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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.

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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This weekend is my last art show of the season and one of the most fun.  It’s a fundraiser for Corbett Education Foundation, held at the Corbett Grade School May 19-20.  The volunteers who run this show are fabulous – they take great care of the artists and our customers.  They help us move in and back out; provide students to help us with labeling; conduct all sales for us; and are even available to answer questions about our work so we don’t have to be there if needed elsewhere.  I will be there all weekend because I love talking with you about my work!  Oh and they provide YOUR lunch for a donation!

The hardest part is deciding what to take and what to leave at home.  In addition to my kiln-formed glass, and my friend Alex Farnham‘s blown glass you’ll find woodworking, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, basketry, candles, soap, photography, fiber art, and even plants!

Directions:
I-84 to the Exit 22, go up Corbett Hill Road to Historic
Hwy and turn right.  Event is about 1/4 mile on left.

Hope to see you there!!

Bringing in a New Year with a new Gallery Show, I thought some of you might be interested in just how a gallery show goes up.  Columbia Arts is a community, non profit gallery, run by volunteer committees.  The Show Committee sets a show, selects a curator and sometimes works with the curator to choose participating artists.  The January show, Trash 2 Art was installed today.  Before the doors can open to the public for an artist’s reception there’s a huge renovation:

…starting with moving portable walls into place.  Volunteers have already applied fresh paint.  Curator Kathy Watne and her crew of volunteers set the stage for how our work will be displayed, taking into consideration the huge storefront windows.

After the walls are moved into place, the pedestals are brought out.

Since the walls are on wheels, they must be stabilized before any work can be hung.  The work is placed in an order that flows, usually by artist, by color or theme.  Sometimes it’s as simple as first to arrive selects their spot.

The work gets unpacked and tentatively set up as artists arrive.  Dave Sherburne’s work always catches my eye.

Sarah Burr Arnold creates gorgeous jewelry.  Here it awaits installment into the show.

Also waiting to be installed is one of Kathy Watne’s fabulous enamels.

My glass bowl looks too flat just sitting on this pedestal.  Tomorrow I’ll deliver a stand for it so you can see color and light filtering through.

Back to the installation….Sarah and Kathy attach tags while Caroline, the gallery director checks inventory sheets and prepares show labels in the background.  Artists submit written information about their work in advance to avoid dealing with these details at the last minute.

I can’t help myself, my eyes are constantly distracted by the wonderful artwork being delivered.  More coming in each hour.  This wonderful piece was created by Tracy Klas.

Mixed media panels by Kris Joy, known for her blown glass.  I LOVE her new work!

The artwork goes up, packaging taken away and within just a few hours the show is almost ready.  Tomorrow I’ll return with that stand; other artists may also return for additional tweaking.  Once the work is installed, it’s easier to see what might need adjusting.   Kathy will be there attaching show tags, aiming lights and fine tuning those devilish details.

One last photo, a piece by Kerry Lucia to whet your appetite for this fun and playful show, generously sponsored by Hood River Garbage!  Trash 2 Art features work made from objects otherwise destined for the trash or recycling.

Many friends are planning to join us at the opening, I hope you will too!  Friday January 6th from 6 to 8pm.  Columbia Arts at 215 Cascade in Hood River OR.  If you can’t make the opening reception, Trash 2 Art runs through January 29th.

Participating artists:  Sarah Burr Arnold • Marbe Cook • Peggy Dills Kelter • Tracy Klas • Dawn Elle • J. Neils Harvey • Terri Johanson • Kris Joy • Suzanne Keolker • Kerry Lucia • Kelly Phipps • David Sherburne • Linda Steider • Kathy Watne • MaCrae Wylde

Show curators: Kathy Watne, Sarah Burr Arnold

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I must be in a summer daze.  Home from Alaska where I taught at Half Moon Creek Gallery, I managed to unpack and catch up with mail and messages but that’s about all I’ve been able to muster.  Oh I pulled a couple of weeds and straightened my studio and even sorted through the hundreds of pictures I took.  Yes, hundreds.  As in over 1000!  Once again, it was the trip of a lifetime.  Here are a few highlights:

I was in Palmer teaching my ‘Powderology‘ workshop and once again Half Moon Creek provided amazing and talented students for me.

