This past weekend we went to BABE,
On Sat. we as in Martin & I and his parents, took a nice ride up to
Oakland & went to the show, we were only there for about 3 hours which
was not nearly enough time to see everything & everyone.
Many of today's talented Lampwork artists were there. I think I have
forever hurt my rep in the glass community, I am pretty sure that
Michael Barely & Larry Scoot think that I stalk them or something like
that, I mean really my behavior around these folks was nothing short of
how the paparazzi act around famous movie stars. The show was great, if
beads were the reason you were there, there were so many that made
your head swim. And if you were like me & were searching out your
favorite artists well then you were not disappointed. Below is a few
photos I took from some of the artists there & their wears...many of
whom by now have gotten restraining orders against me. There were many
other artists there, but lets face it I only had about 3 hours to harass
as many as I did, I will get the rest at another show.
Click on photos to enlarge...
Click on the purplish links to go to the artists web site.
Lots of folks, artists & beads were in a
rather small area.
Michael Barley (left) & Larry Scott, grouping
together for protection from me, the crazed fan...Honestly I
think I might have actually scared them...I was calling them the
co-kings of the glass bead world & telling strangers at their
booths about their beads & their art, as if they were not even
ah, & here we have some of Michael Barley
Here are some
Larry Scott's gorgeous beads. Of all the pictures
I took on sat, sadly these are the only ones that are not
up-close, I was so excited to have met these guys that I forgot
to take photos of them, when I went back to take photos, I was,
well lets just say nervous & messed up the photos a bit.
Here is Michele Goldstein, she was very sweet
& we had a nice talk about the bead biz.
& here are some of her lovely art, more of
which you can see on her very cool web site
Bronwen Heilman of
Ghost Cow Glassworks was so nice to me, she
humored my madness & played along rather well...you can visit
her site for some awesome beads & the Interchangeable Bead
And here are some Bronwen's beads, you just
can not believe the artistry in these until you hold one in your
I love Shirley Cook (left) who was just
visiting like I was & I had to harass her too, since they knew
each other I had her take a photo with Kate McKinnon, one of my
new favorites, not only as in artist, but also as a person
& here is Kate's lovely art...you too can see
her awesome handmade beads, jewelry & books at her very nice web
you all know I love Sharon Peters already,
here she is being herself with Bronwen
This is one of Sharon's newest creations...she
is just gorgeous & fun & I imagine very hard to do, that is all
one piece of art folks. See more of her great & wacky art at
Here I am with one of my all time favorite
glass artists Leah Fairbanks, she was so sweet & not at all as
aloof as I thought a person with such talent would be, however
she does not know me yet, so she might become more cautious as
she gets to know me better...
one of Leah's most beautiful creations, this
necklace was to die for...& well worth it as over $700.00 you
can see more of her art at
Here is my very first teacher, Pati Walton &
John Olson, sadly my photos of her beads did not come out well,
but stop by her site at
www.Patiwalton.com to her
Here are some of John's amazing beads, all I
can say is how did he do that?
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