2024: January Issue

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Upcoming events: pnwglassguild.org/events/

(Bolded events are Guild sponsored)

15 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
20 Gathering of the Guilds booth sales start
21 CANCELED Open House (Fairview OR)
28 Guild General Meeting Via Zoom

4 Glass etc. potluck brunch (Seattle WA)
10 HeARTfest show and sale (Camas WA)
12 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
14-18 NW Flower & Garden Show (Seattle WA)
21 Sherlocking Play Day (NE Portland OR)
25 Guild General Meeting via Zoom

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


  • Featured Artists: Debbie Marchione, Shirley Bishop
  • President’s Message
  • Board of Directors
  • Welcome to our Newest Members
  • Gathering Of The Guilds
  • Glass Artists Win Award
  • Christmas Scrap Project
  • Flash Challenge Results
  • General Meetings
  • Guild Notes
  • PNW Glass Events, past & future
  • Featured Sponsor: CR Lynch
  • Thanks to All Our Sponsors

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Featured Artist – Shirley Bishop

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Shirley in part of her studio on the PNW Glass Guild’s 2023 Open Studios tour

I’ve been in love with all things glass since a very early age and never realized it until I had the opportunity to explore glass fusing myself in 2013. At that point I was blessed to have the opportunity to grow my love of glass into a business, Studio13 GlassArt, which I founded with the goal of mastering all the elements of glass used in design while instructing others how to do the basics. Why Studio13? My oldest brother (of 5) who also loved glass and dabbled in fusing, died in 2013 from ALS. He was a special person in my life. As well, the numbers 1, 3, 13, 31 all represent important dates in my life. Last of all, Friday the 13th is always my lucky day!

Every day I dream of taking my glass to the next level. Situated on 20 beautiful wooded acres in Washougal, WA, my 1,200 square foot studio/workshop/gallery which was once our home has become a venue for weekend workshops and hopefully more in the years to come. I welcome anyone and everyone to visit my studio and enjoy the aura of creativity that seems to blossom more and more every day. In the 10 years I have been doing this I have developed a unique style that is all my own. My creative designs are recognized by those in the Pacific Northwest seeking local art. Over the years I have taught hundreds of students and have built a loyal following of collectors who appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of my work.

Shirley shows off her frit storage: fired samples on every lid

Shirley’s newest heART piece will be at the one-day Camas HeARTfest art show and sale on February 10th. She also participates in the Washougal Studio Artists Spring tour in May and the PNW Glass Guild’s Open Studios tour in September.

Students at a “Women and Wine” class

See Shirley’s class offerings and more of her work at https://www.studio13glassart.com/

A recent commission

Featured Artist – Debbie Marchione

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Seattle, Washington (Debbie is now helping produce our newsletter)

I was introduced to glass fusing in 2018 by a friend who invited me to a class at Moltenworks Glass Studio in Woodinville. Although I had never considered myself artistic, I found the three-dimensional nature of glass absolutely fascinating, and couldn’t wait to go back. Thanks to the amazing support and mentorship of PNW Glass Guild members Wendy Hatch and Karen Seymour, as well as the very patient and kind folks at Moltenworks, I’ve learned so many new skills in the past five years and am I excited to be developing my own “voice” as a glass artist.

I particularly enjoy the variety of textures that you can create with fused glass and I continue to explore new techniques. I’ve also become involved this year as a volunteer with the Guild, helping behind the scenes with the newsletter and the website, because I value connecting with other artists and the many learning opportunities that are available as a Guild member.

President’s Message

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President’s Message – January 2024

Hi everyone, I want to wish each of you a Happy New Year! As you can see below we have a new board for the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild and new Team Leads starting this month.

At this week’s board meeting we planned the calendar for the year. Please join us at the events listed in this issue and others that will be upcoming to share the glass experience. I look forward to joining you in experiencing and learning from each other in all facets of the glassmaking experience and sharing in the joy that it can bring to the larger community. Please also consider volunteering in the planning and production of any of the events as well – we need your help. Thanks, Lesley

2024 Board of Directors

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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 Lesley Kelly (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.

