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March 2024

I realize that with the current weather we are experiencing here in the Northwest, it may not seem like Spring is just around the corner, but it is definitely on the way and we have a lot of great events lined up.
Starting in April, we have the Gathering of the Guilds on April 19-21, 2024 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the Vendor Fair in Redmond WA (near Seattle) on May 11th, 2024, and in the Makers Mart during the Portland Rose Festival 5/24-27, 5/31-6/2, and 6/7-9th. In addition, there are the Monthly General Meetings on the 4th Sunday at 3:30 to discuss various topics and the “Sherlocking” (troubleshooting) meeting at Margie Rieff’s house the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. These are Zoomed so you can share your pieces and experience if you can’t physically attend. There will be also be picnics in several areas this summer (see article below for picnic dates and places)

Please also consider volunteering in the planning and production of any of the events as well. Volunteering can be as easy as coming to Gathering of the Guilds and booth sitting for an hour and meeting up with old friends and making new ones during the show, or helping with one of the committees who work to make the guild successful, or taking a position on the board, or anything else you can think of. Any assistance you can provide to the guild would be greatly appreciated. Please see the website for a link to volunteer for helping with the Gathering of the Guilds and share the excitement as we show off much of the amazing glass art created by your fellow members

Thanks, Lesley

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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

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President’s Message – November 2023
Welcome to the holiday season, I hope everyone is prepared to have some great holiday shows and sales. Be sure to share where you will be and how other members can connect with you. This can be done by submitting a calendar request to the site: Log in and then go to About>Contact Us, Submit Calendar Event and sharing on the PNWGlassGuildMembers Facebook Group: there’s a link on the bottom of each website page.

Thank you to the members that have stepped up to form the 2024 PNWGG Board of Directors. I am excited to see where this great group of volunteers takes us next year and how they will continue adding value for our members.

This will be my last President’s Message, so I want to thank everyone for the privilege of serving over the past two years. It has been a true honor to work with the other Board members to bring the many educational meetings and opportunities to feature your glass art. I look forward to continuing my personal learning journey to hone my glass art skills and will take inspiration from all your great work.

Best wishes for a great holiday season and an even better 2024.

“Gratitude is an ART of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.” ~~Kak Sri

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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 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

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Summer is upon us, and I hope that everyone has been able to get outside and enjoy time with their favorite outdoor activities. During a recent vacation I had the opportunity to visit a fantastic garden and some new beach areas for me. It was a great reminder that nature’s beauty is all around us and we should be inspired to create art that features our corner of the United States and all its beauty.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get together at one of our upcoming in-person picnics. It is a great opportunity to see fellow glass artists and catch up on what they are working on. Thanks to our generous hosts for opening their doors for these events, we wouldn’t be able to do so without their hospitality. Check out the dates and locations:

Battle Ground WA (near Portland) picnic:
Sunday August 6th, noon to 4 pm (NOTE CHANGES)

Seattle WA picnic: Sunday August 13th at 11 am

and RSVP today!

Sorry that I need to repeat this plea from my last newsletter message, 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. Our Sponsorship team lead has announced their intention to step away after their current term is over. 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 anytime for more details on how you can assist us deliver great programs.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~~Scott Adams

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As I write this message Spring weather has taken a turn toward summer temperatures, hope you were able to enjoy some outdoor recreation or just outdoor relaxation. Speaking of enjoyment, I hope that you had an opportunity to visit one of the many in person events over the past month. Whether it be the Art in Bloom show in Seattle and their great outdoor art and weather, or the vastness of the Oregon Convention Center with an abundance of creative arts at the 2023 Gathering of the Guilds. Or even your local community open studio tour. I believe whenever you can support other artists and view their souls, they share with us through their artwork it is time well spent. May you have more opportunities to enjoy many in person events throughout the spring season.

Now, 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 anytime for more details on how you can assist us deliver great programs.

“Creativity requires the Courage to let go of Certainties.” ~~Erich Fromm

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Happy 2023 and welcome to a new year of creating art. If you are one that sets annual goals each January I would like to add a challenge to pursue a new technique this year. Step outside of your usual techniques and find a new and refreshed passion for learning a new technique. When you do this be sure to share your new masterpieces in the Member Gallery or if you are on Facebook (PNW Glass Guild member group) so others can share in your accomplishment.

