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Steider Studios:  Celestial Series, Yellow and Tangerine Rings

More good news!  My bowl was selected to be featured in the ‘On Fire for Handmade’ Great Finds (Yummy Yellows) Page! I hope you’ll click the link & vote for my sunny…or should I say YUMMY yellow bowl.  http://onfireforhandmade.com/yummy-yellow-great-finds/

The Poll is at the bottom of the page. 1 vote per computer per IP only is allowed. Voting will close on Friday Morning June 7th.  Please vote for my bowl and ask your friends to vote too!

1st place receives a free Listing in the ‘On Fire Gift Guide’ and a free ad spot in the ‘On Fire’ site.

From my ‘Celestial Series’, iridescent sunny yellow with tangerine rings and 22k gold embellishment.  Oh, and it’s available from my Zibbet shop!

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Update!  Thanks to your votes, I won the feature!  My Zibbet shop will be featured here, at On Fire for Handmade through the end of June.  Thank you!!

My show at The Dalles Art Center opens Thursday evening, October 7th, where I’m premiering my new Glacier Series. The reception is from 5 pm to 7 pm on the 7th, and I’d love to see you there if you’re in the area.  My artwork along with Anthony Kiser’s and Scott Berger’s has been installed and runs through Oct. 23rd.

Many of you know that 1000 Markets has closed and I’ve been scrambling to find a replacement venue.  Our shops were transferred to Bonanza, for which I am grateful – uploading photos and descriptions, sizes and prices of every available piece of work can be tedious.  I’m not sure however, if Bonanza is a good fit for my work.  That’s where I temporarily parked my glass medium.  (Edit:  it’s now available at Artfire).  I plan to sell my other tools and supplies for glassworkers also that you may  have seen (and some of you have phoned to purchase) on my website.

After investigating price, ambience, ease of use, and what other artists are showing, I decided to try Artfire.  It has Art in it’s name – isn’t that a good thing?  And I can sell art supplies there.  One of the advantages to Artfire is I can have a kiosk on my Facebook Page!  After each long studio day this week I managed to get a front page open and upload a couple photos and descriptions.  As I said, this is tedious, even though it’s a simple copy & paste plus upload photos that are already cropped and sized.

Midweek I stumbled across a post in a 1Km Refugee forum that Zibbet had also imported all our shops like Bonanza did.  We have until Oct. 5th to open a shop there and utilize their import of our items.  I decided to jump in and try it & am so glad I did.  I think I’m going to love it.  The owner has already given me a new classification for my recycled glass wall pockets that didn’t fit any categories.

For now, I think I’ll leave the Bonanza shop up to see how it plays out, but my real comparison will be between Artfire and Zibbet.  Which of the three do you like best?  I’d love to have your feedback!

There are a couple other places I’d like to try out, but like everything else right now they’ll be on the  back burner waiting their turn.  Are you selling on-line?  Where?  Go ahead – plug in a link to your shop so everyone can see it in the comments section below.

Here are a few of those places I’m looking at, in the order that I’m going to take a closer look (if I ever have a spare moment again):

Cargoh

Big Cartel

Supermarket HQ

Rtist

Shop Handmade

Made it Myself

Craft is Art

I have signed up for Etsy also, but it didn’t seem intuitive to me.  It’s another one I will probably get back to.  Do you have recommendations or criticisms of any?

By the way, my banner for Bonanza was given to me by Alilbirdy2, another Bonanza member.  She thought my plain banner (the one I’m using for Zibbet) needed tweaking.  I used a combination of hers and mine for Artfire.  Not a graphic designer, I’m always appreciative of any help!

Maryhill Arts Festival

August 27, 2010

The Oregon Glass Guild was featured at Maryhill Arts Festival because the museum’s focus is glass this year.  My friend Charlene is the current president of OGG and combined with the fact that Maryhill has been very good to me I went along for the fun of it, even though I don’t usually take part in outdoor shows anymore.  My first outdoor show was the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where I sold my tie-dyed macrame’ every weekend when I was sixteen years old.

Setting up tents; sharing space with Leila; 'Glass Row' at Maryhill Arts Festival

We OGG artists had a bank of tents in line with one another.  Most of us arrived to set up on Friday, even though essentially we set up every day.  And broke down every night.  Peacock Protection, we called it!  Yes, the inquisitive peacocks can get into zipped up tents!

Saturday morning arrived cloudy with a bit of sun beaming on Mt. Hood.  Good portend or not?  Turned out to be very hot!  Breezy in the afternoon!

Steider Studios at Maryhill Arts Festival

What to bring & what to leave home…these are the questions that haunt me when there’s little space.  As usual, I fit as much as I possibly could on my tables.  I like giving you a choice after all!

The road to Maryhill.

