Website Tour: 5) “For Members” Menu

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We’re pausing our member benefits series to cover the website in detail so you know better know how to use this tool to further your glass experience.

When you go to PNWGlassGuild.org and Log in “For Members” is added to the top menu. “Join” and “Login” disappear. You’ll see this drop-down:

I) Member Contacts List
When we invite you to reach out to new members in your area, or if you meet someone at a Play Day, Guild Picnic, or other event here’s where you can find their contact info.

2) Member News and Classifieds
This is an archive of recent Member News and Classified emails. You can quickly find that recent offer to sell a kiln or person looking for a repair.

3) My Profile: Set up what you display in the Members’ Gallery. Note that you need to turn it on in the privacy settings in “My account” for the public to see it.

4) My Account your account settings such as renewal date, list of payments, email preferences, turning on your Member’s Gallery display so the public can see your work etc.

5) Website Help: Here’s where “Welcome to the Guild” outlines how to take advantage of your benefits including guidance in setting up your Members Gallery display, how to access you Member Benefits, controlling what emails you get from the Guild and anything else that we find more than 1 person asking for help with. There are more detailed help posts here for volunteers who edit the website. If you have any suggestions for additions or corrections to the website help please contact Karen Seymour

6) Guild Documents: here’s where you find the Board Meeting minutes, the Policies and Procedures, and Officer Job Descriptions (the list of current officers is under About>The Guild as discussed in the January 2023 issue).

7) Log out: this is mostly used by volunteer editors who want to switch between what an editor sees and what the public sees. You should also use this after posting your profile to the Member’s Gallery to see if it shows up when you are not logged in. If not, you forgot to turn it on. Log in and see “Members’ Gallery: adding your work” under For Members>Website help for more info.

Tip: if you log-in first whenever you go to the website, you’ll be able to see more, especially in this case.

If you are not yet a member and therefore can’t Login we encourage you to join by pushing “Join” from the menu so you can take advantage of the many benefits (your dues help us pay for the software that runs the website).

Website Tour: 4) “About” Menu

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We’re pausing our member benefits series to cover the website in detail so you know better know how to use this tool to further your glass experience.

When you go to PNWGlassGuild.org and choose “About” from the top menu you’ll see this drop-down:

l) Contact us

There are currently 5 tabs/forms for ways to contact Guild volunteers of various sorts:

Submit a Classified tab: Anyone can fill this out to ask/tell the membership something glass-related via email. Sell a kiln, look for someone to do custom work or repairs etc. We reserve the right to reject your request if we don’t think it is of interest to the majority of members.

Submit Your Event tab: Members can log in and fill out the form to add your glass-related event to the calendar (if you don’t see the form you are not logged-in). A volunteer will add the event within a few days.

Get Zoom Link tab: If there’s a meeting you want to attend and you’d like us to email you the Zoom link because you can’t find it/can’t log-in to see it on the event’s page.

Report Tech Issue tab: Use this to contact the web-help volunteers about a website-related problem.

Anything Else tab: fill out the form and we’ll try our best to route your message to the correct person.

2) The Guild: Our Mission and Goals and 3 tabs leading to Guild History, a list of Current Board Members, and the Volunteer Teams without whose efforts there would be no Guild. Please contact a team lead if you can volunteer a bit of time to help in some way.

3) Member Benefits: a list of reasons to join the Guild

4) Our Sponsors: The list of businesses who have supported the Guild in some way. If you’re logged-in you can see the benefit, often a discount code, that a specific sponsor gives to our members.

5) Info for Sponsors: information about becoming a sponsor and why you might want to.

Tip: if you log-in first whenever you go to the website, you’ll be able to see more.

If you are not yet a member and therefore can’t Login we encourage you to join by pushing “Join” from the menu so you can take advantage of the many benefits (your dues help us pay for the software that runs the website).

Website Tour: 3) News & Events Menu

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We’re pausing our member benefits series to cover the website in detail so you know better know how to use this tool to further your glass experience.

When you go to PNWGlassGuild.org and choose “News and Events” from the top menu you’ll see this drop-down:

I) Public News is the record of the Tuesday emails sent to the whole mailing list, both members and those who choose to subscribe to the Public emails when they subscribe to the newsletter.

If you can’t find that email you got last Tuesday about an art show or meeting or something, look here.

2) the Newsletter is the current issue. You’re probably reading it right now. On a large screen you can get the current issue from the top of the right hand column of most pages but getting it from the top menu is probably easier for those on a cell phone.

In the right-hand column there’s an index to articles by date and type. If you want to read all the Member benefits at once or look through the featured artists, here’s the place to click.

3) Events Calendar

Upcoming events are also listed on the bottom of most pages with a “view Calendar” to get to the calendar page you see here. The top of this page tells you what the color codes on the listings mean

The right side bar allows you to sort for specific event types in both past and future.

