This special OREGON ART BEAT features glass artists from around the state. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, December 30 at 8pm to see how four artists use this medium in different ways to fashion their unique creations.

Roger Crosta - This Nehalem artist quit his job as a building designer and contractor when he discovered glass blowing. Now Roger Crosta is one of two people in the country working in a new, yet ancient, process of glass blowing called ‘scavo.’

Chris Hawthorne - He’s one of the finest glass artists in Oregon. Chris Hawthorne’s signature vessels swirl in an enchanting display of color and texture. It’s a style he developed on his own in a remote studio on the southern coast. Watch him create these marvelous works of art and learn how this acclaimed artist came to call the tiny hamlet of Sixes, home.

Catharine Newell - Have you ever seen glass that looks like paper, crumpled with artful images peaking through? Portland glass artist Catharine Newell’s creations fool the eye and challenge your perceptions.

Mike Plane - Mike Plane spins superheated glass into exquisite sculpture. Every day the Eugene Glass School artist in residence is breaking the boundaries of glass art by building bigger and more adventurous pieces.

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OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at

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