Is it any wonder I love teaching there?  In addition to a large, well lit, well equipped space, they indulge my every whim!

Student samples getting loaded into one kiln.  Two additional kilns to load.

One morning we left for class early to enjoy the scenery and found this moose browsing along the old Glen Highway.  I was so excited that he posed for me as long as he did before turning and ambling down the highway!  No doubt students thought I was crazy, showing them my moose photos!

Day three of Powderology class found everyone hard at work trying to get as much as they could out of our last day together.  I think they all came away very satisfied.  They produced wonderful samples, expanded their repertoire, and are heading in new directions.

We had a few days between week-end workshops, so headed to the Matanuska Glacier.  We realized too late that we were on the wrong highway, so just enjoyed our drive and lunched at the Wildflower Cafe in Talkeetna instead.


The following day, determined to touch a glacier, we stopped at Exit Glacier on our way to Seward.

Following a trail in the rain, I had the whole place to myself.

The glacier is huge & surprising colorful on such a gray rainy day.

For perspective, can you see the hikers at the base of Exit Glacier?

The road was flooded when we drove in to the glacier, but going back out, it was worse!

Our wildlife cruise was cancelled due to high seas, so when offered a 4 hour tour of Resurrection Bay we took it, determined to make the most of our time in Seward.  It poured, and while most passengers stayed below guess where I was?!  Yes, getting soaked on deck looking for whales.   See them?

The whales were so far away and the bay so rough that all my photos are too blurry to share, but we found this bank of Sea Lions!

At the end of 4 hours I was soaked inside my rain gear.  My camera viewer was so foggy I could hardly see the image, so wasn’t sure I’d captured these sea otters.  You know I wouldn’t have missed it and had a fabulous day in spite of weather and cancellations.

Since we now had extra time, I was thrilled that we’d stop to take Alyeska Tram up to the top!  Alas, it was closed due to high winds.  We put it on our list for next year.  Yep, looks like I’ll be back.

A good night’s rest and we were off the next day to Denali National Park.  Overcast, but no rain!

Along the Alaskan highways fireweed blends bright pink into the landscape.

From our lodge perched high above Nenana Canyon, this is the road to Denali National Park.

Nestled into our bus tour at Denali we searched the scenic vistas for the ‘Big Five’ wildlife we hoped to see.  Bears, wolves, caribou, Dahl sheep and moose.

Dahl sheep were the first of the big five, but from afar they were mere flecks of white on a green field.

We spotted two groups of Caribou – Yay, checked off 2 of the big five.  Concealed in a bus we were too far away from the majestic animals to get much detail.

Around a corner and over a bridge we came upon the highlight of our trip.  An argument between a bear and a wolf over a caribou carcass.  There was a young grizzly and a second wolf also trying to get close but the older grizzly would have no guests at this meal.  Numbers 3 & 4 of our big five located together!  Park officials thought the wolves had killed the caribou two days earlier and the grizzly had claimed it.

A compilation of the younger grizzly trying to run the wolves off.  You didn’t think I’d post all 300 shots did you?

All in all, we saw 10 grizzlies including this last one at the edge of the road, eating berries!  We also saw #5 of the big five, a moose, but since I already showed you my shot taken earlier in the week I’ll refrain from posting another.  No rain, but guess what…it snowed!  We didn’t get a glimpse of the mountain, but we were so thrilled with our time in Denali National Park.  An incredible experience.

Back at Half Moon Creek for my next class, with several returning and a few new students learning how to Build a Better Pocket.  This, after all, was the reason for my trip to Alaska!!

Loading the kilns with student work…..

