ABOUT

 
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I grew up in Virginia, just on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.  Back in the 1960’s it was a quiet and wonderful place to be, a woodland just outside my door. Nature, in all its wonder and beauty, has been and still remains a large influence in my work.  At the age of 11, my mother gave me my first set of oil paints. Creating art has been my focus ever since. My fascination with ceramics began in 1974, at the young age of 18, when I purchased a potter’s wheel. The plasticity of this medium with its endless possibilities have remained a constant inspiration for over 4 decades. 

I am self-taught. Through diligence, a library and advice from seasoned potters, I learned my way with the wheel and how to glaze and fire ware. I began as a functional potter, throwing bowls, mugs and such. In the early 1990's I had a bit of an awakening with my work and began to sculpt sculptural sea forms. These forms have carried over into my current body of work in the lids that are cast in glass. 

In 2004, I began to experiment with “crystalline” glazes.  This type of firing is very captivating and the search for the “BIG” crystal can be seductive. For some, the glaze becomes the only important aspect of the piece. My goal has always been to find balance and harmony with shape, lid and glaze; not letting each aspect take over the piece. I don’t consider myself a crystalline potter, but a ceramic artist that will constantly change, evolve and grow.  

 

PROCESS

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My work is a combination of hand-thrown ceramic vessels some of which hold or cradle a sculpture; each initially sculpted in clay.  Some are selected to cast in lead crystal glass using the “lost wax” technique. 

I created my first sculpture in clay with the intension of it being cast in glass about 10 years ago.  It was kept safely in a box for over 6 years. By chance, I found Hugh McKay, a glass caster, well known in the glass community as a “Master” of glass casting. He was the technical genius behind the late Binh Pho’s exquisite wood turnings, cast into glass.

 

GALLERIES

My work is available through the following galleries.  If you have particular piece in mind or you don't see what you are looking for, please contact me.  If you happen to visit Wimberley, please stop by our studio and gallery.... by appointment or chance :) 

Artsy 

 https://www.artsy.net/artist/debra-steidel/works-for-sale

Duncan McClellan Gallery

2342 Emerson Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

https://dmglass.com

Objects and More 

4462 Irvington Road, Virginia 22480
https://objectsartandmore.com/artist-works.php?artistId=343845&artist=DEBRA+STEIDEL

Regis Gallery - Las Vegas

The Grande Canal Shoppes at The Venetian 

3377 S Las Vegas Blvd SUITE 2060, Las Vegas, NV 89109

contact : Isaac Dweck for more information on available work.

 ikedweck07@yahoo.com

Rob Schouten Gallery

101 Anthes Ave, Langley, WA 98260

https://www.robschoutengallery.com/debra-steidel

Steidel Fine Art

Located in the Palm Beach Design Center

500 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

https://www.steidelfineart.com/debra-steidel

The Gallery at Four India Street

Nantucket, MA 02554

https://thegallerynantucket.com/

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

The Kessler Collection

325 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801

https://www.kesslercollection.com/bohemian-orlando/

Water Street Gallery

98 West Center Street

Douglas, MI  49406

waterstreetgallery.com

 
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