RAGSFest 2019 Instructor Bios

We've got a wonderful group of instructors for this year's RAGSfest classes.  Full Class Schedule can be found here
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Jesse Baines

Rainbow Artistic Glass - Omaha, Nebraska

Member of RAGS

Classes teaching: Crackle Technique and Lacy Technique


Michael Dupille

Michaeldupille.com - Seattle, Washington

Seattle resident Michael Dupille has worked in art his entire career, as both creator and educator. Experienced in a variety of media including animation, illustration, print, and textile design, he continues to challenge himself through invention and innovation. His introduction to glass began in the early 1970's at Central Washington University's glassblowing program. Since the late 1980's he has worked extensively with glass, having developed and refined a technique for 'painting with glass', using crushed glass in combination kiln fired methods called Fritography. Michael is recognized as a pioneer in the field of kiln formed glass, especially in the area of mold making and kiln casting. He has done design work for Bullseye Glass, was a guest artist at Uroboros Glass and instructor at The Camp Colton Glass program, and his creative input is well featured in Boyce Lundstrom's foundational books on kiln formed art glass techniques. His work is highly collectible and his numerous private and public commissions include projects for the The Field Museum, Chicago, and the Seattle Mariners.


Classes teaching: WaterColor Effect, Frit Sandwich


Patty Gray

www.pattygray.com - San Marcos, California

Patty's personal objective is to never stop learning, continue to experiment with glass and explore its possibilities without limiting herself to traditional methods. She was an art student in college working primarily in clay when introduced to glass blowing in 1973. She and her husband built their first glass blowing studio in 1975. She began working with fusing glass in the early 80's. There was not a lot of information available at that time, so she did a lot of experimenting. Patti and her husband have been producing architectural fused/cast glasswork for installations in major hotels, public buildings and private residences for over 12 years. During this time, she has had many opportunities to experiment and advance her creative ambitions with glass on personal projects. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections and has been shown in galleries and exhibitions.



Classes Teaching: Advanced Bowls and More (2 Offerings)

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Susan Hirsch

Fire Fusion Studio - San Marcos, California

An artist whose work embodies bold design and clear focus. She holds a B.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Herron School of Art. Her 25 years in Graphic Design has garnered critical acclaim as a Creative Director and Graphic Designer. Seven years ago she took a beginning fusing glass and fell in love. She opened Fire Fusion Studio and has been showing, selling and teaching glass classes at her studio in San Marcos Ca. and at Rayzist Photomask in Vista Ca. Her studio was featured in Decor and Style magazine and she was featured by San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles magazine as one of San Diego's top 10 Artists in their "Stars" issue in 2012.

Classes Teaching: Detailed Imagery

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Julie Orchard

Stained Glass Garden - Berkely, California

Member of RAGS


Classes teaching: Silhouette Mood Lamps


Zoi Sandy

Glass Endeavors - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Member of RAGS

Classes teaching: Silly Birds

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Judy Shumway

Glass Garden LLC - Janesville, Wisconsin

Member of RAGS

Classes teaching: Beyond Strip Cutting - Filling the void

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Janine Stillman

Designs by Ja9 - Arroya Grande, California

Janine Stillman began exploring stained glass over 30 years ago as a creative diversion from the rigors of a Master's Degree program. While raising her family, she explored fiber art and was particularly enamored with the process of fabric marbleizing and the beautiful designs that can be created with the fluid motion of color. Translating these patterns into glass has been her journey and she has earned recognition throughout the glass community by developing designs that take this art form to new levels. Janine owns Designs by Ja9 Glass Studio where she creates gallery quality art pieces and shares her love of glass with students and friends. As a certified No Days Instructor, Janine has developed strategies and techniques to maximize the success and effectiveness of this new and exciting medium.


Classes Teaching: Murrine and More, Paint, Pull and Pour

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Scandia Wood

Scandia Glass Art - Woodinville, Washington

In addition to teaching glass fusing workshops, Scandia also provides educational and technical services support for Oceanside Glass & Tile®. She was the Marketing Manager at 

Spectrum Glass Company for ten years.


Scandia spends the majority of her free time on her personal glass art endeavors, with a focus on Frit painting. Scandia holds a BFA from The University of Texas @Austin.

Classes teaching: Frit Shading