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This past Saturday Hubby & I went to the 2005 April meeting of The SOCIETY OF GLASS BEADMAKERS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, many of the  who's who of the Northern California glass bead artists were on hand to have some fun, meet, greet & discuss glass beads. The event was hosted by & held @ the Studio of Judith Mountain & Wayne Robbins. If you don't already know about these 2 awesome artists, then you should make it a point to find out about their talents...Judith & Wayne create gorgeous art for your body & your living space, all in their lovely place in the Santa Cruz Mountains...
Sharon Peters whom as you know I consider one of the foremost queens of the glass bead world, let us know about a new charity that the NorCal ISGB will be involved in, I will have more information on this charity in a week or two & will make a page for it on the site, should you want to get involved as well... she explained to us that the donated glass beads would be given to children with cancer. While going through their different treatments they would get them as milestones in their journey to recovery. Another one of my all time favorite glass artists Janice Peacock informed us about fundraising events going on that Sat night & again in the next week to save Public Glass in San Francisco from having to close its doors. This is a great place to take classes of all kinds in the art of glass & to rent space to work on your own creations it would be a shame to see it close, if you would like to donate go the link above, they have Paypal buttons already set up on their home page.  I love going to these events, as you may know I am not a big fan of bead shows & such, these events give me an opportunity to meet & hang out with some great glass artists.
If you would like to join the SOCIETY OF GLASS BEADMAKERS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA click here to email Jim Kerwin whom by the way was there with his sweet wife Peggy, Jim as you know has written many books on many glass artists, I call him one of the most famous people of this art form, as I told my friend & student Nancy to take a picture with Jim & his wife, one good way of becoming famous may be to hang out with some famous folks...3 of my past students were also at this meeting...it was cool to hang out with them, hoping in someway I had helped them touch their chosen art, knowing full well, if not through me, they would have found other ways to get there...look below for photos, more artists & stories of the fun day...
When you spend the afternoon with the likes of Tom Boylan, a glass artist who has been making amazing beads for over 20 years, you realize how much larger & how extensive this trade really is...lets face it folks, its not at all just about the latest Wetcanvas thread or the hottest new book on the market, Tom for example could actually say a particular design is his very own...
There were also many other artists there that I did not get to meet or take a photo of, one of my all time favorite people & glass artist Shirley Cook, somehow escaped photo taking this time around as well...

 

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Here I am with Judith Mountain, a very cool person & artist, you can find out more about her at MountainRobbins.com


Here is a gorgeous & large piece of art by Judith...


Here we all gathered around to watch Wayne do a demo at the torch, if you are a glass artist you would know why this picture is funny...generally it is unsafe to use a lighter to light the torch, since there is often hot glass flying on the table, there is a possibility that it would land on the plastic part of the lighter & catch on fire...just like me, Wayne hates to use the striker & he said he has a hook for the lighter under the bench where if would be safe to keep it...he does look cool, you should see this studio, it is awesome, also he has a really cool ventilation set up in front of each of the 5 torches at work table, he will be soon selling them...so keep an eye out at MountainRobbins.com for this product & all kinds of amazing glass art by Wayne...


Glass art by Wayne Robbins...


Another stunning piece of glass art called Emerging Frog in Boro by Wayne Robbins...


Peggy (on the left) & Jim Kerwin with Nancy Moore, one of my students from 2 years ago, turned friend...


Martin my hubby (or rather Hunk, what Sharon Peters calls him) relaxing on the couch inside Wayne's studio, who can blame him, our entire place we live in now is about 50ft bigger than Wayne's studio...


Sharon Peters of Smartassglass.com & me...


Here is a brand new fun wacky bead from Sharon Peters, called Piddler On the Roof...


This is Madrona, a very talented & nice glass artist I met at the event, she is covering her necklace, she does not want everyone on the internet to see her work, she knows me & my work from the internet... If I were to describe her work I would say her art is a cross pollination of Andrea Guarino, Michael Barley & a few other great artists out there, very beautiful beads to say the least...


Andrew on the right, one of my students from about 2 years ago, Kim up & coming glass artist, Toni of wildwoodsartglass.com & in front Julie Price another up & coming glass artist who was also a student in 2 of my classes in the past 4 months, watch out for her great work under the name of Corolitas Designs...both her & Toni do not like having their pictures taken, I however do not take no for an answer...


This is Rosemary Tottosy on the left & Lisa Fletcher on the right, I met them at the event, they are both great bead artists as well being very cool people, I hope to get to know them both better...you can find Rosemary's art at www.Rosebeads.net

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