Thank you to all of the members that provided feedback in our recent Member Feedback Survey, it is greatly appreciated. The board of directors will be using this feedback to shape a great 2023. The volunteers that lead the Guild look forward to the privilege of bringing our members a slate of educational and other events to further the art of glass making to our members. This feedback will help us accomplish this. Did you miss the initial survey feedback opportunity? Feel free to reach out to anytime with your suggestions and feedback.

Speaking of a slate of upcoming events be sure to check out the Calendar of Events for the latest information. For those that are looking to sell your art in a great setting, check out the details of the Gathering of the Guilds coming to Oregon Convention Center April 28-30. Registration is open now, so claim your booth today.

Wishing everyone the best in the new year and a year of creating masterpieces.

“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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Fall 2022 has arrived and I hope everyone is ready for the holiday show season. Thank you to all of the members that joined us for the annual meeting and nominations in October. I appreciate being nominated and chosen to serve as the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild President for another term. I look forward to building on the momentum that has been gained during 2022. The opportunity to engage with more in-person events once again has been a highlight of the year. The board of directors is looking forward to bringing back the popular guest instructor program in 2023. Stay tuned for more information as details are confirmed in the coming new year.

The PNWGG Board of Directors is looking for members to step into our roles in the coming year and want to offer volunteers an opportunity to shadow us throughout 2023. Check out the board roles [link to Guild documents] to find one that would be of interest to you. Once you find the perfect match reach out to me at so I can get you connected to the appropriate board member.

Speaking of volunteer needs, the board is looking for a planning chair. If you love to organize events and would like to help us plan great events for our members reach out to

Best wishes for the upcoming holiday season.

Terry Thomas, President

“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”― Pablo Picasso

President’s Message September 2022

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I hope summer 2022 has been a good one for everyone, it has gone by too quickly for me. Be sure to check out the creative work that Guild members have submitted for the Summer 2022 contest [link] and vote for your favorite. While you are checking out the masterpieces be sure to visit the pictures from our Seattle and Portland area picnics.

Feeling inspired by the artwork in our Members’ Gallery? Be sure to check out the Portland area Open Studios Tour on September 17 & 18 and the Seattle Open Studios as part of Refract 2022.

Plan to attend the PNWGG Annual Meeting on October 23rd where you will have the opportunity to shape the future of the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild by voting for next year’s board of directors. Stay around after the general election to learn more about photographing your art pieces from our guest speakers.

Terry Thomas, President PNWGG

Speaking of meetings, our August board meeting had an overview of the Guild’s financial status and a preview of plans for calendar year 2023. Join us for the September board meeting on the 12th for a presentation of our 2023 budget. Wishing everyone a good Fall season.

“It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create.”― J. M. W. Turner

President’s Message – July 2022

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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

If you are interested in volunteering for any of our open committee teams or specific needs outlined above, please drop me a note at 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

Presidents Message – May

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Terry Thomas

Welcome to Spring, here’s hoping the weather catches up to the season soon. It is great to see more in-person events available regionally. I hope everyone had great success at the Gathering of the Guilds in Portland, OR and Art in Bloom in Seattle, WA and other events that you have participated in over the last month.

Speaking of great glass events, be sure to check out the Glass Art Society annual conference “Between Here and There” in Tacoma, WA as they celebrate 50 years as a glass society. Check out the lineup of events they have planned over the four-day conference. Last day to register on-line for full conference is May 13, 2022, so check it out today.

The PNW Glass Guild is in the planning process for summer events, which may include in-person, regional picnics. Be sure to check out the event calendar as the events are finalized, in the meantime if you have recommendations or ideas drop me a note at with your feedback.

Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision.” –Terry Tempest Williams

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Spring is upon us and so are the in-person events once again! PNWGG is looking forward to the annual Gathering Of the Guilds event held at Oregon Convention Center on May 6 – 8, 2022. See related event posts for all of the details on how you can register for your booth and volunteer for this great event. We need volunteers to help plan and coordinate throughout the months leading up to the event. Join us today to make this a great event for everyone and welcome back in person selling opportunities.

