Featured Artist: Stephanie Johnston, The Dalles OR

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I live and have my studio in The Dalles, Oregon on the beautiful Columbia Gorge. I really enjoy all the amazing things you can create with glass. I started taking stained glass classes in the late 1990s and loved it. I was in a metal clay class with long time Guild communications volunteer Charlene Fort and she introduced me to fused glass in 2014. She has become my best friend and the rest became history.

I’ve assisted teaching classes in schools and other people’s studios. I recently taught a Play Day on making molds for freeze and fuse. We had great fun and a lot of laughs. I just did a demo on the same subject at the Vendor Fair in Seattle. I’m anxious to try what I learned in a recent class in alternative freeze and fuse as well as learning to make flash glass and use those techniques for new projects.

When the Gorge chapter of the Oregon Glass Guild was still active I served as president. In the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild I am currently team lead for both Communications and Sponsorship. I would encourage all of the members to try and find a spot where they could help out. It doesn’t have to be a long period of time or time consuming. You can find a link to the volunteer opportunities on the main page of our web site.

I joined the guild because of the information they provide, the fun potlucks, Christmas parties and the play dates. As well as the perks we receive from the people and business that contribute to us. We gain so much from being in the Guild. And it is wonderful to to have a page in the Members’ Gallery that I can use as my website.