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Hood River Holiday Pop-Up

The Hood River Holiday Pop-Up opens Saturday, November 1st.  Open hours are 10am until 6 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and December; and every day December 12 – 25.  A fabulous place to do your holiday shopping, located at 301 Oak Street in Hood River.  I’m honored to have my work juried in with many artist friends including Kathy Watne enamels and several artists from Gorge Artists Open Studios.

You’ll find my ‘Buggettes’ (also featured on the poster, yay!), art glass star ornaments, miniature plates, treasure/trinket boxes, wall pocket vases and some sweet 8 x 10 photographs printed on metal along with some of my favorite images printed on all occasion greeting cards.

Snow Show at Columbia Arts

Don’t forget the ‘Snow’ Show opens First Friday at Columbia Arts in Hood River with some fabulous artwork depicting snow.  I may post a teaser of my work on my Steider Studios Facebook page, if time allows.

Extravaganza 2014

I’ll take my art glass and photography on the road again and meet you at the Soroptimist’s 10th Annual Artisan Shopping Extravaganza!  Held at the Hood River Inn one day only, Saturday November 22nd from 10 am until 4 pm.  Mark your calendars, this is a good show!

December 5 I’ll be in The Dalles with a small table of work at the MCMC Holiday Market in the Medical Office building.   December 6th you’ll find me in Trout Lake for the Holiday Market at the Trout Lake School, sponsored by the National Honor Society.   More info on both shows as we get closer to the events.

Until then, I think I’ll catch up around the studio as quickly as I can, then take a long and leisurely Sunday Drive up to Glenwood and visit my favorite National Wildlife Refuge, Conboy for inspiration and relaxation!

A Sizzling Summer

August 9, 2014

Steider Studios.Please Don't Eat the Cosmos1

I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 months since my last post!  This summer is flying by faster than ever and I am barely keeping up.  My garden is overrun… with weeds and deer.

Steider Studios.Kilnload of WallPockets.8.7.14My studio is working overtime catching up with orders. I’m having a run on recycled glass wall pocket vases at the moment ~ you can see the finished versions here.

Steider Studios.Elk with Babies

Since the first day of summer I’ve traveled to Conboy National Wildlife Refuge often to find Sand Hill Cranes, Elk, Otters, Waterfowl and any wildlife that presents itself to me…

Steider Studios.Treasure on the Beach

I’ve learned to use LightRoom for my photo processing and management; celebrated my sweet girl Treasure‘s 7th BirthDay and my BFF’s 60th!  I’ve had lunch, dinner, coffee and wine with friends over the last 7 weeks…

Steider Studios.Rowena Fire.8.7.14

…I’ve had brush removed from my property for fire protection by a 6 man crew that knocked it out in three days!  We seem to have wildfires near us every summer now.  This wildfire is almost out At Rowena Oregon, across the Columbia River From Lyle WA where I watch eagles and osprey.

Steider Studios.Family at Long BeachI went on a very fun multi-generational family vacation across Western Washington exploring only a fraction of what my state has to offer, including a ride up the Space Needle for the first time and a drive on the beach at Long Beach!

Steider Studios.Baby Osprey Stretching Wings

I continue to check on several families of Osprey along the Columbia River.  The babies have grown up so fast.  I was shocked at the rate of growth in the 10 days that I missed while in Alaska.

Steider Studios.Moose in Denali.2014

Yes, I was in Alaska teaching for Half Moon Creek for the 4th time.  My 4th visit to Alaska was magical and deserves a post…no, several posts just to show you how beautiful Alaska is and how much fun we had.

I have volunteered for Columbia Arts, managed my way through the relaunch of my sales site, Zibbet

Steider Studios.Group Hike to Bird Creek Meadows.

…and formed new friendships with a new hiking group while traversing Bird Creek Meadows!

In short, I have not been able to make myself sit at the computer while the sun shines and I can play outside!  I’ll try to get my Alaska Adventure up soon for you to dream up your own Alaskan Adventure.  It’s one of those places that I wish everyone could experience.  I am already working on getting back there!