Another spring event is the Art in Bloom in Seattle, WA. At the Art in Bloom event you will get the opportunity to tour several artists’ yards and studios. Check out all of the details in related event posts on PNWGG website.

Thank you to everyone who have joined us at our first meetings of 2022, I look forward to hearing from you on how we can make PNW Glass Guild even more valuable and beneficial to our members. Please drop me a note anytime with your feedback.

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” — George Bernard Shaw

President’s Message January 2022

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Happy New Year and Welcome to 2022

As we begin a new year it is appropriate to look back and celebrate what went well in 2021. During our annual holiday celebration December general meeting, I enjoyed hearing the 2021 successes. Members’ comments included:

  • Engagement via Zoom – as a regional organization it is important to engage with members across the region virtually.
  • Play Days – members enjoyed the recent play days and use of Zoom that made it feel like everyone is in the same room, learning new techniques and sharing our love of glass art.
  • General Meetings – keeping general meetings informative and opportunities to spotlight members’ art and sharing techniques
  • Website – recent updates to the website were acknowledged. Thank you to all the members that have been involved in bringing this to reality.
    Are you an IT guru? We would love to have you join us as the Webmaster. Please reach out to find out how you can help us by volunteering for this critical position.
  • VOLUNTEERS – members recognized all the great work that the Guild member volunteers have done. Without our volunteers we would not be able to continue as an organization. Thank you for the support and hard work that everyone does every day to advance the mission of Pacific Northwest Glass Guild. I look forward to the privilege of working with all of you.
New President: Terry Thomas

It is now time to turn to 2022 and what activities we will focus on for the coming year. Some ideas shared included:

  • Increased regional activities
  • Continue informative general meetings – share your ideas for general meetings with Rachel Dollar – PNWGG Vice President
  • Member Exchange Event
  • On-line Contest
  • Mentor Opportunities

To make it easy to send Terry your ideas, here’s a form to type them into.

I would love to hear even more suggestions that you have so we can see how we can continue to work to increase the value of your membership while fulfilling the mission of the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild.

Thank you for your continued support of Pacific Northwest Glass Guild. It is a privilege to serve as your President and I look forward to hearing feedback on how we can expand our impact on your art education. Speaking of impact, please check out our Sponsors when you are in the market for new supplies, tools, or glass education. Be sure to mention your membership and thank them for supporting us.

May January be filled with new exploration and creativity in your glass journey!

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Lyn Kennison

I would like to congratulate and welcome Terry Thomas as our new President, Rachel Dollar as Vice President, Haley Wigent as Secretary and, Linda Roman and Kate Nichols as Co-Treasurers. They will bring new ideas and energy to the Board and the Guild. I will still be part of the Board as Past President and here to help wherever I can. I have grown personally over the past two years serving as President in confidence, patience and tact. Friendships were developed that will continue.

It was difficult for all of us with Covid and trying to develop the new website. All of that is behind us now with the website up and running and it is so much better than before. I truly appreciate all the hard work that was done by so many people to get us to where we are today. We managed to have a virtual Gathering of the Guilds, endless meetings and many play dates where we got to know each other better and learn new skills … all virtually! We all worked together through very difficult times and the ever present computer challenges to keep the Guild going and expanding. Thank you all!

The Holiday Party is scheduled for December 12th 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. The Zoom link will be posted on the event on the website and you just need to log in to access it. It is a time we can talk about what went well and what we want to change going forward. We will do a voluntary White Elephant Gift Exchange game which can be so much fun. If you are choosing to participate just have a gift to give away that is affordable to mail if necessary. We will also raise a glass of your choice of beverage to toast the New Year and all the possibilities it holds.

Thank you for your support over the past two years as your President and I hope to meet more of you in the months ahead. Sending happy glass outcomes to each and everyone of you.

Wishing you Happy and safe Holidays, Lyn

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Hello fellow glass members .

I hope you all survived the heat and are doing well.

I want to take this time to encourage you to run for a Board position for the coming year so we all can continue to grow in this glass adventure together. Without the Board positions being filled, we will not have a Guild which would be a shame after all the work that has gone into our new website, the opportunities for glass education, activities, and planned upcoming events.

