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SCFS News: Winter 2021

SCFS News: Winter 2021

Greetings Flame Surfers

2021 brings us cool weather, colorful face masks, and the hopeful sights of people getting vaccinated. Despite the challenges of 2020, our chapter was able to provide both in-person and online activities to learn, share, and give. Here is a recap from Treasurer Judy Carlson:

Our last in person meeting was held March14th, 2020 at Karen Gassaway’s home studio in San Diego. Show & Tell was a variety of hollow tubes, inspired from our dear friend, Charlie Warner.  Heather Trimlett was the guest artist and treated us to many of her amazing techniques. It was a cold and rainy day, but we were thrilled to have an attendance of 24 and after that, everything shut down! And then we all learned to ZOOM. In June, Leah Nietz joined us virtually and shared a demonstration of her techniques for making a beautiful dahlia pendant. The group also shared their Corona virus inspired beads for Show & Tell.

September usually brings us together for Beads of Courage challenges, but no getting together right now, so we all shared our BOC beads virtually and then sent them on to BOC. Our own Susan Haskell demonstrated her adorable food inspired beads, perfect theme for Beads of Courage Donations! 

Of course, we had to have a Holiday Bash! We had an ornament exchange that was very fun! Each participant then mailed their ornament to recipient. Our own Cynthia Konow-Brownell gave us a fascinating presentation of her knowledge of Norse glass and bead jewelry from the 7th to the 10th century and Cynthia’s adventures in recreating these glass treasures. 

It was very interesting and overall a festive holiday meeting, minus the potluck. All 2020 members received a $10 gift certificate to Pacific Art Glass as a thank you for being a paid member for the year. 

For 2021, the SCFS Board is preparing a series of online meetings/events for you through June. We’ve also set a goal of members donating at least 1,000 beads to Beads of Courage. See below for details.

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 2021 are $20. 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.


  • The ISGB Gathering will be online again in 2021, from June 10-13. The Gathering theme for 2021 is ‘Reimagine’.
  • Additional segments of the ISGB Second Sunday-Creators and Makers series are coming. The next event on March 14 will feature Claudia Trimbur-Pagel. Registration is free to members and available for $10 to nonmembers.
  • Plans for a Chapter fundraising online auction sponsored by ISGB are in development, tentatively scheduled for April 7-10. SCFS members will be able to donate pieces to raise funds for our chapter.

March 13 Online Meeting

  • Saturday, March 13, 10 am – Noon Pacific Time
  • Special Guest: Bronwen Heilman
  • Show and Tell
  • Get Zoom app to participate: https://zoom.us/

Our March meeting will be held online, using the Zoom conferencing application. You can participate on either a computer or mobile device, but you need to install and test the app in advance of the meeting. Visit: https://zoom.us/ to download the app and learn more. This meeting will be open to all current paid members. We will send you instructions for joining the meeting in a separate email sent a day in advance of the meeting. Please contact Treasurer Judy Carlson if you still need to pay your membership dues: judy@jujeebeads.com

Special Guest: Bronwen Heilman is a full-time studio artist and flame-work glass instructor in Tucson, Arizona. Her work has been exhibited and received awards in numerous juried exhibitions. She is a recipient of the International Glass Bead Society Presidents Award, first place in soft marble competition, and many others. She demonstrated her painterly marble technique at the Glass Art Society (G.A.S.) 50th anniversary of studio glass blowing in Toledo, Ohio.  Her work is published in The Contemporary Shot Glass Book, 1000 Glass Beads, 500 Beaded Objects, Contemporary Lampworking,  Glass Bead Masters, Bronwen Heilman: Vitreous Painting Techniques for Glass Beadmaking and many other publications.   Bronwen teaches online classes through her Glass Academy.

Show and Tell: Beads About You. The beads or other glass art you make is often inspired by your personality, things you like, or experiences. For this meeting, show us some of your work that helps describe what makes you unique.

Beads of Courage: 1,000 Bead Team Challenge

Jean Gribbon, Executive Director of Beads of Courage, extends her gratitude to all Flame Surfers for your donations of glass and polymer beads last year. This year, Jean is asking for our support on two initiative. First, is the 2021 Champions Challenge. Last year, over 28 individuals completed the “100 Bead Challenge” and individually made over 1,000 beads. This year the Champions Challenge continues this event, with recognition at the Gold (over 1,500 beads), Silver (1,001-1,500), and Bronze (500-100) levels. This year, I’m hoping you will support SCFS by participating as a team to donate at least 1,000 beads to the challenge. To participate, you can donate your beads directly to Beads of Courage as part of the Team Challenge, send your beads to Wendy Leys (firesinger1@gmail.com ) or drop them off at Pacific Art Glass and we will take care of the rest. Please send us a count and photo of any beads you send directly to BOC so that we can keep track of your progress and show your donations on our website. We’ve set up a gallery page to show off your donations and track progress towards our goal: http://www.socalflamesurfers.org/gallery/beads-of-courage-gallery/ .

Second, Beads of Courage is also asking for members to create beads for their Carry A Bead program. BOC needs artists to create matched sets of beads that can be used in the program. Especially desired are creative and new designs. Specific requirements for these beads apply and BOC provides payment for bead sets to artists that are accepted into the program. More information is available in this flyer.

Hope to see you online on March 13.

Thanks for your support and enthusiasm,

Steve Bay

President, So Cal Flame Surfers

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