Columbia Gorge Women's Business Showcase Dec 1

The Soroptimist’s Pre-Holiday Artisan Shopping Extravaganza held at the Hood River Inn, in Hood River Oregon is this Saturday!  For more information scroll down to the post before last, or look at my Upcoming Shows and Events page.

If you prefer Sunday shopping, you’re in luck!  I’ll have a table at the Women’s Business Holiday Showcase this Sunday!  Same location from 9am until 5pm, Best Western Hood River Inn.  Exit 64 off Interstate 84 in Hood River.  Turn north toward the Columbia River, then right on Marina Way.   1108 East Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031.  We’re in the stand alone building between the Inn and McDonald’s.

Fresh new bracelets just pulled from the kiln last night will be ready for you.  Hundreds of images for you to choose from in the form of greeting cards, metal prints and canvas wraps.  Ornaments and small delightful gift-giving glass-work.  Earrings, adornment for your hair, vases, candleholders, and as much as I can possibly fit on an 8′ table!

Not in the gorge?   You can always find my work on-line at Steider Studios shop on Zibbet.  Just for you, my friends, complimentary holiday shipping!  Use this code at checkout:    FREESHIP2013

You’ve seen an image or item that I’ve made but don’t see what you want in my shop?  I can email you a photo of what I have on hand, or make a new one just for you.

Buying quality handmade original art from someone you know is a unique gift from your heart that will be cherished forever.

Steider Studios Basic Kiln-formed Glass Class

Come play with glass every Wednesday night in October from 6 to 9 pm at The Dalles Art Center, while learning fundamentals of Kiln-formed (also called fused) glass.  I’ll bring a ton of glass and tools, introducing you to different techniques to achieve different effects in glass.  Many former students have gone on to set up their own glass studio after this class!  Each week we explore a new technique using a different process temperature giving you a set of samples to keep or give as gifts.

No experience is necessary. Beginners will make a series of sample tiles, holiday ornaments and jewelry learning the differences between full (flat) and tack (textured) fused tiles. Students will work with dichroic glass, inclusions, textured glass and more.

A small, functional bowl, vase or plate will be developed for a final project.

Learn the basics of glass cutting, placement and firing while receiving extensive information on the technical aspects of kilnwork, safety and studio set-up.

The returning student can participate in weekly assignments or develop their own course of study based on level of experience and pre-planning with the instructor.

Students should bring safety glasses, wear closed-toed shoes for safety, and bring any glass working tools they may have along with a sketch pad or note pad and pencil and pen.

Call The Dalles Art Center at 541-296-4507 to register. Space is limited to 12 students.

A Glass Act

July 31, 2013

A Glass Act Show Postcard

Please join me and 30 other regional glass artists for “A Glass Act” at Columbia Arts in Hood River August 2 through September 1st.  Something for everyone – from nationally acclaimed to emerging artists; from sophisticated to whimsical art; from tiny to large in scale; sparkles, glitter, matte, soft and shiny, delicate, eery, edgy, feminine and masculine.

For old souls and young at heart, TWO receptions – first Friday for the artists on Aug 2; and Marchesi Vineyards will release their 2010 Nebbiolo that was awarded ‘Best of Class’ at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition on Saturday, Aug 3.  Introduce your children to glass in a hands on class August 5, 6, 7; and technique demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday in August!   Come say hello to Cynthia Morgan and enjoy her demo Aug 31; and yours truly will demonstrate on Sep 1st.  All demos take place from 1:00 – 3:00 pm both Sat & Sun!

Thanks so much for all your prayers and healing energy sent to my friend Kathy!  Her work will also be available in this show – come buy her fabulous enamel jewelry to support her recovery efforts!!

See you there!!

Steider Studios:  Windows Project Opening

Yesterday was the Grand Opening Celebration of White Salmon Arts Council’s project, ‘Windows’.   I am honored to be the first artist selected for this fabulous project, showcasing my kiln-formed art glass and art photography.  I know it’s difficult to see my work in this photo due to reflections, so you’ll just have to come to White Salmon and see it for yourself!  My work will remain in this space next to Katina’s Cafe and Catering (a great place for breakfast or lunch) through the end of July.

