University of Oregon Craft Center

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A Community Resource for the Willamette Valley

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the University of Oregon Craft Center is truly an incredible resource for students, faculty, and the broader Willamette Valley community. Offering members “the freedom to experiment with their crafts, collaborate, and explore new artistic possibilities”, the Craft Center boasts eight different studios in the EMU on campus, each devoted to a distinct artistic practice, including one focused on glass.

Started in 1974, the Craft Center has grown and changed over the years to reflect student interests and needs. Today, the Center serves more than 4,000 students each year, including 300 – 400 who use the Glass Studio, in addition to community members.

In the Craft Center hot shop

According to Assistant Program Director David Wagner, the majority of the students using the Craft Center are not majoring in fine arts. Instead, “it serves as a place for students to stretch their creative muscles, do something fun, and de-stress from the anxiety and pressure of a college workload.” The Craft Center also offers students a sense of community and a place to make connections outside a strictly academic environment. Wagner notes “The Craft Center is an important campus resource, used by students, faculty, and staff, and was one of the first campus programs to re-open after the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Faculty are drawn from the local community and include both professional glass artists as well as amateurs who love to teach and share their skills. Students sometimes develop into instructors as well, providing them an opportunity to hone their leadership and artistic skills. The primary torchwork instructor is a former student and the stained glass instructors count both a student and an alum among their ranks.

In the Glassworking Studio, you can find fusing kilns, stained glass tools and equipment, torches, flameworking tools, and an annealing kiln, as well as a hot glass studio with a covered, outdoor glass blowing area. With a strong boro culture, it is a key resource for Oregon torchworking, as well as being one of the best equipped hot shops in the region. While the Craft Center is not designed to be used for commercial or production glass, it provides the regional glass community a great opportunity to learn and practice new glass skills and collaborate with other artists. In addition to providing equipment for use in the Studio, artists may purchase glass and other materials onsite.

With a welcoming and encouraging environment for artists of all skill levels, the Craft Center offers workshops and classes as well as open studio time. Community members without a University of Oregon affiliation can register for Craft Center workshops each term after the student priority registration period and can sign up for Open Studio Passes when studios are available. Studio Orientation is required for all new studio users not registered for a workshop to become acquainted with studio policies and space usage.

The Craft Center will be offering a number of glass workshops over the summer, and Open Studio times will be available from the second week of July until the end of August. If you are interested in a workshop, studio time, or becoming an instructor, check out their website at or email them at

Gathering of the Guilds

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We had another very well attended and successful Gathering of the Guilds show this year! The new room and load in location presented some challenges but things went fairly smoothly and the new layout also worked quite well. We do not have specific numbers to in time to publish for this newsletter but those will come later.

Thank you to Lesley for all her hard work and patience coordinating things for the glass guild and to all the team leads and their volunteers (and Mitzi for setting up Sign Up Genius). Our guild also put on many glass demos each day that were well attended and much enjoyed so thank you to all the artists who participated in those.

This show is a lot of work and also costs quite a bit to put on, but is wonderful exposure not only for the artists who participate but for the art of glass in general. It helps give the public a much better understanding of what goes into producing a piece of glass art, and they also see the huge variety of techniques that we learn and use to produce our unique pieces of artwork.

Linda Roman, treasurer, and Lesley Kelly, president and PNWGG Gathering of the Guilds coordinator, did heroic service.

(Margie Rieff took most of the photos but forgot to get one of herself in her own booth. Lesley Kelly and Greta Schneider also sent photos. Thank you to all!)

Carlyne Lynch organized the demo schedule and gave demos while also selling her art (vitrigraph tools as Sponsor CR Lynch).

Nancy Mac & Shawna Hovey in Shawna’s Booth

Looking through Greta Schneider and Mitzi Kugler’s booth to Hanmi Meyer and her 1/2 booth

Dijenaire Frazier
(Yes he and Hanmi
both work at Bullseye)

Vendor Fair in Redmond WA was lots of fun!

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Sponsor NW Art Glass hosted our first Seattle/Redmond Area Vendor Fair. We had 17 people show up despite the challenging traffic (construction closure and President Biden in town closed both bridges from Seattle for a while) and the gorgeous 83 degree weather. They all brought food to share so were were well fed. Gerald McBride, The Last Stand and Diamonds Grind Glass, was our only actual vendor but several members who teach put out information about their classes.

