So far we have speakers talking about draping, cutting thick glass, and optics. We are working on speakers for a few more. Other suggestions and speakers welcome: Tell Rachel Dollar our VP or comment on our facebook page entry about the meeting and we’ll try to come up with someone who has done it — the event listing will be updated Friday with the list of speakers. We’ll also vote for next year’s officers. So far the list is
President: Lesley Kelly
co-Vice Presidents: Barbara Kienle and Carlyne Lynch
Secretary: Becky Meinhart
Treasurer: Linda Roman (taking a second two year term)
The 8th annual PNW Glass Guild Open Studios Tour is this weekend, September 30 – October 1 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. 18 glass artists from around the Portland/Southwest Washington region will be showing their work at 8 sites. Meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and find unique and beautiful items for sale. Get a head start on your holiday shopping list or buy something fabulous for yourself! Tours take place rain or shine. NOTE: Sponsor Marvelous Mosaic Fine Arts Studio in Deer Island OR had to drop out of this weekend’s tour but there are still lots of other artists to visit.
Download a pdf map and flyer from the event listing today.
Join us Wednesday, September 6, 2023 for the next board meeting for PNWGG. See the event link for the Zoom link and Agenda.
Registration for the 8th annual PNW Glass Guild Open Studios tour closes in just 7 days, on Tuesday, August 29. Don’t miss your chance to sign up to participate in this opportunity to showcase and sell your work. The event runs from September 30th to October 1st in the greater Portland/Vancouver area.
There are two host sites that still have room for guest artists. Mitzi Kugler is in Oregon City and she can take 2 people and Margaret Eagle is in Sherwood and she has room for 4 people.
Be a part of this exciting event and register today.
If you don’t live in the Portland/Vancouver area, mark your calendar for a road trip and participate in the Studio Tour as a visitor. Meet your fellow artists and be inspired in your own work!
Register today for the 8th annual PNW Glass Guild Studio Tour in the greater Portland area. The event takes place this year on September 30 – October 1. This is a great opportunity to sell your work and share your talent with hundreds of visitors interested in glass art.
There are still some openings for host sites, as well as for guest artists. Registration is just $75 per site, and you can spread the cost among several artists at your site. Registration deadline is August 29, so don’t delay.
Kat Hartley, long-time Uroboros rep, has died. She was was loved by OGG members and many others in the international glass community. Kat’s obituary was published in the Oregonian on Friday 8/4. Her Memorial Service will be Saturday August 12th at 1pm. 8065 Southeast Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97202 (look out for the lime green balloons). The service will be next door to C.H.A.P. (Children’s Healing Art Project https://chappdx.org/). After her memorial C.H.A.P will be serving pie in her honor. If you would like to make or bring a pie that would be lovely and you can drop it off on your way in. Please wear your colorful best, or Kat’s favorite lime green. And for those artists or declutterers among us, C.H.A.P would be delighted to accept any unused art supplies. Thank you
Noon to 5pm sponsor Glass Expressions at 648 SW 152nd St in Burien WA (just south of Seattle) is celebrating 40 years of ownership with “munchies, refreshments, live music and giveaways”. They said there will also be glass on sale. Staying in business for 40 years is a huge accomplishment, congratulations!
Save the date: Meet accomplished glass artists and see their work in various studios throughout the greater Portland Oregon/Vancouver Washington area. 11am to 5pm both days. In mid-September look for a map on the Event Listing on the PNWGlassGuild.org calendar.
See Registration information if you wish to be part of this tour either at your own studio or as a guest at someone else’s studio. Registration deadline is August 29th.
Volunteer your time!
WE REALLY NEED AT LEAST ONE SOCIAL MEDIA VOLUNTEER!
Please let Linda Gerrard know which of the positions below you can fill:
Sign pick up and drop off:
1) Pick which county you can do: Clark, Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia
Signs will also be available for pick-up at the August 5th Guild picnic in Washougal
2) Pickup signs from our storage unit and distribute them to the county volunteers in (1). Reverse the process after the tour.
Other volunteer opportunities:
3) Social media advertising (what can YOU do: Facebook, Instagram …)
4) Design Flyer – Carlyne Lynch
5) Web site/map design – Carlyne Lynch
6) Collecting applications & verifying payment is received – Linda Gerrard
Get an extra bit of publicity and help the Guild: tour artists who take on one of the tasks above get picked first to have their art on the flyer.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
What is the PNWGG Charity donation at Gathering of the Guilds? PNWGG has chosen to have a table dedicated to the support of a charitable organization at this year’s Gathering of the Guilds. All proceeds will support Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians working together on the front lines of crisis, disaster, poverty, and climate change to create a world where everyone can prosper. Beyond delivering aid to meet urgent needs, we develop long-term solutions to make lasting change possible. Learn more about Mercy Corps and its mission by visiting https://www.mercycorps.org/.
If you are interested in contributing a glass art piece to support this charity complete this form by Friday, April 14, 2023.
Don’t miss the opportunity to sell your art at the 2023 Portland Rose Festival. The Guild has been given a unique opportunity to have our members participate in this year’s Maker’s Market.
Check out the information page and Register today. Registration deadline is April 30, 2023.
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.
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.
• 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
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.