“You COMB glass? HOW do you do THAT?”

Since we get asked that a lot, we thought it would be fun to share the glass combing process.

All of the pictures in this post were taken during the creation of our “Hot & Cold #4” sculpture.

Glass Preparation: After specially preparing a Stainless Steel form, strips of glass are cut from large sheets of glass and are placed on edge inside the form.


Into the Kiln: Once the form has been filled with glass strips, it is placed in a kiln. After the kiln temperature reaches about 1670° F (and after we have put on our safety gear), customized Stainless Steel rakes are used to move the molten glass around in various patterns.

With the kiln open, the glass temperature drops quickly. The glass hardens and can no longer be combed. There is only about 25-30 seconds each time the kiln is opened before the glass gets too cool/hard to comb. The process here is open kiln, comb, close kiln, reheat glass to about 1670° F and repeat this process until the combing pattern has been completed.


After Combing: The combed glass piece then slowly cools in the kiln for approximately 15-24 hours. After that, it is taken out of the Stainless Steel form, the edges are smoothed using bespoke grinders, saws and tools.

Back Into the Kiln: After the edges of the piece have been smoothed, it goes back into the kiln for about 24 hours to add a high gloss polish and further smooth out the edges.

Time: It takes about three days for a glass combing like this one to go from sheet glass to completed piece.  The end product is always colorful and unique!

The “Hot & Cold #4” combed glass sculpture featured in this post is currently available at Gallery North.

This Thursday Is Art Walk Night In Edmonds

Come and Enjoy the art work of

Sue Swapp and Bernadette Crider

This month’s featured artists’ show includes the beautiful wildlife and landscape paintings of Sue Swapp and the exceptional pottery of Bernadette Crider. Stroll through the gallery and enjoy the work of more than 20 artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet many of your favorite gallery artists.

Refreshments will be served.

In Memory of Brenda Hall


We are sad to hear of the recent passing of artist and former Gallery North member Brenda Hall. Brenda was a member of Gallery North for decades and was a treasured friend to so many in the local artist community. Her whimsical artwork and wonderful sense of humor brightened the lives of everyone she knew. We are so grateful for her life and for her art!

Obituary and Memorial Service Information





Beauty of The Northwest

8th Annual Invitational Show

Last Year’s Poster Winner

Dimitriy Gritsenko



Submit Entries Beginning June 15th

 In just 10 days on line registration will begin for the Beauty of the Northwest invitational juried show. Artists are invited to enter paintings or drawings that depict scenes or subjects representing the Pacific Northwest.

 This year’s juror will be award-winning artist Charlene Collins Freeman who specializes in watercolor and sketchbooking.


Get your Beauty of the NW prospectus here.

 “Three Arch Rocks” by Leslie Ann Hauer

 “Local Color” by Christine Forcucci


 2016 Entries

Poster Contest

by Lauriel Sandstrom

Whether it be the hint of light glistening on a deep golden beach canyon or the cool blue shadow cast on a departing sunset ferry, Gallery North is looking for a special painting that suggests the unique Beauty of the Northwest. The painting will be featured on the poster for our upcoming eighth annual juried show.

The painting selected receives the $100 Poster Award sponsored by Digital Canvas Northwest. Owner, Cary Cartmill has sponsored the award for a number of years. He offers professionally photographed images of an artist’s paintings that can be used for producing fine art prints, art show entries and web pages. Entries submitted to the juried show by July 9th will be considered for the Poster Award.


Dates To Remember

  • June 15th – Open For Entries On Line
  • July 9th – Poster Image Submission Deadline – 5 p.m.
  • August 10th – Show Submission Deadline
  • August 17th – Notification of Show Acceptance
  • August 31st – Artwork Delivery from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • September 1st – Show Opens
  • September 9th – Artists’ Reception from 1-4 p.m., Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m.
  • September 21st – Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.
  • September 30th – Artwork Pick Up from noon to 4 p.m.


 Featured Artists In June

Sue Swapp and Bernadette Crider


“Casey’s Glory” by Sue Swapp
Plum Bowl by Bernadette Crider

In The Details

Gallery North announces its June featured exhibit “It’s in the Details!” with painter Susan Swapp and potter Bernadette Crider. The artists shared love of details gives the show its name.

“My personal challenge is to incorporate a great deal of detail in my work to let the viewer feel as if they can reach out and stroke the fur on an animal or the feathers on a bird, see the ripples on water, or see the grasses or trees sway in the breeze.” Sue Swapp


The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments during the artists’ reception on Saturday, June 3, from 1 PM to 4 PM at Gallery North. There also is a reception during the third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds on June 15 from 5 PM to 8 PM. This exhibit runs through June 30.

Follow our blog for more information on this show.



“Cuervos en Dorado” by Kathleen A Johnson


Upcoming Events


  • June 1st – New Show Begins – Sue Swapp and Bernadette Crider
  • Saturday, June 3rd,  Artists’ Reception, 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 15th, Edmonds Art Walk, 5-8 p.m.

This Month’s Video

Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Gallery North will be open throughout the Memorial Day Weekend with regular store hours.


10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


“Moonlit Trees” by Kathleen A Johnson