Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Caudill Glassworks

Time to promote my amazing husband and his glass mosaics!

Jess has been working with glass for the past 10 years, becoming an expert in fused glass.  Lately, however, he has created glass mosaics on discarded widow frames.  This is a piece he was commission to create by a customer in Portland.

These are two pieces that are hanging at Dirty Finger Bike Shop in Hood River, Oregon.

Dia de Los Muertos skull in progress.  This was part of a show at the Columbia Gorge Art Center.

Jess has also been commissioned by local businesses to create their logo in glass.  This one is hanging at Waterfront Enodontics in Hood River. 

As a thank you for all his hard work, the Gorge Roller Girls gave this to our coach.   Notice the wheels, mouth guard and skate tool that were added to this piece.

This skull mosaic is hanging in the upstairs window of Discover Bikes in Hood River.  Jess incorporated bikes chains and gears throughout this piece.

A repeat customer commissioned this skull for his business.    I believe it was intended for the Portland location of Nella Cutlery.  Jess was given a handful of knives to add to the mosaic.  Can you find them within the flames?

These two skulls were part of the Dia de Los Muertos show at The Remains art gallery in Hood River.

The Modelo beer bottles were cut in half and added a three dimensional aspect to this piece.

Jess Caudill


Another successful Art Week at May Street Elementary has come and gone.  This year the week-long lesson was about labyrinths and mazes.  I first taught the students the difference between a labyrinth and a maze. (A labyrinth has one path leading to the center with no tricks, dead-ends or false paths.  A maze is meant to be a puzzle to figure out.)

The students spent the week creating labyrinths with the idea of using them to help focus, slow down, solve problems and center themselves.

The students made books filled with many examples of labyrinths to use as finger labyrinths.

I taught them how to create their own labyrinth by starting with drawing a seed.  Students used recycled book pages, and watercolor crayons on their labyrinths.  They outlined their labyrinths with white glue to create a raised line and barrier for their finger when they use their finger labyrinths.  Their creations were added to the cover of their books.

Students also decorated bean bags with a finger labyrinth.  Each student worked with me to sew the bean bags with my sewing machine.  I bring my sewing machine into as many lessons as possible and am always amazed at how many students have not had the experience to seeing a sewing machine in action.

We used the bean bags to create a walking labyrinth.  The student worked together to figure out how to create the labyrinth on the classroom floor and then took turns walking through it with a focused intention.

The younger group of kids created a simple spiral labyrinth, but also enjoyed walking through it.

On our final day together, the students collaborated on a walking labyrinth made on the backside of a reclaimed billboard.  I gave the students metallic markers to use on the black vinyl billboard.  These labyrinths were given to the school for classes to use whenever they desired.

Doggy Days of Summer Camp

For the last two summers, I was asked to be part of a new summer camp program that was created at Home at Last, the Humane Society, in The Dalles, Oregon.  We wanted to offer a week long day camp for kids in the community to learn about and work with the animals at the shelter.  What an amazing week we had.

Each day the campers walked the dogs along the Riverfront Trail.  Finding 8-9 dogs a day that were kid friendly and were able to walk together in a group proved to be a challenge, but the staff at Home At Last rose to the challenge each day.

The campers learned about animal behavior, created animal themed art projects, made animal beds and dog/cat toys and read to the animals each day.  They also collaborated on painting a dog house that is now sitting in front of the building, greeting the guests each day.

Here are some of the projects the kids created during the week.

Recycled packaging sillouttes

Magazine Mosaics

Painting the dog house

cap nip toys


Animal Silhouettes.  We used this technique on t-shirts.

Dog toys

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Recycled Animals from Book Pages and Magazines

I recently taught a class on recycled animals inspired by author/ illustrator Jan Brett.  She is coming to town soon to give a talk and I was asked to teach a class over Thanksgiving break inspired by her work.  

 Since I work with recycled materials, I decided to have the students draw a picture of an animal on recycled book pages.  I read Jan Brett's books The Mitten and The Hat to the class.  We looked at the pictures in the books as examples.  The students drew animals in pencil, used Sharpies to outline and then painted them in with watercolor.

While the painted animals were drying, the students painted a border and habitat in black tempura on the back of brown grocery bags.  


They used magazines to create a mosaic to fill in their animal's habitat.

Once the habitat was complete, they cut out their animal and glued it to their habitat.

Here is a work in progress.  I can't wait to see this when it gets finished!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hood River Holiday Pop-up Shop

 I have decided to open a Holiday Pop-up Shop this winter in downtown Hood River, Oregon.  I was able to find a beautiful building on Oak Street and with the collaboration of as many other handmade artists/ crafters/designers as I can find, we will have a temporary shop selling our handmade creations just time for holiday shopping.

  We can't wait to get into the building to start getting it prepared for our artists to bring creations and transform this former art gallery and wine tasting room into a handmade marketplace.

   The former Gallery 301 will become Hood River Holiday Pop-up Shop from November through December.    It will be open Fridays-Sundays from 10am-6pm and everyday starting the week before Christmas.

If you are a local handmade artist/crafter/designer and would like to learn more about selling your creations at our Pop-up Shop, please email me: rethinkcrafts@gmail.com or find us on Facebook: Hood River Holiday Pop-up Shop.

Here is a direct link to the application. http://www.kids-inthehood.com/uploads/1/4/2/8/14285249/hood_river_holiday_pop_up.pdf

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I had a chance to work with the Chenowith Elementary School  student in The Dalles, Oregon to create 6 mosaics to beautify the front of the school.

This is where the mosaics were to be installed once they were finished.

Boxes of ceramic tiles were donated to the school in a variety of colors.

The school grounds are beautiful, with a courtyard, flower garden, wildlife and a pond.  We used this as inspiration for a handful of the mosaics.

I had each of the classes brainstorm ideas for the mosaics after giving them a topic.  The students each drew pictures and I used those as the inspiration for the designs.

Kindergarten- playground

1st Grade- Courtyard/ Garden
2nd grade- Pond
3rd Grade- Native Animals
4th Grade- River
5th Grade- Landscape

Each of the students had a chance to break the tiles with a hammer then sort them by color to prepare for creating our mosaics.


Now we were ready to begin arranging the broken tiles on hardi board and gluing them on.

Here are the 6 panels start to finish

Kindergarten- Playground

1st Grade- Garden

2nd Grade- Pond

3rd Grade- Native Wildlife

4th Grade- Columbia River/ The Dalles Dam

5th Grade- Landsccape

 Once the pieces were installed, the teachers helped to grout them in.  I chose gray for the grout, but since the pictures were taken when the grout was still wet, it looks really dark.