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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 1B The ripples in this green bowl are simple and bold. Raymond favors abstract de- signs and bright colors. Fused glass pieces, like this one, are slumped over a mold in a kiln hot enough to turn the glass molten. Much of Cathy Raymond's art is "whimsical," as she describes it. Her glass pieces are cheerful, colorful primitive~ -- basic forms in energetic patterns. A dessert plate-sized piece is seemingly made to enhance a sunny day, a wel- come enhancement for a windowsill such as this. The MVAG art show in Graeagle gives the community a chance to meet their local artists, like Raymond, Clio glass artist. These glass Christmas trees were an instant hit the first year Raymond brought them to the MVAG art show and she sold all 20 in the first two hours. The next year, she sold more than 100 Photos by and took an order for 40 more. This year, she said she was suffering from "Christmas tree Diana Jorgenson burnout" and will make only 50. But she has made small Wall i~bcki~t~ andglas~ cr0~sses~ both .......... new to h~Fg~STi~e, ~hat sh~~s~c~er~t~ w~l ~e~e-q;Jaily as mmlL Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor Cathy Raymond is not a newcomer to Plumas County: she moved here when she was 13, but she is a newcomer to the world of art. So she says. She has been ftising glass together in beautiful colors and patterns for only the past five years and loving every minute of it. "I didn't really know that I had it in me," she said. Yet, this fall, the Mohawk Valley Artists Guild made her and her colorful world of glass the featured artist for the coming holiday fair. And glassware from her local studio, Clio Art Glass Design, is represented in a local shop and restaurant: Graeagle's Wooly Notions and Blairsden's Bonta St. Bistro. Glasswork is about the only art she's ever done, Raymond said, and she started with a desire to learn stained glass. In that Reno class, she learned to cut glass. She looked for another glassworking class to take and found one on fusing glass that fit into her schedule. 'I thought I'll try that -- and I just fell in love with it," she said, "I love it because you can be a little more Whimsical. With stained glass, you have to be so per- fect. I thought I might not have the patience for that. I love R that you can be a little off-the-chart with fusing." The process is relatively simple. First, you design a piece, then cut the glass and place the layers and pieces together, put it in the kiln (at somewhere around 1,450 degrees F) to fuse the pieces, and then re-fire the unified piece to slump over a mold to make a three-dimensional shape. There is also a certain amount ofi mish work, called "cold-working" which uses tools like a lap wheel, a ring saw and a grinder. Raymond has two kilns, one smaller one and another larger one that accommodates larger bowls and wall hangings. Most of her glasswork con- fired to a high temperature, one of her fused pieces de- sists of decorative dishes and Different glasses have dif- laminated in her absence ornamental plates as well as ferent melting points, differ- and she got the point. The trays, shallow bowls, wall ent stress levels and different crack or split can occur up to hangings-- even Christmas rates of expansion. Glass is a year later. This tree ornaments, coded numerically to catego- Today, all of her glass glass The tree ornaments were rize these differences. Glass- sheets, stringers, frit and (costing $30- an afterthought on her part blowers use Pyrex, a "hard" pieces are the same: 90 CLE. $40 for a 4" by 4" one year, but an instant suc- glass, while Raymond usesRaymond is eager to en- piece) has a very shiny cess with her customers. This what is considered a "soft" large her knowledge of glass: film over it, which makes it year, she has added wall glass, 90 or 96 CLE, it's a broad field and glass fu- very sparkly. pockets and crosses to her If you use glasses from dif- s ion is a small part of the "This is not a cheap hobby line of glassware, ferent numerical categories, techniques and repertoire of I've gotten myself into," she The most important thing it will be distressed during glassworkers. She has taken laughed. about fusing is using compati- the heating and cooling weeklong classes in glass fu- But she is all excited at the ble glass, she said. In stained process (that can take 18sion at the Sierra Nevada prospect of trying something glass, one can join any two hours). It will crack. College of the Arts in Incline new. She's especially excited types of glass and use as many Raymond didn't believe Village. Most recently, she because it will utilize equip- varieties as one likes in the this in the early days --took a class in Chico in glass ment that she already has but overall piece. This is not the everything seemed to be go- jewelry making, using a very has used very little up until case when the glass must be ing fine -- and then one day, expensive dichroic glass, now. She's making Christmas pins now, inspired by her lat- est class. "It refreshes you and gets your juices flowing again. I love doing the art but sometimes I'm more inspired than other times. Sometimes, I can be out here day after day after day, other times..." she added. She works at the Coyote Grill during the summers, she said, so she doesn't do much glasswork in the sum- Cathy Raymond is quite cozy in her glass art studio outside her home in Clio. The kiln with her in the picture is the smaller of the two kilns she uses to produce fused glass. The larger kiln can accommodate works up to 18 inches, She was currently firing some Christmas tree brooches -- a new addition to her line of glass art ~ and special for the Mohawk Valley Artists Guild Holiday Art and Craft Show held Thanksgiving weekend in Graeagle. mer. "I'm either working, or playing at Bucks Lake," she said. Raymond is very much the local. She moved herewith her parents when she was 13 and graduated from Quincy High School. She didn't go far: she and her husband Bob raised their two daugh- ters in Clio. Cathy and Bob Raymond recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniver. ! ike local artists, the Scenery inspires her in her art and she'sdone mountain and tree scenes in her glass designs. But other artists and their work inspire her, too. 'Tll see something and wonder how it will work in glass," she said. Raymond will be in attendance at the MVAG Holiday Fair and will enjoy showing the public her latest creations. She and other Plumas County artists will be showing and selling their work in Graeagle on Thanksgiving weekend. A Thanksgiving weekend tradition Mohawk Valley Artists Guild annual Art and Craft Fair Friday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Graeagle Fire Hall For many years now, shop- ping the weekend after Thanksgiving has been an American tradition. In the eastern end of the county, the Mohawk Valley Artists Guild annual Art and Craft Fair is the local tradition for as far back as any can remember. Featuring the latest works by local artists and some not-so-local artists: candles and hats, jewelry and crystal window hang- ings, woodwork and photography. Many creative pieces are geared for the holidays and gift giving. Each of the artists donates one of her products for drawing prizes. Winning tickets are drawn Saturday at the close of the fair, 3 p.m., and you need not be present to win. This is MVAG's largest fundraiser each year and the proceeds are distributed in support of local arts throughout the area. The event is always a wonderful time to meet your local artists and find out more about them and an opportunity to meet members of the Mohawk Valley Artists Guild as well.