Our last day together we pulled out some excellent pockets from the kilns.  I heard great reviews with smiles all around.  Another fabulous group of students that I hate to leave.  I do hope you’ll all keep in touch!

Amazing isn’t adequate to describe the talent, generosity, and imaginations I met while teaching for Half Moon Creek!  Go there if you have an opportunity, it’s an amazing studio, gallery, and resource center.  Thanks again for another wonderful time!

Our last day snow graced the higher elevations.  Snow on Aug 8th?   I learned it’s called ‘Termination Dust’, terminating the summer season.  I can’t wait to go back!

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I’ve spent the last few days of May uploading items into my Zibbet shop.  Mostly wall-pocket vases, but also a couple garden fairies and earrings.  I haven’t put a dent in the amount of work I have here that needs to be photographed and written about, then loaded into my shop.  I plan to use my non-garden-worthy days this summer to accomplish that task.

Most of the end of May was spent putting my cabin back together after back to back studio sale weekends….well, almost.  There’s much still to do, but I’ve got the major tasks accomplished.  We can toss the dog toys again, so it’s back to normal living.  And I can get back to work!  I have a couple interesting orders waiting on my workbench.  And I need to make more bracelets!

This last week I’ve been talking with a couple of studios about teaching.  Confirmed is Palmer Alaska at the beginning of August.  Yes, it’s true, I’ll be teaching for Half Moon Creek again.  How I love that studio/gallery and the ladies who own it.  Let me count the ways by sharing (again) my class from last summer in this post.  (Just in case you missed it the first time).

I love Alaska and can’t wait to go back!  I’ll be teaching Powderology again plus my ‘Build a Better Pocket’ class.  I think the classes will fill fast, so if you’re interested in joining me in Alaska (and I do hope you are), better contact Half Moon Creek soon!  I promise you’ll have a spectacular time!

Welcome to Palmer Alaska

June 25th will be the one year anniversary since I launched Steider Studios Glass Medium™.  I plan to have a follow up blog post showcasing how you are using it. I have a few photos that some of you sent me, and will be posting them unless I hear otherwise. If you’re using my medium, I want you to send me a photo or two for sharing – with links to your sites. Yes all your sites, I’ll promote you with wild abandon!

Whether you call it ‘glass clay’ or ‘glass paste’, I’ve seen some amazing work that’s being done with it & can’t wait to share it with you.  Send your photo(s) to me at:  Linda at SteiderStudios dot com.  Thank you!!

Most of you know that BECon is happening mid June and I’d been on the fence over whether to go or not.  I was looking forward to getting together with friends coming in from all over the world while they were here in Portland, only an hour and a half from where I live.  Alas, Granny decided for me that I definitely wont’ be there.  She wanted to rest eternally next to Grandpa in Rose Hills and as it happens Rose Hills was booked until mid June.

 Lastly, I’d like to invite you to a gallery show I’m participating in, ‘Get Centered‘ at  Columbia Arts in Hood River.  The reception is this First Friday, June 3rd from 6 to 8pm and runs through the 26th.  It’s a celebration of Columbia Arts’ first five years in the current space.  Some fascinating work was delivered today, don’t miss it!

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For my studio sale I pack up all my personal possessions and turn my cabin into a Glass Gallery.  Usually it’s only for a Sunday afternoon.  As you read in my last post, this year I’m participating in back to back weekend studio tours, so my living area will look like this for a week!  I love seeing all my work surrounding me instead of boxed up waiting for the next art show, but my dog is used to having her toys thrown for her evening entertainment.  Not this week!  

My studio has all my experiments, and seconds displayed along with tools and mica for glass artists that I sell.  This means I can’t work for a week.  Guess it’s a good time for a staycation!  You’ll find me in the garden….