Steider Studios:  Ribbon Cutting with Ann Flemming

‘Windows’, a project suggested and coordinated by Ann Fleming for the arts council uses a ‘Pop-Up- format, turning a vacant downtown storefront window into a window gallery.  Each artist displays their work for one month.  Juris Sarins built the beautiful display panels that make my work ‘pop’!!  Members of the White Salmon Arts Council hold the ribbon while Ann and I cut it during the opening ceremony.  Thanks to Ellen Nippolt for documenting the ceremony.

Swan Song of Sweet Summer

September 30, 2012

As September draws to a close, I wistfully say goodbye to summer, my favorite season.  I love the long warm days and relish the time I’ve had to play in my garden.  My daily hikes were cut short this month due to high fire danger in my surrounding ‘neighborhood’.

Most days we can still see the river in spite of the smoke.

A wildfire on Mt. Adams broke out just after my last post and is still burning.  Called Cascade Creek it’s 60% contained entering its fourth week and has burned over 15,000 acres in the Mt. Adams wilderness north of Trout Lake.  Started by lightning on Saturday Sept. 8 from a storm that started over 200 wildfires across eastern Washington – Mt Adams wilderness, surrounding areas and trails are closed because of it.

Today we can’t see the river at all due to the smoke from two wildfires near us.

Yet another wildfire began September 25 across the Columbia River between Hood River and Mosier.  The smoke from both these fires surrounded us in the Columbia River Gorge for many days, keeping me inside the studio finishing up a commissioned project and starting a new series of earrings.

September is also my birthday month and I like to celebrate all month by catering to my every whim…which is mostly just being outdoors experiencing nature!  I received a new camera that has given me endless hours of joy while trying to capture butterflies, birds and flowers in my garden.

Can you see how much my photos have improved?

Soon enough I’ll prepare for fall shows, letting my energy level shift into high gear to get all the ideas from my head turned into glass.  Of course, I never get them all off the drawing table, but with so many ideas I don’t think I’ll ever have a day of boredom.  Until then, I’ll take advantage of these warm sunny days as long as I can because I’ll have all winter for studio time.

Here’s a quick shot of my recently finished commission.  The client wanted monochromatic cobalt blue triangles, specifically arranged in a textured 12″ – 14″ square.  A departure from my usual style, but it was fun and I think I’ll do a few more of these in multiple colors and sizes.

One of my favorite stores, Artisan’s Jewelery and Gallery asked me for green earrings.  Anyone else might have made a dozen pair, but I wanted to explore as many design options as possible.

I pulled out all my Bullseye green sheet glass and only eliminated a couple of shades because they were so close in tone.  Next, I cut each green into two lengths:  a long dangle and a short dangle.  Normally I would make a wider variety of lengths, but I was exploring color combinations, not lengths.

I cut out six pair of each length from each color, taking a few days to get them all cut, cleaned and placed on my work bench.  I had a wonderful selection of opaque and translucent greens to play with.

Next I chose design options by auditioning different dichro patterns and colors on top of each sheet of green.

For my own entertainment I also cut lengths of patterned and textured dichroic glass to make earrings that I know will sell quickly.

In addition to squares of patterned and colorful dichroic glass I used frit balls, decals, and sliced cane for adornment.  When I had enough earrings to fill a kiln I fired them and continued making more.  I ended up with about twelve dozen pair.  A gross of green glass earrings!  Plus some dichroic and a couple of strays I picked up along the way.

 

I finished all the earrings in batches of one or two dozen, starting with those I liked best for Artisan’s (and friends who came up to purchase), cleaning up any rough edges and checking for quality control.

I then glued on findings to attach the earring wires.  I use E6000 and let it cure 48 hours, then clean off the excess glue with a razor blade.  Not a fun task, but as I tell students – the back should look as nice as the front.

The final step is choosing which colorful niobium ear wires go with each pair of earrings.  Or in some cases sterling silver.  I rarely use 14k anymore due to the cost, but I keep it on hand for those folks who prefer quality gold.

