Welcome to our Newest Members

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Please take time to reach out and connect…even if you don’t live in the same area. The wonders of technology bring us all just a few clicks away. Members can find contact info for these folks and other members if you log in to pnwglassguild.org and go to “For Members” (which only appears when logged in) and choose Member Contacts List.

Lori Caldwell, Vancouver WA
Kirk Casey, Shelton WA
Natalie Fobes, Seattle WA
Marni Glick, Portland OR

Carol Radkins, Vancouver WA
Jean Shaffer, Seattle WA
Cathy Shelby, Corvallis OR
Dan Terrel, Washougal WA

Gathering Of The Guilds April 19-21 in Portland OR

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This well-attended annual event will be held in a different, larger room at the Portland Convention Center [ booth sales have closed].

In February the GOTG committee will take unsold space and reallocate it to guilds who have already sold out so it’s important to buy your booth by the end of January to avoid missing your chance. Contact Lesley Kelly the GOTG coordinator if you have questions.

Booth prices and commissions remain the same as last year. See Registration info for specifics (this link will be available shortly both here and from the home page).

We’re counting on those who volunteered last year to do so again and talk their glass friends into volunteering too. Please fill out the volunteer form. It’s a great way to talk with other glass artists in person and be inspired by lots of great art.

WA Governor’s Arts Awards 2023

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The Washington State Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards, announced in late November 2023, included two glass artists this year – Lino Tagliopietra and Ginny Ruffner both won Individual Awards.

These are very prestigious awards. According to the press release from ArtsWA, “Established in 1966, the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Governor’s office for accomplishments in arts and culture.”

“These awards are a true community celebration,” said Karen Hanan, Executive Director of ArtsWA. “Nominations poured in from across the state with a clear message: Washington is home to outstanding artists, organizations, and culture bearers that deserve to stand up and be recognized. Their work enriches our communities and enlivens the entire state.”

Originally from Murano, Italy, Lino Tagliapietra is a world renowned glass artist who has had a huge influence on the world of art glass in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In 1979, Dale Chihuly invited him to the Pilchuck Glass School where he introduced students to the traditions of Venetian glassblowing. Tagliapietra continues to teach and mentor hundreds of artists. He played a key role in laying the foundation for the American Studio Glass movement. His work is displayed internationally as well as in his Seattle showroom.

Ginny Ruffner is a pioneering American glass artist based in Seattle, Washington, with a wide range of work. From lampworking to painted glass sculptures incorporating borosilicate glass, Ruffner has pushed the boundaries of glass art, even venturing into the world of augmented reality. Her public art installations can be found across the Pacific Northwest, including at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Ruffner has inspired, mentored, taught, and supported hundreds of other artists both on her own and through SOLA, the nonprofit organization she founded which recognizes and rewards mature women artists.

Congratulations to both Tagliopietra and Ruffner! Both of these amazing artists have pioneered new techniques and styles, helping make Washington State an international hub for glass art. It is exciting to see fellow glass artists and the medium we love honored and celebrated in this way.

My Christmas Project – Scrap, Scrap, and more Scrap by Rae Williamson

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What are the most frequently asked questions in fusing?

  • What to do with scrap?
  • What is your firing schedule?
  • What is the best glue?
  • Is there a tutorial?

I want to share a glass project that truly made my holidays very special this year.

Let’s talk about scrap…we all have it.

For stained glass artists it becomes smaller art pieces and then over to mosaics for those beautiful shard creations. For fused glass artists there are pot melts, screen melts, vitrograph pots, pattern bars, and so forth.

One set of my scrap bins

Our Leduc Lions Club decided to bring some joy to the care homes in our community. We rounded up a choir of our members, picked some well known Christmas carols, dressed up our mascot Lion and brought some goodies with us.

One of the care facilities we wanted to visit did not allow plants, baked goods or chocolates…so the dilemma was, what could we bring as I did not want to disappoint the residents? Simple – since it was Christmas, I volunteered to make and donate a decoration for each person.

Our lovely Choir and Santa

After a couple of days of production, I thought maybe I should ask how many decorations we needed. You can probably understand my surprise when the answer was approximately 85…just a few more than I had anticipated. Not a problem though as I had ten days, and I did not want to leave anyone out. I knew I needed to come up with a variety of designs to keep me on task though, as I am not a production artist.

A small sample of my “bits”

I started by digging through my drawers, shelves, and scrap bin. I found I had a variety of different sizes/colors of dots; murrini and cane I could chop up or already had fused; scrap bits of dichro – some pre-fused, some unfused, a variety of colors of vitrograph pulls; bits of stringers and lots of scrap glass in my stock.

