2023: September Issue

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Upcoming events: pnwglassguild.org/events/

(Bolded events are Guild sponsored)

16-17  Edmonds Art Studio Tour, Edmonds WA
24 General meeting via Zoom: Custom Work
30-Oct 1 Open Studios near Portland

2 Board Meeting via Zoom
6-8 Local 14 Art Show and Sale, Portland OR
12-15  Refract glass multi-event, Seattle area
14-15  Glass and Decor Studio Tour, Seattle WA
22 General Meeting via Zoom: Vote for next year’s officers

6 Board Meeting via Zoom
10-12    Best of the NW fall show, Seattle WA
18-19   Wild Arts (Audubon), Portland OR
19 General Meeting via Zoom: Kids’ Projects

Members can log in and submit their events by clicking About>Contact Us, and filling out the Submit Calendar Event form


  • Featured Artists: Evan Burnette, Kathy Johnson
  • Guild seeks PAID Webmaster
  • President’s Message
  • 2023 Board of Directors
  • Welcome to our Newest Members
  • Open Studios
  • General Meetings
  • Guild Notes
  • PNW Glass Events, past & future
  • Featured Sponsor: NW Art Glass
  • Thanks to All Our Sponsors

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Featured Artist: Evan Burnett, Portland OR

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Evan giving a demonstration during the 2022 Open Studios

In 2008 Evan started his own glass design and production company, Local Art Glass LLC. In addition to having a great team of six artisans helping him make his work, Local Art Glass is also Portland, Oregon’s only public glassblowing studio. It is located upstairs in an intriguing building called the Pickle Factory.

Evan’s studio practice is divided between two disciplines – design and fine art. On the design side Evan and his team create decorative and functional items for the home and office, including drinkware, vases, urns, bowls, and ornaments.  In 2020, Local Art Glass became the top seller of hand-blown ornaments on Etsy.com, making them one of the top producers of high-quality hand-blown ornaments in the country.

Evan’s fine art practice is centered on themes of humor, absurdism, and surrealism, often with mid-century modern and psychedelic qualities. Subjects have included hotdogs, glitter chickens, pickle spaceships, and plates decorated with images of Steve Buscemi. Burnette traces much of his current aesthetic and interests back to children’s television of the mid 1980’s, primarily Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show.

In 2023, an opportunity arose when the suite next door to Local Art Glass’s studio was vacated. Seizing the opportunity, Evan decided to expand the studio, moving the hotshop to the adjoining suite, making Local Art Glass’s footprint now just under 4,000 square feet. With the new added space, LAG is now able to offer glassblowing classes on a regular basis. Casting, fusing, and other specialized glass technique classes, featuring visiting artists, will be added to LAG’s public offerings in the near future.

You can see more of his work on the Portland area Open Studios Tour September 30 – October 1.

Featured Artist: Kathy Johnson, Burien WA

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Kathy Johnson just celebrated 40 years of being part-owner of PNW Glass Guild sponsor Glass Expressions in Burien, WA, just south of Seattle. She started making glass beads in 1991. Her custom bead-portraits of horses combine her love of horses with her eye for detail and mastery of bead-making. Lately she has been combining fused glass with welding.

When she’s not out sailing she does expert stained glass repairs, plays with glass using all sorts of methods, and often wins glass cutting contests. She’s also a great teacher. You can see her in action in her Glass Classroom videos on YouTube or by taking a class in person.

If you take the Guild-sponsored GlassAndDecor.com studio tour in north Seattle on October 14-15 stop by site #3 to see and talk to her about her work.

Guild seeks PAID webmaster

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Please share the following with anyone who might be both qualified and interested in doing very part time WordPress site back-end support:

PNWGlassGuild.org is a small non-profit group looking for a long term Webmaster and we’re willing to pay for your time:
Do you have proven experience with WordPress, the WooCommerce Subscriptions plug-in, and know or be willing to learn the Ultimate Member plug-in that provides our membership features such as registration, list management for MailChimp, content restriction, and the Members’ Gallery? We seek someone to initially spend time learning the site, switching the theme from the present Kadence “Virtue” to the block-based “Kadence” theme, and deleting no longer needed custom code in the process. We may also want you to do a bit of visual freshening of the site. This will be specified in detail after interviewing and getting your input. Our 3-year old site generally works well for us and we are NOT willing to consider a complete re-build at this time. The website creator and a copy of her documentation is available to answer specific questions you might have when you get started.

