Gathering of the Guilds this Friday to Sunday

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April 19-21 in Hall D of Portland’s Oregon Convention Center.

Come see fantastic art from PNW Glass Guild members and 5 other guilds FREE admission. https://gatheringoftheguilds.com/ for more info.

Volunteer and have even more fun: join us as a booth sitter, floater, door counter, or help with load in and load out on Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday. You’ll get to interact with lots of your fellow PNW Glass Guild members and help this event succeed. Sign up through Signup Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4BA5AA2AA4FE3-47297269-2024#


Register before it’s too late – PNWGG @ Portland Rose Festival

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Only Three Slots Left!

Register today for your day at the PNWGG booth as part of the 2024 CityFair Maker’s Market. Festival Dates are:

  • Friday, May 24, 2024 – Monday, May 27, 2024,
  • Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, – PNWGG Booth Available 5/31
  • Friday, June 7 to June 9, 2024. – PNWGG Booth Available 6/7 & 6/9

All details on the registration form –> https://www.pnwglassguild.org/rose-festival-info/

General Meeting

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March 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Pacific Time: POSTPONED to MAY 5 @ 3:30-5:00pm

Kiln Carving

Join us on May 5th as speakers Greta Schneider, Rae Williamson and Carlyne Lynch share the process of kiln carving, which involves cutting a pattern or design in ceramic fiber paper and stacking glass on top of the pattern and firing the piece in a kiln.

Upcoming Events:

Sherlocking (Fairview OR, near Portland) & Zoom

March 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Pacific Time: Fairview OR

Open to all members: Participants can show, describe and explain their piece and ask questions. New tools and discoveries also get shared. The meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of most months at Margie Rieff’s house in Fairview OR (NE of Portland). Snacks are welcomed. Please contact Margie if you want to attend.

Please log in to see Margie’s address and the Zoom link

Vitrigraph Design & Demonstration, Portland

March 24 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT

Sunday March 24th, 2-4pm. 
4110 NE Fremont Street, Portland, Oregon

General Meeting via Zoom

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March 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Pacific Time: POSTPONED to MAY

Kiln Carving

Join us as speakers Greta Schneider, Rae Williamson and Carlyne Lynch share the process of kiln carving, which involves cutting a pattern or design in ceramic fiber paper and stacking glass on top of the pattern and firing the piece in a kiln.

Contact the VPs, Barb Kienle and Carlyne Lynch, to get on the speakers list if you want to share on the topic.

*Members, log in to view this info.*
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83686557347?pwd=Y2hwTFgwSDlOZ0t0NjFTRjFla0ovdz09

Only 2 booths are still available for Gathering of the Guilds!

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Both booths are 10’x10′: one has a corner ($475 + commission) and one is in-line, i.e. no corner ($400 + commission). Show and sell your work to the anticipated thousands of attendees of this free annual event April 19-21 in Portland. Last year’s attendance was just over 13,000 and the GOTG publicity team estimates it may even reach 30,000 this year based on the huge increase in response they are already getting. You must be a current PNW Glass Guild member and sign up for your booth before March 1st or the space will be re-allocated. See the registration page for details.

Sunday March 3rd Seattle Glass etc. Brunch

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11 am until around 2 pm at Karen Seymour’s house near the zoo in Seattle (5415 Greenwood Ave N). Any one is welcome, member or not. Come discuss glass, what the Guild could do that would be helpful to your glass journey, and especially the upcoming Vendor Fair May 11.

If you have a piece to show off or ask questions about, we’d love to see it. Also bring a dish to feed about 8. Please contact Karen Seymour if you plan to attend.

Upcoming Glass Events

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(Bolded dates are PNW Glass Guild sponsored events)
Feb 10 HeARTfest show and sale (Camas WA) say hi to member Shirley Bishop at this new community event

Feb 12 Guild Board Meeting via Zoom there will probably discussion of several upcoming events: Website patching & freshening, Gathering of the Guilds (Get your booth now before the space gets reallocated!!), Vendor Fairs in Seattle and Portland, Rose Festival booths and probably more. Any interested member may attend.

Feb 21 Sherlocking Play Day (NE Portland OR) In-person troubleshooting of your fusing “surprises” is back! This is intended as a monthly event on each –2nd– Wednesday evening of the month after this one.

Feb 25 Guild General Meeting via Zoom: Things to do with your scrap. Get inspiration from other people’s projects and contribute your own. Lots of interesting examples have been seen at other meetings: potmelts, holiday decor, vitrigraph pulls etc. Bringing it all together as a topic should be interesting and informative.

