Open Studio Tours – Portland and Seattle

| 0

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:

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 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.

Gathering of the Guilds – Another Successful Year

| 0

This year’s show was a huge success with 23 artists, lots of dedicated volunteers, many, many compliments from the people who attended and really well crafted booth layouts. People should be very proud of their participation based on compliments on the wonderful artwork and that people who attended were so very grateful we had the show again this year.

Linda Roman

Attendance for this year was 13,526 people coming in the hall. The majority of the people came in the afternoon of each day, which jives with the unexpected first day of sunshine and hot weather we had on Saturday with people doing outdoor activities in the morning and then coming to the show and cooling off and shopping. Compared to previous years, we did well, surpassing the 13,077 of 2022 and 12,334 of 2019 and moving toward the high we had in 2018 of 18,048.

Carlyne Lynch
Rosalind Cooper
Lynn Kennison

Every guild reported increased sales from previous years. We are still waiting for three bills to come from the LLC, the convention center and the furniture company before we know how much the guild made, but overall, sales were higher than last year. Our group booth which also included New and Emerging Artist members had total sales of $7500!

One interesting observation was that each guild reported items sold this year were primarily smaller items, art cards, and products that could be worn or put outside. The potters were especially surprised that a lot of their larger pieces didn’t sell this year as they have in the past.

Greta Schneider
Mitzi Kugler
Kylea LeMond

Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out the Survey Monkey survey. The results will be compiled in time for the June board meeting and the June general meeting, but generally, there were concerns with the booth layouts, the load out process, how the demos were announced and providing a schedule beforehand, and the volunteer sign up system. Except for problems with the AC temps, people enjoyed meeting and working with the artists and vendors, talking to the visitors and reconnecting.

Dijenaire Frazier
Sharon Dunham
Jennifer Hart
Terry Thomas
Happy Shoppers
Debbie Vourlas
Kory Dollar

PNWGG Winners May 2023 – The award winners are as follows:

Best Booth in Show: Marvelous Mosaics
Best demonstration: Barb Kienle
Best Overall in Show: Tie between Mitzi Kugler and Barbara Wells
Most Creative Use of Glass: Mari Aoki Knight
Beat Overall in Show: Tie between Mitzi Kugler and Barbara Wells
Best Non-Fused Glass: Gerald and Rose McBride

Our Demonstration Area: An exciting attraction at this years show was return of our demonstration area. Several artists took time away from their booths to show attendees many aspects of how we create beautiful art. Barbara Kienle won as the best demonstration of how to make cute suncatchers with framed scenes. She let visitors make their own and then she took them to her studio and fired them. Other fun demonstrations included: Carlyne Lynch / vitrigraph, Greta Schneider / dichroic glass jewelry, Kathie Wise / mosaics, Gerald McBride / his water attachment for grinders, Roz Cooper / vases and Lyn Kennison / lanterns.

Roz Cooper glass vase demo
Gerald Mc Bride tool demo

Greta Schneider dichroic glass

To Our volunteers – We couldn’t do it without you!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who volunteered and helped before, after and during the show this year! Events like GotG which are a huge benefit to us as individual artists, the art and glass community in general and also our glass guild…cannot happen without volunteers! We realize some of you may want to volunteer mostly to get the reduced commission…..and some of you are in a booth by yourselves and have to work before or after the show or have friends or family help out to some extent during the show and we tried to make at least some workable hours available to everyone. We would also like to give a special thanks to people we know came and gave their time either to help someone earn a lower commission or just came and helped because they want to support the guild and the artists who were there.

Rae Williamson and Mitzi Kugler
Ken Hashagen

Whatever motivated you…..that time spent benefits all of us and makes the show run so much more smoothly. We had some new and unique situations and booth set ups this year and it was much more complicated than in the past to find out how many people we might have signing up and to figure out how many volunteer hours were needed, and available, and how to make them available to the artists in a fair manner….so everyone could take advantage of the commission reduction to some extent. We will probably do a few things differently next time but considering all the new people we had, and the variations on types of booths and numbers of artists in the different configurations, it went pretty smoothly.

Also, a special thanks also to those who helped get the gallery display pieces picked up and delivered to the show and even more…..helped get all of it back to the storage unit in the relatively short time span that we had on Sunday afternoon. That is an extremely important job and we know it occurs when everyone is tired and ready to just pack up and go home! There was a little confusion about the Airtable and the Sign Up Genius… Airtable only gave us an idea how many people might be available for certain types of jobs, not actual shifts. Sign up Genius, which Mitzi was thankfully able to set up online, made it much easier for people to get their actual shifts in and know what was still available. We will all be discussing ways to make the sign up system plus actually keeping track of hours done more efficiently next year. There was definitely a bit of a learning curve on volunteer hours this year….but all in all it went well.

Volunteered, Voluntold Volunteers – Member Janet Van Fleets’ Grandson and Husband.
Lesley Kelly, PNWGG Coordinator for GOTG

On behalf of the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild we would like to extend a HUGE thank you to our Lesley Kelly who coordinated our participation in this year’s Gathering of Guilds…a job well done!!!