One of the member benefits is to add your events to the Guild Calendar: log in, go to About>Contact us, click the Submit Your Event tab and fill out the form (if you don’t see the form you are not logged-in). A volunteer will add the event within a few days.

Tip: if you log-in first whenever you go to the website, you’ll be able to see more.

If you are not yet a member and therefore can’t Login we encourage you to join by pushing “Join” from the menu so you can take advantage of the many benefits (your dues help us pay for the software that runs the website).

Website Tour: 2) The Glass Menu

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We’re pausing our member benefits series to cover the website in detail so you know better know how to use this tool to further your glass experience.

When you go to PNWGlassGuild.org and choose “glass” from the top menu you’ll see this drop-down:

Tip: if you log-in first, you’ll be able to see the videos in “Education”. As you will see in future articles, being logged-in unlocks many things.

If you are not yet a member and therefore can’t Login we encourage you to join by pushing the “Join” tab so you can take advantage of the many benefits (your dues help us pay for the software that runs the website).

l) Members’ Gallery
Here’s where to see the amazing variety of Guild Member glasswork. Clicking on any member’s image will bring up their profile page. It’s mostly alphabetical but look a little before and after where you expect to find the name. We’re now up to 4 pages (the page choice is at the bottom). If you know the exact spelling of the artist’s name you can use the search at the top of every page.

Clicking the “about” tab in the black bar usually gives the artist’s contact info. Clicking an individual image may give you more info about that piece.

Logged-in Members can find the instructions for adding their own profile under For Members” > Website Help > Members’ Gallery.

2) The Glass Arts

This long essay is to give the casual website visitor an idea of what is involved in some of the various types of glass: Cold (stained, mosaic, applique, gilding, sandblasting, and other cold-work), Hot (blown, torch-worked) and Warm (fusing, slumping, draping, kiln casting…)

This was written before the website was functional so all the appropriate links to the artists have not been created (most of these artists are in the Members’ Gallery). We also now have a much wider range of artists to choose examples from. We’d love to have a team of volunteers to help update the essay and add subsidiary pages.

3) Education (only members can see the videos)
This is where the videos of our Play Days and the informational parts of our General Meeting are posted. The Education page will give you the list of topics but only members can see most of these meeting videos you must log-in to see the videos.

4) Play Days (only members can come to Play Days)
If you’re wondering “what’s a Play Day”, it’s a casual, fun shared exploration of a particular technique where members get together in someone’s studio or on Zoom. You’ll find Play Days in the calendar as soon as someone decides to offer one. How about you?

5) Find a Teacher (only members can add themselves to this list)
If you’re looking for someone to help you learn, here’s the list of members in your area who want you to know they teach. If you’re a member you can log-in and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to have your name added to the list. If you’re looking for supplies, some of the teachers sell them. You’ll also find suppliers under About> Our Sponsors

Website Tour: 1) Home, Side Bars, Login, Join

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We’re pausing our member benefits series to cover the website in detail. It has a whole lot of resources for you if you learn where to look.

When you go to PNWGlassGuild.org you’ll see several short articles of things the editors consider timely and this menu bar:

If you are a member and click Login, after logging in you’ll see this menu (do you see the differences?):

As you’ll see in future articles in this series, being logged-in unlocks many things.

If you are not yet a member and therefore can’t Login we encourage you to join by pushing the “Join” tab so you can take advantage of the many benefits (your dues help us pay for the software that runs the website).

The bottom of each page

has links to upcoming events, links to the Guild’s public page on Facebook and to the members’ group. There is also a scrolling display of our sponsors logos to remind you to thank the community glass businesses which support the Guild and help make working in glass so much fun.

The Events are color coded. Push the “view calendar” to see the full description of the bar and left side colors plus the whole list of the year’s events. Colored bars are Guild events and white bars are member-submitted events. The colors on the left side indicate what kind of event: red are meetings, blue are Play Days and classes, green are shows, yellow are other.

The sidebars differ from page to page

Here’s the sidebar from the Home page if you are logged-in.

Subscribe: When you join the Guild you are automatically subscribed to the newsletter (and to the Tuesday Public News email announcements) so you don’t need to do it again. Having already subscribed before joining doesn’t mess things up.

Read the current issue is a quick way to get to to where you probably are now.

Search looks through all of the site’s pages and posts. It has the benefits and limitations you encounter on all those other websites: if you know exactly what you’re looking for you can usually find it.

If you lost a recent Tuesday Public News email, you can access the list from the side bar (and from the News and Events menu).

The Member News section is only visible if you are logged-in. It is the list of Classified, Guild News, and Guild Business (Board) emails that were sent out recently (these are also available from the For Members menu). You can change which of these 3 types of emails you receive by going to the For Members menu> My Account and choosing the Email Prefs tab (more info is in For Members>Website Help>Email: controlling what you get).

Events allows you to go looking through recent and upcoming events by type.

Next issue: What’s under “Glass”