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Save the Date! Glass Art Show & Sale, 11/2 – 12/17/19

Connie Lundberg, Artist

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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Fused Glass Mold-Making Workshop

Fused glass mold-making fun!

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!

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Fused and Lampworked Glass Coral Reef Workshop

June 12 & 19, 2019

Glass Coral Reef lighted shadow boxes

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.

Close-up of glass coral reef
Guild members working on components for their glass coral reefs

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Heating things up at GAGU!

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!

GAGU members enjoyed learning about creating murrine canes in a March 2019 workshop.

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Save the Date! Glass in the Garden 2018

Image of colorful fused glass piece

Annual Glass in the Garden show and sale

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

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Glass Art Guild of Utah Recognizes the Best of Its Spring Show

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 of Show Large glass flowers, by Connie Lundberg

Best Fused Art, Ben Booth

Best Fused Art Kings Court, by Ben Booth

Best Functional Fused, Dana Worley

Best Functional Fused Tuxedo Bowl, by Dana Worley

Best Lampwork, Onno Matheus

Best Lampwork Palao, by Onno Matheus

Best Novelty, Jan Harris Smith

Best Novelty Garden Bells, by Jan Harris Smith

Most Innovative or Technically Difficult, Diane Whittaker

Most Innovative or Technically Difficult Open Vessel, by Diane Whittaker

Best Mixed Media, Diane Whittaker

Best Mixed Media Fish Panel, by Diane Whittaker

Best Fused Jewelry, Lori Scharf

Best Fused Jewelry Fused Glass Pendant, by Lori Scharf

In addition to these artists, the Guild would like to recognize its other members who participated in the show: Sharon Bresin, Barbara Busche, Kerry Collett, Ruth Ann Garner, Linda Kalmar, Suzanne Larson, Jodi McRaney-Rusho, Kathi Olsen, Joe Perretto, Amber Scheid, Takara Scheid, Kathy Watt, and Mary Young.

The Guild would like to thank Kandace Steadman (Finch Lane Gallery), Dan Cummings (Spectrum Glass Studio), and David Estes (David Estes Studio Art Gallery) for graciously volunteering their time to judge the event.

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Glass Art Guild of Utah’s Spring Show

Connie Lundberg, fused glass flowers

Connie Lundberg adds the finishing touches to a display of her fused glass flowers. 

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!

To learn more about the show or the Loge Gallery, visit Pioneer Theatre’s web site at and the Loge Gallery at

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Lori Scharf to Participate in Annual Art and Soup Event

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, and to find out more about Lori, visit her artist’s page at

Thank you, Lori, for supporting this vital fund-raising event in our community!

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Guild Members Learn New Glass Painting Techniques!

Teacher and artist Shelley Long, along with some of her amazing work!

Teacher and artist Shelley Long, along with some of her amazing work!

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.

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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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