Fueling The Passion


SCFS News: Winter 2022

President’s Corner

Greetings Flame Surfers! 2022 is upon us, with hope of less coronavirus concerns, but likely another year of water shortage. I hope you will find no shortage of enthusiasm for your creativity with glass. Despite the challenges, our chapter continued with our traditions of bringing together southern California flame workers and supporting Beads of courage. Here are some of the highlights from 2021:

  • We created a monthly social torching gathering in Culver City, that we call Studio 104. David Keith has generously donated use of his and Charlie Warner’s studio (including glass and tools!) to help SCFS members stay in touch and make beads for Beads of courage. We plan to continue this activity in 2022, generally on the first Wednesday of each month.
  • We held a wonderful art event for teen Beads of Courage members from CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) in October at the Orange County Fine Arts (OCFA) gallery in Santa Ana. Our members helped our visitors make polymer beads and we made custom glass beads for them while they watched. Watch for an announcement for another event with CHOC in May.
  • Many of us gathered for a holiday meeting in December, filled with great food, show and tell, a gift exchange, and a chance to try making blown ornaments in soft glass using glaskolben points.
  • We updated and streamlined our chapter operating guidelines, to provide a chapter structure in line with current ISGB requirements.
  • We received a bronze medal award from Beads of Courage for donating over 500 courage beads in 2021.

Sadly, no additional members have come forward to volunteer to serve as Vice President or President for 2022. Fortunately, the current chapter board members have agreed to serve for another year. Your chapter leadership for 2022 is: Susan Haskell (Vice President), Steven Bay (President), Judy Carlson (Treasurer), Susan Walter (Website Manager). While we may all be vaccinated against the coronavirus, this lack of member engagement, if it continues, will lead to a death spiral for our chapter. It will be sad to see one of the longest running ISGB chapters wither away, like plants one has tired of caring for. The leadership is hopeful that you will participate in some of the activities planned for next quarter and help our chapter stay active; see below for details about events in March.

Please remember to renew your SCFS membership for 2022. Your dues provide essential funds to support our events (both online and in person) and allow us to continue our special activities for Beads of Courage. Dues for 2022 are $20. Please contact our Treasurer Judy Carlson for payment instructions:  judy@jujeebeads.com. You can pay using Venmo by directing payment to: @Judy-Carlson-1. Please contact Membership Chair Susan Haskell: sihaskell@aol.com; or Judy if you have questions about your membership status. Note that all memberships expired in December 2021.


  • This quarter’s chapter showcase theme is “song titles”. All chapter members are invited to make a bead/glass item inspired by a song title and submit your entry to ISGB by March 31. Your entry (single good quality jpg image) will be published in the ISGB journal (Glass Bead Evolution) and you will be eligible for a prize drawing. To participate, send an email with attached photo to dallaura@isgb.org and include your full name, chapter affiliation, and song title inspiration.
  • The ISGB Gathering will be online again in 2022, from June 9-12. Details about the meeting theme, presenters, and special activities are currently being planned.
  • The ISGB Second Sunday-Creators and Makers series is continuing for 2022. Recent featured artists have included Milon Townsend and Heather Trimlett. I encourage all of you to join these events and be inspired by these notable artists. Registration is free to ISGB members and available for $10 per event to nonmembers.
  • The ISGB will sponsor a Chapter fundraising online auction on April 7-10. All chapter members are eligible to participate and provide items of your art or supplies for the auction. Submissions are due March 21-April 4 (photo uploads). Specific instructions on how to participate in the auction are forthcoming; please email me (burnedfingers18@gmail.com) if you wish to be included in this activity.

Studio 104

  • Wednesday, March 2, 10 am – 4 pm Pacific Time
  • David Keith’s studio in Culver City
  • Potluck and open torches to support Beads of Courage
  • Coronavirus vaccination required
  • Contact David Keith for directions and more information: david.calif@yahoo.com

Bring a snack to share and join David Keith and other SCFS members for some social torching to make courage beads. Effetre glass and a wide variety of tools are available for use, just bring your glasses and enthusiasm. This is a great way to share ideas and refine your bead making skills.

Polymer Clay Party

  • Sunday, March 27, 10 am – 2 pm Pacific Time
  • Wendy Ley’s house: 1372 Cameo Dr., Tustin, CA
  • Make polymer clay canes to support Beads of Courage events
  • Coronavirus vaccination required
  • Contact Wendy for directions and more information: firesinger1@gmail.com

Stop by and help us prepare special clay canes for use in our May BOC event with CHOC. All supplies will be provided, and no experience is necessary. It’s fun and great practice for making glass canes.

Member Chat (New)

We will be hosting an online chat room for SCFS members on Saturday, March 12, from 10 am – 11 am. This is an informal social gathering to catch up with your friends and share some of your recent work. A great opportunity to show your entries for the Chapter Showcase. We will be sending out a link to join the chat to all SCFS members several days before the event.

Thanks for your support and enthusiasm,
Steve Bay
President, So Cal Flame Surfers