ISGB NorCal April Meeting
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...
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
Peacock informed us about fundraising events going on
that Sat night & again in the next week to save
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
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...
Click on photos to enlarge...
Click on the purplish links to go to the artists web site.
Here I am with Judith Mountain, a very cool
person & artist, you can find out more about her at
Here is a gorgeous & large piece of art by
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
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
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
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