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SCFS News: Winter 2020

SCFS News: Winter 2020

President’s Corner

Winter Greetings to all So Cal Flame Surfers!

My thanks to those of you that were able to participate in our 2019 SCFS activities. In addition to our quarterly chapter meetings, we had a workshop on blowing hollow beads by Charlie Warner and two special events to support Beads of Courage and the BOC program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).

Our December holiday bash meeting was again held at Wendy Leys’ home. Those that attended enjoyed great food, and a special raffle that included a Beau Tsai sea life sculpture made just for us. The raffle also included a necklace from Charlie Warner, who passed away in October . We celebrated Charlie’s spirit and contributions to our chapter at the meeting with a beautiful slide show created by Wendy’s husband Doug. Thank you, Doug. We also made plans at the meeting to recognize Charlie by holding a “Chapter Challenge” in coordination with ISGB focused on creating hollow beads. See below for details about this special event.

We’re planning some great activities for SCFS members in 2020. In addition to our quarterly meetings, we will hold another special bead event for CHOC on May 2, as well as a special workshop later in the year. Come to our March meeting to renew your SCFS membership and learn the latest about our plans for 2020.

I’m excited to announce that our next meeting on March 14 will again be held at Karen Gassaway’s studio in the north San Diego area. We will be treated to a demo at the meeting by Heather Trimlett. So, get a carpool together with your friends and join us on March 14 (details below). This will be a great chance to get together with members from the San Diego area and catch up on the news.

March 14 Meeting in San Diego County

  • Saturday, March 14, 11 am – 2pm
  • Karen Gassaway’s House/Studio, See newsletter for address

Our March meeting will be held at Karen Gassaway’s home studio in Lakeside (greater San Diego area). Please note the change in time for this meeting, we will start at 11 am. Please carpool so as not to over burden the parking spots in the neighborhood.

Demo. We are so lucky to have Heather as our guest demo artist for our first meeting of 2020. While Heather is brewing up something special for us, please make your plans to join us and prepare to be amazed and inspired by her a magical glass skills. Please email me at steveb@sccwrp.org if you have a special request for Heather’s demo topic.

Heather Trimlett is a highly respected teacher and flameworking artist. Her knowledge of glass beadmaking is extensive, shaped by almost 25 years at the torch. Heather’s work approaches perfection and pushes the envelope in shape and form. Her beads are vibrant in their color and enthusiastic design just like she is, their color palette a crisp and clean mix of primary colors.

Show and Tell. Bring in some of your latest creations to share with the group. We especially hope you will bring in some big and bold hollow beads to enter in our special chapter challenge. We will select a winner from the entries at this meeting. See below for more details.

Glass Gift Exchange. Please bring in a wrapped glass item of your creation to exchange in our drawing. This is a great opportunity to get something special, created by one of our members.

Food. We will provide sandwiches and drinks for lunch. Feel free to bring a side dish to share.

Beads of Courage Donation. Please remember to bring your Courage beads for donation at the meeting. Courage beads are always in short supply and BOC never has enough of these beads to meet the need. Our contributions are essential to helping maintain the special qualities and benefits of this program. Courage beads are those with a special theme, size, texture, or sculptural element (without exposed reactive glass). Your orphan beads make perfect Courage beads, so clean out your inventory and give encouragement to a child.

Our BOC partners at CHOC love to hand out seasonal or themed beads to encourage patients and give them a break from the medical routine. I encourage you to make some Spring or Easter-themed beads (flowers, eggs, bunnies, chicks) to bring to the meeting. We’ll make sure they get to CHOC and BOC in time for spring.

SCFS Chapter Challenge

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) has invited SCFS to be featured in their regional chapter series in the ISGB journal Glass Bead Evolution (GBE). Each issue of GBE usually contains an article highlighting a regional chapter and SCFS will be the subject in an upcoming issue. These articles also contain a “Chapter Challenge”, which is a friendly competition among chapter and all ISGB members to create beads according to a special theme or specification developed by the chapter. Photos of the winning beads made by SCFS members and ISGB submissions will be published in GBE. Here is our “Chapter Challenge” to you:

SoCal Flame Surfers invites you to join us in a challenge in honor of one of founding members, Charlie (Shirley) Warner, who passed away last October. Charlie was a professional beadmaker who supplied many jewelry designers with her signature style of big and bold hollow beads made with a blow tube. Her work often featured reactive/etched glass, shards, and organic shapes (see examples below). Our challenge to you is to make big, bold, and colorful hollow beads in honor of Charlie. So, get out your blow tube or puffy mandrel and make something colorful and alive! You can enter the challenge by bringing your beads to our March 14 meeting in San Diego or emailing photos of your work by March 11 to Steve Bay (steveb@sccwrp.org).







See you on March 14,

Steve Bay

President, So Cal Flame Surfers

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