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I’ve had a long and blissful art career working with pastels, fiber, clay, glass and photography.  I used my photography as reference material in each media and now that I’m semi-retired simply want to be outdoors, immersed in nature.

Steider with Big Lens

The more time I spend outside in nature, the more I want to be there.  I want to capture everything I see with my camera so you can see it too.  Something spiritual combined with luck and circumstance lead me to wildlife viewing opportunities, mostly in the Columbia River Gorge.  I feel incredible gratitude for each gift of a photograph that I receive.

I’ve sold my work since I was 16 years old, starting with macrame tie-dyed belts at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet back in the 60’s.  I also sold them to my high school teachers, neighbors and relatives.  I couldn’t stop making them.  To this day I can’t stop making things.  Although still making art glass, I’m mostly in the field with my camera now.

I’ve taken pictures since I was ten when I received a Kodak Instamatic camera for my birthday.  I used my photography as studio reference material for 25 years until friends told me that my photos were good enough to ‘show’.  I hope you think so too.

I’m beginning to think that my ultimate goal is sharing nature with people who can’t go where I go to see the magnificence of our natural world.  Not just shut ins, wheelchair bound, too infirm or too young, but also those that spend all their time at work or at home taking care of others.  I especially want people who can’t get out to know how spectacular nature is, in our back yard and beyond.

I have many images available for prints on paper, metal and canvas as well as all-occasion greeting cards.  Prints can be ordered in most standard sizes.  Purchase photos and art glass here.

See more of my work on Facebook, Instagram,  Pinterest, Twitter, Flickr, and here on my WordPress blog.  Just look for Steider Studios.

SteiderStudios@GlassGallery

Artist Statement:

I have always loved glass. It didn’t occur to me that I could work with it as a medium until a friend introduced me to kiln-formed glass in 1996. After 20 years as a fiber artist, I sold my fiber studio and began my adventure with glass. Color is an essential part of my work, as is having fun and taking time to play with this versatile medium.  I work in series to fully explore every color combination and direction that can be taken for each concept.

My work has been described as unique, ethereal, timeless and joyful.  Most of my work is decorative yet functional, from architectural installations to whimsical flower fairies for garden decor.  My Celestial Series bowls offer unique and colorful home decor; and my jewelry feels wonderful to wear.  An avid gardener surrounded by forest, I’m inspired by nature and wildlife.  Many of my designs incorporate lines and shapes found in nature.  I live a joyful life, and my work reflects that.  Our connections to one another are so important that I am incorporating that into my work with the use of spirals and other symbols.  They may be drawn on in 22k gold, or subtly blended with color.  From my studio to your home I send joy, color and a sense of affinity.

Bio:

Linda Steider of White Salmon, Washington has been working with kiln-formed glass since 1997 and began instructing on the national level in 2004.  Best known for her work with powdered glass, she has a unique perspective based on her 20 year background in fibers and pastels.  Steiderʼs award winning work (both in fiber and glass) has been shown nationally and internationally.  Her pieces are included in private collections across North America, Europe, and Japan.

Growing up, Steider was significantly influenced by the culture of the Yakama Tribe, and later, by the glitz of Hollywood.  That unlikely combination of cultures are woven into her art and personality.  A summer in Europe after high school sealed her desire to create art throughout her life.   Steider has lived in the Columbia River Gorge since 1984, constantly awed and inspired by the majestic beauty of it’s diverse landscape.

A co-founder for the Gorge Chapter of the Oregon Glass Guild, Steider has been instrumental in promoting glass throughout the region.  She was co-producer of ‘Glass in the Gorge’, ‘Blossom Glass Gallery’, and ‘June Glass Month’ in the Columbia River Gorge as well as curating numerous gallery shows highlighting creativity and glass at Columbia Arts.  Steider has taught beginning to advanced kilnforming classes locally; and specialized classes in kiln-formed glass across the country.    Living in the Columbia River Gorge provides unlimited inspiration.

 

 

 

14 Responses to “Artist Bio”

  1. chris storck Says:

    Linda,

    I love your birdbaths and other bowls. Do you have a current teaching schedule? I am also wondering if you coldwork the edges of the bowls (having just taken a weekend coldworking class)?


