whole lot of resources for you if you learn where to look.
When you go to PNWGlassGuild.org you’ll see several short articles of things the editors consider timely and this menu bar:
If you are a member and click Login, after logging in you’ll see this menu (do you see the differences?):
As you’ll see in future articles in this series, being logged-in unlocks many things.
If you are not yet a member and therefore can’t Login we encourage you to join by pushing the “Join” tab so you can take advantage of the many benefits (your dues help us pay for the software that runs the website).
The bottom of each page
has links to upcoming events, links to the Guild’s public page on Facebook and to the members’ group. There is also a scrolling display of our sponsors logos to remind you to thank the community glass businesses which support the Guild and help make working in glass so much fun.
The Events are color coded. Push the “view calendar” to see the full description of the bar and left side colors plus the whole list of the year’s events. Colored bars are Guild events and white bars are member-submitted events. The colors on the left side indicate what kind of event: red are meetings, blue are Play Days and classes, green are shows, yellow are other.
The sidebars differ from page to page
Here’s the sidebar from the Home page if you are logged-in.
Subscribe: When you join the Guild you are automatically subscribed to the newsletter (and to the Tuesday Public News email announcements) so you don’t need to do it again. Having already subscribed before joining doesn’t mess things up.
Read the current issue is a quick way to get to to where you probably are now.
Search looks through all of the site’s pages and posts. It has the benefits and limitations you encounter on all those other websites: if you know exactly what you’re looking for you can usually find it.
If you lost a recent Tuesday Public News email, you can access the list from the side bar (and from the News and Events menu).
The Member News section is only visible if you are logged-in. It is the list of Classified, Guild News, and Guild Business (Board) emails that were sent out recently (these are also available from the For Members menu). You can change which of these 3 types of emails you receive by going to the For Members menu> My Account and choosing the Email Prefs tab (more info is in For Members>Website Help>Email: controlling what you get).
Events allows you to go looking through recent and upcoming events by type.
If, like me, you never get around to taking images of your latest work because setting up the lights and backdrops is such a pain. Let’s do it together Saturday July 16th at 10am.
Bring some of your work and your camera or cell phone. I’ll set up some lights and backgrounds, and we can take pictures. Then we can look at the results and discuss fixes. At Karen Seymour’s (by the Zoo in Seattle). We’ll try to do a Zoom portion too (log in and see the event link for the Zoom). Contact Karen Seymour if you’re interested.
If you’re an experienced photographer, please think about attending and bringing along proper lights and tents so we have more set-ups and help for those who haven’t quite gotten there. Taking good images of glass can be tricky.
Play Days are member only events. Please join the Guild before attending.
If you feel at all un-well please Zoom with us instead of attending in-person — Many of us are at the age that Covid can be a major problem.
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12:30pm at Karen Seymour’s in Seattle, may also be Zoomed. Let’s help each other keep our digital portfolio up to date. Bring some glass work and your camera/cell phone and we’ll have lighting and backgrounds all set up.. See the event listing for details.
July 24th 3:30 pm General meetingvia Zoom
Share tips about being part of a studio tour, see the event listing for details Those who have done, are doing, or are thinking about doing one of this fall’s 2 Guild sponsored studio tours are especially encouraged to attend.
August 8th 7pmBoard Meeting via Zoom see the event listing for the agenda etc.
October 13-16 the Seattle area will again celebrate glass with Refract events at around 50 different venues across the 4 days https://refractseattle.org/2022-events/ Make your plans now: The website is supposed to go live this week. In previous years tickets for things with limited capacity like the tour of the Chihuly boathouse have gone within hours. There will be some special deals at area hotels for out of town Refract attendees. Normally the Guild members in Seattle would offer our guest rooms but we’re going to be busy:
As part of Refract the PNW Glass Guild is sponsoring theGlassAndDecor.com studio tour and sale October 15-16 from 10am to 5pm. Come and meet most of the Seattle Guild members and see their work (we’re always looking for host studios in the north Seattle area so we can have more participants – if interested in hosting please contact Karen Seymour).
July 16th see several Guild members and their work, plus artists in other media, at Art In The Garden again this year at Ann Cavenaugh’s in Battleground WA (north of Vancouver WA)more info.
July 16th Play Day: Photographing Your Work, near the zoo in Seattle: more info
July 24th General meeting, Zoom 3:30pm Doing a Studio Show
The Guild is sponsoring two studio tours this fall (see related article). Come share your tips on success and/or get answers from any questions about participating in this fun and often profitable way of showing off your glass. More info
General meetings in 2022
Zoom on the 4th Sunday of most months at 3:30pm. You don’t even need to be a member to attend our general meetings. Contact Rachel Dollar, our VP, if you have suggestions for future topics.
(Guild sponsored events are bolded)
Members can submit glass related events to the calendar with this form
Having a photo makes it so much easier to invite people to participate in an event next year. If you go to a glass event please take some photos and send the best 2 to the marketing team (400 to 600 px or “medium” resolution, about 500 KB, not more than 1MB).
Although the origins of glass are ancient and found in many civilizations throughout history, Dichroic Coated glass is a relative newcomer to the art glass world. Many people have heard the story of the artist rummaging through the Dumpster looking for cast off Dichroic glass that was being thrown away by the scientific community. So what exactly is Dichroic glass and how did it end up in the world of art?