The Silent Auction raised about $450 (this will help cover part of the cost of a necessary upgrade to the website currently underway). Donations came from sponsor CBS Dichroic, sponsor Rose and Gerald McBride (The Last Stand and Diamonds Grind Glass), sponsor Zetamari, member David Smith of Blowing Sands, sponsor Glass Expressions, Michael Dupille, member Karen Seymour, member Kathy Johnson, member Jean Schaffer, and member Athena Hornsby. And sponsor NW Art Glass donated their comfortable classroom space.

Rose McBride studies Gerald McBride’s wooden stand display while everyone else bids on the silent auction donations.

We had some great demos:

Jim Mathews ( showed some inexpensive and functional equipment for finishing drop vessels

Sponsor Gerald MacBride, Diamonds Grind Glass, demonstrated his battery driven grinder which has water at the tip so you don’t have to work underwater

Karen Seymour talked about how to achieve your desired texture by choosing the right peak fusing temperature.

Lael Bennett listened to a question after describing some of her reactive glass experiments.

Michael Dupille made a mold from Castalot and described how to use his durable casting and slumping product ( sponsor NW Art Glass also sells it)

Stephanie Johnston showed how to make silicone molds easier to use by adding color and opacity

Many thanks to all who participated. We hope to see even more of you next spring.

Portland/Vancouver Area Vendor Fair Organizer Needed

We discovered our vendors generally need to know the Vendor Fair date and location many months in advance in order to make plans to participate. Without someone actively organizing the event at this point the Board decided to postpone the Portland/Vancouver Vendor Fair until 2025 and we are considering basing it in Vancouver to begin alternating with Portland. If you want to be sure this fun event happens next year please volunteer to begin leading the Vendor Fair organizing effort and contacting vendors and sponsors as soon as we have a date and location set. Email Sponsorship Team Lead Stephanie Johnston for info to get started.

Attend a Guild Picnic This Summer

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Here come 4 more chances to get together with other glass folks. Some locations will be having a mold exchange. All would love to see your latest project or hear plans for your next one. See the individual event listings for details.

July 14, Keyport WA (Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle) 1 to 3 pm hosted by Fred Buxton

July 28, Seattle, WA 11 am to 2 pm hosted by Karen Seymour, one block west of the Seattle Zoo.

August 11, Battle Ground WA (N of Vancouver WA) 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, hosted by Gail Haskett (the date was changed to Sunday the 11th from the earlier mentioned date)

August 24, Fairview OR (NE of Portland) noon to 3 pm hosted by Margie Reiff

(The Salem OR picnic was canceled)

Fused Landscape Class near Portland Oct. 23-25 is now FULL

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On behalf of the Guild, Member Linda Gerrard is bringing fused-landscape artist Nadine Booth from Arizona to teach a 3-day class October 23-25. Learn how to convey the ambiance of nature by enticing viewers to step into your scene by layering various forms of glass.  Gain valuable insight into glass placement, torch work, frit usage, coldworking and much more.

Note: Intermediate to advanced  fusing experience is required

Students must wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

Bring: dust mask, bent-nose tweezers, glass cutter, running pliers, grozer, mosaic nipper, tapered metal teaspoon, ruler with cork backing/straight-edge, glasses (prescription or safety), and a notebook

Cost:  You must be a current member of PNWGG
$575 per student (includes glass, metal mounting panel and silicone, paint brushes, and multiple fusings)

The class is full. If you would like to be contacted as alternate if someone must cancel, or if you have questions, email Linda Gerrard

Class location: Candlelight Glass Studio, 2215 SW 187th Ave., Aloha, OR

Nadine Booth’s “Creekside” is the class project

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

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• The June 23rd meeting will introduce the “Powder Challenge“. Contact our VPs Barbara Kienle and Carlyne Lynch to get on the speakers list or if you have an idea for a future meeting topic.

• Did you miss a recent meeting but wish you hadn’t?General meetings are open to everyone but you have to join the Guild and log in to view the videos:

Unedited videos for May meetings are now posted. May General Meeting discussed kiln carving with speakers  Carlyne Lynch, Rae Williamson and Greta Schneider . The May special meeting was with Mosaic artist Dr. Helen Bodycomb. There are also many other meeting videos under Glass>Education.

