We post a lot of images of our work on facebook, instagram, and our blog. We print the images on note cards, posters, and in books. Our work comes in different sizes and shapes which leads to issues for us in lighting and backgrounds. Sometimes we have to come up with creative ideas so that we can manage to get the effects we want.
This image shows Kenny trying shooting our new mermaid piece, which has yet to be named. It is a rather large circle, quite a bi...
This rose hip syrup is a fun ingredient to play around with and to have on hand to create something special and tasty really easily. I used dried organic rose hips from a local co-op, but next summer we'll be growing Rugosa roses at River Road Farm, so we'll be able to harvest our own in the fall.
Rose Hip Syrup
2 tbsp dried rose hips
1.5 cups sugar*
2 cups water
Simmer sugar and water until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool slight...
We have been spending too much time stoking the wood stove in the Glass Goat studio, so a couple of days ago Kenny and I made our way to Omar, NY to visit the studio of 1000 Islands artist Will Salisbury. You may know him as the man who created the giant crows that you can see on the side of NYS Rt. 81 southbound just past the Alexandria Bay entrance. Will is a legend on and around the St Lawrence River and I felt meeting him was an important component of K...
This honey hot toddy recipe is perfect to warm you up on a cold winter day. It's been especially dreary and windy here at River Road Farm lately, so this is just the thing! The teacup used in the photos can be found HERE Hope you enjoy!
At River Road Farm, we strive to improve our sustainability and minimize our environmental impact as much as we can. We recognize that nobody's perfect, and the best way to live sustainably is to make improvements where possible. It's not all or nothing; it's about doing what we can to reduce our impact. To this end, we try to raise as much of our own food as possible. Each year we plan to do this a little more, both with our garden and our livestock.
Recently we decided to do a series inspired by the people who inspire us! Here is an 8" x 10" hand painted glass snowman inspired by Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess. Check out more snowman on our etsy store HERE
Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip have meant a lot to many people among our friends and family. This fall Scott's brother Dave Ouderkirk asked him to create pieces for an auction benefiting Courage for Gord, which donates to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. Scott really enjoyed creating these and giving back to a important cause, so after the auction was complete we decided to create more one of a kind snowmen inspired the Gord and the Hip,...
Scott spent the day working with Lorraine Austin at Snake Oil Glassworks in Skaeateles, NY to make the glass blocks we use to make our Bee Blocks. Here is the process.
Pouring the hot glass into the mold
Heating the glass block in the mold
We then bring the glass blocks back to Glass Goat, where we add the bee outline and hand matte each one to give it a custom, one of a kind look. Here is a picture of the finished product. (Buy it HERE)
At Glass Goat we use a lot of bee imagery in our work, from our logo to our hand stamped leather coasters. Beekeeping is one of the first farming activities Mary and Scott got involved with when founding River Road Farm, and it has been a constant source of interest and inspiration for them ever since.
"The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams," -Henry David Thoreau, is a quote we came across recently perfectly describes the way we feel no...
We partner with Lorraine Austin at Snake Oil Glassworks out of Skaneateles, NY to create a few of our items. The rondels for our hanging glass and leather roundies are mouth blown by Lorraine. Scott recently visited her studio for a day of creating rondels, as well as glass blocks which are used for our bee block paper weights. Here are a few videos depicting the process that goes into creating these beautiful and one of a kind pieces.