Sundial’s SilverStones Club has selected Mike Pfeiler as its featured artist.
The fact Pfeiler has only been in the club for nine months makes his selection that much more impressive. In that short time period, he has basically just done glass fusion, but has produced enough quality pieces to be recognized.
Pfeiler and his wife Becky are both members and they took a glass fusion class taught by Janet Allison, which sparked their interest.
“Glass fusion looked exciting and the fun part is trying different things,” Pfeiler stated. “Some work, some don’t.”
When asked about the types of creations he likes the most, he replied, “My wife and I just finished an aquarium which took a lot of trial and error. We have done Christmas ornaments and now we are doing night lights. I’m thinking about starting lapidary so we can make stands for our glass.”
His favorite piece is his last night light, which is a palm tree that shows a sunset when the light is on.
When asked what attracted him to his craft and if he has any other craft/art hobbies, Pfeiler replied, “I took art in high school and really liked it, but never did anything until I was 40.”
At that time, he bought a house with an 18’ high wall and painted a 4’ by 8’ landscape on it. He loved the project and has been doing painting, sculpting and styrofoam since then. His inspiration and biggest influence for his creations come from his love of Hawaiian landscapes and his love of bright colors — the bolder the better.
“I like big and different,” he states. “I wear the brightest of Hawaiian shirts.”
As for motivation, Pfeiler loves making things for his wife and for friends and family.
“I love when something is done and somebody loves it. I enjoy giving it to them,” he stated.
Pfeiler describes the favorite part of working his craft as “coming up with an idea, then figuring out how to make it work. I sort of get in a zone and have fun with it.”
SilverStones is open 8 a.m.-noon. Members can request extended hours as need. Members can take classes in lapidary, silver work, lost wax casting, fused glass, chaining and wire wrap. Cost is $15 a year to join the club and classes cost $10-$45 plus the cost of materials. Tools and equipment are provided by the club.