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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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Last Show of Spring

May 14, 2013

Columbia Gorge Art Festival

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!

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.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, I’ll be at the Central Gorge Master Gardeners – OSU Plant Sale on Saturday May 12, 9am – 1pm.  It’s at the OSU Extension Office, 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River Oregon.  In the Learning Garden.  See you there with my garden art: glass ladybugs, butterflies, buggettes and more!  There may be some plants for sale if I don’t buy them all first!!

Next weekend I’ll be at the Corbett School near Portland Oregon for the Columbia Gorge Art Festival, and will post their announcement soon.  If you can’t make it to either event, you can find my work 24/7 at Steider Studios Shop on Zibbet.

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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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

Fairies in my Garden…

June 14, 2009

I believe…..

Maria's Garden Fairy, Sally

Maria’s Garden Fairy, Sally

My little neice & I love searching for flower fairies together.  You can see part of our story at Fired Glass Portraits.  It’s a constant search, watching and waiting for the right moment when a fairy might pop out of an opening flower bud.  Or running to the movement of tall grasses only to find it wasn’t a fairy passing through but our cat who’s also hoping to find an elusive fairy.

Green Garden Fairy

Minty Garden Fairy

We thought if we’d pretend to be fairies, they’d want to find US and come out to play.  While searching, we surmised if we could spot one there’d likely be a colony nearby.  Then came the brilliant idea we might be able to attract them if we had a resident fairy.  This is how the creation of my Garden Fairies came about.

'Lila' Garden Fairy

‘Lila’ Garden Fairy

They adorn your shrubs and trees, trellises and plant supports.  Some are smiling, some are pouting, and they all have sparkly dichroic eyes.  Their wings might glow in the dark or have patterned accents.  They usually have a ‘friend’ on their skirttails riding along.  They  wear colorful costumes and have done up their hair as best they can, considering they might be swaying in the wind, getting rained on, or soaking in too much sun.  Like us, sometimes a ‘stray hair’ drifts off their heads!

Each is unique and I love making them…..for my garden, for your garden, for everyone who needs a fairy in their garden!  Arms wide open, they are ready for fun & hoping to find their way to a garden near you!  You can find a few at the Art in the Garden show through  June 30th; and at my on-line SteiderStudios shop (yes, that was a commercial plug)!

'Skie' Garden Fairy

‘Skie’ Garden Fairy

They can also hang on the wall, if you are not one who takes a daily garden stroll.  I’m an avid gardener, so rain or shine I wander through my garden if not daily, as often as possible.  It’s my sanctuary where my spirit is soothed and my joy is restored.  I rearrange my plants the way others rearrange their furniture.  You can read more about my garden at An Artists Garden.  I just started it to share my garden and inspiration with my friends.

'Penelope' Garden Fairy

‘Penelope’ Garden Fairy

Do you have a garden fairy?  I’d love to hear where it lives & how you found it!

 

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