This has been the season of kiln casting! I did two open-faced casting workshops this spring. It's so surprising to see the variety of work that comes out of the kiln.
Everyone did two projects. We started by making clay models, carving them and adding elements. We covered them with a plaster/sand investment mixture. We removed the clay, then we added glass powders, frit, twisted rods, dichro flakes, copper elements... just letting imagination run amok.
Casting is a lot of work but the payoff is that you learn tons of techniques and skills that go into making the work. That should provide all the skills you need to carry on with the work in your own studio. I hope participants keep sending me photos of new work!
I've been concentrating on making some free-standing glass landscape sculptures. Here are the new pieces going to the Rob Schouten Gallery in Langley, on Whidbey Island. I love the way they glow when they have light streaming through them.
There's a whole room full of glass in the gallery - all sparkly and vibrant. It's worth a trip to see.
Through the Valley, 17x8x4
Rise Above, 15x7x3
Summer Fields, 15x7x3
Steph Mader is a full-time glass artist living on Whidbey Island in Washington State.