March 1st Grand Reopening of Moonwater Arts (Anacortes WA) help new Sponsor Joanie Schwartz celebrate and visit her new studio/classroom.

This Sunday Feb. 4th: Seattle potluck 11 am

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Anyone (you don’t have to be a guild member) who wants to talk about glass, doing shows etc. is invited to a potluck brunch at Karen Seymour’s by the zoo in Seattle. Bring a dish to feed about 8.

If you also bring something for the show and tell (glass, a new technique or questions about a process, a kiln “surprise” to diagnose etc.) people will be delighted.

Please contact Karen if you plan to come so we have enough chairs etc. out before everyone starts arriving.

Gathering of the Guilds 2024, April 19-21

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Booth sales are open now on the website for the show. You must be a current member to sell your work.

  • This year’s show and sale will be in Hall D of the Convention Center and will be in a much larger space, which will allow us to arrange our booths differently and so we have more booths with front line corners and aisle corners.
  • We have more room for Group Booth tables, so we can provide more opportunities for new and emerging artists.
  • Please check out all the information on the show on the event listing on the calendar Gathering of the Guilds – Pacific Northwest Glass Guild .
  • To sign up for a booth before they are all sold out, log in as a member, go to the homepage, then click on Registration Info in the GOTG article, and follow the instructions.
  • If you have questions, please contact Lesley Kelly.

Increase your skills and have fun

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Taking classes in the summer is a great way to meet new people who share your passion for glass and learn new skills at the same time. Be sure to register in advance so you don’t find the class full or canceled. Here are a just a sampling of members offering classes this summer. (S) indicates a sponsor who may give a discount to Guild members (log in and look at the About>Our Sponsors page to see discount terms):

  • Bridget Culligan, Seattle WA: Mosaic Garden Stepping Stone Class at the Phinney Neighborhood Center July 22, 10am to 2pm, $110 more details.
  • Zetamari (S) Seattle, WA: Mosaic Mirror Class, August 5-6, $295 + Materials more details
  • Glass Expressions (S), Burien WA: Beginning Stained Glass Classes, 8 weeks, 5-8pm, $250 plus tools and materials: Mondays July 10 – Aug 28, or Tuesdays July 11 – Aug 29 more details
  • Melt (S), Vancouver WA: Pick-A-Project Fusing $85 Saturday July 15th 3-5pm or Saturday July 22 11am-1pm more details; Intermediate Stained Glass: Leaded Panel $215, Wednesdays July 12-26, 5 to 8 pm more details
  • Marvelous Mosaic (S) Deer Island OR: Mosaic Retreat: Bears Elk Deer, August 25-27, 2 and 1/2 days $525 + $75 for meals and lodging more details
  • Bullseye (S), Portland OR: Great Plates Class, July 22nd, 11 am, $120 more details

See our Glass>Find a Teacher page for more members who teach smaller classes by appointment or to find a fall class. Start now to find the right mix of glass skills and fun for you.

3 Guild Picnics This Summer

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Come and talk glass. We’ve got 3 potluck picnics scheduled so far. Come to all 3 if you can. Spouses and non-member glass friends are also welcome. Please contact the host to let them know you’re planning to attend so they have enough chairs etc. — it makes it so much easier for the host if they can get it set up in advance.

Turner OR picnic (near Salem): Sunday July 16th, noon to 4 pm (Rose and Gerald McBride)

Washougal WA picnic (near Portland): Saturday August 5th, 1 to 5 pm (Kate Nichols and Linda Roman)

Seattle WA picnic: Sunday August 13th at 11 am (Karen Seymour)

Another way to get together with Glass Guild members this summer is to hold a Play Day see https://www.pnwglassguild.org/play-days/ for inspiration. Log in and fill out the form under About>Contact Us to get your event on the calendar.

General Meeting This Sunday, 3:30 Zoom

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Slumping, Draping, Kiln Casting etc.

This meeting is May 7, at 3:30 pm .

What is your most unusual shaping tool? What’s the best firing schedule to use for it? What is Silkymat and how do you use it? What can you use your fired Thinfire for? This is a show and tell of things you’ve tried that worked and those that didn’t. Please contact VP Rachel Dollar to get in the speaker line up (it makes things run so much smoother to know who to call on next). The Zoom link (log in first) and any updates are posted on the event listing in the calendar or use the form to request the Zoom link.

Guest speakers so far –

Barbara Cashman – Silkymat

Lael Bennett – stainless screen

New Sponsors! More Discounts! More Donations!

