Guild Play Days are back!

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After missing “Play Days” for several months the Guild was happy to have them back! 15 people joined us on a Zoom Play Day with Karen Seymour. The topic was Fossil Vitria, how to use leaves and other organic matter to shape glass powder images. Karen supplied a list of supplies and two people worked along with her. The video and handout are now up our new website under Glass>Education, available to members once they log in. Great lessons and a great thank you to Karen Seymour.

Greta Schneider's patchwork

On March 13th the guild offered a Zoom Play Day “Making a Patchwork Quilt”. Led by past Vice President, Greta Schneider, it featured Tabitha Burrill’s patchwork YouTube video. Greta showed us how use enamels, stencils and powders instead of more expensive options, such as cane and murrini. Thanks Greta!

Sunday, March 21 from 4-6PM Sharon Dunham, PNWGG’s Newsletter Editor, facilitated a discussion about Flexi-Glass. This included Gil Reynolds How To video as well as several members’ works using this product. Plus Fusion Headquarters is giving 15% off on Flexi-Glass to MEMBERS through the end of March. Login for code

The meeting was recorded and should be available soon under Glass>Education. Thanks Sharon!

There will be a Flexi-Glass Play Day for Members on April 8th at 7pm via Zoom

From One of Our Sponsors—The Last Stand

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Gerald McBride:
I’ve always liked wood. There is something soothing in shaping and polishing a piece of wood and making it your own. I never wanted to work construction carpentry or that kind of wood-work, just the personal, touchy kind of woodwork.

Sponsor: The Last Stand, Gerald McBride

This might seem a little out there in a glass guild setting, but for years I worked with wood in my spare time, but always wanted to slump glass as a hobby. Now I have a bit more time on my hands everyone wants my woodwork and I have no time for glass.

My wife and I are both interested in glass, she does beautiful things with stained glass art and I break things in the kiln, although I’m learning and getting better, and sometimes I make things that resemble the ideas that were floating around in my head!

Making art stands was about the last thing I ever saw myself doing until someone asked me for a custom stand for an art piece so that it didn’t have to go in a window to catch the light and it could be displayed anywhere. So, that’s where we are now, sorting through wood to find the best pieces of grain, the wildest raw edges and the most prominent colors. I’m still looking for time to slump glass. I have endless enthusiasm and I would love to do custom display stands in coordination with PNW Glass Guild artists.
Gerald McBride, The Last Stand

In Memoriam: Roger V Thomas

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March 13, 1951—February 20, 2021

Editor’s Note: “Father of the Birch Tree”, “My Mr. Science”, JoAnn, Ingrid . . . Roger was many things to many people, among them Master Glass Artist, teacher, mentor. Celebrating your 70th birthday in the cosmos. So many are thinking of you. I will send out a fuller In Memoriam as soon as the official information is available. Forever in our thoughts.

Roger Thomas
Glass by Roger Thomas
Roger Thomas
Glass by Roger Thomas
Glass by Roger Thomas
Roger Thomas
Glass by Roger Thomas

2020: Holiday Issue

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Upcoming events:

Zoom Board Meeting: Jan. 17th 2021

Zoom General Meeting: Canceled

Website to launch soon!


  • 2021 Board
  • Holiday Poem by Sharon Dunham

Read it at

or download the PDF:

2021 PNWGG Board of Directors

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Newsletter: Holiday 2020:

Welcome the newly elected Board

President—Lyn Kennison
Vice President— Sue Merritt
Treasurer—Lesley Kelly
Secretary—Pat Bracknell
Director—Communications—Charlene Fort
Director—Membership—Margie Rieff
Director—Sponsorship—Linda Gerrard
Director—Newsletter—Sharon Dunham
Director—Website—Carlyne Lynch

Holiday Poem – December 2020

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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!

Featured Artist: Winter 2020 Karen Seymour

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Karen Seymour sets up to fire icicles

Karen got started in glass in 1998 when she went looking for a table for her back yard and couldn’t find anything she liked so decided to build her own. The result was a 48″ glass on glass appliqué koi pond that had all her friends and relatives wanting one too. That led to teaching classes and publishing two pattern books. In 2013 she wanted to make a lava table but couldn’t figure out how to do it in flat glass so she got a kiln. Several other tables resulted, including one portraying an 18″ dichro ammonite fossil.

Snow Melt Lampshade, Karen Seymour
Maple Lampshade, Karen Seymour
Solar Lanterns, Karen Seymour

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

A Word From One of Our Sponsors—COLOUR DE VERRE

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Craig Smith
Colour de Verre Molds
Larry Jacobsen

Colour de Verre principals are two people with very different skill sets. Craig Smith is a ceramic designer and master mold maker. Early in his career, Craig designed and created wares for the craft gallery marketplace, work that has been featured in presentations of The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Later in his career, he developed complex ceramic and porcelain mold systems for other artists and industries throughout North America and Europe.
His business partner, Larry Jacobsen, started his career in high-tech marketing specializing in children’s gaming and entertainment software. Craig serves as the company’s creative director and is responsible for all the company’s designs. Larry leads operations and marketing.

