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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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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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Kiln Formed Beads Workshop


Instructor: Jodi McRaney Rusho

Workshop 1:  Saturday, January 30, 2016 [Full]
Workshop 2: Saturday, February 25, 2016


Glass with a Past
2041 E. 2100 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115


Members: $125 (contact Jodi for Guild Pricing Discount Code)
Public: $150

This fast paced workshop covers how to make a variety of different size, shape and style of kiln formed beads using Glass With a Past bead molds.  We will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp and make beads until 4:30, stopping for a quick catered lunch.  Beads will be available for pick up the following week after fusing.  This workshop will be held in Jodi’s studio in Salt Lake City, UT.

-This is class will use CoE90 art glass, stringers, powders and frits.  This is the ONLY art glass class that Jodi teaches.  Have a pile of frit and scrap that needs to be used?
-All materials will be prepared and provided.  Students will need to bring a dust mask for working with frits and powders.
-Lunch is provided
-Workshop includes one bead making kit of your choice ($36 dollar value)

The number of beads that we make will be determined by how fast students are able to work, however, a conservative estimate is at least 100 beads per student.  Class is limited to 6 students.

Some techniques that we will be covering:

-Frit and powder beads in lentil and square shapes
-Scrap glass beads in lentil, square, channel and triangle bead molds
-Fused Beads with Mica Decals
-Fused beads with stringer and dots
-Fused beads with nichrome loops to make components
-Fused glass bails
-Fused beads for use in chimes and ornaments
-Painted fused beads
-Fused beads with Murrini

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Glass Inclusions and Raku Glass Workshop by Philip Teefy


GLASS INCLUSIONS and RAKU GLASS (1 day workshop)
Instructor: Philip Teefy
Dates: (Maximum of 10 students per workshop)

Workshop 1: Friday, February 19, 2016   9am – 5pm
Workshop 2: Saturday, February 20, 2016  9am – 5pm
Workshop 3: Sunday, February 21, 2016   9am – 5pm


Spectrum Studios
196 W Malvern Ave (2625 S)
South Salt Lake, UT 84115


Members: Approx. $175-200 ($90 non-refundable deposit)
Public: Approx. $275-300 ($120 non-refundable deposit)

This class will cover the use of inclusion in between the glass with reactive materials.  The great thing about inclusions is that they can be used with any type of glass.  We will work with the following materials:  copper sheets, aluminum foil, silver foil, copper beads, copper powder, copper stands, glass paints, brown earth, green earth, green oxide, cobalt oxide, decals and mica.  You will go home with a 7 x 7 x 3/8 finished piece and 2 x 2 test color design pieces.  Students bring glass cutter, pliers, safety glasses, and mask.

Phil has worked in glass since 1972. He is a well known artist who owns and operates Rainbow Glass and Beads in Sacramento. He also and designs and builds kilns for Glass Glow Kilns. He is a popular instructor at major glass shops, teaching centers, and conferences around the country. He has been commissioned for major national works utilizing sand blasting and fusing techniques.

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Lester Lee Workshop Opportunity

At: Bountiful Davis Art Center
Lester Lee Watercolor Workshop
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ages 15+
Tuition $70

Lester Bird Lee, full time artist and educator, has five children and now resides with his wife and youngest child in Clarkston, Utah. Lester graduated from high school in Mesquite, Nevada where he spent his boyhood. Later Lester received a BFA from Utah State University, and a MA from Brigham Young University. Lester is a full time art educator at Sky View High School in Cache Valley. In 2006, Lester received the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. Lester is a self-taught stage scenery artist and has painted over 50 sets for Centerpoint Legacy Theatre (including Aida), and other local theaters and high schools. Lester also sells hundreds of pieces of fine art watercolors each year and several prints, including the distribution over one million copies of The Presidents of The Church lithograph. Lester has illustrated several children’s books including P is for Pioneer through Buffalo Books, and book covers for Bookcraft Publishers (including The Work and the Glory by Gerald Lund), Granite Publishing, the University of Utah, and others. Lester has designed Hundreds other posters, logos, and CD covers for other local and national corporations. Lester shows his work in many galleries across Utah and surrounding states and has won numerous local and national awards for his paintings and sculptures.

