2024: July Issue

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Linda Gerrard

Upcoming events: pnwglassguild.org/events/

(Bolded events are Guild sponsored)

14 Guild Picnic: Keyport WA
20 Art In The Garden, Battle Ground WA
26-28 Bellevue Arts Fair, Bellevue WA
28 Guild Picnic: Seattle WA

1 Open Studios publicity registration deadline
11 Guild Picnic: Battle Ground WA
10-11 Sea Glass Festival Seattle, WA
23-25 Bellevue Botanical Garden Arts Fair, WA
24 Guild Picnic: Fairview OR (near Portland)
31-Sept 2 Art In The Pearl, Portland OR

14-15 Open Studios tour: greater Portland area
29 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: Linda Gerrard, Karel Murphy
  • President’s Message
  • Board of Directors
  • Welcome to our Newest Members
  • Open Studios Registration Now Open
  • Guild Picnics in July & August
  • General Meetings
  • Guild News
  • PNW Glass Events, past & future
  • Featured Sponsor: Melt Glass
  • Thanks to All Our Sponsors

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Featured Artist: Linda Gerrard, Beaverton OR

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I started my glass art journey in 2012, then joined the Oregon Glass Guild in 2013. Many people ask how I got started making glass art. I’ve attended art fairs around the Portland area for many years and was always drawn to the glass displays. One day a friend said “you know you can learn to do this yourself”. Of course I was shocked that was possible, but thrilled when I found Aquila Glass and began my journey.

For the first several months, I used the pretty glass to make plates and bowls When I tired of that, I started making decorative nightlights, ornaments, and more intricately decorated plates and bowls. I would bring them to work to show my friends and they all wanted to buy my creations. Not only did they buy what I brought in, they also ordered commissioned pieces as well.

Since I didn’t own my own kiln yet, I took everything to a nearby shop and rented their kiln. I think everyone knows what a pain cleaning and reassembling all those little pieces of glass is! My husband was so surprised by all the pieces I was making and selling that he surprised me with a kiln for Christmas of 2012. That kiln had a 12” shelf and it took only 3 years for me to add another kiln with a 20” shelf. That was a real game-changer for me. By this time I was getting bored making plates and bowls, but really enjoyed designing and creating more artistic pieces.

It didn’t take long for me to want to take classes from people whose work I admired so I could learn new techniques and improve my skills. After taking several classes from local glass artists and admiring the work of others further away, on behalf of the Guild, I contacted one of my favorite artists to see if they would come to Portland to do a class. I did that for four or five years and all the participants were thrilled they could take these classes locally.

As far as a technique I am known for, there are actually two. Several years ago it occurred to me that I could mimic the Bullseye rolled edge and use it as the top of my artwork. Oddly enough, someone once told me I needed to work on my cutting skills so my piece had a straight top edge. Obviously, this was an intentional design element. The second thing is that I prefer to leave texture on my pieces. Most of my pieces are landscapes, so I first create my background and mid-ground before full fuse firing, then I tack fuse my foreground on leaving a lovely texture that catches the light and sparkles. Additionally, it draws people in to touch the piece for tactile enjoyment as well as visual.

I really enjoy creating beautiful, realistic landscapes and pieces with animals or birds. When people see my work in person, they always say how beautiful it is and that they’ve never seen anything like it. It’s such a challenge and I feel very pleased when I create a piece that has great depth and proper perspective making it feel like you’ve “been there” or you could walk right into the scene. The most challenging aspect of this art form is putting down enough powdered frit to give the intensity of color I want. This is especially true for transparent pieces where the color can sometimes just disappear during firing.

I’m always interested in learning new techniques or trying new products. I find that I rarely take a class then simply repeat the process to make another and another. Instead I usually find some part of it that I particularly like and incorporate that into my work. I think this is why people tell me they’ve never seen anything like my glass art; because it’s a combination of techniques. That being said, I have taken classes and purchased products that just don’t appeal to me and I either don’t use them or I find a way to incorporate just a little of what I learned into what I do. I’ll be bringing some of these unused items to the bargain table at the Guild picnic August 11th at Gail Haskett’s in Battle Ground WA. Hope to see you there!

See more of Linda’s work in the Members’ Gallery

Featured Artist: Karel Murphy, Philomath OR

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I have been deeply moved by the transformation, connection and magic that occurs when separate materials are brought together to form an integrated whole. This theme is central to my work with mosaics, mosaic jewelry, and glass fusion. Many times, my work will incorporate all three together.

Each project begins by gathering materials, such as different sizes and shapes of glass, ceramic tiles, semi-precious stones, charms, beads, buttons, and smaller found objects. Assembly then begins with placement of color, patterns, and texture into the designed project. The result may be in the form of a piece of mosaic jewelry, a representation of a bird’s feather or other life form, some visual movement like flowing water, or an abstract landscape design. Always my focus is on harmony and integration of materials. If the artwork is only made using glass, I fire it in a glass kiln where more transformation takes place through the application of heat.

