2008 Awards

2008 Award Recipients, Demonstrators, Lecturers, Panelists


Each year, the Glass Art Society honors and acknowledges the individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide.

Henry Halem
Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional achievement in the field of glass. Henry is an artist, past GAS President, GAS Lifetime Membership award winner, educator, and author.
Laura Donefer
Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for outstanding service to the Glass Art Society. Laura is an artist, past GAS Board Member, educator, and creator and Diva of GAS Glass Fashion Show.

Notable Lectures

Keynote Lecture

Chris Van Dyke http://www.nau.com/
The role of design in creating a new business model of beauty, performance, and sustainability: It is often said: “The business of business is business”. And, by this reasoning, the sole measure of business success is profitability. What if business success was measured, additionally, by the application of principals of design? What if a successful business was defined by its beauty, its capacity to bring positive change, to tell stories and generate emotional response? These are some of the concepts brought into the design of a company called Nau.

Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture

Henry Halem http://www.glassnotes.com/
A Great Ride: Views along the way of my ride (without a seatbelt) from 1968 to 2008. My glass, art, teaching, and friends. "Still Crazy After All These Years."

Lifetime Membership Award Lecture

Laura Doneferhttp://www.lauradonefer.com/
"Hot Flash" (Glass after 50): Growing up with glass...a humorous look at Laura's 26 year journey with the hot glass family as her constant crazy companion, and what that did to her mind!!!!

Labino Lecture

Dr. Roger Elyhttp://bioe.oregonstate.edu/faculty/ely/index.htm
Sustainable Energy for Tomorrow: The Natural Beauty of Light: Mother Nature has researched sustainable solar energy capture and conversion for 4-1/2 billion years. What can we learn from her?

Strattman Lecture

Mark L. Johnson www.uoregon.edu/~uophil/faculty/mjohnson/mjohnson.html
Aesthetics of Human Meaning: Human mind and thought are embodied. Our capacities to experience meaning, to think, and to create are tied to our distinctive bodily engagement with our world. This means that aesthetics, which concerns the qualities, structures, feelings, and emotions that make meaning possible for us, provides the key to understanding how humans can experience anything as meaningful in their lives. The arts are consummations of this meaning-making process.

Willson Lecture

Ed Carpenter http://www.edcarpenter.net/
Ed Carpenter: New Work: An illustrated presentation of the concepts, development, and implementation of recent public commissions by Ed Carpenter in USA and Northern Ireland.


Mark Abildgaard

Back in the Day - Reflections on 20 Years of Kiln Casting: A review of how materials, techniques and information for kiln casting glass has dramatically changed in the past twenty years.

Sean Albert

Phenomena: “Phenomena” is a ten-year survey of the artist’s artwork and the experiences that have informed his career thus far.

Scott Benefield

Creativity for the Unoriginal: Thoughts on Innovation: This illustrated lecture will address issues concerning authorship, imitation and innovation as they apply to contemporary studio glass practice. What is the value of precedent to an artist, and how are influences incorporated and used?

Frederick Birkhill

History of the Burner: No other object has had more importance to the flameworker than the burner. This lecture traces its earliest antecedents to its most contemporary application.

Jane Bruce

Many Hands Make Light Work: Working with Fabricators: This presentation will look at the growing culture of fabrication and how this has opened up new directions for craft based artists.

Bill Concannon

Glass Graphics: The Joy of Signs: All neon tubes are hand made of glass. The craftsmen--the "tube benders"-- who make them are the last people on the planet to make hand-made electric lamps out of glass for commercial application. Until the very recent development of sign software, design principles and fabrication techniques for neon signs were handed down orally from one generation to the next. The neon sign is the graphic industrial folk art of the last half of the 20th century. Despite the ascendancy of the LED, the neon sign refuses to die!

Barbara Jane Cowie

Same Same but Different…From Visual Artist to Commercial Designer: Pioneering new frontiers in Asia or ripping off the ideas of others? Integrity as a glassmaker, artist and designer - questioned.

Einar & Jamex de la Torre

Multiple Personalities in Order: The brothers' talk will explore the various voices that feed their work as well as the negotiation that brings them together.
Emerging Artists Presentations:
Joseph Cavalieri http://www.cavaglass.com//
Drag, Beauty, and The End of the World. Painted stained glass panels of Joseph Cavalieri
Jessica Julius:
Jung Sung Ohis now unable to attend
Kristiina Uslar: All my works are made of glass and mostly in pâte de verre technique. I am charmed about this technique. The final result can be so tender and fragile. For me is interesting to find the limit between fragility, complexity and quantity.
Erwin Eisch is now unable to attend (Ed Carpenter replacing)

Rene Friedman

Practical Legal Issues Facing Glass Artists Today: Discussion of Common Legal Issues facing Artists: Contracts, Galleries, and Sales
Bruce Guenther is now unable to attend (Mark Johnson replacing)

Beth Hylen

Carder: Sketching His Vision: Explore the Frederick Carder archives! Beth Hylen, of CMoG's Rakow Research Library, will show samples of Carder's early student work, his travel sketchbooks, journals, textbooks and other resources that inspired him. Drawing from the library's extensive collection, Hylen will discuss the artistic background and aesthetic development of the brilliant glass designer and chemist who led Steuben Glass for three decades.