Call the Bountiful Davis Art Center to register.

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Lester Lee Workshop Was a Big Success

In a workshop held on May 16, 2015, the well-known artist, Lester Lee taught guild members about Art Composition and Color Theory. Lester is a skilled teacher who makes complex topics simple and easy to understand. Students were able to practice many techniques taught during the course. Several students also received a professional critique on their own glass creations.

Lester Lee with Students, March 16, 2015

Lester Lee with Students, March 16, 2015

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Education Opportunity

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Lester Lee workshop

Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Red Butte Garden, in their 2nd floor classroom. The fee will be just $25.

Please send Lori Sharf your check. The classroom holds about 30 people, so send a check right away.

Lester Bird Lee, artist and teacher, resides in Logan Utah with his wife, three daughters and two sons. Lester was raised in a family of nine children in Mesquite, Nevada, where he was encouraged to be creative by his father at a young age. Lester received a BFA from USU and an MA in education from BYU and has now taught with Davis County Schools for twenty-four years. From his youth, Lester was largely self-taught in art, with an interest in being an accomplished watercolorist. Later he gained some of his color theory and art skills from such greats as Richard Bird and Anton Rasmussen.

Though Lester is a high school teacher, fortune allows him to boost his income by selling his own fine art and illustrating for others on the side. Lester has shown his work at The Utah Arts Festival and the Park City Arts Festival and Art & Soup. He has won numerous awards for his art work and has sold hundreds of watercolor paintings and portrait prints locally, nationally and internationally, with some of his prints selling beyond one million copies. Lester has illustrated for Bookcraft Publishers, Publisher’s Press, Horizon Publishers, and exclusively with Bison Books out of New Jersey, as well as others. Perhaps Lester’s most noted illustrations are those on the cover and end sheets of the series The Work And The Glory by Gerald Lund. Lester is accomplished in most mediums of art, the most recent accomplishment being published as a bronze sculptor.

Lester has served as Chairman of the Board and teacher at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center with whom he sells some art work, and has been represented by Philips Gallery of Salt Lake City. Most recently, Lester has been awarded the 2006 Huntsman Award of Excellence in Education award, and has been recipient of the Utah Art Education Association as High School Art Teacher of the Year for 2000. Lester has also designed and painted theater scenery for many theater companies, including Rodger’s Memorial Theatre and City Repertory Company.

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Wayne Jacobsen’s Quail Class

Fused Glass Quail SculpturesStudents Kathy Watt, Mary Young, and Juliann Tronier participating in Wayne Jacobsen’s Quail Sculpture Class held on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

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Quail Class Announcement

Jacobsen Art Glass (JAG) – Wayne Jacobsen Instructor

quailFormer Artist in Residence and Instructor at Western Art Glass, Salt Lake City
Date: March 14, 2015
Time: 10:00-2:00 pm
Place: 738 Walden Hills Drive, Murray

Maximum class size 6 minimum 4

Quails on a Rock $149 for GAGU members in good standing. Public $199 . Must have basic cutting experience. JAG donates $10/student to GAGU.

Class includes all materials and 1 firing at JAG Studio. 4 hours on first day to make quails and 1/2 hour on the 2nd day to mount the quails in rock. ( this can be scheduled)

You will create 2 quails with an attached heavy gage wire embedded in the glass and mounted in a feather light rock. The short second day is to epoxy mount the quails. Refreshments provided during short break.

Registration: Reserve you spot by email to Payment must be made 2 weeks prior to class date. Mail check: to Wayne Jacobsen, 738 Walden hills drive, Murray 84123

Equipment needed: safety glasses, glass cutter and breaking pliers, closed toe shoes.

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