Our artist/vendors thank you for your unending patience, encouragement and problem solving…you are the perfect person for the job.

Considerations for next year.

The demonstration area in the lobby area was a huge hit with attendees, and demo areas created by the individual guilds were extremely popular. There is a lot of interest from all the guilds in having a joint demo area up in the front of the hall, and we will be working on putting a proposal together for that.

The show will be on April 19-21, 2024, and will be in Hall D of the convention center. This is great news for us as Hall D is bigger, has two dedicated loading docks, and also is the first area that everyone who parks below the convention center comes to as they come off the elevators. This will be important as the I5 parking won’t be available due to construction and the only place to park will be in the lots under the center. The expanded space in the hall and a joint demo space could free up space for more booths and possibly more options for sizes of booths.

See you there!!!

Open Studios in Portland and Seattle

| 0

Don’t miss getting out and talking glass with other Guild Members and be sure to tell your friends, neighbors and social media buddies!

1) 315 West B Street, Rainier, OR
Rachel Dollar (Marvelous Mosaic Fine Arts)
Guests: Terry Thomas, Lori LaRue, Theresa Videan
Ask about alternative to stairs. Open Friday too! We will have vitrigraph pulls at 1 PM each day.

2) 866 N. Columbia Blvd. # B202, Portland OR
Evan Burnette‘s Studio, Come see LIVE glass blowing demos throughout the event!

3) 5529 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland OR
Sondra Radcliffe‘s Studio,
We have a few steps down to basement or up to the porch.

4) 821 NE 63rd Ave., Portland OR
Richard Glenn‘s Studio,

5) 4331 SE Brooklyn St., Portland OR
Barbara Kienle‘s Studio
Guest: Stephanie Johnston
We hope to have some projects for people to try.

6) 8400 SW Maverick Terrace, Beaverton OR
Linda Gerrard’s Studio
Guest: Sharon Dunham
Linda will have the studio open and give some step by step explanations of her glass techniques.

7) 17380 SW Hillsboro Hwy., Sherwood OR
Margaret Eagle‘s Studio
Guests: Lyn Kennison
Mari Aoki Knight,

8) 6890 Molalla Bend Rd., Wilsonville OR
Carlyne Lynch‘s Studio
Guests: Rose McBride, Greta Schneider
There will be a live vitrigraph pull on each day, story boards and talks to show how things are done and probably some small projects for our customers to do.

9) 4970 Bonnet Dr., West Linn OR
Mitzi Kugler‘s Studio

Tour Seattle Oct. 15-16:

The Guild is sponsoring the 8th annual Studio Tour and Sale which focuses on items for the home. Over 20 artists in glass and other media show their work at 6 close together studios in north Seattle.

There will be PNW Glass Guild members at almost every site:

This event is part of Refract, the Seattle area’s annual 4-day city-wide celebration of glass.

See for more info.

How exciting – Portland Area Open Studios are coming up…

| 0

September 17th & 18th
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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.

Open Studios at Margaret Eagle’s studio last year. Sharon Dunham and Holly Crilly were her guests.

See the Registration info page for all the links and details.

If you want to be a host, fill out the Host form

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.

Marvelous Mosaic Studio in 2021

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.

If you have any questions, please contact either Linda Gerrard or Carlyne Lynch, tour Co-Chairs.

Linda Gerrard’s Studio with guest Dianne Muhly in 2021
Carlyne Lynch’s studio with guests Greta Schneider and Lisa Mustain

Guild Picnics in August: Twice the fun!

| 0

Summer’s finally here! Let’s get together outdoors and talk about glass and everything else.

1) August 14th in Seattle WA 11am potluck at Karen Seymour’s near the Zoo.

see the event link for more

Seattle Guild Picnic 2021 at Karen Seymour’s

2) August 28th in Washougal WA (a suburb of Portland) 11 am potluck at Linda and Kate’s house

see the event link for more

Portland Guild Picnic at Lyn Kennison’s last year

Play Day: Photographing your work

| 0

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.

Establishing Your Presence On Line

| 0

Summary of the Presentation by Connie Terry, Business Strategist at our June General Meeting

Members can log-in and see this meeting video and other posted meetings under Glass>education

Connie Terry can be contacted at:

How to use your business Facebook page to grow your business
Facebook’s goal
Keep people on Facebook
An engaged audience
Things that stop growth
YouTube links
Links to websites
Lack of engagement

Connie Terry

How to use Facebook pages
Brand awareness
Grow your email list
Sales via Facebook shop or messenger
Get reviews to build like and trust
Facebook page essentials:
Cover that shows off your business
Posts that get engagement or next step in journey
Pictures that grab attention and stop the scroll

Next step:
Get a free mini audit of your Facebook page by Connie Terry’s company

Guild Holiday Party Dec. 12th via Zoom

| 0

Connect with your glass friends and make new ones. All members are invited to the party at 3:30 PM December 12th on Zoom. Make a toast and discuss your glass plans for next year.

