Sharon Dunham

Sometimes it is the simple boldness of geometric patterns or the contrast of images in black and white; other times it is the remarkable beauty of our colorful environment – people, landscapes and cityscapes – that captures her imagination.

Sharon was introduced to the colorful world of stained glass during her college days in Eugene. After a long hiatus, she returned to creating glass projects when she moved to Portland in 1982. More recently, she had switched from this cold glass technique to learn the art of warm or kiln formed (fused) glass. At times things tend to be cyclical; keeping true to her glass roots she currently teaches a weekly stained glass class at the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center.

Sharon has been involved in the Oregon Glass Guild (OGG) for many years serving in the past as the organization’s Membership Chair, State Secretary, past Co-President of the Portland Chapter and as the current Newsletter Editor. She has participated in a number of shows including many years in the Oregon Glass Guild’s Glass Gallery show at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). She has been juried into the Celebration of Creativity show three times. The Oregon Convention Center and Travel Portland have both commissioned her to create awards for OCC’s high end vendors and for its 20th Anniversary celebration as well as developing an annual Twin Spires Award for Travel Portland.

It had been difficult balancing her desire to create glass art while working at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Having recently retired, she looks forward to devoting more time to her passion for creating glass art.

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