Artistic work for me is a metaphor for living a satisfying, balanced, and harmonious life. To live this way, it is important to explore the elements that work and fit together, discard or transform what doesn’t, and keep going deeper, ever changing, and discovering. It is my hope that my artistic creations telegraph and inspire that sense of depth, harmony, and balance.

You can see more of my work at

President’s Message

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July 2024

Welcome to July, everyone! Now that the fireworks are over, July is packed with lots of opportunities to meet other members of the Guild, make new friends, and exchange ideas on your favorite techniques. We have 4 picnics coming up – two in the Seattle area and two in the Portland/Vancouver area – please try and attend at least one as they are a lot of fun! Also this month is the Art in the Garden event on July 20th at member Ann Cavanaugh’s studio featuring her and her students’ work – some of the most amazing garden art I have ever seen. And last but not least – stay tuned for pictures of the work being done during the Powder Challenge as lots of artists are signed up and we should see some amazing powder designs coming out from this. Enjoy!

President Lesley Kelly

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 president Lesley Kelly 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.

Molly Cadranell, Seattle WA
Penny Hsu, Portland OR

Cassandra LaFleur, Ridgefield WA
Tracy Walstead, Longview WA

Open Studios Registration Starts Today

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The Portland area Open Studio Tour and Sale will be
September 14th and 15th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hi, fellow glass enthusiasts! This will be our 9th year having an Open Studio Tour and Sale in the Portland region.  The show is open to all current PNWGG members who have their studio or home in these five counties:  Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas (Oregon) or Clark (Washington State). 
Members who live in other counties may participate by being hosted in a studio within these 5 counties.   Here’s the link to the application info.

The cost for each artist is $65.  We’ll have new signs and more advertising this year. Registration is now open and will close August 1st if you want your photos in the publicity, so sign up as soon as you can. The absolute deadline is August 15th but if you wait that long you miss out on being publicized well.
No refunds will be given but you can have an acceptable replacement buy it from you.

If you are able to host other member-artists in your studio, please register right away so possible guests know where opportunities to show/sell are and can be connected to your studio.  Using the forms linked on the info page above, you simply need to indicate that you can host and how many guests you are looking for.

Everyone can easily pay using either your debit or credit card.  If you want to participate in another artist’s studio, please complete the application right away so we can try find a host site that’s a good fit for you.  If you already know whose studio you’ll be at, please indicate that on the registration form.

Once you register and pay by debit or credit card, send 3 pictures to Lesley Kelly.  Please write the subject line of your email:  PICTURES FOR OPEN STUDIO, so Lesley sees them easily.   Make sure your images are 600 px wide or larger but smaller than 1MB in file size and are labeled as follows: lastname-initial-#.jpg  Here’s a sample of mine:


Shortly you’ll be seeing an email asking for volunteers for a few tasks including sign distribution for your county. We especially need someone to shadow Linda Gerrard so you can lead it next year. She’s been doing it for many years and wants to step down.

We’ll send out additional information once we have volunteers. If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help, please contact Linda Gerrard

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.

Guild Picnics Start This Weekend

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Different potluck picnics will have show-and-tells, mold exchanges and bargaining tables but all are a chance to talk glass in-person with fellow artists. Everyone would love to see your latest project or hear plans for your next one. See the individual event listings for details. Friends, spouses and anyone interested in glass is welcome but please contact the host in advance: setting up more chairs etc. after guests have begun to arrive is much more difficult than setting up the right number in advance.

July 14, Keyport WA (Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle) 1 to 3 pm hosted by Fred Buxton and Loraine Wolff at their waterfront studio. Fred will be grilling burgers, please bring a side dish. If you have some recent work for show and tell bring that too. Carpool if you can, because parking is limited.

July 28, Seattle, WA 11 am to 2 pm hosted by Karen Seymour, one block west of the Seattle Zoo in her shady back yard. there will be a mold exchange as well as a show and tell of recent work.

August 11, Battle Ground WA (N of Vancouver WA) 11 am to 3 pm hosted by Gail Haskett. In addition to the potluck food, her big covered patio will have tables set up to help you trade or sell your unwanted materials for something you do want.

August 24, Fairview OR (NE of Portland) noon to 3 pm hosted by Margie Reiff in Fairview, Oregon’s Welsh Park on Fairview Lake. In addition to the potluck food, bring something for the show and tell. Getting together again in this cool lakeside space will be so much fun!

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

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• In lieu of a General Meeting in July or August, come and join your fellow glass artists at one of the regional area picnics! See the article in this newsletter or the Events calendar for more details.

