What is a “Play Day”?

When we surveyed our members at a Vendor Fair, people wanted to have get-togethers.

In response, the Guild initiated PLAY DAYS:

  • FREE to our members
  • Informal get-togethers
  • Opportunity to do a project together
  • Collaborate and learn from each other
  • Get to know other glass artists, develop friendships, and learn or refine techniques

We are so lucky to have studios opened to our members in widely spread out locations: East Multnomah County and Washington County in Oregon, Vancouver and Seattle in Washington.  We welcome any member to open up their studio for a future Play Day!!!

Guild members got together to learn how to do sgraffito.

Check our Calendar for upcoming Play Days and other fun and interesting events.

You can host a Play Day!

  • You pick the topic* that you’d like to share.
  • This is not you teaching but rather a cooperative adventure with other Guild members!
  • Select the date and number of people to attend
  • Determine glass materials and tools to have on hand (ask for a materials fee or ask folks to bring their own supplies).

*Here are some ideas for topics:
(links are to videos of previous Play Days and/or a materials, list please help us add to it and make it more useful)

Fusing:
Fusing surprises show and tell (troubleshooting)
Firing schedules discussion (log in to see video)
Decal making
Enamels (log in to see video)
Landscapes: stones, clouds, trees, water…
Screen printing
Sgraffito
Inclusions (log in to see video)
Fossil Vitria (log in to see video)
Reactive glass (log in to see video)
Gel-paste sculpting (log in to see suggestions of what to have on hand, PDF)

Kiln carving
Silicone mold making
Freeze-fuse
Plaster mold making
Patte de Verre
Kiln casting
Glass Lace
Sand casting
Ornament party (log in to see video)
Yard-stake party (members log in to see video)

Torch Work:
(better done as class: everyone needs a torch. See “Find a Teacher”)

Blown Glass
(better done as class: needs a team and lots of equipment. See “Find a Teacher”)

Coldwork
Gilding
Hand polishing
Sandblasting?

Stained Glass
Cutting practice (video)
Solder appliqué
Inclusions
Mosaic or applique tabletop

Business skills:
Photography
Pricing (log in to see video)
Writing an artist statement
Website design
Display solutions (log in to see video)
Booth critique
Mock Jury

A finished sgraffito piece “Enjoying the Water”
by Margie Rieff