So Cal Flame Surfers – Winter 2017

SCFS News: Winter 2017

President’s Corner

Welcome to 2017 with the So Cal Flame Surfers!

I’m Steve Bay, your new President, here modeling a glass hat I created for Glass Stock West in 2015. I want to thank all of you for your participation and support of our chapter in 2016. Special thanks to outgoing President, Nina Dusedau, who has been instrumental in guiding our chapter and creating a strong foundation for the future.

2016 was a fantastic year for our chapter, we had wonderful demos from Beau Tsai, Judy Carlson, Dolly Libby, Charlie Warner, and Heather Trimlett. In addition, you all donated over 1,000 beads for the Beads of Courage program, our signature charity activity.

Your SCFS Board (Dee Frey (Vice President), Charlie Warner (Treasurer) Wendy Leys (Hospitality) and I are making plans to continue bringing you opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, share your experiences, and contribute to worthwhile causes. Our goal is to make our chapter even better, by continuing with the activities that you all enjoy and adding new ones based on your suggestions.

Two important changes for 2017 are included in this Newsletter. First, we will be starting our meetings at Pacific Art Glass earlier – at 9:30 am instead of 10:00. We are doing this so that we can end the meeting at 12:30 to allow you plenty of time to browse and purchase supplies before the store closes. Second, each issue of the SCFS News will contain a tutorial to help you expand your repertoire of skills. These tutorials are made possible by the generosity of Diane Woodall and Soda Lime Times 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.

March SCFS Meeting

  • Saturday, March 11, 9:30-12:30 (note new start time)
  • Pacific Art Glass, 125 W. 157th St, Gardena, CA
  • Featured Artist: Joy Munshower

Demo. You won’t want to miss our March meeting! We will feature a demonstration by Joy Munshower, who is internationally known for her sculptural beads. Joy will be doing a demo of her jellyfish bead, shown here.

Joy graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Design with an emphasis in Ceramic Studio Practices and has done graduate studies at CSU Fresno for Sculpture.

Joy started her artistic career as a professional sculptor selling her bronze wildlife sculptures nationwide through The Nature Company, Natural Wonders and Nature Crafts. In 2008 Joy began selling unique etched tile and stone through her own company In the last five years she has focused exclusively on flame-worked glass sculpture beads! Additional examples of her glass pieces can be viewed at

Raffle and Silent Auction. The raffles are back! We have nearly $200 of prizes to be raffled off during the meeting. All attendees will get one raffle ticket and additional tickets may be purchased at the meeting. Prizes will include gift certificates, tools, and supplies. In addition, we will have a silent auction of unique and specialized glass (both 104 and boro) from a special purchase we made for our chapter. The selection will include several colors by Vetrofond, CIM, and Trautman.

Small Glass Treasures Exchange. Remember to bring a wrapped flame worked bead or sculptural item for the gift exchange. All skill levels and themes are welcome. This is a great opportunity to get a unique piece made by one of our many talented members.

Beads of Courage Donations. California is currently ranked #1 in the nation on the BOC web site in terms of number of beads made, with over 1,400! I bet our chapter is a big part of that number. Please bring your child friendly donations for Beads of Courage to the meeting. A 3/32-inch mandrel size is preferred, and the beads should not include sharp edges, delicate parts, or metals/reactive glass on the surface. Check out the enclosed tutorial if you want to try something new! Come to the meeting to hear about a special BOC event we are planning for Spring.

Food, of Course. In honor of our earlier start time, we will be providing coffee, water, and pastries for you to snack on during the meeting in lieu of lunch. Please bring any other brunch-type items you wish to share. We will also be getting together for lunch at Eatalian Restaurant after the meeting and hope you can join us.


Bead class a success. Congratulations to SCFS’s own Judy Carlson ( for teaching a successful beginning bead class at Pacific Art Glass in January. Seven lucky students had the privilege of learning how to form and decorate basic beads from one of the best. Judy is considering teaching a class in

sculptural beads later this year, contingent upon the level of interest. Please tell your friends and email Judy if you are interested in taking a class from her.

CBS workshops. It’s not too late to enroll in one of two fantastic boro classes offered by CBS (Coatings by Sandberg) at their teaching facility in Orange, CA. Josh Mazet will be teaching two classes on Feb. 23-26. See the CBS web site for details:

ISGB Gathering and Glass Craft Bead Expo. There is still time to register for the ISGB Gathering on March 29-April 2 in Las Vegas. This year’s meeting will be held jointly with Glass Craft and Bead Expo, offering a great opportunity to take classes and network with others. See the websites for important registration details at and

Glass Stock West. This is my personal favorite event to learn from the best in an intimate and immersive environment. This year’s event runs from August 31-September 3.