Oh, and if you didn’t get to the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour, you can still come up and see my work during the White Salmon Artists Studios Open House on Saturday May 21 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The 2011 Gathering of the Guilds took place this past weekend at the Portland Convention Center.  It’s the largest event of it’s kind, run by artists for artists in the Pacific Northwest.  The show includes Portland Handweavers GuildGuild of Oregon Woodworkers, Creative Metal Arts GuildPortland Bead Society, and Oregon Glass Guild.  It was initiated 28 years ago by the Oregon Potters Association and we other guildss have joined slowly over the last 10 to 15 years.

Above is my booth just before the Glass Gallery show opened.   It took awhile to get it to this point.  I’ll show you:

A group of Oregon Glass Guild volunteers ready to assist in the big empty building as artists arrive.

Alice Geyer, our State President along with Gayle Larsen from the Mid Valley Chapter arrive bringing a truckload of artwork.  And all the ingredients needed for our Pavilion!

The pipe and drape goes up while more artists arrive and unload their work.

Once the pipe & drape is set up we can start building our booths.  My walls & lights have to go up first.  No, I don’t turn them on until the show starts!

It’s easier if I display my wall art prior to setting up tables.  At this point, my neighbors haven’t arrived, so I can spread out.  As have the pavilion folks that are also setting up and painting pedestals.

Most of my work is unpacked, lots of tweaking yet to be done.  Where are my neighbors?

So close, but in my haste I didn’t notice  the sloppy edge of a table covering, so I had to remove the glass and pull down the table covering.  A few more things to stash and my booth will be ready.  Let the show begin!

In random order, a few of my friends and neighbors at the show.  Alexandra Farnham
shared a booth with Vandy Hall.  Blown glass.

Dianne Muhly’s booth ready for customers.  Fused glass.

Ken Hashagen and Julie Vincent of Corte Glass ready for action!  Sharing a booth with Kathy Engholm of Indigo Crow Studio.  Fused glass.

My friend Carolyn Crystal, a torch-worker had crowds all weekend……

…as did Cynthia Morgan, Becky Magnuson and Carol Carson who shared a booth.  Fused and cast glass.

Jim Aden of Jaidenglass was there early to help set up and stayed late to help clean up.  My thanks to Jim and Dean Wirst for loading my car when the show came down!

Lyn Kennison’s Blue Eyed Creations booth.  Fused glass.

Jane Godfrey about to make a sale.  She and Sondra Radcliffe, both of Ambiente Art Glass have wonderful stained and kilnformed work.

Ann Cavanaugh and Joann Wellner shared a large space.  Kilnformed Glass.

My booth neighbor, Eli of Mazet Studios had a crowd all weekend and was still selling after the show closed!  Very impressive work from his torch.

Debra Fenzl of MSR Studio.  Her beautiful torchwork won a prize in the pavillion.

Dennis Hoerauf of Nature of Glass.  I love his blown glass!

Sue Purr Designs, Sue Bradley makes cat glass in her kiln.

My friend Serena Smith working her booth filled with lampworked beads.  She was also the Glass Pavilion Chair this year.

I thought the Group Booth was particularly beautiful this year, chaired by Greg Frye.   Greg with Cindy Lacey.

Don Bietschek of Aquila Glass School was excellent at running the demo area this year.

Our  Glass Pavilion was gorgeous!  Thanks Serena & crew including Jim & Jayne Simmons who ran out to buy more paint!

This event is a huge undertaking with many people taking the reins of important tasks in order to stage a premier glass show.

I’m simply going to list their names and tasks, but want you to know they all contributed so much more than just chairing a committee.  Indefatigable comes to mind:

Charlene Fort, our Queen Bee, heading up the entire Gathering of the Guilds as well as our Show Chair for  Oregon Glass Guild.

Mike Yamrick (State Treasurer) – he who writes the checks and cashes us out!

Susan Arnot and Jayne Simmons…advertising and PR.  Did you see our Facebook page?  It’s not too late to ‘like’ us – we plan to post upcoming events there for you to follow!

Serena Smith took on the monumental task of organizing and setting up the pavilion.

Don Bietschek organized the demonstrations, including the recruitment of demonstrators.

