SunDrop - The Path

"SunDrop Series: The Path"


SunDrops Series

SunDrops Series

SunDrops Series


These are 3 of the 4 bowls chosen from the series I’ve been working on the last couple months.  Chosen as the work that will be delivered to Columbia Art Gallery tomorrow for the ‘Art Heals’ show.  It was difficult to narrow my selections down to 4 pieces.  The first Sun Bowl I posted has also ‘made the cut’.  


“The Path” is 16″ diameter by 2″ deep.  The smaller bowls are both 12.5″ by 2″ deep.

Made with powdered glass atop a sheet glass substrate, they are capped with an iridescent glass, giving extra luster, which is difficult to see in these photos.  The 22k gold lines are drawn by hand & fired in during the final firing.  Most of the bowls in this series were fired 4 to 5 times to achieve my desired results.


Still learning my way around the Blog, I am revisiting this project now that it’s installed, after learning how to post so you can ‘click to enlarge’.  You may have to click twice, and once you get to the  larger photo there should be a magnifying glass, allowing you to enlarge once again.  It’s well worth the look.  I’m so proud of the high school students who made these tiles for our panels.  

I finished fabricating the panels Sunday night and  installed, then edited this post on Thursday!  They had to lie flat during transport so I made 5 separate trips into Hood River.  I couldn’t build a safe and reliable apparatus to transport all 5 panels together over my bumpy curvy mountain road.

The grand opening is Saturday, March 7th, noon until 4pm, to see the artwork that has been produced through Arts in Education, as well as the new wing of the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in Hood River.

If you’re coming in from out of town, come on Friday night to attend the opening at the Columbia Art Gallery show ‘Art Heals from Birth to Death’, from 6 to 8pm, where my ‘SunDrop’ series will be displayed.  The pieces are finally in the kiln being shaped into bowls today and tomorrow!

final-panels-mock-upThis has been an exciting project for me.  In conjunction with Arts in Education and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s ‘Youthful Art of Healing’ program, I led a group of 28 high school students, their art teacher, & para-educator through the process of learning to work with glass, then producing a series of tiles.  These are 8″ kilnformed tiles based on the concept of ‘healing’ and span about 12 feet horizontally, 4 feet vertically.

After learning the basics of scoring & breaking glass, the students began making small samples, artist sketches in glass.  This was to show them how the media responded to heat and gave them some practice before beginning our project.  We used three different process temperatures: 1400º for a textured finish, 1500º, for a smooth finish, and 1350º for a small group who wanted to try working with powdered glass.  Each student then produced a miniature version of their sketch, again testing to see if they preferred a textured or smooth finish.  Some chose both – a smooth flat background with textured details added.

We started mid October and the last of the tiles were completed in January.  I’ve spent the last couple weeks arranging and rearranging photos of the tiles for the mock up.  My parameters were balance of color, shape, content, dark and light space; as well as evenly distributing multiple tiles made by  the students who produced more than one. (The final arrangement may change after I have them all laid out.)  The backing/frame is being fabricated next week, with installation scheduled for the end of this month.

My heartfelt thanks to all the donors & sponsors of this project:

Schlosser Machine Inc. for donating labor for fabrication of the backing panels.

Oregon Glass Guild for loaning and donating tools for the students to work with.

Dianne Muhly and Mary Caldwell of the OGG for donating tools to the students.

Fay Malench donated hand made glass stringers that the students used in their tiles.

Charles R. Hall and Toni Johnson donated plans & instruction so that I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel.

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