Renowned Lincoln City glass blower Kelly Howard will be the speaker at the Coastal Arts Guild lunch in Newport on Thursday, Feb. 1.
Howard, one of the co-owners of Lincoln City Glass Center, settled in Lincoln City in 2005 after a globetrotting education that included time living in Australia, Spain, Italy as well as extensive travel throughout Europe.
Born in St. Charles, Illinois, Howard began her glass making career as an undergraduate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, while on a presidential merit scholarship in the 1990s. Her background is primarily in metal casting, fiber and painting. She has taken classes at Pilchuck glass school in Washington; Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina; Corning Studio, New York; and Oregon’s Eugene Glass School.
Her work is well known for her unusual use of layering and her ability to work with the chemical reactions caused by the metals used in glass color. She is inspired by nature and vibrant color.
“My work in glass is about color and form,” she said. “My work in the last few years has developed in a direction that is much more painterly and experimental.”
Howard’s talk will begin at 11 am at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, followed by lunch.
For more information and an invitation to attend, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599.