GLANC Members Visit Shirley Roberts and Jaime Guerrero

On Saturday, April 1st, GLANC members visited two glass artists who both work sculpturally, but use very different methods.

We began our tour at the home of Shirley and Bruce Roberts. Shirley and Bruce, both avid glass collectors, started with a tour of their beautiful glass collection. Then Shirley, who does sculptural work using kiln casting, showed us her well-equipped studio and took us through the various steps of her kiln casting process. We then went to her gallery, located in her home, and were able to see many pieces that she had made while she explained how they were done.

After a delicious lunch at Minato Japanese Restaurant in San Jose, we went to the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) where Jaime Guerrero has been blowing glass.

Jaime was awarded the first Saxe Fellowship at BAGI's Great Glass Auction in January, 2006, and thus has been doing much of his work at BAGI in the recent months. Jaime creates hot sculptural glass figures representative of his heritage and culture. However, one of the GLANC members commissioned him to make a clown for our demo, and watching this process was truly amazing.

Both of the artists we visited are exceptionally talented, and the entire day proved to be a very enjoyable and educational experience.