Lori Caldwell, Vancouver WA
Kirk Casey, Shelton WA
Natalie Fobes, Seattle WA
Marni Glick, Portland OR

Carol Radkins, Vancouver WA
Jean Shaffer, Seattle WA
Cathy Shelby, Corvallis OR
Dan Terrel, Washougal WA

Gathering Of The Guilds April 19-21 in Portland OR

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This well-attended annual event will be held in a different, larger room at the Portland Convention Center [ booth sales have closed].

In February the GOTG committee will take unsold space and reallocate it to guilds who have already sold out so it’s important to buy your booth by the end of January to avoid missing your chance. Contact Lesley Kelly the GOTG coordinator if you have questions.

Booth prices and commissions remain the same as last year. See Registration info for specifics (this link will be available shortly both here and from the home page).

We’re counting on those who volunteered last year to do so again and talk their glass friends into volunteering too. Please fill out the volunteer form. It’s a great way to talk with other glass artists in person and be inspired by lots of great art.

WA Governor’s Arts Awards 2023

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The Washington State Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards, announced in late November 2023, included two glass artists this year – Lino Tagliopietra and Ginny Ruffner both won Individual Awards.

These are very prestigious awards. According to the press release from ArtsWA, “Established in 1966, the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Governor’s office for accomplishments in arts and culture.”

“These awards are a true community celebration,” said Karen Hanan, Executive Director of ArtsWA. “Nominations poured in from across the state with a clear message: Washington is home to outstanding artists, organizations, and culture bearers that deserve to stand up and be recognized. Their work enriches our communities and enlivens the entire state.”

Originally from Murano, Italy, Lino Tagliapietra is a world renowned glass artist who has had a huge influence on the world of art glass in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In 1979, Dale Chihuly invited him to the Pilchuck Glass School where he introduced students to the traditions of Venetian glassblowing. Tagliapietra continues to teach and mentor hundreds of artists. He played a key role in laying the foundation for the American Studio Glass movement. His work is displayed internationally as well as in his Seattle showroom.

Ginny Ruffner is a pioneering American glass artist based in Seattle, Washington, with a wide range of work. From lampworking to painted glass sculptures incorporating borosilicate glass, Ruffner has pushed the boundaries of glass art, even venturing into the world of augmented reality. Her public art installations can be found across the Pacific Northwest, including at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Ruffner has inspired, mentored, taught, and supported hundreds of other artists both on her own and through SOLA, the nonprofit organization she founded which recognizes and rewards mature women artists.

Congratulations to both Tagliopietra and Ruffner! Both of these amazing artists have pioneered new techniques and styles, helping make Washington State an international hub for glass art. It is exciting to see fellow glass artists and the medium we love honored and celebrated in this way.

My Christmas Project – Scrap, Scrap, and more Scrap by Rae Williamson

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What are the most frequently asked questions in fusing?

  • What to do with scrap?
  • What is your firing schedule?
  • What is the best glue?
  • Is there a tutorial?

I want to share a glass project that truly made my holidays very special this year.

Let’s talk about scrap…we all have it.

For stained glass artists it becomes smaller art pieces and then over to mosaics for those beautiful shard creations. For fused glass artists there are pot melts, screen melts, vitrograph pots, pattern bars, and so forth.

One set of my scrap bins

Our Leduc Lions Club decided to bring some joy to the care homes in our community. We rounded up a choir of our members, picked some well known Christmas carols, dressed up our mascot Lion and brought some goodies with us.

One of the care facilities we wanted to visit did not allow plants, baked goods or chocolates…so the dilemma was, what could we bring as I did not want to disappoint the residents? Simple – since it was Christmas, I volunteered to make and donate a decoration for each person.

Our lovely Choir and Santa

After a couple of days of production, I thought maybe I should ask how many decorations we needed. You can probably understand my surprise when the answer was approximately 85…just a few more than I had anticipated. Not a problem though as I had ten days, and I did not want to leave anyone out. I knew I needed to come up with a variety of designs to keep me on task though, as I am not a production artist.

