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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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Lois Ireland[formerly Romanow]



About me
I quit my day job as a computer programmer  37 years ago to become a potter !
Lived in Montreal,New Jersey, Ottawa, and now Ladysmith on Vancouver Island!

How long have you been making glass beads (or beading, or designing jewellery)?
Five years ago in Ottawa I discovered lampwork beads and I dove in!
I taught myself because I had seem toooooo many potters make the pots of their teachers!

Tell us about your best beadmaking/jewellery moment…
In 2007 in celebration of 35 years as a maker of fine craft I took a journey east and studied
lampwork with Stephanie Sersich at Haystack School of Fine Craft in Deer Isle Maine!
That was my best glass experience!


Tell us about your worst beadmaking/jewellery moment…
My very worst experience was also making beads with Stephanie!
She is such a fabulous teacher that it was overwhelming .
After a week my table was covered in shards!

Her lessons still provide food for thought and there are still many things to try from her classes.

What inspires you?
Currently I do both clay and glass and I dabble in fibre arts and photography too!
I find working small with glass is a good balance for the much bigger task of making pots!
I call myself an artist in the medium of kolour as that is my major inspiration !
I live in a pink house with blue and orange trim and I painted my car egg yolk yellow –  with a roller!


My life is a journey in art  and I have journeyed to Ottawa to meet other glass people!

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