Thank goodness I fill in the extra space in every kiln load with bits, so I had lots of material to play with. I had some clear glass so cut out some triangles, put five together and decorated them…voila stars!

The stars going into the kiln with space filled with scrap bits
The stars fired and ready for presentation

I love hearts so I cut out a heart template and traced it onto two layers of 3mm fiber paper. Using a craft knife, I cut out twenty hearts and filled them with bits of murrini and added some clear powder.

Cutting out the fiber mold
The fiber mold filled with murrini
The hearts after firing
Christmas trees

You know you can’t have Christmas without some trees and Santas right? These were made mostly of various triangles and bits of scrap glass, dichro, and stringers…aren’t they adorable?

Santas out of the kiln

Melted snowman followed next. I sometimes (well most of the time) have fun cutting white glass, so I had a big bin of white glass to play with for these. They were so fun to make. Just different sized circles, some black iridescent scrap for the hats and eyes and a bit of orange for the “carrot” nose. I added some stringer arms and more dichro scrap for buttons etc. and a little blue frit for contrast. (I recommend a tack fuse on these).

Glass Christmas balls ready for hanging

Lastly, we had to have some Christmas balls to put on the trees, so back to the scrap bins. The iridescent clear specialty glass was perfect for these. I made a circle and a teardrop shape and then decorated them. Next time I would add a bit of gold irid or silver irid at the top to represent the metal hanger.

I have some new ideas for next year already, but I’m happy to say that the residents and staff loved their little gift. Best Christmas ever!

The crowd loved us…even if sometimes we were a little off key.
Santa visiting with a resident

Now, what will you do with your scrap??? Share your ideas at the February 25th General Meeting.

Flash Challenge Results

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The Flash Play Day (see the link for firing schedules) was fun but most participants hadn’t had time during the holidays to finish their projects. Here are two variations explored by Karen Seymour:

Powder on clear with circular stencils

Set for first firing. The rectangles are powder on clear for the other project

Stacks of circles ready for second firing to melt them to puddles. The black steel frame is to keep them from running off the edge if I miscalculated.

The bottom side of melted stacks is sharper. It is the top that spreads out.

3 of the 6mm puddles set to smoosh to 3mm. As you can see in the next photo smooshing exudes the center of the 6mm and blurs the colors.

After the smoosh all 5 pieces were slumped. Here are the final bowls.

The second project was to cut 3/4 tall strips of flash glass (the rectangles in photo 2 above) and then cut them into patterns:

Pieces stacked, dammed, and ready to fire.

Resulting pieces from previous firing ready to melt into 6mm puddles

The resulting 6mm pieces ready for slumping

The final bowls

The Next Newsletter Challenge:

Use your scrap glass, created by any method, in an art piece and send us a photo by March 1st so we can show off your work in the March Newsletter.

General Meetings: Usually 4th Sunday 3:30 pm via Zoom

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At the January 28th meeting, we will discuss “Using Enamels in Glasswork”. Sponsor Fusion Headquarters‘ owner Gil Reynolds will demonstrate how their lines of enamels work and which are best for certain types of work. Plus he will show some new techniques. We’ve also heard he may announce a short special sale on enamels for our members.

Several other people will be talking about other types of enamels and techniques (so far Greta Schneider and Rae Williamson)

On February 25th we will talk about “Ways to Use Your Scrap” Do you have an interesting way to use up scrap glass? Please contact our VPs so they can add you to the speaker lineup (and please send a photo of a scrap project for the March newsletter).

Enameled owl by Greta Schneider

The unedited November 2023 “Kid’s Projects” Meeting Recording is now available to logged in members under Glass>Education . Here are some images Rachel was trying to show in the video.

Did you miss a recent meeting but wish you hadn’t? Members can log in to view videos of recent General Meetings that have been uploaded to Glass>Education on the PNWGlassGuild.org menu. Some of the recent ones are unedited in order to make them available sooner. If someone wants to help their fellow members by editing them we’d really appreciate it, please contact Karen Seymour to volunteer.

Guild Notes

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The Guild Board Meeting on Jan 15th discussed the major events for the year (see the calendar) and the specifics of Gathering of the Guilds (see article above). Here are the highlights:
• One Wednesday a month an in-person troubleshooting and discussion group now called “Sherlocking” will revive the pre-Covid Portland discussion for members wanting to troubleshoot their glass pieces and techniques.
• There will be a Vendor Fair in Seattle in May and one in Portland in October.
• Summer picnics will occur throughout the area during July and August.
• There will also probably be a guild booth at the Portland Rose Festival again 3 weekends this summer
• Open Studios in Portland will be September 21-22
Carlyne Lynch brought up the idea of doing a holiday popup in Portland. You might talk with her about it if you are interested in the idea.

