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.
Barb Kienleis 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.”
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.”
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!”
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer or if you have any questions.
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 youlog into 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
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.
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.
Someone at the October General meeting asked for a Play Day for kiln-created flashed glass. As was explained at the General Meeting flashed glass is something generally created by glass blowers. It is usually clear or white with a thin layer (“flash”) of colored glass on one side. Fremont Antique Glass Company still makes flashed glass: gather clear or one color, apply a coat of another color, blow a large cylinder, chop the ends off, cut it open and slump it flat. Fused glass artists can “flash” colored powder on a sheet of clear in their kiln for a similar effect.
Sheets of flashed glass were used in pre-plastic times for signage by etching or sandblasting off the color in the shape of the lettering or logo desired. In vases and bottles it can be carved to show clear designs. Glass artists like Peter McGrain continue to sandblast and etch flashed sheets to create subtle effects.
The pieces of traditional flashed glass Peter McGrain sandblasted and stacked to make the bottom section of his “Shrimpers” window.
There’s a Flash Play Dayvia Zoom on Saturday November 18th at 9:30 am to help fusers make their own flashed glass in their kiln and then do things with it. This is mostly kiln work and cutting so it will be an initial Zoom discussionwith a couple of subsequent Zoom gatherings to discuss progress and share results after firings. Play Days are only for Guild Members. Please join the guild before attending. Contact host Karen Seymour if you have questions.
The Newsletter team challenges you to use flashed glass, created by any method, in an art piece and send us a photoby January 8th so we can show off your work in the January Newsletter.
November 19th General Meeting: Holiday Projects for Kids
3:30 via Zoom: Do you have ideas for fun kids’ projects? Have you run a class for kids, or helped a child make a gift or holiday decoration out of glass? Children’s projects are a great way to help build a future glass community. Share your experience and ideas at the next General Meeting! Contact Rachel Dollar to get on the list of speakers for the meeting. (It runs much more smoothly if she knows who to call on next). See the event listing for more details.
(Image: David Smith teaches glass blowing to attentive kids)
Potluck Holiday Parties in place of December General Meeting
So far we have 3 potluck holiday parties for us glassies. Click the city or see the event listings in the calendar for details: Sat. Dec. 9, 5 pm inBeaverton OR Sun. Dec. 10, 11 am in Seattle WASun. Dec. 17, 3 pm in Vancouver WA Please contact VP Rachel Dollar if you want to host a party for your glass neighbors.
This is for the Guild but friends and family and anyone else interested in glass is welcome to attend.
Prior Meeting Recordings Now Available To Members
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. These 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.
Many thanks to all those who shared their knowledge and experience at our meetings.
Auto Renew is now available! If you turn on Auto Renew you don’t have to go through the payment window form each year. You can do this now or the next time you renew.
To do it now log in, go to your account from the resulting window (or under For Members). Go to the subscriptions tab on the left, click the icon to view it. Scroll down, add a payment type and turn on “Auto Renew”. You can even renew now to add another year to the end of this membership term. Your credit card information is stored by Squareup.com, our payment processor, not by the Guild’s website. If you have problems please contact the web-help team.
The Guild has hired Butterflyly to manage the technical part of our website. We are excited to work with them to make our website even more useful to members.
This doesn’t mean we don’t need YOU to help with the content: Please send in photos of your glass events, new techniques you’re trying, problems you’re having, etc. so we may include them in the next newsletter!
Plan to attend at least one of the 3 potluck Holiday Parties and let the host know you’re coming so they have enough chair etc.. This is for the Guild but friends and family and anyone else interested in glass is welcome to attend, please contact the host: Saturday Dec. 9, 5 pm in Beaverton OR (SW Portland)Sunday Dec 10, 11 am in Seattle WA Sunday Dec 17, 3 pm in Vancouver WA
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).
General meetings in 2023
Zoom, usually on the 4th Sunday of most months, at 3:30 pm. Contact Rachel Dollar, 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.
Rosalind Stanton is a metal and fused glass artist, working from home in Birken, B.C. Roz began working with glass in 2004, and became interested in metal art in 2006 while trying to find a way to display her fused glass art. She started by designing, cutting, burnishing, and bending aluminum into ornate stands that will hold a variety of glass art. After mastering aluminum, she ventured into cutting steel, manipulating it without the need for welding. Roz continues to design and sell a line of burnished aluminum as well as light steel stands in various sizes and styles for displaying glass indoors or out. The silver aluminum is beautiful as is, or you can paint it to work with any glass design.
She also offers fused glass instructional videos on both her website and on YouTube, and is willing to work with glass artists to manipulate an existing design to better fit a piece. Because Roz is located in British Columbia, she works with Debbie Patana in Chinook, Washington to ship stands to US customers.
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