I also want to thank everyone who worked so hard on the new website. It took lots of meetings to hash it all out, so thank you all for your time and effort. It is really a beautiful website. If you have not set up your gallery page please do so and it is really simple. This could encourage sales and anyone visiting the website can see an example of your work.

Take care.
Lyn Kennison, President PNW Glass Guild

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I hope this message finds you all well and finding ways to stay cool. 

We are looking for people who would like to be on the board in 2022. We will need a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer. The bylaws limit the number of years you can serve. It is a good thing as fresh ideas are always welcome. The duties & responsibilities of these positions will be on the website soon or contact Carlyne Lynch, who is on the nominating committee. Remember that we will continue to use Zoom meetings to serve our now large geographically spread membership… you can enjoy participating and sharing no matter where you live.

We also have different committees and teams that need people. It takes us all to make this guild run smoothly. It is a great way to meet people and develop new skills. The outgoing people are there to help and guide you along. 

Please consider running for office. We have NO guild without a board.

Lyn Kennison

Stay cool and safe

Keep on doing glass

Lyn Kennison, President PNW glass guild

President’s Message Winter 2020

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Hello all you fabulous glass people! I hope this message finds you all happy, healthy and being creative!

We had our state meeting on October 25 and elected our board members for 2021. A big thank you goes out to Sue Merritt as our new Vice President, Sue Bracknell our new Secretary, Lesley Kelly our continuing Treasurer, and Lyn Kennison, as President. Thank you all for stepping up. A big thank you also goes out to Carlyne Lynch for all her hard work as the Web Director, Margie Rieff, for her work as Membership Chair, Linda Gerrard, Sponsorship Chair, Sharon Dunham, for the Newsletter, Charlene Fort, Communications Chair, Mitzi Kugler as past President, Suzanne Tyler for being the Secretary, and Greta Schneider for her work as Vice President. Everyone has worked hard this year to keep the guild going. Thank you!

At the state meeting, Karen Seymour presented a video talking about using different firing schedules to get different results. It was very informative and can be watched by going to the website under videos.

The board is constantly working on bringing new events, videos, and playdates for people to learn and grow in their glass creations. If you have an idea for a new playdate, something to present at the general meetings, or for making a video, please join us at the board meetings and talk to us about it. We welcome new ideas. Please check the calendar on the website frequently to see when Zoom events will be happening.

The new website is almost ready to launch. By early 2021 it should be up and running. When it is, you will receive a reminder to renew your membership, if it is due. It will be easy to do it on the website.

Take care of yourselves, stay creative and enjoy the holidays!
Lyn Kennison,
President PNWGlassGuild

President’s Message Fall 2020

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As we enter into the fall of this pandemic year, I hope all is well with you and your family. The Guild is working very hard to plan events and trainings and get information out. Our meetings are all on Zoom for the rest of the year, so please watch out for the links sent out in emails and join us. Our contest went very well with 48 people submitting over 100 entries. Congratulation to all the winners who won prizes, but remember we are all winners if we at least try and grow from our experiences.
Some fun meetings have been planned. On September 30 at 7pm, we will have a demo on circle cutting and cutting rings. This may be a review for some or a first time experience for others. Both can be tricky to do, so I will definitely be watching for new tips. We will also be restarting the Fusers’ Group every third Wednesday of the month. These Zoom get togethers will be hosted by Lynda Sprecher, a very talented glass artist. It will be a time to show your work and to ask questions. If you show a piece that you want to have help with and or get ideas for remember to have your firing schedule handy.
Our state meeting is scheduled for October 28 at 7pm. At this meeting we will elect our board for the coming year. We are still looking for a secretary. According to our bylaws we need a secretary for all the board meetings. The guild cannot exist if we don’t have a secretary. So, I’m asking someone to step forward and volunteer for this position. There will be people to help, a template of how to write up the meeting notes, and all meetings are recorded so you can check back in case you a missed something. If you are interested please contact me at or Suzanne, the current secretary, at for more information. We really do need someone to step forward!
Our new website is being built. This will modernize it and make it much easier to navigate. More information is to come on that.
If you have ideas for Play Days, trainings, or teaching opportunities please join us at the board meetings and let us know or just contact me.
Stay well and keep on creating beautiful glass creations!
Lyn Kennison, President PNWGG
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