Fueling The Passion

Fall 2017 – Newsletter

SCFS News: Fall 2017

President’s Corner


Many thanks to all Surfers, friends, and family that attended our September 9 Open Studio event for Beads of Courage (BOC). Your participation made this event a success, and we could not have done it without your help in organizing the activities, donating items for the raffle, and making beads. We had an amazing raffle, with signature pieces donated by artists, including Margaret Zinser, Beau Tsai, Joy Munshower, Suellen Fowler, and Judy Carlson. We raised over $1,000 for BOC through your support. Special thanks to Kathy Spignese and Shelly Neal for showing us how to make polymer clay beads. Everyone enjoyed making these beads while talking with their friends. You all made 130 polymer beads that were donated to BOC, in addition to over 400 glass beads that you brought to the event. I continue to be amazed at your skill, creativity, and support for BOC. In addition, over 40 beads were made during the event, thanks to the generous support from Goose Fire Glass Center in providing space for our torches and activities. Photos of the beads made during the event are shown here. We also had an opportunity to talk with two visitors, Nancy and Anna, staff from the oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and learned much about the value of BOC to their work. They were thankful for all our efforts and mentioned their need for special beads related to fertility treatments and bone marrow transplants. It didn’t take long for you all to create some special bone, brain, and sperm beads, which I have already given to CHOC. One sperm bead has already found a home with Emma, a leukemia patient that recently underwent in vitro fertility procedures. Thank you for your extraordinary support of this event and BOC.

 

 

Your Board members, Charlie, Wendy, and Dee, and I are working on final preparations for our December 9 Holiday Bash meeting at Pacific Art Glass. I encourage all of you to come and participate in this important meeting. Not only will we have a great glass artist demo and special raffle, but we will be asking for your help in keeping our chapter active. We must add three additional members to our Board to sustain SCFS for the future. The current Board has been doing double duty this past year to compensate for a lack of members, and we are unable to continue in this mode next year. We also must fill these vacant positions in order to comply with ISGB requirements. The duties are not difficult, and the time commitment is small if we all work together. We need three of you to step forward and join us on the Board. We will be asking for Board member self-nominations at our next meeting.

December 9 Holiday Bash

  • Saturday, December 9, 9:30-1:00
  • Pacific Art Glass, Gardena, CA

 

Thanks to John Williams and the staff for hosting this event and giving SCFS a home this past year. As always, our holiday meeting will be a special event, with a special demonstration on marbles, expanded raffle, silent auction, pot luck, gift exchange, and plenty of opportunity for conversation. Admission is $10 for non-members, or only $5 if you join SCFS at the meeting ($25 total for 2018).

Demo. I’m excited to have Derek White, one of the leading glass pipe artists in Southern California, give us a demonstration on marble making at our meeting. Derek has been a leader in developing new artistic themes in pipes and also specializes in implosion techniques for making marbles, such as the face design shown here. Derek is a resident artist at Goose Fire Glass Center. Come and learn some new techniques that you can incorporate into either soft glass or boro; and also get insider information on the past, present, and future of “functional glass”.

Raffle and Silent Auction. The holiday raffle will be the biggest of the year! There will be a large number of prizes, including tools, glass, and gift certificates. Grand prize will be a 10- liter concentrator! We will also have a silent auction, where you can bid on individual items, including specialty glass and sets of enamels.

Glass Gift Exchange. Please bring a wrapped flame worked bead or sculptural item for the holiday gift exchange. It would be great for all members to participate. All skill levels and themes are welcome. This is a great opportunity to get a unique item from one of our talented members.

Pot Luck. Please bring a warm or cold food item to share while you socialize during the event. We will provide drinks and utensils.

Beads of Courage Donation. Please keep the donations coming. Courage beads, those with a special theme, size, texture, or sculptural element are especially needed, so that patients can document significant events in their treatment. BOC ran out of courage beads in September and there are never enough of these beads to satisfy the need. There are two suggested themes for your beads for this meeting: holidays and birthdays. The hospitals use beads to mark seasonal holiday events, such as Christmas, so beads featuring snowmen (or women), Christmas trees, stars, and ornaments would be great. Also, the hospitals need cupcakes to recognize birthdays. I’ve seen some great cupcakes donated in the past, and hope to see more at the next meeting. I will be hand delivering some of the holiday beads directly to CHOC to make sure they will get used this year.

Congratulations to all Surfers! You helped California win the 2017 Bead Challenge by being the state with the most bead donations. SCFS donated over 600 beads during the Challenge, and over1,000 beads for the year so far. We don’t have specific data on which groups donated the most beads, but I am sure that SCFS is at or near the top. BOC is planning to create a special California bead as a reward for our success.

I’m hopeful that SCFS can continue to support BOC through your artistry and other contributions. I visited CHOC shortly after our open studio event and had the privilege to meet several BOC members (patients) ranging in age from 22 years to 9 months and see firsthand how difficult their journey is. We are already making plans to build upon our relationship with CHOC to help make our bead donations even more valuable and create greater interaction been you all and BOC members next year.

BOC Tutorial

Here is a fun and easy snowman tutorial for holiday bead inspiration. Use your imagination and skill to embellish with fun hats or extra fashion style. You can download the tutorial by clicking on the snowman image to the right.

These tutorials are made possible by the generosity of Diane Woodall and Soda Lime Times www.sodalimetimes.com. Soda Lime Times is a great monthly publication for all types of flame workers and is also a major supporter of Beads of Courage. I encourage you to check out this publication, I’m sure you will find it engaging and valuable.

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