This year had a lot of “10’s” in it for me. Married 10 years. My son will turn 10 next month, and it is 2010. Who would have thought that year would ever be here. It all seems like a blink of an eye.
Glassact, the Southeast, Michigan glass bead makers guild just celebrated 10 years of being together (2000-2010). This is Southeast Michigan’s local chapter of the ISGB (International society of glass bead makers). Having been a member the last half of it, I have to say I am pretty thankful for these people.
Glassact has served as a very strong support system for me. Having the meetings with the other Artist’s is inspirational. Getting feedback on my work, learning cool tips, and techniques. Without the volunteers that run our organization, we would not survive.
To show my gratitude, I was able to use the enamel decal process to make beads with the Guilds original Logo and text. At our 10 year celebration party (at the Whitney) in Detroit I gifted these 25 beads to some of the Guild members. I wanted to make enough for everyone, but time caught up to me.
The Party was awesome. I won a $25.00 gift certificate to Frantz art glass. We all received a 1/4 lb of glass rods, magazines from the Flow,Glassline,Proffitable glass quarterly, a super cool tool from the class mates in Kristina Logan’s class. The awesome, perfect point to drag and pull glass with.
All of the board members got a bead from Cindi Brunell. Cindi took Kristina’s class, and gave several of the beads she made, while perfecting the techniques, to guild members. (Mine is pink and purple flower-esque design. Okay, I’ll get some pictures up one of these days.)
We had two CGBeadrollers donated as gifts in a raffle. These tools open the door of possibility with glass. I am really excited to see what we do with them at flame off events.
Every member got decals with instructions from me. And, of course I included a Glassact logo in each one.
10 years. Imagine what we can do in 10 more? I look forward to it.