Thursday, August 25, 2016

So recently I had the pleasure of presenting to the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild at their August 2016 meeting.  They are a sister guild in the Southeast Michigan region that is focused on making ornament with beads and other jewelry type mediums.  I have been a member of this guild for around 3 years and have taken classes with them on seed beading, wire wrapping, and other metal work.  They are a wonderful group and I am proud to be a member.  My presentation was a introduction to lampworking.  

I lugged in a few torches, tools, glass, and other assorted lampworking necessities and spoke to them about the wonders of glass bead making.  We laughed about some adventures I had when getting involved in this hobby such a kiln fear, exploding glass, and burning my arm but saving the bead.  All and all we had a great time and I finished by showing a short YouTube video of bead making.  I think everyone came away with a better understanding of the process and why buying artesian beads over mass produced Chinese beads would be a great way to support local glass bead makers and use quality glass beads in their creations.  :)

The GlassAct guild had a trunk show following and we saw quite a few happy bead workers finding new treasures.  

I love to share this art with others and hope I get the opportunity to speak again about the love of all things glass.

I have added the bead workers link to my links page.  Check them out. 

Glassy adventures await.



  1. I had the pleasure of attending this meeting and Susan's presentation was delightful! Being a member of both guilds gives a greater appreciation for what we each bring to the art world. The next great coventure between the guilds is Synergy. I can't wait to view all the lovely collaborative creations! Mona Sullivan

    1. Thanks Mona! We are very fortunate to have both of these guilds in our area. Synergy is going to be great!


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