There will be an optional draw-a-number gift exchange with the added twist of being able to steal a gift from someone else. Gifts are generally in the $30 range. Keep your gift item small in case you have to mail it. The Zoom link will be available to logged-in Members on the event page closer to the date.

Invite a few glass friends to join you in front of one computer for the party!

Here’s a toast from last year

Portland Area Open Studios Sept.18-19

| 0

Tour all 4 sites to see and buy from 14 Pacific NW Glass Guild member artists.

10 am – 4 pm both days

Outdoors or well ventilated, masks etc.

A) Kory & Rachel Dollar
at Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art
64535 Columbia River Hwy
Deer Island, OR 360-719-9298

Guest Artists: Jennifer Hart, Kevin Kanyo, Lyn Kennison,
Terry Misley, Kathie Wise

Marvelous Mosaics will have snacks, demonstrations, and a free small project for kids.

B) Linda Gerrard’s Studio
8400 SW Maverick Terrace
Beaverton, OR 503-804-3105

Guest artist: Dianne Muhly

Have a snack. Enter the drawing: you might win some art.

C) Margaret Eagle’s Studio
17380 SW Hillsboro Hwy.
Sherwood OR 971-235-4578

Guest artists: Holly Crilly, Sharon Dunham

There will be mosaic projects to try!

D) Carlyne Lynch’s Studio
6890 Molalla Bend Road
Wilsonville, OR 503-784-2277

Guest artists: Lisa Mustain, Greta Schneider

FREE sun catcher project (free supplies and firing),
and there will be a drawing too.
Plus FREE vitrograph stringers for GUILD MEMBERS from Carlyne, as well as some low cost flame working tools for sale

October 16-17: Seattle Studio Tour

| 0

The Guild is sponsoring the Seattle studio tour October 16-17, 10 am to 5 pm.
7 studios in north Seattle will each host 3 to 4 artists, at least one of which works in glass. The focus is on art to perk up your home.

Come and meet several Seattle area Guild members:
Sandy Spear, Karen Seymour, Connie Munford, Kathy Johnson, Bridget Culligan, and Lael Bennett.

All the glass artists are encouraged to have some sort of demo. We love discussing our work. (note that this event is part of Refract, the big 4-day Seattle glass celebration).

Go to for map, artist, and demo info.

Play Day: Mosaic Light Block

| 0

September 21, 10 am, Deer Island OR

Come to Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art in Deer Island, and create a mosaic project. Cost is $10 for an 8″x8″ glass block plus $10 for the glass, glue etc. You don’t need to bring anything. The blocks are able to receive LEDs if you want to add lights but lights are not included.

Play Days are an exploration, not an organized class, but there will be other members to answer your questions. Play Days are for Guild Members only. Please join the guild before registering

64535 Columbia River Hwy, Deer Island, OR 97054 (45 minutes north of downtown Portland)

Contact Kory Dollar to register or if you have questions.

October General Meeting: Lighting the Future

| 0

Sunday, October 24th 3:30 pm, via Zoom.

This is our annual meeting to elect the next year’s Board. Since at this point we have no more than 1 candidate for each position (see related article), this section should be short.

The rest of the meeting will be a show and tell by artists who do lighting of various sorts. Come and be inspired. The Zoom link will be available on the event listing closer to the date.

Contact Karen Seymour if you are willing to show your lights. So far we have:

November 14th General Meeting – Holiday Ideas

| 0

Only six weeks to go till Christmas and I am out of ideas…

The solution…tune in to the November General meeting. I promise it will be chocked full ideas for gifts you can buy yourself (from Santa of course), gifts you can make to please others, and educational gifts you can give or put on your wish list.

Our members will present on their favorite tools, provide notice of exciting classes on the horizon, and recommend learning experiences and techniques.

Greta Schneider will be expanding on her September Newsletter article and doing a live demonstration on holiday ideas made with dicro.

The Zoom link will be posted on the calendar listing closer to the event. See you there!

Holiday Poem – December 2020

| 0

Sharon Dunham (to the tune of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”)

It’s the most unusual kind of a year,
Because Covid’s the reason, it’s altered this season but still there’s good cheer,
It’s the most unusual time for this year!
It’s the happ – happiest season of all,
Our guild holiday party, for which I was tardy, was fun for us all
It’s the most diff-er-ent party of all.
There were glass gifts for stealing, the wheeling and dealing
Confusion turned in to a show
Of the snowflakes and earrings, a green plate appealing
But wait, where did it go?
It’s a most wonderful time of the year
We should all be together next year when it’s better to celebrate near
It’s a most wonderful time of the year.
There was much gift exchanging, the offerings ranging
From mushrooms, a clock and a tool,
A penguin, a vase and the usual race to steal
The hummingbird feeder so cool!
It’s the most unusual season by far
With our virtual meetings, Zoom holiday greetings, no way will it mar
Next year’s chance to see all of you, near and far!
Happy Holidays, however you may have spent them.
Stay safe, stay well ‘til we meet again in 2021

Love from Sharon Dunham, your guild bard since 2007!