Ronnie Lambrou and Jeri Warhaftig Featured in New Bead & Button Special Edition

Congratulations are in order for members Jeri Warhaftig and Ronnie Lambrou.  Their collaborative work, “Santorini Eruption” is a finalist in the International Society of Glass Beadmaker’s and Bead & Button’s joint project, “Convergence.”

Even more exciting, the project, with instructions, will appear in Bead & Button’s new special issue, “Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads.”

The necklace, shown below, was designed and made by Ronnie, with lampworked glass bead made by Jeri.



Patti Whiteley-Beader & Friend

On Saturday, January 31st, the bead community lost an active and creative community member in Patti Whiteley.  Patti was a long-time member of the Bead Society of New Jersey until work obligations precluded her attending meetings.

Patti was a designer and fused-glass beadmaker.  Her work was featured in the book “1000 Glass Beads.”  She often attended Bead & Button, taking classes and enjoying the shopping and schmoozing.  She was very active in many online bead communities as well.

Patti’s work can be seen at

Patti Whiteley at BeadFest

Patti Whiteley at BeadFest


Patti's Fused Glass Pendant

Patti's Fused Glass Pendant

Barbara Egnor featured in “Imagine the Uncommon Things”

Barbara Egnor delighted us with her polymer clay necklaces at the September meeting – they looked just like stones!  I called her “Barbara Rubble.”  Her necklaces inspired Kim Cavender, polymer clay artist, author, and instructor.  Kim also has a blog titled “Imagine the Uncommon Things: Musings on polymer clay, creativity, rocks and other things.”  Her blog can be seen at

The necklace shown below, made by member Barbara Egnor, inspired Kim and she writes about meeting and talking to Barbara in her October 1, 2008 blog post.

Barbara Egnor Necklace

Barbara Egnor Necklace

Ronnie Lambrou Wins Bead Museum Competition!

Member Ronnie Lambrou has won First Place in the Bead Museum’s First Annual International
Juried Jewelry Design Competition.  Her necklace, designed with hollow lampworked beads made by member Jeri Warhaftig, won for the glass division of the competition.  Her necklace will be on display in the Museum until December 31, 2008.

The Bead Museum is located at 400 Seventh Street, NW, Ground Floor, Washington, D.C.  Their website can be found at

Donna Ryan-Kocun, Cover Girl

My copy of Step-by-Step Wire arrived a few days ahead of our most recent Bead Society meeting and I hadn’t had a chance to peruse it.  So imagine my delight and surprise when it was announced that the cover project was by our own Donna Ryan-Kocun!  We are lucky to have so much talent in our group.  Congratulations, Donna!


Marlene Kuser in the News!

Today I received an e-mail newsletter from the Newark Museum.  Among many other great things, there was this announcement:

Family Fun Workshop: Beading Extravaganza
Saturday, April 5, ongoing 1–4 pm
Express your creativity as you make your own works of art including beaded bracelets, necklaces and more with jewelry artist Marlene Kuser.


Handmade Beads in a new context

Each year the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) sponsors a number of exhibits. In 2007 they joined with the American Association of Woodturners for a collaborative challenge entitled “Connextions”. Volunteer beadmakers and woodturners were paired together and given several months to come up with a joint piece. Most “couples” made two pieces, one for each participant in the pair to keep. Other entries were for sale.

The submission were part of an exhibit at the Woodturner’s Gallery in Minneapolis, the site of the ISGB’s 2007 annual Gathering (which is an eductional conference). Many of the pieces can be seen here and represent an amazing creative use of both wood and glass.

My partner, Dennis Daudelin of Massachusetts and I complete the “World Peace Bowl”. All of the beads say “peace” – each in a different language. Down the road the group will be sponsoring other collaborative exhibitions. I found this to be a rewarding and challenging undertaking that I will definitely try to do again in the future.

For more info on the ISGB, check out their website,  Jeri