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SCFS News: Summer 2021

SCFS News: Summer 2021

It’s been an eventful 2021 so far, and I hope you have been able to deal with all the challenges we have seen so far: fires, drought, virus variants, and domestic and international crises. I’m sure the rest of 2021 will bring even more challenges. The challenges for SCFS seem trivial in comparison, but I am happy that we have managed to keep our activities going and brought you many opportunities to learn and interact. We’ve had three successful online (Zoom) events featuring outstanding artists: Bronwen Heilman, Floor Kaspers, and Hayley Tsang Sather.

We’ve got exciting news regarding in-person events. Thanks to the generosity of David Keith, we have inaugurated monthly social torching events at his studio in Culver City, we call it Studio 104. I hope more SCFS members can join us at Studio 104 for our next gathering on September 8. Please make plans to join us for our first in-person meeting on September 11, at Pacific Art Glass. Finally, we are excited to return to the Orange County Fine Arts Showcase Gallery in October for a special Beads of Courage art event with CHOC.  Details on these great events, open to all members in good standing are given below.

Please remember to renew your SCFS membership for 2021. 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 the rest of 2021 are $10. Please contact our Treasurer Judy Carlson for 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.


  • For members: the ISGB Annual Membership Meeting is Saturday, August 28 at 9 am Pacific. Join the online meeting to welcome incoming ISGB President Bronwen Heilman and learn about upcoming events for the year.
  • Planning is underway for a second auction for Chapter members to sell their glass art and supplies. It will be held in early April 2022 and follow a similar format as the 2021 auction in April

STUDIO 104 is Open!

Studio 104, the former studio used by Charlie Warner, is fully operational. David Keith has graciously allowed SCFS members to gather at this place and use the three torch stations and vast selection of Effetre glass to share, learn, gossip, and make beads, especially for beads of courage. Participants must be vaccinated and will need to sign a waiver prior to working in the studio. We’ve had two meetings so far, generally on the second Wednesday of the month. Join us on September 8, from 10 am to 4 pm for our next get together. 


September 11 Meeting at Pacific Art Glass

  • Saturday, September 11, 10 am – 12:30 pm
  • Pacific Art Glass, Gardena, CA
  • Masks currently required by LA Co. Health Dept. order

Our first in-person SCFS meeting since 2020 will be Saturday, Sept. 11, at Pacific Art Glass. Many thanks to John Williams and the staff at PAG for giving us a space to meet and learn. 

Demo on Coring Glass Beads: Cynthia Konow-Brownell

Flame Surfer Cynthia Konow-Brownell bring up her equipment and give us a demonstration of how to add a silver core to beads. If you have some coring equipment but need some help in learning the how to use it, feel free to bring it along so we can discuss and learn from all. There may be an opportunity for you to core one of your beads. To participate, bring in a bead with either a 5/32 or 1/4 inch hole size. 

Show and Tell: Online accomplishments. Many of you have taken online class classes during the last year. Bring some of your work by and share with us what new things you’ve learned.

Beads of Courage Donations. Please bring your glass/polymer courage beads to the meeting. We need at least 50 beads to use as part of our special art event with CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) on October 2. There is always an acute need for beads for Beads of Courage and we will ship all donated beads to BOC for you. 

Glass Gift Exchange: Bring a wrapped bead or other small item to exchange with a Flame Surfer during the meeting.

Beads of Courage Art Event: October 2

  • Orange County Fine Arts Showcase Gallery and Classroom
  • Saturday, October 2, 10 am – 2 pm
  • Live torching, polymer beads, bed stringing, food

We’re excited to host an art event once again for CHOC Beads of Courage members and staff at the OCFA Showcase Gallery in Orange County. This has been one of our favorite events and we are looking forward to sharing our love of glass and bead making with a group of teens and young adults from CHOC. We will again have torches set up so you can make some special request beads and demonstrate the methods. Also planned will be making polymer clay beads and making a glass bead strand to take home.

We need your help to provide courage beads for the bead stringing activity. About 50 courage beads are needed; please bring 2-3 courage beads to the 9/11 meeting to meet the need. Any extra beads will be sent to Beads of Courage.

Details will be announced at our Sept. 11 meeting. Contact Wendy Leys (firesinger1@gmail.com ) for more information.


Hope you can join us in September and October.

Thanks for your support and enthusiasm,

Steve Bay

President, So Cal Flame Surfers

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