Alice Geyer and Gayle Larsen led the mosaic portion of the demonstration.  The finished mosaic will be donated to a women’s shelter in The Dalles, OR.

Victoria Miller donated the mosaic that was displayed and raffled in the Information Booth.

Lesley Kelley organized the volunteers and I can tell you she is organized.  Her husband, Kevin was the go-to guy for errands, ran the credit card machine, and even worked security – following potential perpetrators of petty theft around the building.

Donna La Plante produced the beautiful postcards and helped set up the floor plan.

Jim Piazza and Bill Cooper were instrumental in setting up the pavilion and running the information booth.  Not to mention their sleuthing skills at following would-be-shoplifters.

Jim (our unofficial photographer) and Jayne Simmons worked tirelessly setting up the pavilion and doing all sorts of odd jobs throughout the weekend.

There are so many more people involved, I’m sure I’ve left out a number of folks.  It’s a volunteer organization and we all volunteer to make the show happen.  Those above gave their time to perform major tasks without which, there would be no show!  I applaud everyone involved for a show well done!!

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On March 12th a 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan, wiping out many coastal towns.  I cannot fathom the heartache of those who lost entire families in this tragedy.  And I can’t stop thinking about it.

In the days that followed, I considered what I could do to help.  You can read my thoughts in this previous post.  I decided to make some sushi sets to sell in my Artfire Shop.

I started by sketching some patterns and designs, then ran some quick small tests to see which I liked best.  After narrowing it to these three designs, I asked for help from my Facebook friends to decide which sets to make.  They had to be made in between previously committed projects and classes I was teaching.

The two selected designs were scaled up and made into 6″ sushi plates with matching sauce dishes.

When I posted results on my Facebook Page, my friend Katie offered sushi presses that Wayne (of Sticks & Stones) had made to go with my sets.  A perfect addition, I happily accepted.

The sets are $95 each and consist of two plates that are 6″, two cute little sauce dishes that are 3.5″ to 4″ and the beautiful 3 part Sushi Press.  A sweet set for two, I think it will be quite romantic using them!  Or for family fare you’ll need two sets.

Click here to purchase the set above (Whirl Design on Black)

If you’d rather have the Whirl Design on white, you can purchase it by clicking this link.

If you like the white background, you can purchase the Wave and Lotus Design with a click on this link.

And if you like the black background with the Wave and Lotus Design shown at the top of this post, you can click here to purchase it.

I’ve given my time and talent, along with Wayne and Katie Cordrey to produce these beautiful sets.  I hope you’ll consider purchasing one or two.  100% of your purchase price will go directly to relief efforts.

Did I tell you the carving on the sushi press is the Japanese character for ‘peace’?

Peace to you and yours.  xoxoxo

The Glass Craft and Bead Expo hosts a trade show that delights the eye and can bankrupt your wallet.  I have wholesale accounts with many of the suppliers, so try to not overwhelm my credit card while checking out all the new tools and supplies.

I confess I did come home with a few new toys…mostly from His Glassworks.

You can take quick classes on the spot at some of the booths, most of which are free.

Or you can register for a hands on workshop and take home valuable information.  Plus samples that you make in class and tons of notes to duplicate the projects in your own studio.

I couldn’t teach my classes without the support of Paragon Kilns.

Nor could I conduct a class without the generous support of Bullseye Glass!

The wonderful team at Delphi gave my students a host of design accoutrements for our projects.

Last, but not least, my students wouldn’t be able to ‘finish’ their projects without the support of Glastar!  I truly appreciate the generous support of these companies.

When teaching, it’s difficult remembering to pick up my camera, so there are only a few shots of my classes.

Most of my photos are during lunch, or after class and definitely on the run!

My students this year, without exception were incredibly talented, intelligent and FUN!

Thank you for taking my classes, I hope you’ll keep in touch and remember I’m available for you anytime.

I’ve spent this week catching up on processing and shipping orders and just yesterday finished unpacking.  I love teaching on the road, but am always glad to be home.

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