Terminus: Jeffers Glacier by Mia Wyatt

a decorative line divider with curled ends and a snowflake at the center.
Two stained glass depictions of the same mountain peak. In the first, the glacier is larger than in the second.
1962 and 2015
"There was a strange synchronicity in finishing this project before I left Washington to travel for a few months. I moved to the PNW in 2014 to work in the Olympics as a tour guide in the Quinault rain forest - captaining a small pontoon boat on the lake and leading folks via coach around the forest and park; I’d only ever dipped my toes onto the peninsula, but I was captivated, and have always found my way back since.

"When I saw the open call for the Terminus residency, I knew right away I desperately wanted to be involved. They called this project 'an artistic eulogy, a river you could skate away on, a love poem to a changing planet.' My ode is to the Jeffers glacier, which is shrinking away in the Queets Valley, right next door to the portion of the park that I fell so deeply in love with nine years ago.
"The reference image from the first piece was taken in 1962, and the second, in 2015. I hope I’ve captured how drastically the ice field has diminished. All of the glass was mouth blown in Seattle at Fremont Antique Glass, the intention being to pay homage to the creativity and beauty of this state." -Mia Wyatt
a decorative line divider with curled ends and a snowflake at the center.

Meet the artist: Mia Wyatt

Mia Wyatt is a stained glass artist/painter/printmaker who predominately resides in Seattle, Washington. She is inspired by the natural world and travels as much as possible when not in her studio.

You can see more from Mia here on Instagram.

Two photos of the same glacier near a rugged peak, labeled 1962 and 2015. The glacial ice has receded drastically in 2010.

More about Jeffers Glacier

A large cirque glacier on the southeast slope of Mount Olympus above the Queets River. It was originally named the University Glacier but was renamed for Hugh Jeffers (a successful portrait photographer from Olympia) who tragically fell to his death in 1922 while on a photographic expedition to Mount Olympus.

a decorative line divider with curled ends and a snowflake at the center.

Last updated: May 30, 2023

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