Some of the recent videos 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 our VPs to volunteer.

Greta Schneider powder challenge day 29

Sgraffito Powder Challenge

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What is it? Creating imagery with finely powdered black glass on a sheet glass substrate. Sgraffito is a subtractive technique; light areas are created by scraping away the powdered glass, while dark areas are made by adding piles of powder. The finished drawing is very vulnerable until the piece is fired in a kiln so don’t sneeze! We will be working to complete 30 fused glass powder sgraffito sketches in 30 days.

Getting started may be difficult and you may not have experience using glass powders in this way. I hope though that you accept the challenge feet-first and I promise you will improve by leaps and bounds over the next 30 days! We will begin on July 1st so get your black powder ready…

Rae Williamson on reflection exercise

Pacific NW Glass Events, Past & Future

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Past events:

2024 International Contemporary Mosaic Artists Conference in Eugene OR

Member Carlyne Lynch sends us this: “I attended the International Contemporary Mosaic Conference in Eugene this month. What a rare and great opportunity to learn from the vast experience and art on exhibit. Our very own Kory Dollar of Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art won the Innovation Award for her entry of “Hoot”. Congratulations Kory.

The word of the conference was Andamento. It was borrowed from an Italian musical term and refers to the flow or movement of tesserae (the pieces) in a mosaic. Andamento directs the eye and sets the tone for the image, whether that is calm and measured, dynamic, chaotic or playful.

Kory Dollar and “Hoot”

Dr. Helen Bodycomb was attending the conference from Australia.”

PNWGG sponsor Marvelous Mosaic Fine Art hosted a book signing and recorded Dr. Bodycomb’s talk for the PNW Glass Guild. The video is available to logged-in members under Mosaic… in the Glass>Education menu or here.

Several Seattle members and their friends held their annual garden art studio tour and sale again this year. Not shown are members David Smith and Bridget Culligan We had “Interesting” weather and were able to prove the birdbaths and bowls held water and didn’t blow away in heavy wind.

Lael Bennett dressed for the weather

A customer surveys some of Karen Seymour’s work

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

General meetings in 2024 are via Zoom, usually on the 4th Sunday of most months, at 3:30 pm (not April, July, August, or December).

Contact our VPs 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. Videos of many meetings are available to members by choosing Glass>Education from the menu.

• “Sherlocking” – This monthly troubleshooting and discussion group is for members wanting to troubleshoot their glass pieces and techniques and has decided to meet most 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 pm (does not meet in July or August this year). In person near Portland and via Zoom. Check the Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

Summer Events:

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

(Guild sponsored events are in bold)

7-9 Sorticulture Everett WA
10 Board Meeting via Zoom
19 Sherlocking, Fairview OR (E Portland) & Zoom
21-23 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, OR
23 General Meeting via Zoom: Powder Challenge

8 Board Meeting via Zoom
14 Guild Picnic: Keyport WA
26-28 Bellevue Arts Fair, Bellevue WA
28 Guild Picnic: Seattle WA
30-Aug 2 Reverse Enamel Workshop: Bainbridge WA

11 Guild Picnic: Battle Ground WA (note: changed to Sunday)
23-25 Bellevue Botanical Garden Arts Fair, WA
24 Guild Picnic: Fairview OR (near Portland)
31-Sept 2 Art In The Pearl, Portland OR

Looking Ahead to Fall: Volunteers needed NOW

(our glass events events don’t happen spontaneously: it takes organizing and prep. Give a little time and energy, get a lot more fun, glass info and sense of community.)

The PNW Glass Guild’s September Open Studios in the Portland/Vancouver area is looking for a new volunteer to lead it: Linda Gerrard has been doing it many years and wants someone to shadow her this year so they can take it on next year. The event will be September 14-15. Contact Linda for more info.

• See the related Vendor Fair article above about the postponed Portland/Vancouver area vendor fair looking for a volunteer to start organizing now for next year. Contact Stephanie Johnston, sponsorship team lead.