Kazumi Ikemoto

Painting on Glass: Painting works and Education at Tama Art University

Taliaferro Jones

Flowing Forward: Scaling up!:
Finding Flow while swimming upstream making Large Scale Kiln Cast Sculptures and installations. Her work focuses on water: the essence of life and the calm within.

Bill Klingensmith

www.you: The Internet has been around for over 15 years…join the party! Take advantage of the medium to give your career an extra edge. Now more than ever artists need a presence on the web. Options include creating your own personal web site, blogging or joining online artist communities. Learn tips, tricks and even a few how-to’s about getting online with your work and upping your googlability. Don’t know how or don’t want to do it yourself? Not a problem. Hear suggestions on where to look for help and how to make it affordable.

Silvia Levenson

Glass: the fragility of happiness (Fragilita e altre delizie de la vita quotidiana): Levenson's installations denounces through glass our fragility and rigidity and explore the house as place of love,hate and tensions.

Cork Marcheschi

Six Things Not To Do While Handling Gasoline, or: A Long Life In Art: The lecture uses my art- humor - shocking truths- scandalous revelations and my 42 years as professional artist. To give one plan of how it is possible to suffer at your own hands and keep on doing it successfully for the rest of your life.

Merrily Orsini

Small Steps Make Giant Strides with Self Promotion: Interactive workshop with easy, basic, cost effective tactics to remain true to the art and get results from marketing.

Lillian Pitt

Traditions Converging Into Glass: Lillian Pitt is one of the most highly regarded Native American artists in the Pacific Northwest. She will share her perspectives about the history of her people in the region, traditional art forms associated with the region, her own journey as an artist, and her current focus on creating glass sculptures that convey messages about her ancestors.

Clifford Rainey

A Reflective Journey Through Life and Art: A visual journey through Clifford Rainey's art and its development.

Kirstie Rea

From a Distance: From a Distance - the Lure of the Apricot Tree, explores tracks in my career and discusses past and present works.

Kait Rhoads

Barriers: This lecture will address the concerns of creating labor intensive work that transcends the boundaries of traditional glass techniques.

Ted Sawyer

Breaking Boundaries: Bringing painters and printmakers to kiln-glass provides fertile ground for technical and conceptual breakthroughs as well as garnering the attention of the fine art world. This is a fifteen-year survey of international artists who have translated (not transcribed) their ideas and imagery through the lens of kiln-glass under the auspices of special projects with Bullseye Glass Company.

Blanche Tilden

Carte Blanche: Glass As a Material for Contemporary Jewellery: Blanche will discuss the conceptual and technical development of her practice, which for 16 years has used glass as a significant material for contemporary jewelry.

Paul Trautman

Creating the Borosilicate Glass Color Wheel : Origins of the Industry in America: In this presentation Paul will highlight some of the history of the borosilicate color industry which he started right here in Portland, Oregon.

Mary Van Cline

Beyond the Studio: Since 1978 I have used many processes that I researched with different industries to invent ground-breaking technology which I use in my artwork. This approach has given me a unique vision and pioneering style.

Richard Whiteley

Multi Point Annealing for Cast Glass: At the University we are building a Glass Research Lab that will have at its core a set of kilns that have multi-point temperature sensors and to aid the information capture and control the kiln chamber on annealing of complex forms. With the aid of this facility and through our own ongoing research we have been developing a practical approach to he subject of multi point anneal of cast glass. The session will articulate this approach and provide a practical insight to a process that offers a much more reliable way to anneal large and complex forms in glass.


Giles Bettison

Squares etc.: For this demonstration I will show how I construct a hot formed vessel from murrini. It is a technique I have developed to retain particular qualities of the murrini.

Marcel Braun

Application of Hotshop Techniques in the Flameshop: Since 2000, Marcel Braun has been working to apply hotshop tools, equipment and technique to borosilicate glass. “Draco” an oxygen fired gloryhole attaining temperatures in excess of 3000 degrees has allowed him to work borosilicate glass with a traditional bench since 2001. At the end of the day, glass is glass whether it is soft or hard.

