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Yes, that’s right one of the new offerings at this years Ottawa Glass Bead Artists Show and Sale is Jewellery making!  Classes will take place on the Friday evening and during the day on Saturday.

We have four very talented instructors teaching earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants!  Techniques include chain mail, bead weaving & crochet, and wirework.  Class spaces are limited so if you see something that interests  you be sure to sign up early.

Here’s a sampling of the finished products from our instructors –

Marilyn Gardiner

Roxann Blazetich-Ozols

Jane Christie of Twisted Sister

Ruth O’Neil will be teaching a Right Angle Weave variant in a necklace entitled ‘Romance’.

Visit the ‘Classes’ page on our website for more information and online registration.

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The promotional postcards for the Ottawa Glass Bead Show are now ready!  If you know of anywhere that would be a good location for displaying them please email or call Grace at the Glass Shoppe Studio and she’ll let  you know how you can get some.

It’s shaping up to be a stellar show!!

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It’s hard to believe we are already well into September – our show date in November is creeping up very quickly!

This year we have some new Artists and Vendors to entice you to come and check us out, as well as some familiar faces from our previous shows.

Lily Sanchez, Cheryl Mouncey, Marilyn Gardiner, Janet Potter & Evelyn Duberry

Here is a list of confirmed attendees with more to come!

Grace Edwards – Beads By Chance – Ottawa
Charlynne Lafontaine – F Studio – Ottawa
Melissa McKelvey/Rikki Cameron – Flamecats Studio – Ottawa
Evelyn Duberry – ShebaMakeda – Ottawa
Paul & Leanne Reid – Reid’s Beads – Carp
Carole Tillman – Ottawa
Louise Ingram – Fireseed – Merrickville
Lucy Kovarova – Lunacy Glass – Tweed
Muriel Duval – Laval PQ
Rebeka Morris – Peterborough **New Artist**
Cheryl Mouncey – Peterborough **New Artist**
Amy Waldman-Smith – Toronto
Kirsty Naray **New Artist**
Andrea Steinwand and Heather Stewart – Hearts Of Glass – Ottawa **New Artist**
Sofia Fuga – Vetrofuga – Pierrfonds QC –
**New Artist**
Susan Hood – Glass Harp Gallery – Yarmouth NS
Deb Tompkins – Deb’s Jewelery – Ottawa
Janet-Potter – Woodlawn
Lily Sanchez – Ottawa
Ottawa Bead Society

Roxann Blazetich-Ozols, Melissa McKelvey, Muriel Duval, Grace Edwards and Rebekah Morris

And the lineup of Technical Vendors –

McBead Creations – Ottawa
Canada Beading Supply – Ottawa ** New Vendor**
Nortel Manufacturing – Toronto
Marilyn Gardiner – Gardiner Design – Waterloo
Roxann Blazetich-Ozols – Beadaddict – Guelph
Jeff Plante – Ottawa Valley Beads ** New Vendor**
BeadFX – Toronto

Sofia Fuga, Amy Waldman-Smith, Carole Tillman, Charlynne Lafontaine and Hearts of Glass

Ottawa Glass Bead Artists hope to see you at our Third Annual Show on November 12th and 13th at the Hellenic Centre in Ottawa – for more information please visit our website.

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Tom Holland in Ottawa

Next week is an exciting one for Ottawa bead makers and anyone who has an interest in the history of beads — glass ones in particular!

On Thursday, August 12th Tom Holland will be giving a presentation at the Tanglewood Park Community Centre.

In the world of glass beads Tom is a respected and knowledgeable figure.  To quote from ‘Glass Beads:  Major Works by Leading Artists’

When the American studio glass beadmaking movement began in the late 1980’s, Tom Holland was at the forefront.  He and a handful of artists were the first serious beadmakers in the United States.  At the time Holland was curious how he could make beads himself, but he also wanted to know how beads were made in the past.

Beads of course are mute messengers.  They can’t tell us how they were created.  In order to learn the secrets of the past, Holland attempted to deconstruct the ancient Chinese Warring States bead in order to figure out how it might have been made.  He used what he learned to reconstruct the bead on modern flameworking equipment.  Holland also spent years unraveling the medieval Islamic folded bead – the Gordion Knot of beadmaking – and adapting it to the modern torch.  His own beads are a melding of historical curiosity, exacting skill and patience.

Tom brings this knowledge and skill along with his adept storytelling ability to his presentation next week.

Here are the details –

Tom Holland – Through the Ages of Glass Bead Times

Thursday, 12 August 2010, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Legendary beadmaking guru Tom Holland has been instrumental in unlocking the myth of ancient glassworking. Prepare to be inspired and gain a new appreciation for the glassworkers of our past.

Follow along the time line of ancient Beadmaking through images and stories.  Examples from 4000 BC to the present including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Phoenicia, China, Syria, Indonesia, Rome, Japan, Europe ad more.  Tom Holland ties in some general process knowledge to engage the studious beadoligist while bringing to light the wide spectrum of world trade for the artful, portable and wearable bling of the ages.

“Tom is regarded as one of the better lecturers on the history of glass beads giving presentations that include pictures of collections from both major museums and private collectors. Within the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, his presentations are known to enhance the awareness of the longstanding traditions of the medium.”

Location : Tanglewood Park Community Centre, 31 Woodfield Dr, Ottawa ON
Contact : Grace Edwards at The Glass Shoppe Studio for more information
Presentation – Open to the public – Thursday evening 7pm-9pm – 5 dollar admission – Tickets can be purchased at the Glass Shoppe Studio or at the door

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The Glass Shoppe Studio is thrilled to welcome Hearts of Glass on July 24th – Andrea Steinwand and Heather Stewart.

Andrea and Heather are Hearts of Glass, a beadmaking team from Winnipeg who have just moved to Ottawa.  Ottawa is Heathers home town.  Not only is it good to be home, but what better way to step into the beadmaking scene than a demo of some of their skills and a trunk sale of their lampwork jewellery designs?

Saturday July 24th at 1pm Heather will take the torch and demonstrate a glass fish bead and an off-mandrel calla lily pendant.  As a veteran demonstrator, Heather will cover studio safety and tools, glass colour reaction theory, pulling cane, and a wide variety of shaping techniques that beginner lampworkers can apply to their own work.

Andrea will talk about some of her jewellery finishing techniques, share booth display tip and tricks and show off the current Hearts of Glass collection.

You can catch up with Heather and Andrea at hogtalismansblogspot.com or at hogtalismans@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Louise Ingram (that’s me ;o) ), will be taking part in the Artisan’s Village in Brockville for at least six Sunday’s over the Summer months.

Confirmed dates are –
June 27
July 25
August 2 (the only Monday), 22 and 29
Sept 5


The location is beautiful and is worth a day out in itself.  The Village is located on Blockhouse Island which is in the historical downtown core of Brockville, right on the banks of the St Lawrence river.   You can read more about it here on my blog.

Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ll be taking –

Along with my Ancient Bead Recreations I’ll be taking my Goddess’, my brand new Recycled Glass Beads, and of course those naughty Monkeys!

**If you are a member of our local Ottawa area group and have news you would like posting to this blog, please email me with the information!

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Evelyn Duberry demo’d her beautiful Goddess beads at the Glass Shoppe Studio last weekend – here are some photos from the event which everyone enjoyed.

A good crowd on hand to watch Evelyn's demo

Evelyn of ShebaMakeda at the torch

A Goddess in process

You can read more about the whole event here on Evelyn’s Blog.

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