Spring workshops are going great. I am having such a fine time hanging out, making art. I can't imagine anything better than being with other creative folks, exchanging ideas.
Next up: kiln carving! A few years ago I decided I'd write a book about kiln carving and bas relief techniques. I explored every facet of carving I could think of and made samples to fine-tune the techniques. I was nearly done, but life had other ideas and the book had to wait.
The upside is that I have a lot to share.
Even simple designs cut from fiber paper make striking glass work. Pack the cutouts with glass powders, apply paste relief, mica or metal foils and you'll produce something really special.
It's easy to work big with kiln carving, too, if you're thinking about architectural glass.
No glass experience is necessary, so if you're working in a different medium this is a good chance to try something new. I provide lots of designs to use, or you can design your own.
Come join us if you can, I'd love to see what you come up with. The workshop is June 24-25, more info on the workshop page. Contact me, I love to chat about glass!
More Workshops Coming -
In between snow flurries I think to myself, "spring is almost here!" Oh, brother. Talk about optimism. But I see the first blossoms on the forsythia, so I am determined to plan for the future.
Now that my studio has a lovely new window, I have a nice cozy place for workshops. I've decided to teach a few techniques this spring - April and May dates to be firmed up soon. I'll be sending out a newsletter with all the details in the next couple weeks, so be sure to sign up!
Here's a little preview:
The Rob Schouten Gallery on Whidbey Island has a gift for pairing art and poetry. I was delighted to have my piece, "View from the Forest Floor" chosen to be paired with this impressive poem by David Wagoner in the gallery's latest postcard. Perfect.
The Anacortes Arts Festival was beautiful, sunny and warm. I was assigned this lovely end booth with plenty of sun to make the glass sparkle. Many thanks to all my new collectors - I appreciate your support. Here are a few peeks...
Steph Mader is a full-time glass artist living on Whidbey Island in Washington State.