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 Artist's Statement

I begin with an idea or feeling that I want to create in glass.  The malleable nature of glass makes it the perfect medium for exploration.  I am drawn to the way glass interacts with light and its seductive qualities of transparency, translucency and reflection.

My work is influenced by the kaleidoscope of colors and textures found in nature. Growing up in Walla Walla, Washington which is nestled against the Blue Mountains in a valley oasis, I was inspired by the changing landscapes of four distinctive seasons. Further intrigued by the majestic beauty of the Puget Sound region, I moved to Tacoma where I began my study of kiln fired glassworking under the tutelage of many prominent glass artists.

It is intensely satisfying to me to transform cut sheets of glass, metals and powders into unique objects that are defined by their texture, color and design.  Exploring new techniques and researching different methods of expressing myself artistically has created exciting new challenges for me.       ~ Kathy Porter



In a process that takes several days, kiln fired glass begins with sheets of special art glass that are hand cut and layered. The pieces are fused together in a kiln at 1450º. Then the glass is cooled slowly in a procedure called annealing to produce a solid, stable form. For bas relief effects an additional fusing cycle is required. The last step is called slumping where the glass is placed back in kiln in a mold producing the final form. Crushed glass, powders, copper and precious metals are sometimes included in the piece as well as sandcarved designs.

About the Process



Curriculum Vitae


Selected Workshops


  • “Kiln Casting” Using the lost wax process. – Susan Balshor, Seattle, WA


  • “Dichroic Jewelry” – Carmen Daquila, Redmond, WA

  • “Special Projects - Lights & Sconces”, Mark Ditzler, Seattle, WA

  • Professional Glass Etching Seminar”, Aliento Glass School, Santa Fe, NM

  • “Powder: Colour, Components, and Crackle", Bob Leatherburrow, Calgary, AB, Canada

  • "Airbrush Workshop: Painting Enamels on Glass" - Raphael Schnepf, Milwaukee, OR



  • “Advanced Glass Workshop”, Bill Ayers, Redmond, WA

  • “Advanced Fusing Techniques”, Brock Craig, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

  • “Pate de Verre Workshop”, Delores Taylor, Seattle, WA

  • “Precious Metal Leaf Workshop”, Richard La Londe, Freeland, WA

  • “Fusing Frit Imagery”, Richard La Londe, Freeland, WA

  • “Invitational Special Projects Class”, Patty Gray, Redmond, WA

  • “Imagery in Fused Glass”, Avery Anderson, Eugene, OR

  • “Flaming and Fusing”, Robin Oakes, Seattle, WA



  • “Low-fire enamels, mica and oxides”, Tim Dorland, Portland, OR

  • “Fusing with Irids”, Jim Gregory, Portland, OR

  • “On the Edge”, Kerry Transtrum, Portland, OR

  • “Polishing, Beveling and Cold Working”, Kerry Transtrum, Portland OR

  • “Advanced Fused Bowls”, Patty Gray, Redmond, WA

  • “Glass Casting”, Clay Art Center, Tacoma, WA



  • “Beginning Kilnforming”, Mike Juetten, Tacoma, WA  


Selected Exhibitions and Invitationals


  • Selected by the City of Tacoma for a juried catalog of artist-made objects that may be purchased and presented to International Dignitaries



  • Que Syrah Syrah, Fire at Sunset, Tree of Luck  published in “Espial”,  a literary and art journal of
    Green River Community College

  • “Peas and Carrots” Group exhibition Helen S. Smith Gallery, Auburn, WA



  • 25th Annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Tasting & Auction

  • Slide Slam – Art at Work month, Tacoma, WA

  • Art Stop 10th Annual Silent Auction, Tacoma, WA

  • Juried Tile Show at the Phinney Community Center, Seattle, WA

  • Reaching Out Program, Comcast TV, Tacoma, WA


Professional Affiliations

  • Tacoma Arts Community

  • Artist Trust


Gallery Representation

  • Throwing Mud Gallery

  • Tacoma Glassblowing Studio

  • Northwest Unique

  • Rampart Gallery

  • Stadium Framing and Art Gallery

  • Kelley's Custom Framing Company & Gallery




Contact Information   For additional information on any piece please send email.



Also available for graphic and web design projects:

Kathy Porter


Rose Creative Studio - Graphic Design Go To Graphics Gal



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