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.

Guild General Meeting: Zoom

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February 25 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PST: Via Zoom

Topic will be how to use scrap glass. Get inspiration from other people’s projects and contribute your own. Our speakers will be  Lyn Kennison and Shirley Bishop.

Lyn has been doing glass for 20 years starting with stained glass . She makes jewelry as well as functional & nonfunctional art. She creates lots of  scraps and  has  been chopping up & refiring pieces she doesn’t  like. She will be sharing how she makes thick pieces with scrap & then what she does with them afterwards. 

Shirley has been creating glass for 10 years and opened  Studio13 Glass Art  in 2013. She loves creating with glass and teaching others. She will share how she uses scraps in creative ways.

We all want to see what you’ve done with your scrap. Contact the VPs, Barb Kienle and Carlyne Lynch, to get on the speakers list: things run so much smoother when they know who to call on next.

See the event listing for more info and Zoom link.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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

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/