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That’s right we’ve signed 4 new Sponsors in the last week and 3 of them offer discounts to members while the 4th gave us an awesome donation for the Vendor Fair.

Log in to PNWGG website to see the newest Sponsors: CRLynch, Diamonds Grind Glass, Glass Bird Studio and Zetamari. Go to their websites for more information on their products or services and remind yourself of who all of our awesome Sponsors are and which ones give you discounts on their products and/or services.

And don’t forget, the Vendor Fair is less than 3 weeks away (May 6 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM) and we have over $2,000 in prizes! Dichro sheet and embellishments, vitrigraph, stands, sheet glass, dichro sticks, molds, glass clay starter kits, and more! Prize tickets will be sold 2 for $1.00 and all sales will be CASH, so plan ahead. The funds raised, help us pay for this free member-only event. Be sure to renew your membership or have friends join the Guild before attending the event.

We still need several volunteers to help throughout the event as well as for providing a potluck item for dinner. The Guild will provide BBQ for the main course and bottled water and you’ll provide the rest. Please log in and sign up to help out for 1/2 an hour or so at https://airtable.com/shrauOhb7oL94X6WD and for the potluck at https://airtable.com/shrOS6N8TPLhad8tx

Let’s get out and support our Sponsor/Vendors like they support us. Please click on my name to let me know if you’re planning to attend so we know how much food to buy. Linda Gerrard

Gatherings of Guild Show – Booth Sales

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Lets show that Glass Artists do it best…

April 28th to the 30th Gathering of the Guilds (GOTG) Show in Portland OR expects 20,000 plus art lovers and purchasers to come visit the show. People are excited to get out and see your artwork in person and to chat with you.

We offer several alternatives for booths including a group booth and a special spot for new and emerging artists. We also have opportunities in the “Spotlight” for up to three of your masterpieces without having to be at the actual show.

If you are new to selling at a show, we are here to support each others’ success and can walk you through your maiden voyage.

One of this year’s artists who was in last years show noted that customers were saying “Thank you for having this show again – we are over the moon about seeing artist’s work again in person and have been missing this experience so much. It is a joy to see the creativity and beauty that is in all the work that is in this show and it has far exceeded our expectations”. Can’t wait to hear what they say about this years show!

So sign up soon…you need to act now as some of the other Guilds have waiting lists and want to purchase any unsold booths.

For details see the GOTG registration page https://www.pnwglassguild.org/gotg-registration-info/ . If you have questions please text the GOTG coordinator Lesley Kelly at 503-816-3981 and she’ll call you back.

Gathering of the Guilds 2022 Show starts setting up

Do you want to show (and sell) your glass art?

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to the expected 20,000+ visitors at the Gathering of the Guilds show April 28-30 but only have a few pieces and don’t live close to Portland? We now have a volunteer who is willing to pick up your art at a drop-off point in Seattle and transport it to and from the show to save you from having to find a way to get it to Portland. In the Individual Artist Spotlight section we will light, display, and sell up to 3 pieces for members who can’t do a booth and who have arranged with us in advance to be part of the Spotlight area. For more details see the Spotlight section of the Gathering of the Guilds registration info.

Lots of glass in February’s first week:

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• The Art By Design show in Seattle WA Feb. 3-4 features 2 Guild members

• Also in Seattle WA there’s a Glass Artist’s Potluck at 11 AM Sunday Feb.5

• A Mosaic Retreat in Deer Island OR Feb 3-5
See the calendar for other classes in Deer Island OR and Battle Ground WA this month

And of course the ongoing registration for Gathering of the Guilds booths: if you buy your booth and get your photos in by tonight’s publicity deadline (Jan 31st) your art has a good chance of being seen all over Portland in the next 3 months as part of the big promotion planned by the GOTG organization. The show will be April 28-30.

Lots of learning opportunities

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General Meeting Saturday January 21st at 3:30 PM via Zoom to discuss Booth and Show Preparation (note the slight change in date). Those who have experience doing Gathering of the Guilds and other shows are encouraged to show up and share some tips with those just starting.

Glass Applique Table Play Day in Seattle January 29-28

• Find classes submitted by Member Ann Cavenaugh (Battleground WA) and those submitted by member/sponsor Kory Dollar (Deer Island OR) on the News & Events>Events Calendar.

• Members can login to submit your own event: About>Contact Us, Submit Calendar Event tab

• You can also look for instructors on the Glass>Find a Teacher page.