Pacific NW Glass Events, Past & Future

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• The Flash Play Day is covered in an article above. Please consider hosting a Play Day yourself.

• The November General Meeting on Kids Projects has been uploaded to the Glass>Education section for logged in members to see as is mentioned in the “General Meetings” article above.

• The Holiday Parties were lots of fun:

The dinner party at Linda Gerrard’s contemplates the gifts for the game.

The brunch gathering at Karen Seymour’s was waiting for the last guests to arrive (after they did we were so busy eating and talking that we forgot to take any more photos).

The afternoon party at our sponsor Melt Glass Art Supply in deep discussion.

• Several members were in or attended shows, two sent photos:

Roz Cooper at the Elsie Stuhr Center’s Holiday Bazaar (Thanks Bill Cooper)

Gail Haskett at the Hockinson Holiday Bazaar (Thanks Kate Nichols)

Please send us photos of your glass events!

Having a photo makes it so much easier to invite people to participate in an event next year. If you are part of or go to a glass event please take some photos and send the best 2 to the publicity team (400 to 600 px or “medium” resolution, about 500 KB, not more than 1MB if you can help it).

Future events

The Gathering of the Guilds show (GOTG) in Portland April 19-21 will take much of the Guild’s energy between now and then as previously mentioned
• See last year’s event writeup for photos.
• See Registration info. Booth sales will start Saturday January 20th at 9am.
• Please consider volunteering to help with the show!

If you’ve never been to The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, get on the list for notification of the spring tour (May 1-4). Tickets go on sale in February: they go fast for a reason.

• One Wednesday a month, starting with Feb 21st at 7pm, an in person troubleshooting and discussion group “Sherlocking” will revive the pre-Covid Portland discussion for members wanting to troubleshoot their glass pieces and techniques.

• Seattle is reviving the Glass etc. potluck brunch at Karen Seymour’s every couple of months. Feb 4th is the next one. Anyone interested in glass is welcome.

General meetings in 2024 are via Zoom, usually on the 4th Sunday of most months, at 3:30 pm.

Contact our VP if you have suggestions for future topics. You don’t need to be a member to attend our General Meetings but we would love to have you join.

Winter Events:

Logged in members can submit their events under About> Contact Us, Submit Calendar Event tab

(Guild sponsored events are in bold)

15 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
21 CANCELED Open House for Members (Fairview OR)
28 Guild General Meeting Via Zoom

4 Glass etc. potluck brunch (Seattle WA)
5 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
10 HeARTfest show and sale (Camas WA)
14-18 NW Flower & Garden Show (Seattle WA)
21 Sherlocking Play Day (NE Portland OR)
25 Guild General Meeting via Zoom

19-21 Gathering of the Guilds Portland OR
27-28 Art In Bloom garden art studio tour and sale Seattle WA

1-4 Pilchuck Spring tour * tickets sell out in February
11 Vendor Fair Redmond WA (near Seattle)

Featured Sponsor: CR Lynch

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For several hundred years, glass crafts people have created murrine, small slices of cane traditionally created in a hot shop crucible. This ancient technique required hot glass to be melted in crucibles around the clock. The Vitrigraph kiln changed that and now within a few hours artists can replicate this hot shop process and produce cane and elements for their fusing glass projects.

I sell 4” pots, 5” pots, and 7” pots designed for Vitrigraph. I also make custom bottoms for specialty pulls. Classes on designing pots offered. Members: log in and check the About> Sponsor page to see how to get a discount.

Carlyne Lynch and Greta Schneider pulling cane out of one of these pots in a vitrigraph kiln.

Examples of pots and different bottoms. Available in 4″, 5″ and 7″.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

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These companies and organizations are an integral part of the glass art community. We thank our Sponsors for supporting our Guild through either generous donations or by offering discounts to our Members. Please take time to thank them for their generosity when you visit their businesses.