As soon as the last set of green earrings were finished, I pulled out all my other colors of sheet glass and cut earring lengths!  I’m excited to make earrings in all the shades of yellow, orange, purple, blue and red (in that order) that I have.  Also more dichroic earrings because I’m so drawn to shiny sparkle patterns and I have a new sheet to try!

Fall show season will be here soon, and I need to place all these finished earrings into my online shops; but for now I’m squeezing in every bit of garden time I can with my cameras and flowers while the sun is shining.  You can see my garden at An Artist’s Garden.

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Quiet After the Sale

April 16, 2012

My studio sale is over and I’m basking in the quiet.  In the midst of slowly packing up all the artwork displayed throughout my house, I reflect on how much fun it was.   Not wanting to be left out of any fun, my dog Treasure was our official greeter.

Old friends and new stopped  by & almost everyone who came through took some of my glittery glasswork home with them.  Friday was a bit slow, but I wasn’t completely ready by 10 am. so I was okay with that.  Plus it gave me another chance to play with my new Lytro camera! https://pictures.lytro.com/SteiderStudios/pictures/96179

 

One of the highlights for everyone who tried them were the Petite-Vanilla-Scones…a recipe from the The Pioneer Woman given to me by my dear friend Chris at Everyday Heartbeats.  “Very moist”…”Delicious”…”I’ll have another” were the words most frequently heard.  Truly, they were quite wonderful & even though I’m not often in the kitchen, I’ll bake them again!

Many bracelets went home with fun, creative women that I loved having here.  And a few were purchased by very generous men as gifts for their wives!

I love seeing all my work out and displayed.  It gives me an opportunity to take stock without having to dig through boxes.

One of the many highlights for me was a hug from an interesting woman after our conversation about art and creativity.  My head swells with this, but she said I was inspiring!

Treasure was exhausted after three days of greeting so many new people.

At the end of the day, it was a great show!  If you missed it, you can see a sampling of my work at The Columbia Gorge Hotel in conjunction with Hood River’s Blossom Festival next weekend.  It will be set up in the large banquet room near the restaurant.  “Art of the Gorge” will take place Saturday, April 21st from 1pm until 5pm with a reception from 5pm to 7pm.  On Sunday the show will be open from 9am until 2pm.

I’ll be gone a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon to sit on a panel discussion about blogging at ‘Artist 2 Artist’, a professional development opportunity for artists sponsored by Columbia Arts.  If you’re an artist, it’s a great opportunity to grow your business, network with other artists and learn in a cooperative educational setting.

Steider Studios Celestial Series

A quick update to let you know I’m still alive and producing art, packing it up and delivering it!

This week I delivered work to The Pines Wine Tasting and Gallery in Hood River OR for a preview show of the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour.  The opening is tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., at Second and State and the show runs through the end of this month.  You’ll have the first opportunity to purchase our cool new maps for your self guided tour, April 13, 14, 15.  Notice, the tour is THREE days this year!  That will give you extra time to tour all our studios plus a bonus night in the Columbia River Gorge, surrounded by inspirational and magnificent vistas.  If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know where most of those vistas are.  If you haven’t, just leave a comment or send me a note and I’ll be happy to share some of my favorite haunts.

Steider Studios Celestial Series

Also celebrating our Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour during the month of March is the Columbia Gorge Hotel!  They are hosting artwork from a group of us in the lobby and in their Valentino Lounge.  There will be some other interesting events at the hotel this year, stay tuned!

Steider Studios Celestial Series

The majority of my time the last couple of weeks was spent preparing for the Glass Craft & Bead Expo in Las Vegas March 28 – April 1st!  I’ve been ordering supplies, glass, and kilns, for some fun new classes in addition to Exploring Glass Powders (the one day condensed version of Powderology).  Shimmer Shine and Sparkle was filled so we added a second class that’s still available!  I also have room for more students in Color Theory for Glassists and I’d love to see you in this color-filled class!  Are you going to the Expo?  What classes are you taking?  

Steider Studios: Celestial Series

Back to cutting glass and packing, I’ll see you at the party tonight!

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