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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Guild Artist Ruth Ann Garner displaying at Black and White Show at Eccles Community Art Center

Guild Artist Ruth Ann Garner’s Pigeontoed Platter will be on display at the upcoming Black and White Exhibit at the Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden.  Original black and white themed artwork in all media, including paintings, prints, monoprints, drawings, graphics, photographs, pottery, sculptures, textiles, and of course Glass will be on display.  The ECAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to a continued effort to stimulate interest, foster awareness and provide education in all visual and performing arts.


Artist Reception: Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Show Dates: The exhibit will be on display February 4 through March 19, 2016.
Location: 2580 Jefferson Avenue, Ogden UT


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Guild Artist Lori Scharf showing at Art and Soup

Come check out Guild Artist Lori Scharf’s booth and other fabulous artists at Art & Soup!
Proceeds benefit the CNS Charitable Care Program, providing compassionate care to low-income uninsured and underinsured Utahns.


Show Dates:
Opening Night Premiere: March 01, 2016 5:30 – 9:00
$150 Reservations Required

Art & Soup Celebration: March 02, 2016 & March 03, 2016

The two Day Art & Soup Event, features delicious soup, bread, and dessert samplings from 25 of Utah’s favorite restaurants. Watch artists create “Quick Draws” and vote for your favorites in  the People’s Choice ballot. $20.00 per person.
$20 Lunch 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m
$20 Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Salt Palace Grand Ballroom – All Events

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Guild Artist Wayne Jacobson displaying at the World of the Wild Exhibition

Be sure to check out this years World of the Wild Art exhibition at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.  Guild Artist Wayne Jacobson will be displaying his art in addition to other beautiful wildlife themed art.

Show Dates: January 30th – March 14th, 2016
Location: Utah’s Hogle Zoo
2600 Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City Utah

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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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Featured Artists: Christine Kende & Linda Kalmar

Glass Alchemy – Art at the Main
Jan 11th – Feb 13th, 2016
Artists Reception, Fri Jan 15th, 2016 6pm-9pm


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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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