DEBORAH BARNARD IS AN ACCOMPLISHED FUSED GLASS ARTISAN AND CO-OWNER OF
ONE OF THE TEN LARGEST WINERIES IN WASHINGTON STATE
Deborah Barnard Turns Warm Glass into Hot Art
RICHLAND, WA: – In 1980, Washington wine pioneer and fused glass artist, Deborah Barnard, moved to Washington and married Rob Griffin. Barnard Griffin winery was established in 1983. In its first year, 400 cases of Fume Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling were produced. In its second year, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were added to the production list. Deborah and her husband built a winemaking facility in Richland in 1996. Barnard Griffin has now become one of the largest privately owned Washington wineries and an important stop on any winery tour.
Deborah’s journey with glass began in college with stained glass. In 2004, Deborah returned to glass only this time using heat; kilns and torches. After taking classes at Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, Oregon, Deborah continues to define her glass techniques from beads to fused glass and into architectural elements. Deborah opened her warm glass studio, “db Studios,” at Barnard Griffin Winery in the Fall 2007 and became a Bullseye Resource Center selling Bullseye sheet glass in Fall 2008. Classes in warm glass are taught at the winery.
The primary focus of her work in glass has its roots in many years of sewing and a love of textiles. Deborah enjoys blending unexpected color combinations of glass and working with nature themes. To enhance her art work, Deborah often includes glass elements she has made in a torch flame. Her current work explores the reactive qualities of metal elements contained in glass.
Most recently precious metal components have been added to reactive glass for special effects in her work of late 2009 and early 2010. Also during this same time, Deborah has used several different types of glass including powders and vitrigraph to “paint” images onto glass. Special depth effects are achieved by firing separate layers in the kiln and then continuing to fire a second or even third time.
Current popular motifs include wine glasses with red wine and petals either expressed as a flower or individually. At this point the work centers on utilitarian items such as trays, bowls and plates. Deborah splits her incredibly busy time between creating artisan glass and producing artisan wines. “Glass art and art in a glass, we like to say,” says the smiling Deborah Barnard glancing around her Tasting Room and Fused Glass Gallery.
STUDIO & GALLERY:
Barnard Griffin is the only winery in the United States that contains a glass studio producing artisan works of fused glass. The glass artist is Deborah Barnard, co-owner of the winery. Glass works are on display and available for sale in the tasting room. The winery, tasting room and glass arts studio are located at 878 Tulip Lane in Richland, WA.
About Barnard Griffin
Barnard Griffin is a family-owned winery in Richland, WA and the tenth largest in the state by volume. Co-owners Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard have been garnering international acclaim under the Barnard Griffin label since 1983, and Rob Griffin has been making exceptional wines in Washington State since 1977. Barnard Griffin produces more than 70,000 cases per year including Barbera, Cabernet-Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ciel du Cheval Merlot, Fume Blanc, Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé of Sangiovese, Semillon, Syrah, Syrah Port, Viognier, and Zinfandel.
Barnard Griffin produces two labels; both available through retail stores, wine clubs and online wine venues. The Reserve Label wines are crafted in very limited quantities from the best vineyard lots in the region, using European, French and American oak. Barnard Griffin’s signature Tulip Label wine, one of Washington State’s most recognized wines, is available across the country.
Barnard Griffin selects its grapes from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley including Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Columbia Gorge and other AVA’s. Barnard Griffin works with small family growers and favors long-term contracts with dedicated acreage for vineyard continuity and quality. The winery is a strong supporter of wine tourism (Oenotourism) in the state, and is an important stop on any tour of Washington’s best wineries.
Among the winery’s many accolades, their 2008 Tulip Riesling was voted by WINE SPECTATOR Magazine as one of the “TOP 100 Most Exciting Wines of 2009.” In January of this year, Barnard Griffin’s 2009 Rosé of Sangiovese received a Gold medal in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE’s Wine Competition. This is the fifth year in a row that Barnard Griffin’s Rosé has won gold or better in this; the largest American wine competition in the world. In 2006, Barnard Griffin was voted “Winery of The Year” by WINE PRESS NORTHWEST Magazine. For more information, clink on the link: www.BarnardGriffin.com, email: info@BarnardGriffin.com or call: (509) 627-0266.
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