A full-time artist and photographer my days are spent in the studio or outdoors in nature looking for wildlife, beautiful landscapes or sometimes just inspiration to take back to my studio.
I have a passion for photographing birds in flight and wildlife in general. I've been taking pictures since receiving a camera for my tenth birthday and over the last five years have become serious about my photography.
I am fortunate to live in the Columbia River Gorge where I watch several Osprey nests and look for Sandhill Cranes during spring and summer. I watch for returning Bald Eagles in the fall; and herons, ravens, hawks and vultures all year. I keep a garden filled with plants to attract songbirds, bees and butterflies, that provide me with ample photo opportunities.
My kiln-formed art glass is created using a painterly approach, primarily with powdered glass. I use iridescent glass for sparkle in my glass bowls that make a beautiful statement in your home. My art glass jewelry is fun to wear and adorns your soul. I like incorporating organic lines inspired by nature, drawn with 22k gold. A perfectionist, I will rework a design until I'm proud to present it to you. Browse through my work and make your purchases knowing you will receive quality, well executed original designs.
A fiber artist for 20 years, I met kiln-formed (also called fused) glass in 1995 and fell in love. After finally catching up a three year backlog of commission work I sold my fiber studio to concentrate on glass full time in '98.
In 2004 I began instructing on the national level, specifically working with powdered glass. Some of the specialized techniques using powdered glass I taught were Powderology; Play with Glass Paste or Clay; Color Theory and Design for Glassists; Shimmer Shine & Sparkle (Mica); Beautiful Butterflies; Wall Pocket Vases at conferences and distributors across the USA.
Nature is my primary source for inspiration as I'm surrounded by magnificent landscapes in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Our personal connections with one another are becoming ever more apparent in my work, in particular my Celestial Series. You can get to know me and read about my process on my blog: http://steiderstudios.wordpress.com/ and website: http://www.steiderstudios.com. Or for more frequent updates, check in with me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SteiderStudios.
If you're in the Northwest part of the United States and would like to see my work in person, I have work available at the following:
Pittock Mansion in Portland OR http://pittockmansion.org/
Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River OR http://www.columbiaarts.org/art-gallery.html
Hood River Jewelers http://hood-river-jewelers.com/store/
The Dalles Art Center in The Dalles OR http://thedallesartcenter.org
Artisan's Gallery in White Salmon WA http://www.artisansdesigns.com/store/pc/home.asp
Museum of Glass Gift Store in Tacoma WA http://www.museumofglassstore.org/Fine-Art-Glass-C2.aspx
You'll rarely find me at outdoor art shows because from the age of 16 I've had my share of selling art in sunny heat, rainy fog, and fierce wind. On occasion someone will coerce me into it, but I much prefer a pleasant indoor atmosphere for selling my work. As a shopper also, I would rather not be at odds with the elements while trying to find the perfect piece of art.
My life goals are to have fun, be joyful and kind, and tread lightly.
Thanks for visiting my shop! I would love to hear from you. I welcome questions and comments.