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I can’t believe a month has gone by since my last post!

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Where has time gone?

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Where is my Rocking Chair – will sitting in one make time slow down?

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I need more time.  More time to just breathe.

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Life has been crazy busy and today I am forced into having that extra time to breathe.

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And to catch up.

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Because for the first time EVER I had to cancel my appearance at an art show.

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Even if I COULD carry my heavy boxes of glass across the ice to my car…

Steider Studios.Ice Storm-14…there’s no way my car will go UP my driveway.

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If you were planning to shop for holiday gifts from me you can still see my work online.

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You can click here for my Zibbet shop…..

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or you can click here for my Artfire shop.

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If you want to see my work in person, go to Columbia Arts in Hood River

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or Artisans Designs and Gallery in White Salmon.

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Hood River Jewelers has a nice selection of my bowls….

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J D Smith Jewelers in The Dalles has a selection of my jewelry….

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…and don’t forget the Hood River Holiday Pop Up Gift Store at Gallery 301 in Hood River!

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Back at ‘The Ranch”, there is half to one inch of ice covering everything.

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That includes my car, trash barrel, mailbox, garden and driveway.

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This morning I took my camera out to capture some of it.

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In a way it was pretty … and I AM catching up … and even breathing today!

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My bird sculptures are pretty in ice (made by Sherm Rouse).

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At least I’ll be toasty ‘weather’ I get out or not!  Hope you enjoy our winter wonderland and don’t get ‘stuck’ anywhere.

Steider Studios:  Finished Birdbath

Happy Father’s Day Weekend to all the men making a positive difference in the life of a child!  I’ve been working on a bird bath that was commissioned as a gift for a special Dad this week.  Below are my process photos:

Steider Studios:  Paula's Birdbath phase 1

Powdered glass is sifted in a pattern on top of a sheet glass substrate, then lines are drawn through the powder.  Disc is fired in a glass kiln for about 16 hours.

Steider Studios:  Second Layer of Paula's Birdbath

Second layer of glass powder is added to client’s bird bath, mimicking the first layer, but overlapping colors will be richer.  Lines are drawn alternating with the under-layer design.  Additional red accent dots are added to balance how bright the central red ring turned out.  Firing schedule includes a slow ramp up, long bubble squeeze and careful annealing.

Steider Studios:  Birdbath photographed in shade before slump

Out of the kiln, a bit of cold-working (grinding the edge to eliminate any rough spots and to form a perfect circle) then it will be almost ready to shape into a bird bath form.

Steider Studios:  Birdbath outside in sunlight.

I auditioned it in my sunlit garden to make sure the iridescent sparkle in the glass showed through these colors.  Next I add some lines of gold duplicating those drawn through the powder, then it’s ready for it’s final firing.

Steider Studios:  Birdbath Shaping in Progress

To shape the disc into a functional bird bath, I ramp the heat up slowly overnight so I can watch it and control the process the following morning at my leisure.  Center of glass slowly ‘drops’ or sags through the open center of a ceramic ring.  At 1200º it took about 35 minutes – may have taken less time if I weren’t introducing cool air every 3 minutes as I peeked to watch progress.

When I like the shape, I quickly ramp down to the anneal segment, then wait until the glass is at room temperature before removing it from my kiln.  A potter friend made this ceramic ring for me in a larger size than commercially available.

Next up some pendant lighting and a cool outdoor fence/gate project!!

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Friday February First

February 1, 2013

Steider Studios:  'Lavender Blue Mood'

Happy Friday!  Happy February!  Tonight is my opening for The Blues at Columbia Arts in Hood River.  30 artists have submitted wonderful work and I know I’ll see some of you there!  Columbia Arts hosts fabulous winter parties for their openings this time of year.

One week from today the Yard, Garden & Patio Show opens!  I’ll be in booth 659 near the display gardens.  Stop by, say hello and tell me you follow my blog.

Steider Studios:  Kiln-formed Glass Wall Pocket Vase

This morning I’ll be pulling new wall pocket vases out of my kilns.  I have lots of new glass for your home and garden PLUS….

