Welcome to Fernhill Glass Studios.....
Thanks to all our friends who attended our nd Anniversary. Here is a link to more pictures of activites.
Why Claude is Great!
(buy his work)
A son of Portland, the artist became ocean-touched at age seven, when due to his mother's allergies, he and a brother began living summers in Lincoln City, exploring coastal life and tide pools,
"all day, everyday."
Subtle shifts of light mirroring the play of water and a bright, palette, define much of Claude's work. Twenty-five years experience in the field of stained glass and 13 more at Portland's Uroboros Glass Studio melded a rare skill set. From aesthetics to glass chemistry, Kurtz expertly balances spontaneity and choice in creative use of color and shape.
A class in glass blowing in 1990 ignited a more personal passion for hot glass work, which found him assisting his own teacher (Kyle Gribksov, Skamokawa, WA) by 1996.
In 2000 Claude began a 10 year partnership running The Gorge Glashaus, a demonstration Studio and Gallery at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale.
Most recently, Fernhill Glass in Astoria (opened in 2004 with Chris) has moved to the Fort George area of Astoria's historic waterfront on the Columbia River.
Feel free to drop in from 11:00am to 6:00ish most days (see Hours on sidebar) for sales and demonstrations of creation. Watch heat transform minerals and metals into color and light, on the water.