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Artifex Toolworks – Glass Alchemy – HIS Glass Works

2023: November Issue

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Upcoming events: pnwglassguild.org/events/

(Bolded events are Guild sponsored)

18 Flash Play Day via Zoom
18-19 Washougal (WA) Studio Artists Tour
18-19   Wild Arts (Audubon), Portland OR
19 Guild General Meeting via Zoom: Kids’ Holiday Projects

2-3   Phinney Winter Festival, Seattle WA
9 Guild Holiday Party in Beaverton OR (SW Portland)
10 Guild Holiday Party in Seattle WA
17 Guild Holiday Party in Vancouver WA

8 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom
28 Guild General Meeting Via Zoom

Members can log in and submit their events by clicking About>Contact Us, and filling out the Submit Calendar Event form


  • Featured Artists: New Board Members
  • President’s Message
  • 2023 & 2024 Board of Directors
  • Welcome to our Newest Members
  • Give a Guild Membership
  • Central Oregon Members: Meetup?
  • Flash Challenge
  • General Meetings
  • Guild Notes
  • PNW Glass Events, past & future
  • Featured Sponsor: Inspirational Glass and Design
  • Thanks to All Our Sponsors

Read the whole issue on the website:

(If you’ve just clicked the link and are seeing this page again, scroll down)

Featured Artist – Lesley Kelly

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Lesley Kelly is the incoming 2024 Board President. She started doing stained glass in 2004, learning from classes at Cline’s Glass after her daughter went to college. In 2008, she began fusing. Since then, she has tried her hand at multiple forms of glass art, including glass blowing, beads, fusing, stained glass, mosaics, etc.

The light coming though glass and creating colors fascinates Lesley as well as the idea of creating nature through art. Lesley creates a lot of bubble glass and has also been working with the new delicate disco method taught by Amanda Simmons. This method uses powder to create glass squares that are then slumped in drop rings to create bowls or other pieces. When asked what new techniques she wants to try right now, she replied, “I just need time to work on the ones I have learned in the past few years!”

Lesley joined the glass guild in 2004 and started helping Charlene Fort with running the Gathering of the Guilds (GOTG) shows. She served as volunteer coordinator for that as well as the information booth for the show for a lot of years. She was the membership chair of the Guild for two years, then treasurer for three years, and volunteered to chair the GOTG in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Her goal is to make the Guild a resource for all members, have meetings that really draw members to them, and to get the Guild on a good financial footing.

Featured Artist – Barb Kienle

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Barb Kienle is the incoming 2024 Board Co-Vice President.

Barb lives in Portland and attended the Gathering of the Guilds for many years. She always found herself drawn to the Glass Guild section, marveling at the beauty of the pieces and the talent of the artists. One year her husband gave her a kiln for Christmas. She has no idea how he decided that was a gift she would want or use, but it sat in its box for two years in the garage. With an all-consuming career and very little free time, she felt overwhelmed by learning how to use a kiln. However, as her retirement approached, Barb decided to take a class at Bullseye Glass.

In the class, Barb learned how to cut glass and made a simple plate. Very basic, but it was enough to boost her confidence and she went home to unpack the kiln. That was 5 years ago. Basically self-taught through videos and trial and error, Barb credits some wonderful artists she has met along the way who have generously shared information and techniques with her. She tries to pay that forward when meeting others who are learning.

Barb enthuses, “I love the texture of tack and contour fusing and I love flowers and beach scenes. I do a couple events a year to sell things so I can replenish my glass supplies.” She now splits her time between Portland and Arizona. When they decided to spend the winters in Arizona a few years ago, she told her husband that she could not go 5 months without doing glass, so they set up a small studio space in their garage in Arizona. Barb loves being able to work all year with glass and hosts open studio times for friends in AZ.

Barb joined the Glass Guild at the suggestion of a friend who said it was a great way to be part of the glass community and learn from others. She reflects, “I am not the most outgoing person, but have tried to participate in some of the events and have always felt welcomed. I look forward to sharing the Vice President position with Carlyne Lynch and continuing to learn from all of you.” 

Featured Artist – Carlyne Lynch

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Carlyne Lynch, from Wilsonville, Oregon, is stepping into the role of Co-Vice President of the Board for 2024. Carlyne is a member of Artistic Portland Gallery, a cooperative gallery of 24 artists who run, manage and staff the Gallery

Utilizing a variety of techniques in her glass work, she combines torch work, glass powder, glass pieces, and glass paint to create multiple layer pieces. While doing some bead work, lately she has been making more elements to embed in glass. With a vitrigraph kiln, Carlyne creates much of her own cane.

For her fused work, Carlyne uses several layered techniques and confesses to always feeling surprised when the kiln opens. She comments, “Working with glass is fun and challenging and allows me to harness my abundance of energy in a creative way.” She just built a teaching studio and recently started teaching classes in Vitrigraph design, watercolor technique and layered elements.