Refract is celebrating glass in Seattle October 17-20: The Guild is sponsoring the Studio Tour Oct. 19-20 as part of larger glass celebration. Contact Karen Seymour about hosting a site if your home/studio is north of the ship canal and south of the city limits.
Also contact her if you are volunteering to organize carpooling from your town to come to Refract. Refract has over 50 venues presenting glass of all types. It is mostly free or the normal cost of museum entry.

Featured Sponsor – CBS Coatings by Sandberg, INC.

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Although the origins of glass are ancient and found in many civilizations throughout history, Dichroic Coated glass is a relative newcomer to the art glass world. Many people have heard the story of the artist rummaging through the Dumpster looking for cast off Dichroic glass that was being thrown away by the scientific community. So what exactly is Dichroic glass and how did it end up in the world of art?

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Dichroic glass is actually a coating process that is completed in a vacuum deposition chamber by vaporizing quartz and metal oxides with an electron beam gun and condensing micro thin layers on the surface of the glass in the form of a crystal structure. This coating that we commonly call Dichroic glass today, is actually an “interference filter” permanently adhered to the surface of a piece of glass. The technology used to manufacture the optical interference filter has been in existence for over 40 years. It is known as “vacuum thin film deposition.” The roots of this technology date back to the late 1880’s. The significant commercial development of thin film deposition however, waited to be spurred by our military and aerospace requirements in the 1950’s and 1960’s. In the last 40 years this technology has played a key role in optical coating for a vast variety of optical instruments, lasers and laser systems, fiber communication links, optical recording/storage heads and media, display systems, infrared guidance and detection devices, photoelectric converters, architectural glass, eyeglasses, and many others.

It was 40 years ago when Jerry Sandberg of Coatings By Sandberg, Inc. pioneered his first vacuum, vapor deposited, thin film coatings strictly for art applications. Now, when the word Dichroic Glass is mentioned, the name “Sandberg” quickly comes to mind. The Sandberg Family is the backbone of this high tech aerospace application reinvented for the art glass industry.

Back in the early 1970’s, Jerry Sandberg was working for a vacuum-coating laboratory in Newport Beach and happened to take notice of an artist digging in the trash for pieces of Dichroic out of spec mirrors and started talking with him. This was the first interaction that Jerry had with the artist community and was immediately fascinated with the creative potential of the glass. Jerry then worked with these artists to create the first three Dichroic Glass Colors specifically designed for the art glass industry (Cyan/Red, Magenta/Green and Yellow/Blue).

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Specialty Glass

It wasn’t long before Jerry also started experimenting with the coatings in the kiln. A third generation jeweler as well as a world class engineer, Jerry used his knowledge to create some of the first fused Dichroic Glass jewelry. His experiences using the Dichroic glass allowed him to see first hand, what other artists were now experiencing for the first time.

For the next twenty-five years Jerry continued to supply the art glass market and continually expanded the pallet of colors at the request of his ever-growing group of artists. A few other coating houses soon started to offer similar vacuum deposited coatings due to the buzz that Jerry had created and nurtured for many years. For Jerry, customer service and a quality product were paramount. The first distributors started selling Dichroic Glass during the 80’s as it became more and more popular.

In 1996 Nona & Jerry formed Coatings By Sandberg, Inc. Their mission was to supply the art glass market with reliable, consistent, uniform and durable Dichroic Glass coatings at a reasonable price. Customer service as well as customer support were key and still are to this day. Before Nona & Jerry were able to finish building their own custom vacuum deposition chamber with a price tag of one million dollars, the two had thousands of dollars in artist orders waiting to be produced. The first CBS Dichroic glass was created in November of 1996. CBS had to sell directly to the end user as distributors were not familiar with the company and unwilling to carry its product. Within the year some distributors were already requesting to open an account with CBS due to the multitude of artists requesting it by name.

As the demand for Dichroic Glass grew, CBS also began to expand. Not only did we expand production, we also expanded our product line and developed new coatings and patterns. We invited well known artists to come teach us at our plant and learned about fusing, slumping and manipulating glass. This all helped keep us in track with what our clients were doing and allowed us to offer extensive technical support to our valuable customers. At this point we coined our slogan “The Art of Dichroic Glass” since our products are specifically made with the artist in mind. In fact, the Sandberg’s specifically designed their chambers for the optimization of art glass as well.

