Ruth Brockmann (1955-2013) studied at Clark Community College and The Evergreen State College. After college, Ruth began a small business selling handmade leather crafts and later studied the art of creating stained glass windows. Her connections in the stained glass field led her to collaborate with others to re-discover the ancient art of kiln-fused glass. She assisted and taught several courses at Pilchuck Glass School and Camp Colton Glass Program. Starting in 1982 she designed and created a series of glass masks depicting various emotions and/or aspects of nature. Her pieces were displayed and sold in galleries and museums around the country. One of Ruth’s pieces is in the permanent collection at Corning Museum of Glass in New York. In addition to her gallery work, she designed and created many architectural glass commissions in the Pacific Northwest, including pieces for the Oregon Arts Commission, the Washington Arts Commission (which has 18 of her works in their personal collection), and the Driftwood Library in Lincoln City, Oregon.