Our artists are looking forward to their annual glass art show and sale at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit us November 2 through December 17 during regular garden hours to find a variety of artisan-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts. Artists’ reception November 2. Free admission to the art show!
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In March 2019, several members of the Glass Art Guild of Utah participated in a mold-making workshop taught by fellow guild member, Jodi McRaney-Rusho. We learned about white clay and how to knead, roll, and shape the clay to our desired forms. Several students made texture tiles that can be used to create a pattern in fused sheet glass. Other students made plate and bowl molds in unique shapes. These molds will be used to slump or drape glass. Glass casting molds were also explored. Jodi used her ceramic kiln to fire the tiles and molds to a bisque state, which makes them capable of withstanding the high temperatures used with fused glass.
We are looking forward to seeing the glass pieces created from these fun ceramic and plaster molds!
For other fun and informative fused glass classes offered by the guild or its members, check our Classes section of the web site!
June 12 & 19, 2019
Members of the The Glass Art Guild of Utah learned to create a glass Coral Reef scene in a lighted shadow box. We made components for our pieces by firing them in the kiln and lampworking them using a torch. The components were arranged on three layers of glass and then each layer was fired at a different temperature to give the layers depth. The next step was to wire LED strip lighting to illuminate our scenes. A handy on/off switch that sits close to the frame allows the LEDs to be easily turned on and off.
Many thanks to our instructors: guild members Kerry Collett, Jodie McDougall, Onno Matteus, and John Whittaker.
Special recognition goes to Onno Matteus who developed this technique.
In March 2019, the Glass Art Guild of Utah enjoyed a terrific class given by member artist Wayne Jacobsen on how to create murrine cane. Murrine first appeared in history over 4000 years ago and was popularized by Venetian glasscrafters in the early 16th century.
Artists stacked glass in Wayne’s stainless steel pot design, learned about the order in which glass flows through the pot, and then pulled over 100 feet of murrine cane. The group also learned how to create intentional designs in murrine.
Additionally, artists got to try out Wayne’s Lazy Chops murrine chopper and got a demo of his electric, programmable murrine chopper.
We look forward to seeing how the Guild’s artists will incorporate this technique into their artwork!
We’ll be returning to Red Butte Garden this fall for our annual Glass in the Garden show and sale, November 3 – December 18, 2018. Make sure to include a stop at the Garden during this time for beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan gifts.
The garden is open daily. Most days we’ll have artists on-hand to talk about our art and assist you with purchases.
Artists’ reception: To be Announced
The Glass Art Guild of Utah is pleased to announce the awards for its Spring Show and Sale. The exhibit is being held at the Pioneer Theatre’s Loge Gallery, which is on display through the end of May (see previous articles, below). The Guild recognizes the artists for their skill, creativity, and uniqueness in fused glass art. Here is the list for the 2018 show:
Best of Show, Connie Lundberg
Best Fused Art, Ben Booth
Best Functional Fused, Dana Worley
Best Lampwork, Onno Matheus
Best Novelty, Jan Harris Smith
Most Innovative or Technically Difficult, Diane Whittaker
Best Mixed Media, Diane Whittaker
Best Fused Jewelry, Lori Scharf
Our artists have been hard at work the past few months preparing for the Guild’s Annual Spring show. This year, the show will be held at the Pioneer Theatre’s Loge Gallery in Salt Lake City.
Artists have prepared a variety of wall and 3-D art that will be on display during the run of Mama Mia, May 11 through 26. All artwork is available for sale, and artists will be on-hand during each performance to assist with sales, answer questions, and talk about the medium they love!
Guild artist Lori Scharf will be participating in this year’s annual Art and Soup fundraising event. This local event, now in its 30th year, supports the CNS Charitable Care Program which provides charitable home health and hospice care to thousands of uninsured and underinsured low-income Utahns across the state.
To find out more about this event, visit the Community Nursing Services’ web site at https://www.cns-cares.org/art-soup, and to find out more about Lori, visit her artist’s page at http://www.glassartguild.org/?page_id=193.
Thank you, Lori, for supporting this vital fund-raising event in our community!
In January, the Glass Art Guild of Utah hosted glass and ceramic artist Shelley Long for a three-day fused glass painting class. Techniques included various painting methods, working in layers, and firing thicker slabs. Nine members of the Guild took advantage of this great opportunity to learn new skills.
Check out guild member Dana Worley’s blog post about the class for a summary, as well as links to some great tutorials. Stay tuned for some fabulous new work as our glass artists leverage the techniques they learned!
The Guild would like to thank Shelley for her great teaching and inspiration, guild member Kathy Watt for hosting the event in her home studio, and all the artists who were able to join us for this great long-weekend event.
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.
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 http://www.downtownartistcollective.org/)
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 https://glasswithapast.com/.
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 (https://kimballartcenter.org/instructor-sort/jan-harris-smith/), 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:
- Etched dichroic name tag, Kerry Collett (http://www.celtcraftdesigns.com/)
- Kiln-formed beads, Jodi McRaney Rusho
- Mica sheets, Jodi McRaney Rusho
- Circles from squares (Bullseye Glass Tipsheet), Mary Young
- Dichro dots, Kerry Collett
The Guild sponsored two art glass exhibition and sales this year with local partners. Pioneer Theatre Company hosted artists in its Loge Gallery (http://www.pioneertheatre.org/loge-gallery/) during the run of King Charles III in March and April. In November and December, the Guild returned to Red Butte Garden (http://www.redbuttegarden.org) 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!).
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!