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Carol Mapes

I grew up in Fresno & left to attend UC Berkeley. I have lived in the East Bay ever since graduating from Cal  After college, I worked as a biochemist at Western Regional Research Center (USDA) in Albany. Tiring of basic research, I moved to Mills College, where I was a lab manager for the Biology Dept. Along the way, I attended Golden Gate University, where I received an MBA in Finance. I have used my MBA as a real estate broker and, for the last 20 years, as an independent residential appraiser.

Tom and I began our interest in glass with Donald Carlson’s work, from Seeker’s Gallery in Cambria, Val Surjean’s work from Nourot’s Benicia Gallery, & Wendy Saxon’s early work from Petri’s Gallery in San Rafael. Neither of us can remember when we got serious about glass, but we think is was about 2006 or 2007 with a trip to Ashland, where we found the Davis Cline Gallery, which brought things to a whole new level. In 2008, we attended SOFA New York as part of an Oakland Museum Art Guild trip and were seriously hooked!

We joined GLANC in 2009 and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting fellow collectors and artists, touring local studios and homes, and, of course, taking part in regional trips.

We have one adult son and a 10-year-old grandson. We have lived in Orinda since 1978. We have been fortunate to have travelled over the years to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, China, and, best by far, to see the animals in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

I have been active in the Oakland Museum Women’s Board & Council on Architecture.  My favorite pastime is playing tennis.

 

Laurie Greenberg

My interest in glass began over 30 years ago when I joined a “stained glass” class through my local recreation department.  The first words the instructor said were that  “we would either love the medium and continue being involved with it, or we would hate it and never again touch a glass cutter.” I was one of the former glass students and have had an ongoing “love affair” with glass since then.

I went on to fabricate several window panels and other items for myself and my family. And then, I met Susan Longini for whom I became an assistant, colleague, and forever friend. Susan took me to the next level with private commissions teaching me the techniques and skills that allowed us to create beautiful and lasting pieces of art.

After a rather long hiatus where we were both very busy raising our families and pursuing other endeavors - me making use of my teaching background running a successful learning center business and Susan, continuing to develop her glass career – we again joined forces in Susan’s studio to continue where we left off. At this time, I became involved with GLANC through a wonderful trip to Prague where my husband, Alan, and I met so many lovely people and phenomenal glass artists and found ourselves becoming collectors. We haven’t stopped since and we continue to experience the wonders of a medium that allows so much light into our life.

I hope to continue my involvement with glass through GLANC. The associations I have made with fellow glass enthusiasts – both collectors and artists – has been very rewarding. I believe that it is extremely important to provide support to those just starting out as well as those who have been involved for a long time. In this day, when technology seems to be the focus of most of what we see and do, art and artists need us to promote and support their contributions to our community. Working with and through GLANC is one way I can play a small part.

 

Thomas Kasten

My Mother and I were going to attend the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Across the street was the Sawdust Festival, and in the middle of the festival, there was a small hot shop surrounded by chicken wire in which an artist (Bruce Freund) was blowing glass vessels. I was mesmerized by the process, the glowing molten glass and how he added color and formed the shape. Before I knew it, I had spent about 3 solid hours watching the process and returned the following day for another 2 hours. Unbeknown to me, my Mother purchased one of his pieces for me as a birthday present which I still have and love.

Then, several years went by during which I met Larry & Gladys Marks and Chuck & Marilyn Meier who would become our best friends. Both have extensive and beautiful glass collections. Larry had been mentored extensively by both the Saxes and the Roses. I loved visiting their homes and seeing their glass collections.

One day, they told me enough of just admiring and being an innocent bystander, I needed to get involved, so they took us to our first BAGI dinner and auction. Needless to say, we got hooked, and my wife, Kendra, and I bought our second piece (the first being a small glass glove when we were in Murano, Italy). It was a fairly painless way to start as I was being mentored by Dorothy Saxe, Jerry Rose, Larry and Chuck. With their guidance and advice, I began to formulate my glass aesthetic. The next stop was a glass gallery in Oregon, and I bought two more pieces, and as they say, "it was off to the races." I find that I am constantly staring at our pieces (the ones that aren't in storage) and seeing how light plays off and through the surfaces from various angles. It is absolutely mesmerizing.

What I love about the medium is the how the glass artist forms, molds, and shapes the pieces through heat and pressure and the application of various tools at just the right time. I love the way light plays through the glass, and the colors achieved are incredible. I love the interpretive shapes. I never get tired of looking at studio glass and am constantly trying to educate myself about the history of glass, the various processes used to create and shape the art, the artists who have such great influence on the art, and the actual manufacturing process of glass itself. We love the glass community. They are so friendly, willing to share their knowledge, and to open their collections for others to see. We have met many wonderful people at glass events and on trips.