If you made the drive to Maryhill Museum along Hwy 14 in the morning, you would have seen bright skies with puffy clouds scattered about.  It’s an arid landscape contrasting with the adjacent river.

Sun sparkling on the Columbia River.

Large vistas of distant mountains and the Columbia River separating Oregon and Washington.

Maryhill Museum

Maryhill Museum perched above the Columbia.

Arriving at Sam Hill‘s castle, Maryhill Museum is a surprising oasis amidst the dusty brown landscape.

Artists ready for the festival to awaken.

Sunday morning dawned a bit breezier than Saturday so a couple of us bungied together and hung on.

We love a crowd!

Not as many shoppers on Sunday, but we always have a good time together.

Thanks Andy, for purchasing the Peacock Coasters!

Andy, Maryhill’s caretaker purchases coasters with gold line drawings of a Peacock made especially for this venue.  Thanks for the photo, Colleen!

Peacock coaster on Turquoise, 4" x 4".

Andy chose a green set; pictured above is turquoise with an iridescent cap for sparkle.

Baby peacocks

As usual, I cannot post about Maryhill Museum without including peacocks!  This time, I found some babies!  Aren’t they sweet?!!

Triple Red Success!

February 3, 2010

Preparing for ‘Red: From Alizarin to Crimson’, at Columbia Arts, my second attempt at the red bowl was a success.  Not that I had any doubts, of course, as I returned to my usual drop ring style instead of a bowl mold.  ‘Red Cells’ is a shallow bowl, with a one inch drop.

The detail shot shows 22k ‘cells’.

If you remember from my last post, the first Red bowl blew a very large bubble right in the center while slumping, so I put it aside and started over.  Usually it’s easier and faster to just start over than it is to try to repair something.

I also had a second piece, ‘Plan B – Back to Square One’ underway, cutting squares to assemble into a bargello design.  Plan B came out of it’s first firing with devit.  Drat!  I had cleaned and dried thorougly, yet all of the dark red opaque squares were devitrified.  Plus I could see marks from the klyr fire (a glue for glass), a first for me, as I’ve always had klyr fire burn out cleanly.

Instead of a quick fuse & slump, I now had to mask the devit and refire.  Most people choose an overglaze for this task, but I advocate the use of clear powder.  Dusted with a fine layer of clear powder, back into the kiln it went.  At the same time ‘second attempt ‘Red Cells’ was slumping through a drop ring in another kiln.

Once ‘second attempt’ (as I fondly called it) was in the kiln for it’s final shaping, and Red plan B was in the kiln for it’s second firing, I turned my attention to the failed piece to see how I could resolve that big bubble.

Instead of letting heat and gravity flatten it onto a kiln shelf, where I might then have to grind the edges again into a perfect circle, I decided to place it into a shallow mold to see if I could get away with only one firing instead of two.

Firing slowly at 100 degrees per hour, I had to schedule it so I would be there viewing the bowl at process temperature.  There I was at 10pm monitoring it’s progress every five minutes, ready to reach in and push the bubble down if necessary (suited up with protective gear for the task).  After 60 minutes at 1200º, it had slowly slumped into the platter shape with the large center bubble finally settled snugly down into the mold.

So my success is threefold:  My second try at the red bowl, ‘Red Cells‘ turned out and was delivered in time for the show; a second piece, ‘Back to Square One’ turned out quite well, although not in time for the show; and my first attempt, which became ‘Red Cells II’, was saved and delivered just at deadline but still in time for the show!

If you’re in Hood River for February’s First Friday (Feb 5), do stop in & say hello!!  Columbia Arts,  Cascade and Third; from 6 to 8 p.m.  Oh, and wear RED!  Red ribbons and red prizes will be awarded for “Best of Show” and “Best of Dress.” Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy creative red refreshments!!  Hope to see you there!

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Cobalt for Christmas?

December 22, 2009

Or just reliving my Studio Sale in cobalt colors!  Seriously, this is a post for an old friend, who wanted to see COBALT. (You know who you are, Gil!) Looks like I’m way low on cobalt at the moment, but here is what I have on hand….  The detail shot above is current work done with powdered glass on sheet substrate.  Most have 22k gold designs drawn & fired into the glass.  Gorgeous pieces for home decor, don’t you think?!

I love these festive candleholders and make them in many color combinations.  I usually adorn them with botanical designs, my favorites being lavender & lilacs.  Most of my custom orders have been themes based on the client’s home decor.

I’m very low on handkerchief vases at the moment.  Those I have in cobalt are the two on the right and the very dark blue (back, left) with red accents.

This shot makes the blue vase appear almost black, but it’s a gorgeous cobalt iridescent glass

Here it is in front of a window with bright light.

And here’s the cobalt vase with white accents as viewed in front of the same window.

