J.A. Geiger Studio http://jageigerstudio.com Fine Art Stained Glass Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:44:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fire Me Up! http://jageigerstudio.com/fire/ http://jageigerstudio.com/fire/#respond Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:51:57 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=1124 the studio doorbells

the studio doorbells…

So I am taking the plunge, and launching a crowd-funding campaign. What’s the plan? Well, the studio needs some better electricity and a new kiln, so I’m offering rewards to help me fund the infrastructure. Want to help?

Currently my 396 square foot studio has a tiny baby kiln, and if you have been following the studio lately, you know that little baby has broken down & been fixed more than once because it has been working overtime.

the baby kiln

the baby kiln

The dilemma is that the current electrical load is already maxed out in the studio. So when the kiln is running, the soldering has to wait and sometimes I even need to turn the lights off in order to avoid tripping the breaker. This is not productive…

Without further ado, this is what I plan to do:
* Larger kiln – the Paragon CS19S SSP Kiln, $1500-1600

the NEW Kiln, a Paragon-CS19S

the NEW Kiln, a Paragon-CS19S

The Paragon CS19S SSP Kiln has an interior firing chamber of 19″ wide by 19″ deep by 6 1/2″ high. This is more than twice the size of my baby kiln! It is a Clamshell Type with a Mercury Relay, which is a fancy switch that prevents the kiln from over-firing and burning down the studio – which would be a very bad thing! This also means that I will actually use less electricity because each firing will more than double (2.5 times!) my current production, so I won’t need to fire as often.

* Kiln furniture (this sounds more exotic than it is) – $200-300
The kiln shelves (multiple shelves for concurrent projects), stand-off posts, dams and fiber paper, and the other things that are necessary for firing safely and productively.

* Upgrade electrical work – $800-1000
The sub-panel needs to be replaced (more circuits) and a dedicated outlet (240 Volt, 20 Amp.) wired for the new kiln. Separating the kiln from the rest of the electrical load will help prevent the breakers from tripping willy-nilly.

** and if there’s any extra, Air Conditioning would be awesome, but I would truly love to add a solar panel and replace the baseboard heat with something more energy efficient…

Rewards are given for any contribution and range from handwritten thank you’s (everyone gets one!), note cards, rainbow stars, coasters with Dichroic stars, or a private session to make your very own fused ornament in the new kiln!

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Sample Event Mpls http://jageigerstudio.com/sample-event-mpls/ http://jageigerstudio.com/sample-event-mpls/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:12:45 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=1099
open streetsDate and Time:
Sunday, July 27, 2014 -10:00am to 4:00pm
Northeast Minneapolis, 18 1/2 Avenue to 26th Avenue

Open Streets Mpls brings together families and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a safe, car-free environment.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) is a proud to be a partner with Open Streets Northeast Minneapolis. Keep an eye out for these NEMAA artist booths:

  • John Akre - Street Animation Station
  • Loretta Bebeau - Interactive hand-tracing art
  • Kari Lindeman – Dancing Community Project
  • Deb McPeck - Paint ‘n Take Cement Leaves
  • Monica Sheets - SPARKit, music, games and more!
  • Parallel Universe - Representing Music Visually
  • Patricia Punykova - Labyrinth
  • Plus, visit us at the NEMAA Booth! Pick up a free open studio bookmark, Artist Directory & Guide, NEMAA button, treats, and learn more about NEMAA and our programs!
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Upcoming Dates & Places 2014 http://jageigerstudio.com/upcoming-dates-places-2014/ http://jageigerstudio.com/upcoming-dates-places-2014/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:35:22 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=1081 Please note: some dates and times may be revised as new information becomes available… and if a link is broken, missing or otherwise unavailable, just contact me for more details! ]]> http://jageigerstudio.com/upcoming-dates-places-2014/feed/ 0 Healing Arts Exhibit http://jageigerstudio.com/healing-arts-exhibit/ http://jageigerstudio.com/healing-arts-exhibit/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:12:37 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=1062 Inspired by and original watercolor sketch.

Inspired by and original watercolor sketch.

July 9 -October 5: 

Westfields Hospital. New Richmond, WI

  • Thursday, July 17, 5:30-7:30 – Artists Opening Reception

September 8 -October 24: Journeys in Transparency

New Visions Gallery. Marshfield, WI

  • Sunday, September 7, 1:00-3:30 – Opening Reception
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1-Sample Page with Gallery http://jageigerstudio.com/1-sample-page-gallery/ http://jageigerstudio.com/1-sample-page-gallery/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:19:15 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=1059 Galleries can be easily added by click on “Add Media” “Create Gallery” and then choosing the images you want to show.   This is a sample post to show a thumbnail photo gallery

Twilight Birch Copper sisters Fireflies Inspired by and original watercolor sketch. 100 Trees

This is a sample with a slideshow gallery

Click to view slideshow.


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Adding New Artwork http://jageigerstudio.com/adding-new-artwork/ http://jageigerstudio.com/adding-new-artwork/#respond Sat, 28 Jun 2014 02:34:57 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=1033 I have a show at the Westfields Hospital in New Richmond, WI that starts next week (more details here), and as I was compiling the inventory list to submit, I realized that of the 7 pieces I was showing, 5 of them had never been uploaded to the website!

The City Dance triptych is based on the movie ‘Chicago!’, and all of the little dancers are cut with an exacto blade out of paper, then sandwiched between two thin pieces of glass. They are dancing in the windows of a series of bevel skyscrapers…

City Dance triptych

City Dance triptych

Fireflies and 100 Trees are both inspired by one of my painting sketches. Fireflies was based on an encaustic sketch of birch trees outlined by a deep blue night and 100 Trees started with a watercolor sketch.