Lucio Bubacco & Diego Bottacin

Contemporary Mythology: In our presentation, Diego Bottacin and I will make an extravagant goblet. The base and the goblet will be painted by my professional friend, Lucia Santini, in Venice, before the conference with the glass colors. The goblet architecture will be made with the assembly of beads, made by Diego and I. The central part of the piece is an anatomical figure, made by me with lampworking. This is an experiment, as Diego and I have never made a goblet like this.

Nancy Callan

Blown glass sculpture using traditional cane techniques: Using traditional Venetian techniques, I will create a non-traditional sculptural Blown Glass Form.

Elin Christopherson

Speck to Specimen: I endeavor to reveal the mysteries of nature as they relate to humans through time. Curiosity leads me to look inside an organism to see how the parts function, in the way that an engineer might field strip a motor to discover how it works. Glass reveals otherwise hidden interiors: a look inside a form stripped of flesh, what one finds when an object is cut open, or what is left when the surface is peeled away. In the hotshop, I will create a botanical specimen which is made of many interior parts; only after cutting open the glass later, will interior be revealed.

Cobi Cockburn & Charles Butcher

Merging Methods: This presentation will detail my working methods, highlight my interests and demonstrate the ways I use a variety of techniques to producing these forms.

Paul DeMarco

Folie des Grandeurs: Maintaining that a large part of the contemporary Glass Art world is filled with infinite games of un-purified similitude overflowing into the marketplace, DeMarco will explore the implication, intent, and metamorphosis of the 21st Century glass artist in an attempt to begin deconstruction of the delusions of grandeur.

Kathleen Elliot

Flameworked Botanicals: Demonstration of exquisitely colored and detailed botanical forms.

Seth Fairweather

Blow molds without Borders: Rather than using blow molds to create a definite, repeatable shape,constructing a blow mold incorporating open air gives the glass a chance to blow and move naturally, while still keeping parts of it controlled. We will be using a mold made of steel and cable, and further manipulating it once out of the mold.

Jacob Fishman & Morgan Crook

The Proof is in the Process: An in depth investigation of both traditional and state-of-the-art processing for neon lamps and plasma vessels.

Eric Franklin

Flameworking: The Hominid Vessel: Eric will demonstrate the primary flameworking construction techniques that are used in the process of creating a luminous glass sculpture.

Katherine Gray

Using Gold Leaves: Gold leaf will be picked up, parts will be made then put in the garage and assembled hot.

Brian Kerkvliet

Contemporary Core Vessels: Outgrowing beads? Create a small scale vessel! More than beads, the core vessel has a connection to the history of glass.

Steve Klein

Negotiating Techniques of a Kilnworker: This demo will cover my techniques of bringing thoughts, ideas and inspirations into a final object. Working through and enjoying the various stages of drawing, modeling, and sampling. The process of negotiating between the vision and constraints of the material and process - how the piece will be constructed and fired to satisfy the artists vision. I will also demonstrate the complexities of constructing tiles for roll-ups, as well as what to expect and how to get what you want.

Masami Koda

Cups and More: Cups and more. Sense of adventure in flameworking.

Mark Lammi

Exploring the Hollow Form: This demonstration will focus on the exploration of the vessel as a blank canvas and suitable means for artistic expression.

Susan Longini

Growing Large Sculptures from Small Elements: Susan will demonstrate the basic concept and process of creating large, complex pieces from smaller, repeatable kilnformed elements.

Jessica Loughlin

Concentrating Stillness: From inspiration to object – Jessica Loughlin will demonstrate her process of producing her serene kiln-formed glass pieces that ‘encapsulates the beauty of emptiness.

Paul Marioni

I Am In Motion: Paul Marioni will discuss in depth the concept of motion/moving light in glass.

Richard Marquis

Hot Slab Construction Demo: Demo involving electric kilns, glory hole, hot torches, respirators, silver suits, Kevlar gloves, sweat, and some yelling.

John Miller

35 Pounder with Cheese: The Blue Plate Special series started in 2001. It was inspired by my experience with old school diners as a kid living in New England. Salt shakers, Burgers, Dogs, Drinks and different types of fries are some of the objects that I memorialize in glass. A group of rag tag glassworkers will slam together a 35 LB. bacon cheeseburger with all of the “fixens.” A fat burger patty with tomato, lettuce, bacon, cheese and buns with sesame seeds is blown and solid worked using traditional glassblowing techniques in the hot shop and “prepared” just the way you like it “Hun.”

James Minson

Chandelier Construction: Flamework Chandelier construction will be the subject of this demonstration in a somewhat unusual and non-traditional approach to the very traditional object of the classical chandelier.

