General Meeting: Sgraffito Glass Powder Challenge Introduction

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June 23,2024 @ 3:30PM-4:30PM Pacific Time Via Zoom

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 after learning how to do do it, so get your black powder ready…

We will also review the 2024 Gathering of the Guilds.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89848794864?pwd=4a5bBH83UQqqbKXqr4cfBsxkCqUdLE.1

Painted Glass Pet Portraits Workshop, Bainbridge Island, WA

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July 30 – August 2, 10 am – 4 pm

Member Cheryl Chapman will teach her reverse enameling process for the first time in the Seattle area! Join her at the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) to learn how to turn an animal photograph into an adorable, fun caricature portrait in glass all while learning about enamels and how to do reverse glass painting using a variety of mediums, tools and Easy Fire Enamels. Class Registration

Guild General Meeting

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January 28, 2024 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Pacific Time: Zoom

Topic will be how to use enamels in our glass work. Gill Reynolds (owner of sponsor Fusion Headquarters), Greta Schneider and Rae Williamson are among the speakers. See the event link on the Guild calendar for more information.

Happy New Glass Year:

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Here are some events to get you started:

CHANGED: Jan. 21, 2:00 pm: Open house for Guild Members in Fairview OR (east of Portland)

Jan. 15, 7:00 pm: Board meeting via Zoom (it was rescheduled from last week)

Jan. 28, 3:30 pm: General meeting via Zoom, “Working With Enamels

Feb. 4, 11:00 am: Glass etc. Potluck Brunch in Seattle

April 19-21: Gathering of the Guilds in Portland
Registration and other info will be available soon.

Increase your skills this year. See the “Find a Teacher” list for links to see member-teachers’ new classes.
For more skill building tips members can log in and view videos of past General Meetings under Glass>Education

Upcoming December Glass Events

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‘Tis the season for celebration! Join your fellow glass artists at one or more of these upcoming events.

December 2 – Come support member Roz Cooper in her first time at the Elsie Stuhr Center’s Annual Holiday Bazaar in Beaverton, OR, 9 am to 3 pm

December 9 See member Evan Burnette and several other glass blowers in action and buy their work, including lots of ornaments, at the Local Art Glass Holiday Sale and Open Studio, Portland, OR, 10 am to 6 pm (the Old Pickle Factory building housing the studio is a holiday treat all on its own)

PNW Glass Guild Potluck Holiday Parties

For the Guild but friends and family and anyone else interested in glass is welcome to attend.

December 9 Beaverton OR (SW of Portland) 5 pm hosted by Linda Gerrard. The food in the past has been wow and the glass gift exchange can get exciting when people start “stealing”. Contact Linda to check with her on what to bring.

December 10 Seattle WA 11 am hosted by Karen Seymour near the zoo. Let’s talk glass! Show off what you’ve been working on and share ideas. Bring food and something glass-related & wrapped if you want to participate in the optional gift exchange too. Please contact Karen if you plan to attend so we have enough chairs etc.

December 17 Vancouver WA 3 pm hosted by sponsor Melt Art Glass. Bring snacks etc. and celebrate the color that glass gives to our lives during this dark time of year with fellow glass enthusiasts. Please contact Sheri by email or call 360-771-5617 if you plan to attend (and also if your plans change at the last minute).

November Glass Events:

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Lots happening this month:

• Nov. 10-12 join members Lael Bennett and Mari Aoki Knight and over 100 other local artists in the 35th Best of the NW art show at hanger 30 in Seattle’s Magnuson Park

Nov. 18 Flash Play Day via Zoom since it is mostly kilnwork. It will be described in detail in next week’s November Newsletter

• Nov. 18-19 Members Shirley Bishop and Charlene Hale and about 14 more artists in a variety of media are looking forward to seeing you on this 4 studio tour. See WashougalStudioArtists.org for more info. (Washougal is NE of Portland on the north side of the Columbia River).

• Nov. 18-19 Member Ann Cavanaugh and many other nature-themed artists are selling their work in the 43rd Wild Arts Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Portland Audubon Society, at Portland State University’s Viking Pavillion.

• Nov. 19 Guild General Meeting: Holiday Projects for Kids: Will you share a glass project that kids can do? Tune in and get some ideas on how to nurture a love of glass in the budding artists in your neighborhood. Please contact VP Rachel Dollar to add yourself to the list of speakers . Meetings run so much smoother and are more interesting if you have speaker lineup in advance. 3:30 via Zoom

Looking ahead: 3 Holiday Parties in December

in Beaverton OR (Dec. 9), Seattle WA (Dec. 10), and Vancouver WA (Dec. 17)

Edmonds WA Art Festival June 16-18

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Member/sponsor Angie Heinrich (Zetamari), and over 160 other artists in glass and other media will be showing/selling their work in the field at 700 Main Street in Edmonds WA this weekend. https://www.edmondsartsfestival.com/booth-artists-festival/

Members: publicize your events this summer on the Guild’s calendar by logging in and filling out the “Submit Calendar Event” form you find under About>Contact Us on the menu.