By the new millennium CBS had single handedly created the standard in Dichroic Glass Coatings. Our colors were understandable. The color shifts during hotworking was predictable. The coatings were stable and most of all CBS was reliable. All the top distributors were on board with CBS and carrying inventory. As the leading manufacturer of Dichroic Glass CBS has a commitment to the well being of the struggling artist, on up to the world-renowned master, in the supply of quality Dichroic coatings.

In recent history we have created many more patterns, specialty rainbows, stripes and images. Imagine, we started out with 10 patterns and 16 solid colors, and now have 25 pattern and 23 colors and over 130 combinations of the two! We have also coated a multitude of glass including: architectural glass, stained glass, blown glass, fused glass, castings, bevels, rods, stringers, tubing, gems, jewels, drusys, cabochons, buttons, ear plugs, ceramics, glass block, tile, and more. We have coated pre-made items such as sculptures from Milon Townsend, hand blown bowls by James Nowak, beads from Sharon Peters and Swarovski and Waterford crystal, and have even worked with The Walt Disney Company.

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Dichroic Extract

Dichroic Glass Coatings have come a long way in 40 years but have many more years in store. Thanks to so much excitement in the art market, Dichroic glass is now used for construction in the form of tile, decorative skylights, mood lighting, lighting fixtures, mosaics, sinks, sconces and sculpture. We realize that the future of Dichroic glass is very dependent on CBS and its practices. We are constantly in a state of analysis, research and development and we now have Distributors all over the globe. We have also hired “in-house” artists to help test and provide vital input to future product. We have expanded our sample department in an effort to offer smaller amounts at lower price points. Most recently we have designed a new Dichroic surface texture know as Crinklized Dichroic™. In the future, CBS will be experimenting with additional surface texture, shadowing techniques, new deposition materials, unique patterns and more.

In addition, in 2005 the Museum of Dichroic Art (MODA) was created and it now houses the largest know Dichroic glass collection in the world. It is currently located in our lobby in Orange, California and is available by appointment for guided tours throughout our facility on a daily basis.

For additional information, please visit our web site at

Editors Note : Be sure to check out their website for details on their Annual Contest…you could win some great prizes…

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

2024: March Issue

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Kate Nicklos

Upcoming events:

(Bolded events are Guild sponsored)

11 Board meeting via Zoom
20 Sherlocking, Fairview OR (E Portland) & Zoom
24 Vitrigraph Demo, Portland OR
24 General meeting Postponed till May
30 Flameworking demo Portland OR

8 Board Meeting via Zoom
13-14 Best of the Northwest art show, Seattle WA
19-21 Gathering of the Guilds Portland OR
24 Sherlocking, Fairview OR (E Portland) & Zoom
27-28 Art In Bloom garden art studio tour, Seattle

5 General Meeting via Zoom
13 Board Meeting via Zoom
11 PNWGG Vendor Fair, Redmond WA (near Seattle)
15 Sherlocking, Fairview OR (E Portland) & Zoom
CANCELLED: PNWGG Booth at Portland Rose Festival Cityfair

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


  • Featured Artists: Kate Nicklos, Linda Roman
  • President’s Message
  • Board of Directors
  • Welcome to our Newest Member
  • Gathering Of The Guilds
  • What Is a Vendor Fair?
  • Hilltop Artists program
  • Kiln Carving
  • General Meetings
  • PNW Glass Events, past & future
  • Featured Sponsor: Joanie Schwartz Glass
  • 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: Kate Nicklos, Washougal WA

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I have been attending  one or two glass fusing classes per year for 20 years!  This does not make for an experienced craftsman!  I have to relearn everything each year.  But my passion for anything glass began immediately, when I toured the art glass manufacturers here in the PNW 20 years ago.  What a privilege to be exposed to so much diversity and talent in the art glass field.

I joined the PNW Glass Guild a few years ago at the behest of Sheri Spurlock, the owner of  Melt Glass.  She informed me of the discounts available to Guild members.  Soon after, I attended Guild meetings and special events and found this open, glass-enthusiastic community.  It has been a wonderful experience from the get-go; from becoming aware of all the fusing techniques to the camaraderie of other enthusiasts.  This past year I attended classes offered by Ann Cavanaugh and Kory Dollar – learning two completely different glass techniques.