• The September 29th General Meeting will discuss what’s involved with having your glass designs cut by waterjet. This is a good solution for teachers and those needing lots of circles etc. or those with intricate designs or thick glass. Someone from Portland Waterjet will be one of the speakers. Contact our VPs, Barbara Kienle and Carlyne Lynch, to get on the speakers list and share your waterjet project experiences.
Please also contact our VPs, if you have an idea for a future meeting topic.

• Did you miss a recent meeting but wish you hadn’t? General meetings are open to everyone but to view the recordings under Glass>Education you have to join the Guild. Then you can log in to see them.

There were difficulties recording the June meeting, so please find the video we showed to introduce Kelly Crosse Alge’s Sgraffito drawing techniques at the bottom of her home page modernancientglass.com

Some of the recent videos 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 our VPs to volunteer.

Guild News

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At the recent Board meeting we decided that the PNW Glass Guild will not participate in the 2025 Gathering of the Guilds in Portland. Stay tuned for further information on what we will be doing instead.

Pacific NW Glass Events, Past & Future

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Past events:

The Sgraffito Powder Challenge discussed at the June General Meeting is ongoing. We’ll have a full report in the September Issue.

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

General meetings in 2024 are via Zoom, usually on the 4th Sunday of most months, at 3:30 pm (not April, July, August, or December).

Contact our VPs 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. Videos of many meetings are available to members by choosing Glass>Education from the menu.

Summer Events:

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

(Guild sponsored events are in bold)

14 Guild Picnic: Keyport WA
20 Art In The Garden, Battle Ground WA
26-28 Bellevue Arts Fair, Bellevue WA
28 Guild Picnic: Seattle WA
30-Aug 2 Reverse Enamel Workshop: Bainbridge WA FULL

1 Open Studios publicity registration deadline
11 Guild Picnic: Battle Ground WA
10-11 International Sea Glass Festival Seattle, WA
23-25 Bellevue Botanical Garden Arts Fair, WA
24 Guild Picnic: Fairview OR (near Portland)
31-Sept 2 Art In The Pearl, Portland OR

14-15 Open Studios: greater Portland area
29 General Meeting via Zoom

Looking Ahead to Fall: Volunteers needed NOW

(our glass events don’t happen spontaneously: it takes organizing and prep. Give a little time and energy, get a lot more fun, glass info and sense of community.)

The PNW Glass Guild’s September Open Studios in the Portland/Vancouver area is looking for a new volunteer to lead it: Linda Gerrard has been doing it many years and wants someone to shadow her this year so they can take it on next year. The event will be September 14-15. Contact Linda for more info.

Portland/Vancouver area Vendor Fair Team is looking for a volunteer to start organizing now for next year. Contact Stephanie Johnston, sponsorship team lead.

Refract is celebrating glass in Seattle October 17-20: The Guild is sponsoring the GlassAndDecor.com Studio Tour Oct. 19-20 as part of larger RefractSeattle.org glass celebration. Contact Karen Seymour about hosting a site if your home/studio is north of the ship canal and south of the city limits. Also contact her if you would like to volunteer to organize carpooling from your town to come to Refract. Refract has over 50 venues presenting glass of all types. It is mostly free or the normal cost of museum entry.

Featured Sponsor: Melt Glass

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Melt in Vancouver WA

Doesn’t a class in an air-conditioned studio sound good about now? This month’s featured sponsor Melt Glass in Vancouver WA remodeled their basement to create more class space. Now they have both a stained glass classroom and a fused glass classroom. Look at all the classes they have going on this summer or stop in to buy supplies (and stay cool!).

A bit of history from owner Sheri Spurlock: 35+ years ago, my mother set up a stained glass studio in our basement. Within a few short years, we had opened a small stained glass shop in Milwaukie, Oregon. We developed strong relationships with the local glass manufacturers in their early days, and still enjoy those relationships today. Over the years, we have tailored our business specifically to meet the needs of the stained glass, mosaic, torchwork, and fusing hobbyists, artists, and small studio owners.

Inside Melt’s showroom

Today, Melt continues to grow, innovate and expand at the current storefront in Vancouver, Washington! Owing to our long history, we pride ourselves on being able to not only provide supplies for, but also to educate, our fellow glass artists. We operate our business from a cute little storefront at 502 Washington Street, Vancouver, Washington where we welcome artists to come in and browse our huge selection of dichroic glass, sheet glass, rods, tools and supplies. Need help with a firing schedule or having trouble with your solder lines? We are here to help!

Everyone on our staff is a glass artist in their own right. We are involved in craft shows, art shows, and galleries across the Pacific Northwest. This gives us a unique understanding of trends, new products, and the importance of everyday fair pricing vs fake sales and promotions. Shopping at Melt, in-person or online at https://www.meltglass.com/, you can feel confident that you’re getting a fair price and a quality product every day. Members should log-on and go to About>Our Sponsors to see how to claim their discount

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