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Glass Art Guild of Utah’s 2017 Year in Review

2017 was a year full of opportunities for the Glass Art Guild of Utah — opportunities to learn, exhibit and sell fused glass art, and share in the camaraderie of friends. Following are some of the highlights of this past year.

Educational Opportunities

Guild members stretching their legs

Participants stretch their legs on break during a business of art class

Building and Improving Your Art Business – Guild artists gathered at Salt Lake’s Downtown Artist Collective to learn about the business of art. Topics included marketing and pricing your work, photography, how to identify appropriate venues for your work, and the ups and downs of working the art festival circuit. Artist instructors included Desarae Lee, Jamie Kyle, and Chris Madsen (see

Kiln-formed Bead Workshop – Member artist and fused glass instructor Jodi McRaney Rusho led a workshop on creating fused glass beads. Jodi specializes in working with recycled glass. Her web site includes free tutorials, an on-line store, blog, newsletter, and a list of classes. Jodi can be found at

Beginning Silversmithing – Glass and metal artist Jan Harris Smith taught a beginning metalsmithing class for Guild members. Jan has been teaching art classes to adults for the past 22 years. She currently teaches fused glass and metalsmithing at Kimball Art Center in Park City (, and at Pioneer Craft House in Salt Lake.

Demos – The Guild meets every other month at Spectrum Studios in Salt Lake City. Time is set aside at the end of each meeting for demonstrations. Guild members are encouraged to share new work or demonstrate techniques they have been incorporating into their work. This year’s demos included:


Artwork on display at Pioneer Theatre

Artwork on display at Pioneer Theatre

The Guild sponsored two art glass exhibition and sales this year with local partners. Pioneer Theatre Company hosted artists in its Loge Gallery ( during the run of King Charles III in March and April. In November and December, the Guild returned to Red Butte Garden ( for its 14th Annual Glass at the Garden Show and Sale. Both of these events were quite successful for the Guild’s participating artists.


The shared love of glass brings guild members together from very diverse backgrounds. In addition to glass, we all love good food, good company, and a good laugh! Guild members who attended the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas met during the event to enjoy dinner and share stories of the day’s activities. In September, the Guild also met at Sugar House Park for its annual picnic meeting (the most popular meeting of the year!).

Looking Ahead

The Guild is looking forward to another fun year of learning and sharing in 2018. We currently have two classes scheduled for the early part of the year and two opportunities for exhibition and sale. Check back often for the latest updates from the Guild!

Are you a Utah-based fused glass artist looking for a place to learn, grow, share, and exhibit your work? Contact us for membership information! 

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GAGU Paint Party – gearing up for Red Butte

Gearing up for this years “Glass at the Garden” show at Red Butte Gardens. Nothing like a little Paint Party to wipe away the wear and tear on our displays. Also, as always, it is a great excuse to get together with our glass friends.

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Annual “Glass In the Garden” Show and Sale – Red Butte Garden

Be sure to come check out our annual “Glass in the Garden” Show and Sale at Red Butte Garden!  We anticipate there will be a wide variety of beautiful glass art this year; and are looking forward to sharing our love of glass with everyone.


Red Butte Garden
300 Wakara Way, SLC UT 84108
Nov 3rd – Dec 17th
9am – 5pm Daily
Artists Reception: Nov 18th, 2017   2pm – 5pm

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Art Access Show: “Multiple Inspirations: MS & Art” with Ruth Ann Garner

Come check out the “Multiple Inspirations: MS & Art” show with guild artist Ruth Ann Garner and other artists featuring art from artists who have MS.

Location: Art Access Gallery, 230 South 500 West #125, Salt Lake City, UT  84101
Dates: July 21 – August 11
Opening Reception: July 21st 6-9 pm

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Glass Art Guild of Utah Spring Show – Pioneer Theatre Company

The Pioneer Theater Show was a great success!

Artist: Barbra Busche

Thanks to our member Dana for documenting it very nicely.

Glass Art Guild of Utah Spring Show – Pioneer Theatre Company

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Upcoming Glass Art Show & Sale: Pioneer Theatre

We are excited to announce the upcoming show at Pioneer Theatre Company; March 24 – April 8th, 2017.
We hope you will come by to see the glass art and the show.

Admission to the Gallery is free; however show admission must be purchased separately.

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In Memory of Laurie Burns

It is with great sorrow that I say good bye to a dear friend and fellow
artist. I remember Laurie as always being bright and cheerful, full of
ambition and creativity. It was in the early days of the local fused glass
movement when I meet Laurie through the local glass scene. She and I, along
with the other core Guild members, had taken a few classes together and were
meeting from time to time to discuss what we were working on and what new
information was available. We all were interested in promoting our work and
as equally important promoting fused glass and educating the local
community in general as to what this art form was about.

I remember Laurie saying ‘we should form a guild or an organization of
glass artists to promote what we were doing.’ I remember her saying that
very well because I thought to myself at the time ‘what a silly idea that
was.’  It didn’t take long for me to realize how wrong I was and that
indeed it was a great idea and did exactly what Laurie had envisioned it
would. I consider Laurie to be the Mother of the Glass Art Guild of Utah
for having the vision to create it, the ambition to organize it and the
determination to keep it going through those early difficult years to make
it into the great organization it is today. She will be greatly missed.

Kerry Transtrum

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Glass at the Garden

Be sure to come check the amazing talent at this years Glass at the Garden show!


RED BUTTE GARDEN – 14th Annual Glass in the Garden

Show Dates: Nov 4th – Dec 8th, 2016
Artists Reception: Saturday, Nov 12th from 2-6 pm
Address: 300 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Admission to the Glass Art Show is free; however Garden Admission is not included.

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The Crisis of Colored Glass Manufacturing in America

GAGU Press Release on Glass Manufacturing in the United States

We’ve just published a press release that is very important to the continuation of colored art glass in the United States.  We would like to encourage you to read and write to your government officials as this is a matter of great importance for Glass Artists across the nation.

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Recent Phil Teefy Workshop

Several guild members recently enjoyed a one day Raku glass workshop with Phill Teefy. Phill’s definition of “Raku”, as an art form, is “unexpected/unknown result”.  We combined metal inclusions with various chemicals to produce different colors. We then fused our inclusions between different layers of glass. We had a sand casting demonstration where molten glass was poured into a sand mold, an inclusion was added, then the inclusion was covered with with more molten glass.

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