Now I am in a position to focus, which I’ve yet to do!  My goal is to solidly understand the techniques of glass fusing and glass-on-glass mosaic work. In appreciation to the Guild for what it has offered me, I’m serving this year as Membership Chair.  As with any organization, there are too few people and too little time to cover all the duties to make it run smoothly.  It’s my privilege to be here!  Hope to meet you all along the way! 

Featured Artist: Linda Roman, Washougal WA

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I grew up in a flourishing craft city in upstate NY. Taking advantage of the rich culture, I took many classes from Genesee Arts Co-Op and RIT to become a potter. I enjoyed this craft for more than 15 years.  When I moved to the West Coast, I became interested in glass, and I took a Mosaic class with a friend at Marvelous Mosaics Fine Arts.  After that I was hooked! I love glass with all the different colors and textures.  The class was great, and our teacher Kory Dollar was so knowledgeable and patient. Since then, I have gone on to take several other classes from Kory to extend my knowledge in color, composition and glass cutting. To broaden my glass experience I have taken classes at Bullseye and Melt. Both are excellent resources to learn different techniques. 

Through friends I joined the PNW Glass Guild and was cajoled into becoming the Guild’s treasurer. I’m now in my second two-year term. And despite the hard work, it’s been a great way to meet other artists in the Guild. 

I have shown my work at the 2023 PNWGG Gathering of the Guilds (GOTG), Shirley Bishop’s Open Studio tour last September, and the Portland Artisan Holiday Market. I will be at this year’s 2024 PNWGG GOTG at a group booth and also as a cashier on April 19-21st in Portland. I hope to see you there! 

President’s Message

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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 and the Vendor Fair in Redmond WA (near Seattle) on May 11th, 2024. 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

2024 Board of Directors

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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 president Lesley Kelly to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Welcome to our Newest Member

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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 and go to “For Members” (which only appears when logged in) and choose Member Contacts List.

Melissa Zielinski, Portland OR

Gathering Of The Guilds April 19-21 in Portland OR

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Mark your calendar to attend the Gathering of the Guilds April 19-21 in Portland’s Oregon Convention Center, Hall D: You can buy unique glass art from Guild members and talk with them about their process of creating it. You can also learn new techniques in one of the many demonstrations. We’re looking for a few more demo presenters: If you would like to present a demonstration of how you make a particular piece of glass art, please contact Carlyne Lynch.

Other volunteers are essential to helping put on the show. Come and rub elbows with Guild members doing things like gallery setup, breakdown, door counts, and many more, and sharing glass talk in the downtime. Please fill out the volunteer form. We’re counting on those who volunteered last year to do so again and talk their glass friends into volunteering too. It’s a great way to talk with glass artists and other art appreciators in person and be inspired by lots of great art.

Volunteers in 2023

What is a Vendor Fair?

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There will be a Vendor Fair in Redmond WA (near Seattle) May 11th and one in the Portland area October 12th. The purpose is to raise money for the Guild, give sponsors a way to interact with our members, give members a good deal on the donated items and have a fun time.

The May 11th Vendor Fair will be held at sponsor NW Art Glass in their newly remodeled ground floor classroom. Donated items from sponsors and anyone else will be part of a silent auction. Anyone interested in glass is welcome to attend.

Sponsor donations 2023

You are encouraged to bring finger food to share (Portland 2023)

Sponsors will be able to set up small displays on a space available basis. We will also have space for members who teach to put out class information. We already have a specialist grinder demo and a maker of wooden stands planning to be there. Contact Sponsorship to reserve a space or make a donation for the auction.

Hilltop Artists – Nurturing the next generation of glass artists

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How did you learn to be a glass artist? Perhaps you took an initial class, and then began experimenting and learning on your own. Or were you fortunate to have a mentor or teacher take you under their wing and teach you the craft? While some glass artists have training through art schools, it is rare to encounter someone who was introduced to glass art or learned the skills in a formal way when they were young.

That is what is so remarkable about the Hilltop Artists program, one of the few programs of its kind in the country to introduce students as young as age 12 to glass art, including blown glass. Founded in 1994 by Dale Chihuly and Kathy Kaperick, the mission of Hilltop Artists is “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.”