Dichroic glass is actually a coating process that is completed in a vacuum deposition chamber by vaporizing quartz and metal oxides with an electron beam gun and condensing micro thin layers on the surface of the glass in the form of a crystal structure. This coating that we commonly call Dichroic glass today, is actually an “interference filter” permanently adhered to the surface of a piece of glass. The technology used to manufacture the optical interference filter has been in existence for over 40 years. It is known as “vacuum thin film deposition.” The roots of this technology date back to the late 1880’s. The significant commercial development of thin film deposition however, waited to be spurred by our military and aerospace requirements in the 1950’s and 1960’s. In the last 40 years this technology has played a key role in optical coating for a vast variety of optical instruments, lasers and laser systems, fiber communication links, optical recording/storage heads and media, display systems, infrared guidance and detection devices, photoelectric converters, architectural glass, eyeglasses, and many others.
It was 40 years ago when Jerry Sandberg of Coatings By Sandberg, Inc. pioneered his first vacuum, vapor deposited, thin film coatings strictly for art applications. Now, when the word Dichroic Glass is mentioned, the name “Sandberg” quickly comes to mind. The Sandberg Family is the backbone of this high tech aerospace application reinvented for the art glass industry.
Back in the early 1970’s, Jerry Sandberg was working for a vacuum-coating laboratory in Newport Beach and happened to take notice of an artist digging in the trash for pieces of Dichroic out of spec mirrors and started talking with him. This was the first interaction that Jerry had with the artist community and was immediately fascinated with the creative potential of the glass. Jerry then worked with these artists to create the first three Dichroic Glass Colors specifically designed for the art glass industry (Cyan/Red, Magenta/Green and Yellow/Blue).
It wasn’t long before Jerry also started experimenting with the coatings in the kiln. A third generation jeweler as well as a world class engineer, Jerry used his knowledge to create some of the first fused Dichroic Glass jewelry. His experiences using the Dichroic glass allowed him to see first hand, what other artists were now experiencing for the first time.
For the next twenty-five years Jerry continued to supply the art glass market and continually expanded the pallet of colors at the request of his ever-growing group of artists. A few other coating houses soon started to offer similar vacuum deposited coatings due to the buzz that Jerry had created and nurtured for many years. For Jerry, customer service and a quality product were paramount. The first distributors started selling Dichroic Glass during the 80’s as it became more and more popular.
In 1996 Nona & Jerry formed Coatings By Sandberg, Inc. Their mission was to supply the art glass market with reliable, consistent, uniform and durable Dichroic Glass coatings at a reasonable price. Customer service as well as customer support were key and still are to this day. Before Nona & Jerry were able to finish building their own custom vacuum deposition chamber with a price tag of one million dollars, the two had thousands of dollars in artist orders waiting to be produced. The first CBS Dichroic glass was created in November of 1996. CBS had to sell directly to the end user as distributors were not familiar with the company and unwilling to carry its product. Within the year some distributors were already requesting to open an account with CBS due to the multitude of artists requesting it by name.
As the demand for Dichroic Glass grew, CBS also began to expand. Not only did we expand production, we also expanded our product line and developed new coatings and patterns. We invited well known artists to come teach us at our plant and learned about fusing, slumping and manipulating glass. This all helped keep us in track with what our clients were doing and allowed us to offer extensive technical support to our valuable customers. At this point we coined our slogan “The Art of Dichroic Glass” since our products are specifically made with the artist in mind. In fact, the Sandberg’s specifically designed their chambers for the optimization of art glass as well.
By the new millennium CBS had single handedly created the standard in Dichroic Glass Coatings. Our colors were understandable. The color shifts during hotworking was predictable. The coatings were stable and most of all CBS was reliable. All the top distributors were on board with CBS and carrying inventory. As the leading manufacturer of Dichroic Glass CBS has a commitment to the well being of the struggling artist, on up to the world-renowned master, in the supply of quality Dichroic coatings.
In recent history we have created many more patterns, specialty rainbows, stripes and images. Imagine, we started out with 10 patterns and 16 solid colors, and now have 25 pattern and 23 colors and over 130 combinations of the two! We have also coated a multitude of glass including: architectural glass, stained glass, blown glass, fused glass, castings, bevels, rods, stringers, tubing, gems, jewels, drusys, cabochons, buttons, ear plugs, ceramics, glass block, tile, and more. We have coated pre-made items such as sculptures from Milon Townsend, hand blown bowls by James Nowak, beads from Sharon Peters and Swarovski and Waterford crystal, and have even worked with The Walt Disney Company.
Dichroic Glass Coatings have come a long way in 40 years but have many more years in store. Thanks to so much excitement in the art market, Dichroic glass is now used for construction in the form of tile, decorative skylights, mood lighting, lighting fixtures, mosaics, sinks, sconces and sculpture. We realize that the future of Dichroic glass is very dependent on CBS and its practices. We are constantly in a state of analysis, research and development and we now have Distributors all over the globe. We have also hired “in-house” artists to help test and provide vital input to future product. We have expanded our sample department in an effort to offer smaller amounts at lower price points. Most recently we have designed a new Dichroic surface texture know as Crinklized Dichroic™. In the future, CBS will be experimenting with additional surface texture, shadowing techniques, new deposition materials, unique patterns and more.
In addition, in 2005 the Museum of Dichroic Art (MODA) was created and it now houses the largest know Dichroic glass collection in the world. It is currently located in our lobby in Orange, California and is available by appointment for guided tours throughout our facility on a daily basis.
For additional information, please visit our web site at www.cbs-dichroic.com
Editors Note : Be sure to check out the separate article in this newsletter for more details on their 16th Annual Contest…you could win some great prizes…
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