Steider Studios:  Monarch ButterflyI’ll have new note cards made from my photographs AND some canvas wraps and metal prints that are absolutely stunning!  I am loving my new photographic efforts and results.

Get $2.00 off admission with this coupon:  YGP 2013 admission coupon

Steider Studios:  Peach Hibiscus

Next on my calendar is a mini-solo show at ‘The Nook’ at Columbia Arts.  It will open March 1st, in addition to work I’m submitting for the ‘Gorge Artists Open Studios Preview’ at Columbia Art Gallery with 29 other artists.

Steider Studios:  Textured with Green Dichro, Long

This just in, my jewelry is included in an article, ‘Top Jewelry Trends’ in Glossi Magazine!

April will be a killer month with an event each weekend, beginning with the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas – although my classes are not filling this year, so I may not get to go.  My open studio sale is the second weekend, followed by ‘Artists of the Gorge’, a weekend art show at Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River!  The last weekend in April is the largest show of my year, ‘Glass Gallery’ in Portland at the Convention Center.  The Gathering of the Guilds is the largest event of its kind on the West Coast and is always a must see.  If at all possible, plan to spend a couple of days perusing all the fabulous art at this show.  There is so much to see, so many artists and media that you’ll want to take home one of everything!

You will find my nature photographs above published as all occasion greeting cards in my Zibbet shop. Just click this link.

Introducing my new ‘Buggettes’, just in time for the Yard, Garden & Patio Show at the Oregon Convention Center.  I’ll be in booth #1481 near the Hardy Plant Society.   I have about two weeks left before the show opens on February 17th and always seem to come up with fun new ideas at the last minute! 

I always start with a sketch.  In this case a very simple sketch.  Next I make a pattern or template, cut out some glass & stack it up to see if it fits together.

I like to make prototypes in different colors to see where my idea might go.  If you noticed my sketch says ‘Blue Bug’, because that was my original idea – Blue Bugs to go with my Ladybugs.  But who wants to stick to just one color?!!

I loved the prototypes, so started pulling out my stash of pattern bars, pot melt chips, twists, cane, frit balls and everything else close at hand for wing designs.

You already know how much I love color.  I had to make at least two (in case I want to keep one) of every color I have in each color family.  The green group above is ready for the kiln.

This group of blue, lavender and plum buggettes, fresh from the kiln is ready to sign, price and pack.  The coiled copper antenna is designed to wrap around a small tree or shrub branch so they hang in your garden and mine.

I’ll have them available for $20 along with my standard glass ladybugs…

…and glass garden fairies.  I love these girls!  Not only do they provide whimsical color when my flowers fade, but they are full of personality.  They might have glow in the dark glass embedded in their wings and they’re all fully finished, front and back.  I offer these at $75…I know a bit expensive, but very time consuming to make.  Cost includes hair styling, make up and wardrobe!

I’ll have recycled glass and art glass wall pockets starting at $12…

You know my booth will be filled to the brim with colorful glass, all garden related!  My booth is near the Hardy Plant Society, #1481, be sure to let me know you read my blog!

Oh, and I have discount admission coupons for you!  Click the link below & print.

 The Yard, Garden & Patio Show at the Oregon Convention Center on MLK Blvd, February 17 – 19 (don’t forget I’m in booth #1481).

See you there!!

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I’ve spent the last few days of May uploading items into my Zibbet shop.  Mostly wall-pocket vases, but also a couple garden fairies and earrings.  I haven’t put a dent in the amount of work I have here that needs to be photographed and written about, then loaded into my shop.  I plan to use my non-garden-worthy days this summer to accomplish that task.

Most of the end of May was spent putting my cabin back together after back to back studio sale weekends….well, almost.  There’s much still to do, but I’ve got the major tasks accomplished.  We can toss the dog toys again, so it’s back to normal living.  And I can get back to work!  I have a couple interesting orders waiting on my workbench.  And I need to make more bracelets!

