Dave Winship of Glass Craft Inc and I have chatted about using Steider Studios Glass Medium with recycled powdered borosilicate glass since I first introduced this medium three years ago. We’ve run many experiments, culminating in a recent batch of shells that Dave made and sent out to boro lampworkers to further embellish. The shell above is embellished by Beau Tsai, an amazing artist.
The borosilicate glass shells were made by Dave Winship using Steider Studios Glass Medium, frozen in candy molds then fired at low temperatures. The piece above was further embellished by Jennifer Umphress, another incredible artist.
“The consensus is that getting the virgin material to lamp onto the freeze & fuse matrix is tricky, but nonetheless possible.” Photo above is Mike Shelbo’s enhanced version of Dave’s shell.
Imaginative photo above is by John Spencer of Blackey Glassworx.
The temperatures Dave used for boro freeze & fuse shells was in the 1500f to 1600f range, soaking for up to 30 minutes. Dave advises “Of course the various process temperature and soak times lead to differences in shrinkage and loss of detail – but those are the general profiles folks can experiment with.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Steider Studios Glass Medium, I use it with soft glass powder to make a paste that I can sculpt, make paste pattern bars; and press into candy molds for freeze and fuse. As you can see in the photos above its adaptable to borosilicate glass powder as well.
Here are a couple tutorials I’ve written about using it with soft glass: Glass Clay, a Step by Step Tutorial using Steider Studios Glass Medium and Using Steider Studios Glass Medium in Candy Molds
May 14, 2013
My last show of the season is this weekend in Corbett Oregon at the Corbett Grade School. I’ll have glass garden art, jewelry, photography and more to share with you.
A glorious scenic drive takes you to the western part of the Columbia River Gorge. Take the Corbett exit off I84, come up the hill & turn right on Historic Columbia River Hwy. The grade school is just down the highway at 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A fundraiser for Corbett Education Foundation, this is one of the best spring shows I participate in. Festive, friendly and fun you won’t find more creativity and wonderful artists anywhere else. The entire school is filled with amazing art and handmade fine craft with attention to detail. I always find treasures at this show for gift giving and additions to my personal collection.
Not to mention a free lunch! Donations accepted for a fantastic grilled cheeseburger with sautéed onions and mushrooms. I can’t wait & hope to see you there!! Let me know you follow my blog!
April 25, 2013
My car is packed and I’m ready to set up my booth today for Oregon Glass Guild’s Glass Gallery this weekend. Held in conjunction with Gathering of the Guilds at Oregon Convention Center, Portland Oregon April 26, 27, 28 it’s the largest artist run art show west of the Rockies.
It takes me almost a full day to set up my booth for a three-day show like this. You can see pictures in this link from last year’s show.
Knowing I’m about to miss a gorgeous long weekend, I decided to spend the afternoon in my garden.
I noticed this little chickadee leaving a bird house so decided to wait & watch for a bit.
He’s building a nest! I love the sound of baby birds each spring.
We have a swarm of hummingbirds defending territory. I’ve posted photos on my Facebook page, but will soon add them to An Artist’s Garden also.
It was a lovely afternoon sharing the sun with this little guy, the birds, bees and butterflies! Hope to see you at Oregon Convention center for Gathering of the Guilds this weekend!
777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd in Portland Oregon. Hall C. Friday 10 – 9; Saturday 10 – 7; Sunday 10 – 5.
April 22, 2013
As usual, the day after a weekend art show I have no energy for anything except enjoying nature.
It’s Earth Day, so I celebrated by observing and photographing the wondrous creatures around me.
I planted a few flowers, pulled a couple of weeds, then took more photos. 901 to be exact.
I had a great day. Happy Earth Day to you!!
This weekend, April 20 and 21, Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa presents Art of the Gorge! One of the Blossom Festival Weekend events in Hood River, we have a Facebook event page for our show. Please click the link and say you’ll join us! I’ll be there with kiln-formed glass and photography.
Saturday 4/20, 1pm until 7pm; with a reception to meet the artists from 5 until 7pm.
Sunday 4/21 9am until 2pm.
A glorious setting, you can stroll the magnificent grounds, enjoy delectable food, and even spend the night at this historic hotel.
See you there!!
April 15, 2013
The Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour was a huge success for all. It was one of my best in the 15 or more years that I’ve been hosting a studio sale.
Before I begin packing and storing all my work I want to thank everyone who stopped by my studio this weekend. We had so much fun seeing old friends and meeting new friends.
I loved hearing all the compliments! If you know who it was at the Lyle Winery (could it have been Syncline?) telling everyone not to miss my studio, I’d love to thank that person with a token of my gratitude!! A favorite moment was the little girl examining all my jewelry, who exclaimed she’d “never seen anything so pretty and sparkly before”.
My studio helpers, Angela, Jean & Cathy were awesome, as always!! By the way if I didn’t get a chance to tell you, the wine I served was from Cathy’s 30 year old vineyard, DemiAnni Family Winery. Alex planted and tended his grapes all those years ago and now makes a fabulous wine. We have the beginning of a Facebook page set up, so please go ‘like’ their page, DemiAnni Family Winery!
Treasure, my door greeter was so tired by Sunday afternoon that she simply gave up the ghost and napped in the midst of us all. She deserves a long hike tomorrow! Thank you everyone for your continued support. Whether you came to my studio, purchase my work from a local gallery or buy on-line, I could not survive without you!!
March 26, 2013
The invitations are going out today for my annual studio sale. To be sure all my glass looks its sparkly best I scour out my cabin, clear the winter cobwebs and even wash windows to let warm sunlight wash over each piece.
All my books and personal possessions are packed away, making room to display everything. I love this time of year when I get to see my entire body of work, from the ‘discontinued’ glass of yesteryear to the newest work I’m most passionate about.
If you plan to join me on April 12, 13, 14 and need directions, send me an email – linda at steider studios dot com.
I have a limited number of complimentary maps that will lead you to all the other artists on the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour. If you’d like one reserved please let me know right away.
In addition to the flurry of preparations I’m still in my studio producing more! Ladybugs are flying out the door from my solo show at ‘The Nook’, as well as buggettes and wall pocket vases. I’ve replaced my work several times, because it goes home as its purchased.
This is the last week to see my show at The Nook as well as the Preview Show for all the artists participating in the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour. Columbia Center for the Arts is at 215 Cascade in Hood River.
Hope to see you here for my studio sale on April 12, 13 and 14.