Prior to starting Colour de Verre, Craig had been experimenting with glass. He met with glass artists to learn about their processes and how they worked with glass. He quickly realized that most glass workers were intimidated by the idea of creating their own molds. However, these same people were eager to expand beyond the plates, platters, and bowls that are staples of glass fusing. Craig saw an opportunity to combine his knowledge of ceramics, glass, and mold systems to create the technology and systems that form the basis of Colour de Verre.

  • Good design—The founders wanted to create sophisticated designs that served as a springboard for the artist’s own creativity. They didn’t want to “hem in” the artist, but, on the other hand, wanted designs that inspired users.
  • Informative content—Craig and Larry realized people need good instructions, firing schedules, and inspiration. The company shouldn’t be about selling molds, but, instead, about enabling a successful, creative experience. This also meant sourcing and testing reliable separation agents. Craig found a separation agent used in metal casting called ZYP. It was the perfect primer for Colour de Verre’s molds and has since become an ubiquitous tool in the casting community.
  • Quality—Larry and Craig partnered with domestic art potteries to produce Colour de Verre products. This made it easier to monitor quality and to bring new designs to the market quickly. Further, it was important to the founders that the people producing Colour de Verre products were making living wages, and were working in a healthy environment. All of Colour de Verre products are made in the Pacific Northwest.

Fast forward 15 years: Colour de Verre sells its product through every major art glass distributor in North America and Western Europe. In the Pacific Northwest people can purchase Colour de Verre products through Bullseye Glass or online through Colour de Verre’s website. However, Colour de Verre’s website serves a more important role than just a sales portal. It hosts a plethora of project sheets, firing schedules, and educational videos. While there have been imitators, Colour de Verre is still known as the originator of this format and the premier product line.
If you have questions about Colour de Verre or its products, don’t hesitate to call or email them. Contact information can be found at

In Memoriam—Mary Gudjohnsen Stoneman

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1952 – 2020
Mary was biased towards action; she was always busy with activities and hobbies. When she was younger, it was co-ed softball, tennis, coaching the kids’ soccer teams, and parent involvement with the school music programs. Later, came a passion for fused glass art. What started in 2005 with a class at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon Coast turned into a lifelong love, including over a decade selling her art at the Beaverton Farmers Market, a two-year term as President of the Oregon Glass Guild, and attending many art and craft shows around Portland and the state. The many attendees of her semi-regular “glass days” in her garage studio would attest to her dedication to the craft, too.

Mary passed away peacefully in her home early in the morning of April 12, 2020 from metastatic breast cancer. Notification of a service or Celebration of Life will follow at some later date when gatherings will be safe to have. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Providence Hospice, P.O. Box 13679, Portland 97213, or a cause that is important to you. Or, in Mary’s spirit of action, plant a tree (literal or metaphorical), start learning another new language, or just act decisively when you know what needs to be done

In Memoriam: Mary Hornig

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Mary passed away at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield on December 27th, her 63rd birthday, from complications associated with a brain tumor.

Awarded a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University in 1987, she pursued a long career as a Registered Engineer, working with several entities including ODOT and the City of Springfield.

In the mid-’90s Mary turned her attention away from engineering and started working with the glass arts. In addition to being a prolific artist, she started and ran the Kilnworking Department at the Eugene Glass School, taught classes at the U of O Crafts Center, and through private classes, seminars and individual instruction helped hundreds of other artists throughout Oregon achieve their artistic goals. She served as both State President and Eugene Chapter President of the Oregon Glass Guild. While working at The Eugene Glass School Mary met Chris Mini. They fell in love and were married in 2006. Together they started Tabby Glass, an architectural art glass studio. Mary was also instrumental in bringing to market the patented ShapeCaster art glass casting system.

In Memoriam—Brenda Blanchard

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Brenda Joyce (Liston) Blanchard of North Portland took her final breaths Saturday, July 16, 2016, surrounded by family and friends (including Bob Heath, Sharon Dunham and Lyn Kennison) after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis and interstitial lung disease.

Brenda was a creative artist and working with glass as an art medium was her passion for over 30 years. Starting in 1983 with a class in stained glass, she discovered her love for glass art. In 1997, she ventured into the world of glass fusing. In 1998, she launched her own glass art business. Working with glass was a healing process for Brenda. Brenda’s art inspirations came from nature, for her nature scenes were both spiritually connecting and captivating. Her goal was to provide others with the same serenity that she felt during the creation process and the dragonfly was her signature artwork. In 2013, she became co-president of the Oregon Glass Guild.

