Back in Canada!  With the kiln blown, it was a natural break to head out for our spring walk about 2014.  I was uncertain how Canadian entry was going to go, I’ve been sweating it for almost four years… Go figure, they didnt even blink or check the truck.  Point taken, don’t fly into Winnipeg with a mannequin in your bag!!!
The ferry from Victoria to Vancouver is a super pleasant way to spend the morning drinking coffee. What a view!   Currently we’re on our way through Victoria, Idaho, and Montana taking the “back back roads” and trying the local cider.
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Back in Canada!  With the kiln blown, it was a natural break to head out for our spring walk about 2014.  I was uncertain how Canadian entry was going to go, I’ve been sweating it for almost four years… Go figure, they didnt even blink or check the truck.  Point taken, don’t fly into Winnipeg with a mannequin in your bag!!!

The ferry from Victoria to Vancouver is a super pleasant way to spend the morning drinking coffee. What a view!   Currently we’re on our way through Victoria, Idaho, and Montana taking the “back back roads” and trying the local cider.

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We’ve Blown a fuse folks!

It’s been so go-go, that I was not surprised to find my kiln took a dive when I got to the studio to check my new glass wing slump sample.  There is a strange phenomena I experience as a glass artist which I’ve heard other glass casters experience as well.  The phenomena is this strange interrelatedness/telekinesis that happens when things are running amiss in the process.  I stood there with this odd sensation after programming my controller that this firing didnt feel right.  Sure enough, come back in the morning and something had blown… no power to the elements! oofta!!!  It wasn’t the first time my intuition kicked up regarding a firing.  I have to joke and say that I implicitly believe in a kiln god.  That as a kilnform glass artist I’m am heavily reliant on the mercy of said kiln god.  Fortunately the kiln crashing actually supplied me with a much needed stopping break.  I’ve needed the reason to stop pushing myself so hard!  so in the end the universe is strangely provisional!

1st edit of the new short-work in progress:

A creative short film exploring the making, breaking, and other process involved in the creation of a life size kilnform glass and steel Centaur, “Diaphanum.” Built in summer of 2013 by glass artist Jen Fuller and metal artist Steve Tilden, filmed by Hayden Peters and Andy Maser.

More to come

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Spring time in Boom Town

It’s been a fast track spring now that I have arrived back in Portland.  I have been non-stop in the kiln and my ox-actyline skills have greatly improved my welding.  Current projects are moving towards kinetic flying machines.  “Ornitocopters ala devinci”.  Everything has become glass wing this and glass wing that but I have to admit the cam drive/gearing systems are blowing the top off my brain.  Lately I’ve been searching out music that I can license for the short film Hayden Peters and Maser films shot this past year.  I’m really excited about the first edit and can’t wait to finish it.  Who doesn’t want to see glass torsos breaking in slow motion?  It’s shaping up to be a wham bam sort of summer.  My honey and I will be jetting off to visit friends in canada and montana in June for a much needed breather before barreling back into our respective studios.

Clearly two faced!!! *Insert laughter here*
Kiln form glass faces being laminated together. Perhaps I’m going to make them into hanging lamps or wall sconces.

Sir Tilden of Daedalus: Steve Tilden reflecting upon his steel creation.  The cardboard wing is a very rough mock-up of where the glass feathers will attach to the wing frame.  I have yet to sculpt a face for Daedalus but am beginning to think that casting Steve face would be an apropos notion.
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Sir Tilden of Daedalus: Steve Tilden reflecting upon his steel creation.  The cardboard wing is a very rough mock-up of where the glass feathers will attach to the wing frame.  I have yet to sculpt a face for Daedalus but am beginning to think that casting Steve face would be an apropos notion.

Mold making for glass faces.  Aiming for a series of “Artemis.”  The goddess who becomes a white stag when she enters the forest.  She is protector of the natural world and all things wild.  I think everyone should have a protector of all things wild for themselves!
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Mold making for glass faces.  Aiming for a series of “Artemis.”  The goddess who becomes a white stag when she enters the forest.  She is protector of the natural world and all things wild.  I think everyone should have a protector of all things wild for themselves!

Daedalus: Steve has taken it upon himself to begin a new lifesize glass and steel sculpture of the epic Daedalus, father to Icarus, engineer of greece!  He is six feet tall, made of steel, and will feature a five foot glass wing and copper and glass face.  The body is nearing half completion, but we have found in the past that this scale of sculpture takes a lot of bourbon and contemplation.
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Daedalus: Steve has taken it upon himself to begin a new lifesize glass and steel sculpture of the epic Daedalus, father to Icarus, engineer of greece!  He is six feet tall, made of steel, and will feature a five foot glass wing and copper and glass face.  The body is nearing half completion, but we have found in the past that this scale of sculpture takes a lot of bourbon and contemplation.