After the theme switch we ask you to spend an hour or two once a month installing any plug-in updates that are not too new to trust, then checking to see that the site’s key functions are working correctly. If something goes wrong we will need you to roll the just-updated plug-ins back to their previous versions and advise us on what to do next. We may also need you to assist in troubleshooting problems which appear later. We are not asking you to keep the information on the website up to date since Guild volunteers are able to do that. Please contact us at recruiting@pnwglassguild.org, with your qualifications, contact information, and approximate cost.

President’s Message

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President’s Message – September 2023
Welcome to Fall, I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures that this season brings us. Fall is one of my favorite seasons because of the great colors. I hope you are creating some great art for the upcoming Open Studio tours in Seattle and Portland. If you are not sharing your work at one of the many stops, please take time to say HI to those that will be.

Sorry that I need to repeat this plea from my last newsletter messages, but PNWGG is still in need of member volunteers for our upcoming year’s leadership team.

A plea from the leadership of the Guild, WE NEED YOU! We are recruiting for the next group of leaders to move the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild forward and build on our past success. Two of our team leaders have announced their intention to step away after their current term is over. They are Membership and Sponsorship team leaders. The time to step up and volunteer has never been better, so you can learn from them over the next few months. Please reach out to any of our current board members or me at president@pnwglassguild.org any time for more details on how you can help us deliver great programs.

“Volunteer! Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can.” ~~Arthur Ashe

2023 Board of Directors

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The 2023 PNWGG Board of Directors are:

  • President – Terry Thomas (need a candidate for 2024)
  • Vice President – Rachel Dollar (need a candidate for 2024)
  • Secretary – Haley Wigent (need a candidate for 2024)
  • Co-Treasurers – Linda Roman and Kate Nicklos
  • Sponsorship Chair – Linda Gerrard (need a candidate for 2024)
  • Membership Chair – Kate Nicklos
  • Newsletter Chair – Greta Schneider
  • Communications Chair – Stephanie Johnston
  • Website Chair – Karen Seymour

We are looking for members to shadow board members and/or join the various teams in the upcoming year. This will aid in a smoother transition as new board members step up in the future. It also gives you a chance to see behind the scenes and what it takes to keep the Guild engaging and relevant in your glass journey. Reach out to Terry Thomas (president@pnwglassguild.org) to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Welcome to our Newest Members

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Please take time to reach out and connect…even if you don’t live in the same area. The wonders of technology bring us all just a few clicks away. Members can find contact info for these folks and other members if you log in to pnwglassguild.org and go to “For Members” (which only appears when logged in) and choose Member Contacts List.

Hilary Anthony, Eugene OR
Martin Fitch, Brush Prairie WA
Sandra Funk, Portland OR
Kim Graham, Gales Creek OR

Charlene Hale, Washougal WA
Darcy Robles, Lake Oswego OR
Daryle Ryder, Salem OR
Roxanne Thomas, Seattle WA

Open Studio Tours – Portland and Seattle

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Please join us at one or both of the upcoming Open Studio Tours this fall! Guild members and artists skilled in fusing, blowing, stained glass, casting, jewelry, mosaic, and other art forms will have artwork available to purchase, along with demonstrations at some sites. Many of the studios are not normally open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to get a little peek into where the magic happens. Meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and find unique and beautiful items for sale. Get a head start on your holiday shopping list or buy something fabulous for yourself! Tours take place rain or shine.

Visitor enjoying the artwork at Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art Studio in Deer Island OR. It’s in an old schoolhouse: see the marvelous art and the great space where they host weekend glass retreats.