Carlyne is eager to serve on the Board in 2024. “I have been in the PNW Glass Guild for eight years and served as your webmistress for four and a half years. I look forward to this coming year serving with a wonderful group of volunteers.”

Featured Artist – Becky Meinhart

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Becky Meinhart is the incoming 2024 PNW Glass Guild Secretary. She is from Gresham, Oregon. Becky’s fascination with fused glass began twenty-five years ago. She was familiar with ‘blown’ glass, having worked for a glass blower while in her teens. However, ‘fusing’ was a new concept she was compelled to learn what it meant to fuse glass. Having shared her intrigue with a friend, she began taking classes, joining the Oregon Glass Guild and learning multiple techniques from some of the finest glass professionals on the planet! She notes, “While the Guild was always a great resource in so many ways, I was privileged to learn from some of the finest artist/teachers: Ann Cavenaugh, Mark Hufford, Alicia Lomne’, Kelly Crosser-Alge, and the list goes on.”

The areas of glass art that interest Becky the most are deep scenery pieces (thank you Ann!), enamels on glass, lighting (which requires collaborating with metal artists), and, more recently, mosaic work. Having experienced many changes in her life, which resulted in a hiatus from glass work for several years, Becky has recently relocated back to Oregon, from Washington, and is setting up her studio and looking forward to creating again.

Becky is excited about serving on the Board. “The PNWGG has been a great organization and I am grateful for the wonderful members I have known over the years and look forward to serving again and meeting new members!”

President’s Message

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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 PNWGlassGuild.org 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

2023 Board of Directors

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The 2023 PNWGG Board of Directors are:

  • President – Terry Thomas
  • Vice President – Rachel Dollar
  • Secretary – Haley Wigent
  • Co-Treasurers – Linda Roman and Kate Nicklos
  • Sponsorship Team Lead – Linda Gerrard (need a candidate for 2024)
  • Membership Team Lead – Kate Nicklos
  • Newsletter Team Lead – Greta Schneider
  • Communications Team Lead – Stephanie Johnston
  • Website Team Lead – Karen Seymour


Congratulations and thank you to the newly elected officers for 2024: Lesley Kelly, President, Becky Meinhart, Secretary, and Barbara Kienle and Carlyne Lynch, co-vice-presidents

Thanks also to those who are serving another term: Linda Roman, treasurer, and Terry Thomas, past president, as well as to those who served the past two years and are now leaving the Board: Rachel Dollar and Haley Wignet

We are looking for members to shadow board members and/or join the various teams in the upcoming year. This will aid in a smoother transition as new board members step up in the future. It also gives you a chance to see behind the scenes and what it takes to keep the Guild engaging and relevant in your glass journey. Reach out to Terry Thomas (president@pnwglassguild.org) to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Welcome to our Newest Members

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Please take time to reach out and connect…even if you don’t live in the same area. The wonders of technology bring us all just a few clicks away. Members can find contact info for these folks and other members if you log in to pnwglassguild.org and go to “For Members” (which only appears when logged in) and choose Member Contacts List.

Betsy Branch, Portland OR
Diana Henderson, Vancouver WA
Diana Lister, Bainbridge Island WA
Lu-Ann Meier, Portland OR
Anita Merina, Bellingham WA
Lu-Ann Meier, Portland OR

Hanmi Meyer, Portland OR
Leslie Patterson, Oregon City OR
Nicci Walker, Tigard OR
Kathleen Wise, Saint Helens OR
Chris Yates, Woodinville WA

Give a Gift Membership

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You can now give a glass friend a year of individual or family membership in the Pacific Northwest Glass Guild. Just go to http://pacific-northwest-glass-guild.square.site/ (this is a page belonging to the Guild’s payment processor, squareup.com). Select the type of membership you wish to give, fill in your email, the recipient’s name, email and/or phone #, and pay for it. We’ll email both you and the recipient separately with instructions on how to start the membership.

Central Oregon Glass Artists

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From Robin McQuiston: Central Oregon has been growing and with that growth there are more artists than ever. As a Bend, Oregon resident I’d like to get together with other glass artists during this next year. Take the time to share our artistic journeys and maybe, like Refract in Seattle, consider establishing a tour of studios in our area.

My affair with glass started 30 years ago when I first saw Dale Chihuly’s art glass and it has continued. Living now in Bend, after many years in Seattle, I have moved from blown glass to fused glass in my artwork journey. I’d like to meet like-minded artists along the Central Oregon Cascades. From Madras to La Pine, let’s meetup and make plans for sharing our glass passions with each other and our communities. Please contact me if you want to be part of this.

glass by Robin McQuiston