Thursday, August 18, 2016

Glass Friends,

The summer has flown by like silver leaf near a fan!  I don't know about you but I could use some lazy slow days to catch my breath.

Recently I  did a presentation for the Great Lakes Bead Makers guild that was well received.  Doing our part in educating other artists about our glassy world.  We had a trunk show as well  and it was wonderful seeing all the bead makers viewing and purchasing our work.

I have updated the info in the calendar for the next meeting in September. 

Keep the torches lit.


GLGB is a great group.  Check them out at

Friday, July 8, 2016

Summer Means Art Fairs and Glassy Adventures

Happy summer glass Peeps!  Haven't posted much this year so I thought I would get everyone up to speed about things.  After having a fun meeting in May making garden stakes and a nice meeting in June having high tea, we are taking a break in July to enjoy the summer weather.  July still has many opportunities for glass including the 2016 Gathering of the ISGB in New Orleans and The Michigan Glass Project at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.  Both are the weekend of July 24th so pick your pleasure.  Many of our glass brothers and sisters are also on the art fair trail this summer so look for them at the Wyandotte Art Fair and the Ann Arbor art fair.  Many others cities have fairs so if you are participating make sure that your info gets into our newletter.

Our next meeting will be our Picnic on August 7th.  We will have our garage sale and general socializing at Cyndy's.

Big discussion going on with the ISGB.  There is a proposal to change the name and everyone is talking about the state of art glass beads and how to sustain this art group.  Let's talk about this more when we meet in August.  How do we preserve our art while being welcoming to new artists?  What can we do as a guild to help?

Your in glass.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Take a Leap and Attend the Synergy Collaboration kickoff reception!

Monday February 29th is the kickoff reception for the Synergy Collaboration.  This collab is between the Great Lakes Beadworkers guild and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the International Society of Glass beadmakers.  aka (SMGBG or Glassact)  :)

This is another excellent opportunity to  stretch our skills and work with other jewelry artists.

The reception is at The Whitney in Detroit with details in the calendar

Can't wait to see what our collective creative minds create.

If you have not joined but are interested please call Susan Richards  248-225-7680 for details.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy almost Valentines Day!

Tomorrow is our February meeting for Glassact members at Aubree's Pizzeria in Northville MI at 1:00pm. Details in the calendar.

We will have a general meeting followed by a show and tell and a surprise creative project!

Challenge glass will also be available to attendees.

Hope to see you there.


Friday, January 15, 2016

We have a great meeting!

We had a really great meeting at Cindi's.  Thanks to all those that attended and thanks as always to Cindi for opening her home to us.  Despite the weather we had a good turnout.  Although I will be sending out the meeting minutes this weekend,  I just wanted to post a little about the meeting.    We are continuing the glass challenges this year and will be doing them in Lauscha 104.  All who attended were given several rods of color rich red and pink. I am excited to see what we make.  We also started the sock challenge where we picked crazy socks and will be making beads to match.  So glad that we are encouraging the members to get on the torch!    Remember to post what you have created to our facebook page.     That's it for now.    Keep your creative flames burning.  Susan

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A new year full of new possibilities!

Happy New Year Glass Peeps!

Seems like the last year went so quickly.  This is going to be a great year for SMGBG.  The board has many fun things planned and can't wait to share with you all.  First meeting is Sunday January 10th 12:00pm at Cindi Brunell's.  Details in the calendar or in the newsletter.  Hope to see you there.  Susan  (filling in for Helena while she is in Spain)  :)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bead and Button is this week.  A note from The Pres:

Below is a link to the Bead and Button call for entry.

The last day for drop off of beads is Monday, June 1st. You can either contact Cindi Brunell or me regarding drop off. 

We are also encouraging you to send the following
    - business cards/post cards
    - orphan beads to be given away with sales over $35
    - a couple of beads marked "free" for us to hide among your regularly priced beads.
        (bag them up separately if you are doing this)

You can also send a couple of pieces of jewelry that are example of things that can be done with your beads. It does help sell your beads. I would suggest  bright colors for your samples and be sure they are priced.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions -


Bead and Button 2015 Call to Entry

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Glassact will be front and center at their usual spot tomorrow at Bead Bonanza, held at the Southfield Civic Center, from 10-5.  Stop by, enjoy the gorgeous handmade beads and take a few home!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Welcome to our new website!

This is a blog-based website which, we hope, will better fit the needs of the guild.  There is a pro/con list below in a previous posting.  Please feel free to comment and let us know what you think. There are still a few kinks to work out and Candy is going to do some visual tweaking to the site.  So it's not 100% finished but getting close.

One thing that we need from everyone are photos from our members for the gallery.  Currently the gallery just has photos that I had from submissions from Winter Wonders that I used to test the gallery.  Send me your most current photos or those of your greatest work and I'll throw them up on our gallery.

If you find anything that is not SELF explanatory, please send an email to me at