Gathering of the Guilds starts Friday

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April 28-30 this free event at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland is the biggest item on the Guild calendar for good reason.
• See lots of great glass from PNW Glass Guild members as well as work from 5 other guilds.
• Watch demonstrations and talk to artists.
• Look for the charity table where members are donating the proceeds of sales to benefit Mercy Corps.
• Have a great time enjoying and interacting with art and artists.
Hours are:
April 28, Friday – 10:00 – 7:00
April 29, Saturday – 10:00 – 6:00
April 30, Sunday – 10:00 – 4:00

For the list of Guild members showing/selling their work and other details see
https://www.pnwglassguild.org/event/gathering-of-the-guilds-2023/

Seattle’s Garden Art Studio Tour this weekend

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April 29-30, 10am to 5pm for our 9th year. Seattle members Karen Seymour, Bridget Culligan, Charles Friedman, and Janiene Fitzpatrick invite you to their homes and yards to see, talk about, and perhaps buy their garden related glass work and that of their guest artists who have a wide range of media. See ArtInBloomSeattle.com for the map and all the details on the 7 sites and over 20 artists.


Last Chance! Don’t Miss Out

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Registration ends April 30th. Don’t miss your chance to sell at the 2023 Portland Rose Festival as part of the PNW Glass Guild booth. Sign Up today, there are still openings in the June weekends. Reminder, the fee is only $50 per day. Register here and get further information before time runs out.

Lots happening in the next month:

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Through April 16th: Rexville Grange Art show in Mt. Vernon WA: see member Julie Erickson plus about 20 more artists in various media

April 14 **Deadline** to fill out the form for the charity table to have the Guild sell your work to benefit Mercy Corps at The Gathering of the Guilds in Portland OR

April 15-16 Best of the NW Art Show in Seattle WA: see members Lael Bennett, Cheryl Chapman, and Mitzi Kugler plus about 100 more artists

April 21-23 Columbia Gorge Artists Studio Tour in WA & OR: see member Stephanie Johnston plus about 40 more artists

April 28-30 Gathering of the Guilds in Portland OR See lots of member-vendors and lots of member-volunteers. There is still time for you to be one of them: volunteer or even log on and buy a Spotlight pedestal or the remaining space in the group booth. There’s also a charity table at which the Guild will sell your work to benefit Mercy Corps.

April 29-30 Art In Bloom Seattle‘s garden art studio tour and sale: see members Karen Seymour, Bridget Culligan, Charles Friedman, Janiene Fitzpatrick and about 20 other artists.

April 30 **Deadline** to apply to sell in the Guild’s Rose Festival booth in Portland OR Memorial Day 4-day weekend and 2 weekends in June $50/day, no commission.

May 6 Guild Vendor Fair in Beaverton OR (SW Portland area) members only so please join or renew before attending. Log in and fill out the form on the bottom of the event page to volunteer

May 7 Guild General Meeting via Zoom, 3:30pm: Shaping By Slumping, Draping, Kiln Casting etc.

The Vendor Fair is Back!!

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Saturday, May 6th, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Beaverton YMCA located at 9685 SW Harvest Ct, Beaverton OR (just south of Portland)
(about ½ mile off 217 and Allen, in a separate building with kitchen, bathrooms and plenty of parking).

Our last Vendor Fair was in 2019, so let’s make this a good one!  This is a member-only event, so make sure you have renewed your membership beforehand.  If you have friends interested in glass, bring them. But remember to have them join the Guild right away.  You can renew or join at the door, but it will delay entry into the Fair.

So far, we have 7 tables reserved, and we’re still working to see if more Sponsors can participate.

I’ve already started receiving the donations (over $1,500 in prizes committed so far).

• See the latest in glass art and supplies
• Get in on special pricing or other offers from Sponsors
• Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 – sit and eat or keep shopping, it’s up to you

Watch your Classifieds for more details about the Vendor Fair!

The Vendor Fair is always a great time, so I hope you’ll come out to support our Sponsors and find some awesome glass, supplies, advice and just have fun!

Just so we have an idea of how much food we’ll need, please let me know if you plan to attend the Vendor Fair: Linda Gerrard