David Smith demonstrating a glass blowing technique at his North Seattle studio during the Glass and Decor Studio Tour and Sale

Portland/Vancouver area: Sept. 30 Oct.1 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The PNW Glass Guild Open Studios Tour features 23 artists at 9 sites in the area. Print out the flyer and map to plan your visit. Be sure to complete the form to enter a drawing for a $50 credit towards a piece of artwork. Print out or pick up a flyer at your first site and get it signed by 6 participating artists from at least 4 different sites. Drop off the signed flyer at the last site you visit and you will be contacted about a week later if you are the lucky winner!

Please print and share the flyer and the locations map to help us generate publicity :

or share the event link: https://www.pnwglassguild.org/event/portland-open-studios-23/

Participating member artists include:

1) Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art

2) Shirley Bishop
36311 SE 3rd Circle, Washougal WA
Guests: Gail Haskett, Kate Nicklos,
Linda Roman

3) Evan Burnette
866 N Columbia Blvd, Portland OR

4) Lyn Kennison
6644 NE 22 Ave, Portland OR
Guests: Lesley Kelly, Sondra Radcliffe, Margie Rieff

5) Rosalind Cooper
14795 SW Kilchis Street, Beaverton OR

6) Linda Gerrard
8400 SW Maverick Terrace, Beaverton OR
Guest: Dianne Muhly

7) Margaret Eagle
17380 SW Hillsboro Hwy, Sherwood OR

8) Carlyne Lynch
6890 Molalla Bend Road, Wilsonville OR
Guests: Rose McBride, Greta Schneider

9) Mitzi Kugler
4970 Bonnet Dr, West Linn OR

North Seattle: October 14 – 15 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Purchase items to enliven and beautify your home at the Glass and Decor Studio Tour and Sale from more than 20 artists at 6 sites in north Seattle. Glass, ceramic, wood, and mixed media artists will be present. Most sites have demos of some sort explaining how the art is made.

You will also have a chance to win a piece of art at each site you visit. Simply fill out the form at each site at which you want to enter that site’s drawing. Each site will contact their lucky winner on Sunday at 5:00 pm and make arrangements for you to pick up your prize. Our Glass And Decor Studio Tour is part of Refract, the Seattle area’s 4-day celebration of glass.

See GlassAndDecor.com for more information or to print out the map to plan your visit.

Participating PNW Glass Guild member artists include:

1) Charles Friedman
2841 NW 70th St

2) Blowing Sands Studio/David Smith 5805 14th Ave NW

3) Karen Seymour
5415 Greenwood Ave N
Guests: Lael Bennett, Kathy Johnson, Debbie Marchione

4) Janiene Fitzpatrick
204 N 73rd St

5) Fred Buxton & Sandy Spear
7001 Roosevelt Wy NE

6) Bridget Culligan
5419 Kensington Pl N

Here are a few images from previous tours to whet your appetite.

Mitzi Kugler showing her torch-working and fusing artistry in her West Linn OR studio

Carlyne Lynch’s Wilsonville OR studio will have both colorful art and fun projects for you

Margaret Eagle’s Sherwood OR studio is in an old stable that gives lots of room to look at glass.

Linda Gerarrd shows visitors the backroom of her Beaverton OR Studio where the magic happens.

Karen Seymour’s artwork on display at her north Seattle Studio during the Glass and Decor Studio Tour and Sale
During the Glass and Decor Studio Tour Bridget Culligan’s owls surveyed the visitors.

General Meetings: Usually 4th Sunday 3:30 pm via Zoom

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Next General Meeting Sept. 24th: Custom work, 3:30 pm via Zoom

How do you do custom work without losing your shirt? This should be a really good discussion for those who do or are considering doing custom pieces. If you’ve got some experiences to share or know someone who might have, please contact VP Rachel Dollar to get in the speaker line-up (it makes things run smoothly).

October 22nd General meeting:

Vote for officers and discuss where you want the Guild to go next year. At this point we don’t have anyone willing to pick up the load from the current officers who have reached their limit of two terms. Contact the president for more info.