MOG Hot Shop Team

Kids Design Glass: Design Your Own Vessel (DYOV) is an exciting core program at the Museum of Glass where children enjoy a hands-on art project based on what they have seen in the Museum. These young artists are encouraged to exercise their creative talents to produce an original design and submit it for the Design Your Own Vessel contest. Not only do the finalists get to watch their designs being made and direct the process, but they also get to take them home. The Hot Shop Team often find the children's designs are some of their most challenging and enjoyable projects. Following the same program profile, the Museum will partner with Portland schoolchildren for designs, select a design, and create the work on two consecutive days. Families will be invited to the public demonstration. One completed piece will be for the young designer, the second piece will be donated to the GAS on-site auction.

Klaus Moje

Roll-Up with a Virgin Team: A new found team will continue the glory of the great Australian roll-up. A technique born out of the desire to extend the envelope of kiln-formng techniques and add a new facet to glass making will be demonstrated. The base for the demo is a panel, prefabricated by myself, that in the hand of an outstanding gaffer will turn into a creation that is reflecting the marriage between kiln-work and glass blowing. There is no other place better in the history of kiln-forming than Portland to document this.

Catharine Newell

Taking a Powder ... Developing a Language: Going beyond simple technique in order to develop and refine an intuitive and original approach to powder and frit work.

Michael Plane


Sally Prasch

Lampworking to Neon: In this presentation we will see how to construct a borosilicate glass sculpture that will later be filled with neon gas and illuminated. We will also have a discussion and PowerPoint presentation on how to work on a glass lathe; going over different configurations of torches and how to maximize fuel efficiency. So come on; wake up a little early and have some fun. This presentation will be followed by Fishman and Crook, some of the best neon artists around.

Tom Prochaska

LESS and LESS: In this talk and demonstration, artist Tom Prochaska will share his experience working with the glass medium over the past ten years at Bullseye Glass. About this presentation, Tom says: “I plan to share my experiences as a painter and printmaker, finding my way through the complex fantastic world of glass. How I was introduced to all of the seductive material, colors, and techniques, eventually finding my way to reduce and clarify characteristics that fit my language.” The presentation will include techniques and examples of Tom’s process, with a portion of time reserved for open discussion with participants.

Ethan Stern

The Diamond Life: Ethan Stern will demonstrate various cold working techniques in relation to his own work as well as age-old methods of carving glass.

Helen Stokes

The Honeycomb Mold - Natures Technology: The honeycomb mold comes from the frontiers of the Pacific Southeast of Australia and was pioneered and developed in Melbourne, Australia by Helen Stokes. Helen’s quest to cast a form that was previously impossible led her to engineer a stronger mold that incorporated a honeycomb structure within the walls. Less plaster and silica is required to construct the mold. Therefore, the mold takes less time to dry. Hot air that is trapped by the honeycomb provides a uniform thermal barrier around the glass. The honeycomb mold has many potential applications for glass and metal casting. However the mold is still in its infancy and only through carefully documented experimentation will there be greater understanding of this mold so that it may evolve and we can expand its use into new areas of casting.

April Surgent

Cold Shop Shake Up: A look at the Bullseye exploration session, with Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent : In August of 2007, Harcuba and Surgent were hosted by Bullseye Glass to experiment with innovative ways of cutting on kiln formed glass. Learn what they discovered together with the resource team.

Cappy Thompson

Going Public in Painted Glass: How I Grew My Work from Vessel to Curtain Wall.: This lecture-demo presents Cappy’s process of completing large-scale paintings. How-to topics include firing enamels on float glass, laminating techniques, and working with fabricators.

Teresa Turner


Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Jasen Johnsen

Flying Owl: We will be sculpting, along with our team, an owl perched in a birch tree. Trying to make it both exciting and life like. If anything it will be fun.

Hiroshi Yamano

Making From East To west series “Nagare”: Demonstration of "Nagare"


Computers: Beyond Design : What effect do new digital technologies have on the glass / art-making process? Today’s studio artist can shape graphite molds with computer controlled milling machines or cut sandblast stencils with an affordable knife-wielding plotter. Small programmable memory chips can control kinetic art sculptures making them responsive to environmental factors. The panelists will discuss how their art ideas converge with computer technology to form finished works of art. The will be a glossary of technological terms distributed to all audience members.
The Glass is Greener : Greener?" As a culture, we must downsize our carbon footprint byreducing energy consumption, especially that of fossil fuels.
The Artist/Gallery Relationship: Have We Got It Right? : Why are there so few professional commercial galleries specializing in glass? What is the role of the gallery, and is it time that an industry standard be established for the continuing success of our glass artists, and the industry as a whole?
Creating Tradition: American African Glass Artists :The first historical overview of the participation of African Americans in American art glass, with a focus on contemporary artists.

Collecting Panel : This panel on collecting will examine and discuss collecting trends over the past few decades.

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