A set of cobalt wall pockets.  Please forgive the white price stickers, I shot these on the fly just before my studio sale opened!  The left pocket is a botanical design and the others are all from my ‘I’d give you the stars and moon’ series.  The moon is hand cut silver dichroic glass and the stars are all the scraps I made while trying to cut perfect moons.  By the way, if you’d rather learn to make you own wall pockets, come take my class (Build a Better Pocket) at the Las Vegas Glass Craft & Bead Expo in April!!

Not so cobalt but I love these pieces so included them for your viewing pleasure!

Lastly the same shot from the beginning of this post uncropped.  Cobalt is included in a couple of the pieces here because I like a contrast of lights and darks.  My current favorite for home decor is the turquoise and purple combination with gold, but it’s a bit tricky to work with.

Merry Christmas to all!  Hope your holidays are filled with light, love and laughter!!

This beautiful bowl with 22k gold is up for auction at my annual studio sale.  I’m opening the auction for those of you who can’t make the studio sale but would like an opportunity to bid.  All proceeds will benefit the artists whose work was lost in the summer fire downtown White Salmon.  I will personally deliver or pay shipping for the winning bidder.  Participation is easy, all you have to do is state the bid you’d like to make in the comment section below.

Details:  12.5″ diameter, the bowl stands 2.5″ tall.  An iridescent sparkle shimmers atop the unusual combination of cinnamon representing fire and pink shades representing hope and new life.  Composed of powdered glass atop a sheet glass substrate, the continuous line drawn through the powders, creating the design represents the spiral of life, our connections and relationships with one another.  Retail price is $350 for this multi-layered hand-made kilnformed glass bowl.

Notes:  Thirty six artists lost their work in the fire that completely destroyed a 100-year-old building and 2 businesses in White Salmon, Roz Gallery and Blue Ackerman Photography Studio.  Two neighboring businesses also affected with smoke damage, Artisan’s Jewelery and Gallery and Everybody’s Brewing on either side of the fire were able to quickly clean up and reopen.  Everyone in White Salmon hopes that Blue and Roz will be able to reopen.  Someone will correct me if inaccurate, both Roz and Blue were uninsured or had minimal insurance that didn’t cover the majority of fire damage.  The artists won’t fully recover the loss of their work, but some of us would like to help make up some of their loss.  Most artists are uninsured.

The bowl will be placed prominently at my sale on December 6th from noon until 5pm for studio guests to bid on.  I’ll post updates in the comment section here along with your bids.  The bidding will close and winning bidder announced, here on the blog and at the sale at 4:30 p.m., Sunday December 6th, PST.  Good luck to all, may the bidding begin!

Pittock Mansion
Saturday, November 7th you’ll find me at Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon as a featured artist in their second ‘Artists After Hours’ special event! The hours are 6 pm to 8:30 pm ~ Fabulous refreshments, wonderful music, lots of fun, and you can enter to win artwork donated by participating artists!  $Free for Pittock Mansion members; $10 for non members. Bring a friend! Tell your friends!!

Music Room

The other participating artists are: Nora Daniel, principal designer at Color Muse, Laura O. Foster, author of Portland Hill Walks and Portland City Walks, Deborah Polonoff of Polonova (hand screen-printed trouser socks), multi-media artist Aaron Wilson, historical photograph expert Alex Blendl, ceramic artist Dale Pope, Cari Quistberg of Crystal Quest Jewelry, and Jude Cornwall of Judee Moonbeam Fibre Art.  You can see I’ll be in fine company!  Please join us!!

Cityscape

Portland, OR ~ City of Roses

Pittock Mansion is a fascinating historical home overlooking the City of Roses, filled with furnishings and decor of the era.  Please enjoy these photos I took of the mansion in preparation to create specific work for the museum gift shop.
Ornamental FaceDeskStairwayHarp adornmentPianoPiano side shotOrnate furnishingsI am inspired by so many details in the architecture and furnishings.  You know I love gold, so adding it to my designs is a given!  You’ll find a variety of my work at the museum gift shop from wall pocket vases to wooden boxes with glass tile inserts.  The designs I created depict some of my favorite features of the mansion.

 

Pittock Pockets

Pittock Pockets all hold water for fresh flowers. 22k gold design drawn on & fired into the glass. Available in many colors, sizes, and shapes from 2" to 10" long; ranging in price from $24 to $60. Available at Pittock Mansion Museum Store or via Steider Studios.

Tiled-Box.Red Rose

22k Gold Rose on Iridescent Red Glass Tile insert in Alderwood Box. Many glass color choices available; alternate wood choice Rosewood. $48.00 Available at Pittock Mansion Museum Store or via Steider Studios. Smaller size also available: 2.75" square by 1.75" tall, $32.00

 

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