100 Trees

100 Trees




Two Sisters was a piece I did to celebrate the bond between siblings, with the copper mesh twining in and out, front to back, and slowly turning a beautiful verdigris.

Copper sisters

Copper Sisters

 Arise and Bonsai were the only pieces already uploaded!

Whew, I need to catch up on my updating and uploading… stay tuned for more.

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Please, take some Photos! http://jageigerstudio.com/please-take-photos/ http://jageigerstudio.com/please-take-photos/#respond Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:11:05 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=1018 People are always taking photos of artists’ artwork. And at a show, most people never ask if it is OK – which is pretty annoying most of the time. But in this digital age of cellphones and social media sharing, it is inevitable… I am just as guilty as the next person (but I always ask first).

This is the photo I took of my set-up at Art-A-Whirl in the Grain Belt Bottling House this spring:

2014 Art-A-Whirl

My Art-A-Whirl display during a lull in the afternoon.







Now contrast this with what another artist sent me the week after the show:

Photo taken by Garrett Bartholme.

Photo taken by Garrett Bartholme.

We are more than happy to let you photograph our artwork when you ask, especially especially when this is what they send you after the show!


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Studio Greeting Cards http://jageigerstudio.com/studio-greeting-cards/ http://jageigerstudio.com/studio-greeting-cards/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:21:24 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=915 Studio Greeting Cards, plus a Calendar!
2014 Studio Calendar

The calendar is in the clear CD case that opens up to sit on your desktop – how cool is that?

Fall is in the air, and you know what that means… the Holidays are almost here! In the studio this year, that means that I have been busy designing a new series of greeting cards and a special 2014 Desktop Calendar in a CD case – all featuring art glass images.

Brief Anatomy of the Envelope and Greeting Card sizes

Why do cards have such odd size designations like the A2 and #9? The “A” actually stands for ‘announcement’, but it also is a designation of the type of envelope that has flat side seams and a squared off flap. The Baronial envelope series has a lot of the same sizes as the “A”, like the 5 1/2-bar is the same as the A2, but the flap is pointed and the seams are diagonal. The Squares also refer to the envelope sizes, but can have pointed flaps with diagonal seams like the Baronial or side seams and a flat flap like the A series. Did you also know that the post office charges more for postage on square cards because the cards are not as easily ‘read’ by the automated system. But they are still my favorite size! The #10 envelope has become the standard business size, and it gets a fancier look when made with a squared off flap, rather than the common point. And you guessed it, the #9 is a slightly smaller version of the #10.

Who knew?

2013 Greeting Cards

Here is a peek at the cards…

Cards in my studio typically have the A series envelopes, though the #9 is in the Baronial style.

    • A2: card measures 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
    • A6: cards are 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″.
    • Square 5×5: card is 4 3/4″ square.
    • #9: this is the small business envelope type. The cards are 3 5/8″ x 8 1/2″.


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But it Doesn’t Match My Sofa! http://jageigerstudio.com/but-it-doesnt-match-my-sofa/ http://jageigerstudio.com/but-it-doesnt-match-my-sofa/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:28:22 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=832 Does this match my sofa?

Well, no, but you will have the artwork a lot longer than you have the sofa, so is that really important? And contrast is good, which in designer speak is called ‘accent colors’, so go ahead, buy that painting, pottery, art glass that you love… it truly will compliment your home, even if it doesn’t match the sofa. The simple secret to collecting artwork is to LOVE it. All else will fall into place, and you will find a place to display it – even if you think you don’t have space.

This pair of windows coordinates with the interior, but they weren't designed to match. And actually, the right hand panel was designed to hide the deck railing just outside with the lower 'branches'.

This pair of windows coordinates with the interior, but they weren’t designed to match the sofa. And actually, the right hand panel was designed to hide the deck railing just outside with the lower ‘branches’.

I come from a background as an architect, and while those projects all have individual designs, every one is a response to the client’s desires, budget, site constraints, building codes, etc. I approach my artwork the same way: so the client wants a red palette because the room has red accents, no problem. I still work in my style, but I also think of it as a creative driving challenge. I make the artwork speak to the client AND satisfy my own creative outlet.
Is this considered commercial, ‘selling out’ to the masses, or simply survival? I would say that is just the way I work – the way I LIKE to work. I thrive with the challenge of creating within tight constraints. The result is still fine art – and it is customized.
On the other hand, when I get requests for sunflowers, magnolias or copies of Frank Lloyd Wright’s windows, I will politely decline the commission and offer various referrals to other glass artists…

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Watercolor Sketches http://jageigerstudio.com/watercolor-sketches/ http://jageigerstudio.com/watercolor-sketches/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2013 03:02:07 +0000 http://jageigerstudio.com/?p=853 Some artists cannot talk without sketching, like my friend Tracie Thompson. I have never really been a doodler, but I was one of those kids always drawing horses instead of doing my homework as kid. So with inspiration from Tracie, I have been making an effort to explore the artiste part of my psyche by finding joy in some old mediums.

While off in the north woods of Wisconsin working on my business plan I took some time to sketch a couple of rough landscapes. Then I stole Tracie’s watercolor set and tried my hand with them after a twenty year hiatus. Not exactly Rembrandt, but I am happy with the results and can’t wait to get back in the studio to to translate these into some new windows.


Hoinville Lake. The play of greens was simply too rich… and then an eagle was soaring overhead.


White Pine and a twisted cottonwood trying to find the sun from the shadows.

purple clouds

Purple clouds and a blue sky, even though the rain was falling just a few minutes later.

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