In Memoriam—Ruth Brockmann

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1955-2013 (authored by Hal Bond)
Ruth Brockmann started working with glass in the late 1970’s, mainly involving herself with stained glass and etched glass. In the Summer of 1982 she was chosen, along with Gil Reynolds and David Ruth, to be interns at Bullseye Glass to help fine-tune the production techniques of the emerging fused glass movement with its genesis at Bullseye Glass. By the end of the Summer the three were sent out to glass studios across America to share their knowledge of fusing glass.

In 1983 the Bullseye Glass Company published Book One of Glass Fusing, which soon became the Bible for neophyte glass fusers throughout America and beyond. A collection of Ruth’s glass masks were on the cover. By the late 1980’s Ruth started to cast particles of glass fit into custom molds shaped from clay positives made by her.


In Memoriam—George Kjaer, OGG’s Founder

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OGG was born in the mind of George Kjaer, an amateur glass blower from Eugene, Oregon. He envisioned an organization that would nurture emerging glass artists, offer opportunities to network for the established artists while introducing the general public into the intricacies of the art of glass. He was a founding member of the Eugene Glass School and served as its president from inception until 2004. For years, Eugene’s reputation for glass was linked primarily to bongs and pipes, Kjaer said. But the Eugene Glass School aimed to change that. Each year about 100 students took workshops at the school from established artists from around the world. Workshops focused on utilitarian objects, such as cups, glasses, coffeepots, jewelry, paperweights and fountain pens.

Kjaer was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Clinton, Iowa, to Jens and Maria Dixen Kjaer. He married Eunice Freise on Sept. 11, 1956, in New Salem, N.D. Kjaer was board certified in neurology and psychiatry and practiced psychiatry in Eugene from 1965 to 1998.
A memorial service was held December 3, 2005 for George Christian Dixen Kjaer of Eugene, who died November 27th of lung cancer. He was 73.
Editor’s Note: I recently found my copies of past OGG newsletters from as early as January 2000. The guild started in the eyes of George Kjaer whom I met at Hot Glass Horizons. George was handing out information about the glass guild during the HGH Show and Sale event. He was the reason I got involved in the Oregon Glass Guild over two decades ago. He hosted a guild retreat at his Eugene B&B to help us get our organizational bearings. This issue of the guild’s newsletter honors the lives of influential guild members who have passed on. There have been many different iterations of the glass guild; I hope we can capture our diverse roots as we move forward

Editor’s Note: I recently found my copies of past OGG newsletters from as early as January 2000. The guild started in the eyes of George Kjaer whom I met at Hot Glass Horizons. George was handing out information about the glass guild during the HGH Show and Sale event. He was the reason I got involved in the Oregon Glass Guild over two decades ago. He hosted a guild retreat at his Eugene B&B to help us get our organizational bearings. This issue of the guild’s newsletter honors the lives of influential guild members who have passed on. There have been many different iterations of the glass guild; I hope we can capture our diverse roots as we move forward.

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Featured Artist – Fall 2020 Lyn Kennison

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Lyn Kennison
Waterfall, Lyn Kennison

I started my path with creativity early by learning to sew and knit with my grandmother. Sewing lasted, knitting did not. The sewing of clothes flowed into quilt making, macramé, embroidery, wall hangings all using lots of color. An offer for a stained glass class captured my interest and passion and all the fabric related artistic endeavors flowed into stained glass, and glass quilt patterns on stepping stones then windows. The stained glass flowed into fusing glass. At first it was jewelry and small plates but soon became more. I was hooked and never looked back.

For the past 15 years I have been working with glass in some form: jewelry, abstracts, mosaics, fusing functional and nonfunctional pieces, garden art with lots of color. I have taken many classes from very talented people, world famous as well as locally famous. The Glass Guild has provided many opportunities for growth and learning. I’m still looking for my niche.I get inspiration from the outdoors in all the seasons, fabric designs, photographs, and other artists. I love putting colors together in different ways. Working in glass is often meditative and soothing and also frustrating and challenging. The best part is when you let go and let the glass tell you what it wants to do. As Thomas Merton once said “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. I’m still working on it.

Wisteria hanging flower pot
Lyn Kennison
Red Abstract, Lyn Kennison

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
President’s Message


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Hello, my name is Sheri Spurlock and 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. For many years we enjoyed great success as a design studio, teaching facility and supply shop. 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.

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 all a unique understanding of trends, new products and the importance of everyday fair pricing vs fake sales and promotions. Shopping at Melt, you can feel confident that you’re getting a fair price and a quality product…every day.

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