Copyright © Rae Grout, All rights reserved. Revised: June 5 , 2017
I lived in the Seattle area in the late 80’s and early 90’s working as a Process Engineer with a Chemical Engineering background. To keep up with the fast paced high tech industries I needed to continually take classes that ran the gambit in alphabet soup acronyms such as ISO-
After my marriage fell apart and my universe became unraveled I moved back to Montana with my 13 year old son. I built a house close to my parents and brothers houses and enjoyed the support and love of my friends and family. In 2002 my son was moving out of the house on his way to Portland to attend Portland State University. He gently encouraged me to branch out a little, in the kindest way he told me to get a life and start dating. Hanging out in a bars and looking for “a friend” was not my idea of fun ~ in my youth I had my share of those experiences (the drinking age was 18 when I was a teenager in Montana and getting into bars was loosely enforced) but at the mature age of 42 I was not up for the challenges.
I posted my profile on an on-
At the time I was working at a laser company. Every night after work I could hardly wait to get home and check my e-
After 6 months of swapping e-
When I initially drove to Bill’s farm in the Bitterroot Valley I fell in love with the beauty of the place. His house sits in-
I fell in love with melting glass. I was reminded as a little girl I would melt bottles in our campfires, maneuvering them and shaping them in the flames using sticks. One of the worst burns I had was pulling a melted bottle out of the coals the next day, it was still hot enough to burn my hand and crack as I was holding it. I had not yet learned thermal dynamics and the power of annealing glass. My first introduction to glass and the physics of glass. To this day the science of glass is more fascinating to me then the beauty of glass. Beautiful glass is just a byproduct of its real cool chemistry.
In 2003 I moved to the Bitterroot Valley to live with Bill, his daughter and become a full time glass artist. In 2004 Bill and I eloped. Since Lord of the Rings was our first date movie it was only fitting we have wedding bands from the Lord of the Rings collection. At the time we sold our glass art on-
The Story of Bill & Rae