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.”
Photo above is Little B’s enhanced version of Dave Winship’s shell form using borosilicate glass and Steider Studios Glass Medium.
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
Effective 4.1.15 this part of my business is for sale. I have just sold the last of SSGM and will not be re-ordering supplies to continue selling it. If I find a buyer I will re-direct all links to the new owner so that my hard work doesn’t fade away. Thank you so much for supporting my efforts all these years.
June 1, 2011
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!
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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Special Holiday Pricing just posted! Join me on Maui swimming with sea turtles, running barefoot through the sand, whale watching, snorkeling with dolphins…. oh, and playing with some powdered glass, too! Join me at Akimbo Studios for a special version of Powderology plus Clay Play together on Maui for five days of joyful creative fun!
Take advantage of the low airfares, book now! Tell me you’ll be there!!
Imagine the first day … snorkeling with dolphins in the clear blue water, soaking in the warm rays of sun and feeling the soft white sand between your toes. Bring your camera and sketchbook to record every inspirational moment to use in class. Palm trees swaying in a breeze, ocean swells, sea shells, botanicals, marine creatures and so much more. We’ll capture the color, flavor and aroma of our experiences. Prepare for the ultimate creative experience as only Hawaii can offer, ending with a sunset catamaran cruise.
You don’t have to be an artist or know how to work with glass. I’ll teach you to do both. I promise. It’ll be fun. You’ll love it. I’ll love it. And we’ll be forever connected to Maui and each other after this magical experience. Join me!!
August 12, 2010
Half Moon Creek is an amazing glass gallery, Bullseye Resource Center and studio. The owner/partners treated me like a queen and lined up a full class of incredible students. Four days together without a hitch or a glitch. I adored each student and the tiles they produced were nothing short of inspirational. I can’t stop thinking about my experience, it was one of those adventures that I’ll remember the rest of my life. The land and the people.
I’ll try not to overload you with over 1000 photos that I took, but only a few to tantalize. I arrived a day early and took a quick trip south of Anchorage to find glaciers, whales, bear, moose, eagles, and everything wild that I’d read about Alaska.
I found a glacier just before going into the tunnel leading to Whittier. Or a piece of one, broken off, I later learned.
I found elk, bison, caribou, and moose at the wildlife refuge but never saw one in the wild. Didn’t see any bears either. I was really looking forward to seeing a bear.
It rained and clouds settled in during my entire week there, with rare exceptions. I didn’t care, I was THERE. In Alaska! I planned to experience every moment, in the moment from my class to the daily treks after class. The sun only sets for a couple of hours in August, so I had all day to teach and all night to explore.
We played tourist to the hilt, going to all the museums in Palmer & Wasilla before class began and generally exploring the area.
Hatcher Pass was so cloudy and rainy we couldn’t see Summit Lake just beyond the wildflowers! Can you see it? We didn’t see Independence Mine either!
Which river photo to show from our drive back to town…..how about this one!
View of Knik Glacier from our B & B….
And zoomed in. A spectacular view every day in spite of clouds or rain.
Day one in class saw a full slate of students working diligently, modeling glass paste and getting to know one another. Chris and Christian had the studio well stocked and our every wish was their command! Not to mention the catered lunch with truffles for dessert!
We had one kiln filled with beads, buttons & cabs; and another kiln filled with small sculptures.
Day two, I forgot to pick up my camera in class, we were so busy producing samples and discussing possibilities. That evening, still playing the role of tourist by night, we drove out to Talkeetna, the staging camp for Denali, hoping to see Mt. McKinley. No sun, no mountain view. But the clouds made for a dramatic view of the river!
Day three of class … yep, more clouds with a wink of the sun.
These are samples from day one of Powderology, our second day together. Two more kilns full of tests yet to view and discuss!
Excited students dove into their samples with gusto, curiosity, and risk-taking attitudes. I think I surprised them with how much could be done with powdered glass! I caught a couple of them talking about exhaustion!!
That evening we drove out to Matanuska Glacier.
I am so inspired by the colors I can’t wait to start my ‘Glacier Series’!
Still light at the B & B, I grabbed a few shots of surrounding color.
How many different ways can you visually say the same thing? Using wafers; full vs tack fuse; kiln-carved; and so much more.
Last day of class everyone worked long and hard to finish all the experiments they wanted to tackle. We filled three kilns plus a load of wafers earlier in the day.
Ten very happy students and one extremely happy instructor that last afternoon! Who looks more spent, me or students?!!
After class we headed out to the Reindeer Farm. Had high hopes of seeing Santa, but alas he was vacationing in a warm sunny part of the globe, we were told! Do you know how expensive it is to ship an antler home? A gift for my garden! OMG!
We woke to sunny skies on our last day. Yes, this is what the sun looked like. Did I say the landscape is incredible? Awe-inspiring? Beyond spectacular? The memory takes my breath away.
Our last drive into Palmer was gifted with a sun-filled sky….joy still welling in my heart to see this photo of it!
Back at Half Moon Creek unloading kilns, giving a final critique to everyone who could be there & packing up my tools & samples. Wish I had been more diligent with photography in class to show you how much our students accomplished!
Then we headed back to Hatcher Pass to see what we missed due to cloud cover the first part of the week. I could show you a hundred more pictures, but will try to refrain!
And a speed trip back to Whittier, where it was still cloudy, and raining; accompanied with the eerie news of Senator Steven’s plane crash.
It was the trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to go back. For the incredible people, the enormous landscapes, and next time I really, really hope to see wildlife in the wild. Oh, and Denali. And Valdez. And Seward. And Homer. And bears! Next summer I’ll bring Powderology Plus back to Half Moon Creek! Alaska is awesome, I can’t wait!! Thank you Christian and Chris for the invitation, you were wonderful to work with!