  2. Thank you so much, Chris!

    I do coldwork the edges of my bowls – takes a little longer, but I like a nice clean finish! I’m scheduled to teach at Cascade Glass Art in Redmond, WA June 12 – 14; & at D & L Art Glass in Denver CO July 21 – 23. Where are you located? Is there a venue near you that I should look into?

  3. chris storck Says:

    Linda,

    I could now respond with the reply on my email but wanted to thank you for the info about coldworking your bowls. What starts out as fusing for fun quickly has become a “how do I really make this art and professional”. Part of that answer is obviously coldworking…..

    Studios near me on the East coast that host visiting artists as you probably already know are Vitrum, Corning, Urban Glass and Pittsburgh Glass Center.


  4. Thanks Chris! You’re right, the more we know the more we realize there is to learn!! I’m constantly stretching & growing – it’s what I love about glass so much, there’s always something more to learn around the next corner! Never static, always evolving, challenging, & most important to me, FUN!!

  5. Renee Sande Says:

    Your jewelry is beautiful! Do you work with any recycled glass? I’m currently writing a story for the Spokesman Review’s Down-to-Earth Mag. about glass recycling.

    If you don’t, do you know of any jewelers in the area that use recycled glass?


  6. Thank you so much Renee, compliments are always welcome! As are mentions of Steider Studios glass or classes in publications!!

    I work with recycled window glass to create wall pocket vases. I also use it for simple bowls, coasters, birdbaths…etc. I use up scraps of art glass to make textured bowls, stepping stones (https://steiderstudios.wordpress.com/category/recycled-glass/), and so much more! Here is a link to the wall pockets from window glass & what I call my ‘puzzle bowlsl’ from art glass: http://www.steiderstudios.com/green-gifts-recycled-glass-art.html.

    My jewelry is mostly made from scraps of art glass, using up all leftovers from previous large projects. When I use dichroic glass, it may or may not be ‘leftovers’. Many of my earrings & bracelets are absolutely recycled glass. You can see specific examples in my ‘Sparkle’ series at my 1000 Markets page: http://www.1000markets.com/users/4977.

    My students also use recycled art glass for their projects in all my beginning kilnforming classes. They learn to not discard any scrap no matter how small. Nothing goes to waste in my studio!

    Thanks for your interest Renee, let me know if you choose to use my work in your article!

  7. Jim Marx Says:

    Linda,
    You do some very lovely glass work. I wish I chould be half as good. I was reading a thread on glass clay and you used something other than CMC. Can you tell me more and where to get what you use, like a mini tutoral? Thanks.


  8. Oh Jim, you’re too kind! I use a seaweed binder that I sell on my website to make what is now commonly called ‘glass clay’, a form of Pâte de Verre. Essentially you mix the binder with glass powder producing a glass paste, then you can form it, shape, or sculpt it. Keep in mind it’s still glass, so feels like wet sand, rather than elastic, smooth clay. I have a new binder that I’ve been testing and like a lot better and hope to release soon. I am planning a more in depth article about ‘glass clay’ soon, based on requests from my Facebook Fan Page! Stay Tuned!!

    Edit: I now use Steider Studios Glass Medium™, available on ArtFire:
    Regular size: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2071897
    Economy size: http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2071822


  9. I come from a very art savvy/creative family and have learned to love and appreciate the work of others. I must say, I love your work!!! Working with glass is a medium I have never tried myself but have always wanted to experiment with. (For the most part, I photograph, paint watercolors, and sketch). I will most definitely have to share your link with the rest of my family so that they can admire it as well.


  10. Thank you so much Ginny! I think some of my friends will be just as inspired by your blog as I was.

  11. willbdunn Says:

    Hi Linda!

    I just wanted to thank you for being a huge inspiration, not only with your work and teaching in glass, but with the delightful garden/nature inspired photographic explorations you generously share on your other blog. It appears we have more in common than a heart for glass 🙂 I thought I would let you know, I put your blog on my Blog Roll today…I’m just getting started with the whole blog thing, and was excited and humbled to see you visited. Thank you!


  12. Oh my gosh, it is I who am humbled to have YOU here reading my blog. And to be called an inspiration…I’m so honored!! Thank you.

  13. rickbraveheart Says:

    What a great bio, Linda. Your words as a vibrant as your work. Best wishes


  14. Thanks so much Rick, I appreciate your comment!


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