Hilltop Artists in the hotshop – Summer Program 2023

Celebrating its 30th year in 2024, the Hilltop Artists program, located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington introduces young people ages 12-26 to the various forms of glass art through its partnership with Tacoma Public Schools and the glass art community. Middle school and high school students have the unique opportunity to learn glassblowing (the program operates two hot shops), fusing, torchwork, beadwork, and even neon through free school day, after-school, and summer school programs.

Hilltop Artists Students working at Museum of Glass

More advanced students go on to participate on the Production team, getting paid to work with professional artists to design and create commissions and public art installations. Students also have the chance to work with internationally renowned glass artists through residencies and partnerships with organizations such as the Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Better Together (a BIPOC artists organization) and Corning Museum of Glass

Hilltop Artists serves more than 650 students every year. The majority of the teaching staff are alumni. Some alums have gone on to professional glass careers, including teaching, glass production, or working in glass studios. Student and alumni work has been exhibited at Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Bainbridge Art Museum, and other prestigious institutions. Several Hilltop Artists alumni, including Jason McDonald, Edgar Valentine, and Trenton Quiocho have competed on Netflix’s glass competition show, Blown Away. The intergenerational rapport students form with alumni creates a powerful connection and motivation for students, and the alumni bring new ideas, creative energy, and artistic perspectives back to the program. Students also benefit from meeting and working with professional glass artists such as Dan Friday, Sayuri Fukuda, Cedric Mitchell, and Jen Elek. The value of such mentorship and support for young people, whether or not they go on to be glass artists, cannot be overstated.

Learning glass art skills and expressing their creativity through art is just a part of what Hilltop Artists offers youth. Hilltop Artists offers a safe, healing space for kids where they can receive care from supportive adults, connect with other students in healthy ways, and learn to express themselves through glass art. Students often come from challenging circumstances, and the program staff approaches each one holistically, meeting them where they are, building on their inherent strengths, and providing resources and support to help them overcome barriers to success. Working with Tacoma Public Schools and other community partners, Hilltop Artists offers assistance with basic needs such as food or housing for students’ families, as well as mentorship and guidance to complete their academic path and pursue an artistic career, if they so choose.

Hilltop Artist students learning flameworking technique

As stated by Executive Director Dr. Kimberly Keith, Hilltop Artists is committed to making a “…conscientious and sustained effort to remove barriers and hold space in the glass field/community for Black and Brown students and artists. Glass has been overwhelmingly white and male since the 12th century and continues to be one of the most expensive and exclusive art mediums.” The work that Hilltop Artists is doing benefits everyone in the glass art community, by teaching a diverse group of young people the art and science of glass, helping to ensure that glass art continues to thrive long into the future in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

If you are interested in learning more, volunteering, or seeing the program in action, check out their website: Hilltop Artists. If you live near Tacoma, you might want to attend one of their upcoming March events, including their March Gallery, the Third Thursday at the Museum of Glass (take advantage of the free admission!) or Hot Shop Hot Nights, featuring New York glass artist Adeye Jean Baptiste.

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles profiling programs, projects, or people in the greater glass art world. If you know of a program in the Pacific Northwest that might be of interest to glass artists, please let the newsletter team know.

Have You Tried “Kiln Carving”?

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“Kiln carving” is a technique that creates the appearance of carving but there is no actual carving done on the glass. The process involves cutting a pattern or design in ceramic fiber paper, then stacking glass on top of the pattern and firing the piece in a kiln. As the glass is fired, it settles into the spaces between the fiber pieces creating the carved look. The recesses and shaping are created using your knowledge of how kiln temperatures, gravity and time work to move and shape glass

Greta Schneider experiments with fiber impressions

The pieces can be both relatively simple or complicated and both can be quite striking. It is a great way to do colorful garden art. Hold time is important and depends on the type and number of layers of glass used. Irids can have a really beautiful effect when used with this process. Kiln carving is really a lot of fun to experiment with. These are also a great way to use up small scrap bits of color or dichro or dots.

Greta Schneider kiln carving

Kiln Carving will be covered in our March general meeting in May at 3:30pm on Zoom!

Come and explore the possibilities for both simple and more complex art pieces. Just in time for Gathering of the Guilds too!