I started the AlderHouse some 45 years ago after graduating from Portland State U. with a degree in painting and drawing.While at PSU, I took a one week workshop in glass-blowing and was fascinated by it. The painting and drawing degree was put aside for the fascinating world of blown-glass.The workshop that I had taken had hooked me and for the better part of my adult life has kept me happy and looking forward to the workday.
Some years later Anne joined me and has been blowing glass for the past 30 years or so. A native of western Nebraska, she moved to Oregon to take a teaching position at Oregon State U.. We met at the studio and were married a couple of years later. She quit her position at the university and is now working at the Alder House. She has developed a style of her own adding a feminine touch to the inventory.
Old friend Kyle Gribskov joined the AlderHouse in 2009. This is his second time at the studio as he blew his first piece here in the early 80’s. After studios in the Portland area, he has set up in Skamawaka, Wa. where he continues his skillful and creative way with glass for part of the year. He brings a new look to the inventory at the Alder House as well as an informative narrative for our visitors.
Treasure Collupy also commutes from Skamakawa to flesh out our staff. He was born and reared in that small community and after a brief stay in Seattle returned home where he was asked to help at Kyle’s studio. This changed the direction of his life and he has been working with glass since.He brings his youthful enthusiasm and tireless work ethic to the studio. He is a visitor favorite with his easy-going demeanor and friendly style.
Our son Ian joins us at the studio in the summer and is getting quite adept at the craft. His name is Ian Banth and he is now a freshman in honors college at Oregon State and is thinking of pursuing a degree in engineering.. He loves his tennis and basketball. He is looking forward to learning a bit more glassblowing this year although he is becoming quite the journeyman.. He now spends several hours each week during the summer and has gone well beyond just doing raindrops. His vases and glasses have found an audience and have gone home with many of our clients.