A small sample of my “bits”

I started by digging through my drawers, shelves, and scrap bin. I found I had a variety of different sizes/colors of dots; murrini and cane I could chop up or already had fused; scrap bits of dichro – some pre-fused, some unfused, a variety of colors of vitrograph pulls; bits of stringers and lots of scrap glass in my stock.

Thank goodness I fill in the extra space in every kiln load with bits, so I had lots of material to play with. I had some clear glass so cut out some triangles, put five together and decorated them…voila stars!

The stars going into the kiln with space filled with scrap bits
The stars fired and ready for presentation

I love hearts so I cut out a heart template and traced it onto two layers of 3mm fiber paper. Using a craft knife, I cut out twenty hearts and filled them with bits of murrini and added some clear powder.

Cutting out the fiber mold
The fiber mold filled with murrini
The hearts after firing
Christmas trees

You know you can’t have Christmas without some trees and Santas right? These were made mostly of various triangles and bits of scrap glass, dichro, and stringers…aren’t they adorable?

Santas out of the kiln

Melted snowman followed next. I sometimes (well most of the time) have fun cutting white glass, so I had a big bin of white glass to play with for these. They were so fun to make. Just different sized circles, some black iridescent scrap for the hats and eyes and a bit of orange for the “carrot” nose. I added some stringer arms and more dichro scrap for buttons etc. and a little blue frit for contrast. (I recommend a tack fuse on these).

Glass Christmas balls ready for hanging

Lastly, we had to have some Christmas balls to put on the trees, so back to the scrap bins. The iridescent clear specialty glass was perfect for these. I made a circle and a teardrop shape and then decorated them. Next time I would add a bit of gold irid or silver irid at the top to represent the metal hanger.

I have some new ideas for next year already, but I’m happy to say that the residents and staff loved their little gift. Best Christmas ever!

The crowd loved us…even if sometimes we were a little off key.
Santa visiting with a resident

Now, what will you do with your scrap??? Share your ideas at the February 25th General Meeting.

Flash Challenge Results

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The Flash Play Day (see the link for firing schedules) was fun but most participants hadn’t had time during the holidays to finish their projects. Here are two variations explored by Karen Seymour:

Powder on clear with circular stencils

Set for first firing. The rectangles are powder on clear for the other project

Stacks of circles ready for second firing to melt them to puddles. The black steel frame is to keep them from running off the edge if I miscalculated.

The bottom side of melted stacks is sharper. It is the top that spreads out.

3 of the 6mm puddles set to smoosh to 3mm. As you can see in the next photo smooshing exudes the center of the 6mm and blurs the colors.

After the smoosh all 5 pieces were slumped. Here are the final bowls.

The second project was to cut 3/4 tall strips of flash glass (the rectangles in photo 2 above) and then cut them into patterns:

Pieces stacked, dammed, and ready to fire.

Resulting pieces from previous firing ready to melt into 6mm puddles

The resulting 6mm pieces ready for slumping

The final bowls

The Next Newsletter Challenge:

Use your scrap glass, created by any method, in an art piece and send us a photo by March 1st so we can show off your work in the March Newsletter.

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

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At the January 28th meeting, we will discuss “Using Enamels in Glasswork”. Sponsor Fusion Headquarters‘ owner Gil Reynolds will demonstrate how their lines of enamels work and which are best for certain types of work. Plus he will show some new techniques. We’ve also heard he may announce a short special sale on enamels for our members.

Several other people will be talking about other types of enamels and techniques (so far Greta Schneider and Rae Williamson)

On February 25th we will talk about “Ways to Use Your Scrap” Do you have an interesting way to use up scrap glass? Please contact our VPs so they can add you to the speaker lineup (and please send a photo of a scrap project for the March newsletter).

Enameled owl by Greta Schneider

The unedited November 2023 “Kid’s Projects” Meeting Recording is now available to logged in members under Glass>Education . Here are some images Rachel was trying to show in the video.

Did you miss a recent meeting but wish you hadn’t? Members can log in to view videos of recent General Meetings that have been uploaded to Glass>Education on the PNWGlassGuild.org menu. Some of the recent ones are unedited in order to make them available sooner. If someone wants to help their fellow members by editing them we’d really appreciate it, please contact Karen Seymour to volunteer.

