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June 21, 2009

Steider.Goddess.Green

It’s good to be home!

Have been at the Becon Glass conference at Portland State University for the last few days.  It was an exhilarating experience and as a result I can’t wait to get some small sculptural pieces into my kilns!  The big news, causing the audience to audibly gasp, was annealing tempuratures have been revised down to 900ºF.  This is exciting news for kilncasters because it shortens the length of time necessary for the project to remain in the kiln cooling.  Simplified, proper annealing is necessary to produce a stress-free glass sculpture that won’t break.   A thick sculpture may remain in the kiln cooling for days instead of weeks with this new development!

Steider.Goddess.Multi-blue

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Wonderful speakers, including Howard Ben Tre, Richard Whiteley, Daniel Clayman, Heike Brachlow, Geoffrey Mann, Jessica Laughlin, among many others.

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Great Technical Display including Bohle AmericaBullseye GlassCovington EngineeringDitore Glass WorksHIS GlassworksParagonRansom & Randolph, & Western Industrial Ceramics.

Steider.Goddess.Yellow

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Spent some fun time with Cindi, Chris, BrendaJudithCynthiaLes and Mel & thoroughly enjoyed meeting & talking with lots of other like-minded folks!

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Will now be in the studio for a while……

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