November 19th General meeting: Holiday Projects for Kids

Guild Notes

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The Credit Card problem on the website is narrowed down to a couple of possibilities but still not fixed. If you try to pay your renewal and it rejects your credit card, please click the “sending check” box and push submit. The popup will give the treasurer’s address for you to mail the check. Thank you in advance for the funds to keep the Guild going.

Run for office: If you might be willing to serve a year as President, Secretary, Vice President, or Sponsorship Chair (or know someone with some relevant skills who might be convinced to run for office, i.e. you can help the nominating committee), please contact the current president for more information.

You’re part of the team: Please send in photos of your glass events, new techniques you’re trying, problems you’re having, etc. so we may include them in the next newsletter!

Pacific NW Glass Events, past & future

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Margie Reiff shows off a project at the August picnic at Gail Haskett’s in Battle Ground WA (near Portland; yes this is a composite photo, not a strangely shaped table). The picnic at Karen Seymour’s in Seattle was also well attended but no one remembered to take photos.

Future events

Sept 30-Oct 1 Open Studios in Portland (see related article)

October 6-8 Local 14 will have members Greta Schneider and Mitzi Kugler

October 12-15 Refract: this 4-day glass celebration celebrates its 5th year in over 50 venues around the greater Seattle metro area. It is the parent event of the Guild sponsored GlassAndDecor.com studio tour on October 14-15 (see related article).

Cheryl Chapman’s Local 14 Booth from 2022

Please send us photos of your glass events!

Having a photo makes it so much easier to invite people to participate in an event next year. If you are part of or go to a glass event please take some photos and send the best 2 to the publicity team (400 to 600 px or “medium” resolution, about 500 KB, not more than 1MB).

General meetings in 2023

Zoom, usually on the 4th Sunday of most months, at 3:30 pm. Contact Rachel Dollar, our VP, if you have suggestions for future topics. You don’t need to be a member to attend our General Meetings but we would love to have you join.

Fall Events:

Logged in members can submit their events under About> Contact Us, Submit Calendar Event tab

(Guild sponsored events are in bold)

16-17  Edmonds Art Studio Tour, Edmonds WA
24 Guild General meeting via Zoom: Custom work
30-Oct 1 Open Studios near Portland

2 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
6-8 Local 14 Art Show and Sale, Portland OR
12-15  Refract huge multi-event glass celebration, Seattle area
14-15  Glass and Decor Studio Tour, Seattle WA
22 Guild General Meeting via Zoom:
Vote for next year’s officers

6 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom

10-12    Best of the NW fall show, Seattle WA
18-19   Wild Arts (Audubon), Portland OR
19 Guild General Meeting via Zoom: Kids’ Holiday Projects
2-3   Phinney Winter Festival, Seattle WA
9 Guild Holiday Party in Beaverton OR (SW Portland)
10 Guild Holiday Party in Seattle WA

Featured Sponsor: NW Art Glass

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NW Art Glass is celebrating 50 years!

Since 1973, our goal has been to provide the best possible selection of products at the best possible pricing along with a knowledgeable and experienced staff. We also teach classes and have an open workspace available by appointment during some parts of the year. Facebook often has our classes listed before the website gets updated.

Our focus is to encourage and support creative expression in glass. Northwest Art Glass is a worldwide supplier of art glass materials. We cover all aspects of “cold” and “warm” glass working, whether kiln work, etching, stained glass or mosaic. Our warehouse facility in Redmond, Washington offers the largest inventory of specialty sheet glass in the Pacific Northwest, unparalleled for its depth of selection. Customers are welcome to hand select their glass on site (by appointment), or may choose to have their order shipped anywhere in the world. See our website for a list of what brands we carry and specific products.

There is a large class area upstairs that many customers aren’t aware of.

(Members should log in and go to About>Our Sponsors to see the sponsor benefit offered).

Frit and glass in many sizes and from many manufacturers

Tools, molds, books and more glass.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

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These companies and organizations are an integral part of the glass art community. We thank our Sponsors for supporting our Guild through either generous donations or by offering discounts to our Members. Please take time to thank them for their generosity when you visit their businesses.

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Artifex Toolworks – Glass Alchemy – HIS Glass Works