This last week I’ve been talking with a couple of studios about teaching.  Confirmed is Palmer Alaska at the beginning of August.  Yes, it’s true, I’ll be teaching for Half Moon Creek again.  How I love that studio/gallery and the ladies who own it.  Let me count the ways by sharing (again) my class from last summer in this post.  (Just in case you missed it the first time).

I love Alaska and can’t wait to go back!  I’ll be teaching Powderology again plus my ‘Build a Better Pocket’ class.  I think the classes will fill fast, so if you’re interested in joining me in Alaska (and I do hope you are), better contact Half Moon Creek soon!  I promise you’ll have a spectacular time!

Welcome to Palmer Alaska

June 25th will be the one year anniversary since I launched Steider Studios Glass Medium™.  I plan to have a follow up blog post showcasing how you are using it. I have a few photos that some of you sent me, and will be posting them unless I hear otherwise. If you’re using my medium, I want you to send me a photo or two for sharing – with links to your sites. Yes all your sites, I’ll promote you with wild abandon!

Whether you call it ‘glass clay’ or ‘glass paste’, I’ve seen some amazing work that’s being done with it & can’t wait to share it with you.  Send your photo(s) to me at:  Linda at SteiderStudios dot com.  Thank you!!

Most of you know that BECon is happening mid June and I’d been on the fence over whether to go or not.  I was looking forward to getting together with friends coming in from all over the world while they were here in Portland, only an hour and a half from where I live.  Alas, Granny decided for me that I definitely wont’ be there.  She wanted to rest eternally next to Grandpa in Rose Hills and as it happens Rose Hills was booked until mid June.

 Lastly, I’d like to invite you to a gallery show I’m participating in, ‘Get Centered‘ at  Columbia Arts in Hood River.  The reception is this First Friday, June 3rd from 6 to 8pm and runs through the 26th.  It’s a celebration of Columbia Arts’ first five years in the current space.  Some fascinating work was delivered today, don’t miss it!

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Mother’s Day weekend was rainy, yet full of promise for the annual Plant Sale at the OSU Extension Office Learning Garden in Hood River.  Master Gardeners hurried through their tasks setting up the sale as I set up my table full of garden art.  You know I’m an avid gardener.  I was in the Master Gardener program for a number of years but alas, ran out of time to volunteer.

They kindly invite me back each year to participate in this special sale, as a provider of colorful glass garden art.  Who doesn’t need a ladybug or two in their garden?

Of course, they know I’ll be an excellent customer while there!  This year my favorite purchase was Red Wiggler worms!  I was so excited to set them free into a warm area of my garden.  I feed them daily to make sure they don’t wander off, but stay and work my soil.

This trio of sweets had a table of treats to keep our energy levels soaring.

All in all, most people that came through were buying plants of course, not art.  The worms, treats and my garden art were picked up here and there, but most visitors to the Learning Garden had their heads down reading plant descriptions and checking out the best plants to buy.

The Master Gardener’s have an annual garden tour that you should take.  There are some stunning gardens in the Hood River Valley whose owners graciously share with you for one day each year.  It’s a self guided tour; plan to be inspired by the way these garden owners have arranged their plants and groomed their gardens.
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This year seven gardens are opening their gates to you on June 18th.  Tickets are available now for $7.00  in Hood River at: Hood River County Extension office,  Waucoma Books, Good News Gardening, and Columbia Center for the Arts; in Bingen at Dickey Farms; in White Salmon at Trellis Fresh Flowers; and in The Dalles at Wasco County Extension office andKlindt’s Books.
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You can also purchase a ticket the day of the tour for $10 ‘at the garden gate’.
For more information, click on this link:  www.hrgt2011.blogspot.com

As Promised….

May 27, 2010

…from my September ’09 “Progression-of-a-project” post, here is the finished project, finally installed this month in the Japanese Garden, located at the OSU Extension office in Hood River.  It’s a small portion of the Master Gardener’s Learning Garden which sits above the Experiment Station orchard.  My glass insert plays a supporting role in Tom Herrera’s sculpture and I’m honored to have it there.  A lovely setting, wouldn’t you say?

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