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.

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Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center – great day trip

I think I am technically supposed to blog about glass beads, but this post is about the “glass” part of that!! If you have a chance, schedule a visit to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville NJ. You can read all about it at www.wheatonarts.org I was just there, and it reminded me what a terrific spot it is. The historic glass collection is focussed on NJ and is beautifully displayed. The gift shops are lovely, and this time of year they have a wonderful Christmas shop. Although the high end of what they sell in glass is pricey, they have plenty of affordable stuff, even some glass BEADS! Best of all, you can make a reservation to make a paperweight at the furnace, which is done by appointment only. My husband did it, took about 40 minutes, and then they mail it to you when it is cool. I can believe how beautiful and professional it looks, you could give it as a gift or just treasure it yourself, and he reports it was a lot of fun. Check out the website for more info. I hope everyone is working hard on holiday gifts (I haven’t started, but I should……) Jeri

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 http://picasaweb.google.com/tibshaw/ConneXtionsGallery?authkey=GzxPN8ZE_UI 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, www.isgb.org  Jeri

Urban Glass 2008 Student Exhibition

January 11-18 2008
10:00am – 6:00pm daily
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Featuring work created by 2007 UrbanGlass students:
Claire Beaulieu, Marisa Beutel, Sarah Blumberg, Debbie Kaplan Brindis, Susanna Conaway, Craig Ellison, Shuhei Fujii, Stephanie Sutton Gabriels, Paul Giotopoulos, Dara Hamilton, John Henderson, Judith Hugentobler, Leah Keller, Julianna Kirk, Gail Liner, Amanda Linn, David Matson, Joyce Rosen, Tino Santini, Gloria E. Schuster, Diana Shaller, Rachel Shoham, Vincent Tancredi, Miguel Unson, Fotini Vurgaropulou, Rebecca N. Ward, Jane Yi, Christine Young

The Robert Lehman Gallery @ UrbanGlass
647 Fulton Street (entrance at 57 Rockwell)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-625-3689 ext 239
www.urbanglass.org

Getting to UrbanGlass
We are located near the following trains:
B, M, Q, or R (DeKalb Avenue) C (Lafayette Avenue)
2, 3, 4, or 5 (Nevins Street) and G (Fulton Street)

Turn glass beads into gifts – quickly!

I’m sure we are all up to our eyeballs preparing last minute gifts for family and friends – I know I am.  For future reference, there are some really good websites out there that offer help in turning beads (handmade or commercial) into lovely gifts of jewelry or home accessories. One of my favorite such sites is www.mcduckcreations.com which is the work of artist Mary Poineal.  Mary is a talented beadmaker, but her true flare is in the many many many amazing findings she has designed and had cast for her in silver. Check out the  versatile ways that beads can be displayed. I use a great many of Mary’s necklace findings to turn beads into jewelry. Because they have themed tops, you can really tie a pendant with a bale (or is it bail?) into an overall design.  I love her rings, and Mary is very flexible about giving you the combinations of finding and little screw on top that works best for you!

Another great site is www.karenthomas.us. Here is where you can find those beadable pens, letter openers and canape knives. In addition to selling on the web, both Karen and Mary sell at several major shows and so I have seen their merchandise first hand and can attest to its quality.

On a final note, the new Bead and Button catalogue arrived in my mail today, and registration for the show in Milwaukee in June opens January 15, 2008. It is worth getting just for the drool potential. If you have even a slight chance of getting to this show, check out the over 500 classes that have been amassed this year. It is truly incredible. I’m half-hoping they don’t fill my classes just so I can take some offered by other teachers!!  If you can’t attend in person, at least consider entering the Bead Dreams competition. www.beadandbuttonshow.com

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jeri

Jeri Warhaftig to Teach at Glass Craft and Bead Expo

Jeri Warhaftig of Jeri Beads will be teaching and exhibiting at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo, Las Vegas, NV April 2 – April 6, 2008. You can learn more about the show, the exhibitors and the classes by going to: http://www.glasscraftexpo.com.

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Eye Candy/glass beads!

As I write this it is a grey and blustery day, and so it is a great day for hunting out some online entertainment. If you are looking for artist glass beads, be sure to check out www.lampworketc.com a forum for and about lampworkers and fans of lampwork. The gallery pages are posted every day, and many people start their  Ebay searches by looking at the Gallery posts and then following the links to Ebay auctions (not that I ever ever bid on Ebay…..ok, not terribly often anyway). To pass the time, scroll down and look at Galleries from days past. Send me links if you find anything too wonderful to pass up!! Happy surfing. Jeri