Guild Notes

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The Guild Board Meeting on Jan 15th discussed the major events for the year (see the calendar) and the specifics of Gathering of the Guilds (see article above). Here are the highlights:
• One Wednesday a month an in-person troubleshooting and discussion group now called “Sherlocking” will revive the pre-Covid Portland discussion for members wanting to troubleshoot their glass pieces and techniques.
• There will be a Vendor Fair in Seattle in May and one in Portland in October.
• Summer picnics will occur throughout the area during July and August.
• There will also probably be a guild booth at the Portland Rose Festival again 3 weekends this summer
• Open Studios in Portland will be September 21-22
Carlyne Lynch brought up the idea of doing a holiday popup in Portland. You might talk with her about it if you are interested in the idea.

Pacific NW Glass Events, Past & Future

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• The Flash Play Day is covered in an article above. Please consider hosting a Play Day yourself.

• The November General Meeting on Kids Projects has been uploaded to the Glass>Education section for logged in members to see as is mentioned in the “General Meetings” article above.

• The Holiday Parties were lots of fun:

The dinner party at Linda Gerrard’s contemplates the gifts for the game.

The brunch gathering at Karen Seymour’s was waiting for the last guests to arrive (after they did we were so busy eating and talking that we forgot to take any more photos).

The afternoon party at our sponsor Melt Glass Art Supply in deep discussion.

• Several members were in or attended shows, two sent photos:

Roz Cooper at the Elsie Stuhr Center’s Holiday Bazaar (Thanks Bill Cooper)

Gail Haskett at the Hockinson Holiday Bazaar (Thanks Kate Nichols)

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 if you can help it).

Future events

The Gathering of the Guilds show (GOTG) in Portland April 19-21 will take much of the Guild’s energy between now and then as previously mentioned
• See last year’s event writeup for photos.
• See Registration info. Booth sales will start Saturday January 20th at 9am.
• Please consider volunteering to help with the show!

If you’ve never been to The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, get on the list for notification of the spring tour (May 1-4). Tickets go on sale in February: they go fast for a reason.

• One Wednesday a month, starting with Feb 21st at 7pm, an in person troubleshooting and discussion group “Sherlocking” will revive the pre-Covid Portland discussion for members wanting to troubleshoot their glass pieces and techniques.

• Seattle is reviving the Glass etc. potluck brunch at Karen Seymour’s every couple of months. Feb 4th is the next one. Anyone interested in glass is welcome.

General meetings in 2024 are via Zoom, usually on the 4th Sunday of most months, at 3:30 pm.

Contact 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.

Winter Events:

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

(Guild sponsored events are in bold)

15 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
21 CANCELED Open House for Members (Fairview OR)
28 Guild General Meeting Via Zoom

4 Glass etc. potluck brunch (Seattle WA)
5 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
10 HeARTfest show and sale (Camas WA)
14-18 NW Flower & Garden Show (Seattle WA)
21 Sherlocking Play Day (NE Portland OR)
25 Guild General Meeting via Zoom

19-21 Gathering of the Guilds Portland OR
27-28 Art In Bloom garden art studio tour and sale Seattle WA

1-4 Pilchuck Spring tour * tickets sell out in February
11 Vendor Fair Redmond WA (near Seattle)

Featured Sponsor: CR Lynch

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For several hundred years, glass crafts people have created murrine, small slices of cane traditionally created in a hot shop crucible. This ancient technique required hot glass to be melted in crucibles around the clock. The Vitrigraph kiln changed that and now within a few hours artists can replicate this hot shop process and produce cane and elements for their fusing glass projects.

I sell 4” pots, 5” pots, and 7” pots designed for Vitrigraph. I also make custom bottoms for specialty pulls. Classes on designing pots offered. Members: log in and check the About> Sponsor page to see how to get a discount.

Carlyne Lynch and Greta Schneider pulling cane out of one of these pots in a vitrigraph kiln.

Examples of pots and different bottoms. Available in 4″, 5″ and 7″.

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