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The excitement and buzz has died down and now it’s time to reflect on this years show.  It seems like everyone agrees that the Hellenic Centre was a great venue for us, and that we’ll be back there again next year!  Plans for the OGBA 2010 show are already underway!

This year we had more Artists and more technical vendors than last year.  You would almost expect that with 25 glass bead Artists in one room that there would be some overlap with styles and designs, but each and every table was different.  There were beads that included tiny complicated murrini – creating paperweight effects, beautiful florals, fused glass and dichroic items, edgy modern styles, wonderfully sculpted beads, bright, happy colours, beads that looked they had been pulled from the ocean — too many to mention, but most certainly a feast for the eyes and soul!

Our technical vendors brought another dimension to the show with jewellery supplies, kits, glass, tools and books – truly something for everyone.

Here are  a few pictures from the show – we hope you enjoy them.


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Artist Name
Charlynne Lafontaine


Tell us something about yourself/bio/other interests?
My studio, f. studio is where I get to work and teach and have been for 2 years now.  I spend a lot of time there, listen to music and either design, work on expanding my knowledge or spend time at the torch.

How long have you been making glass beads (or beading, or designing jewellery)?

In 2003 I was given a brief introduction to beadmaking and knew immediately that it was what I wanted to pursue.  Since then mostly self-taught, (although I’ve had the opportunity to take a class with Emilio Santini and Alex Hamilton) I’ve been exploring different types of glass and how they react in the flame.  So far, I’ve been mostly interested in sculptural beads and the way light plays on textured glass.  Having worked in stained glass for nearly 20 years now, I am used to transmitted light being a crucial design element.  Now I’m learning to see glass in a whole new light!  Reflected light …


What inspires you?

I am inspired by everyday life.  People and things I see, read about, hear about.  Experience.

Tell us about your best beadmaking/jewellery moment…
Usually the series or piece I am currently working on is the best moment so far … it changes continuously


Tell us about your worst beadmaking/jewellery moment…
Things don’t always turn out as planned.  Sometimes there are happy mistakes, sometimes not.


What will you be bringing to the 2009 OGBA Show?
Flameworked sculptural beads worked into jewellery pieces or displayed in shadow boxes.


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