The Southern Flames Demo Day was yesterday. For $10 you get to sit there all day and watch demos by your fellow glass artists, schmooze with them, and eat a yummy chili lunch. I always opt for Gerry’s white bean and chicken chili — not too hot and utterly delish.
The six demos were as varied as the members’ interests. Nita van Til started off with a shockingly easy “gold bead” — white, pale aqua, silver foil, voila! Karen Barefield followed up with her take on setting cubic zirconias in beads. Sadly, you can’t use CZs with boro. Then Brian Renoud showed how to do two boro pendants. That, of course, I watched with full attention, and I think it paid off — I did a pendant tonight myself, and though the design might not be great, I think I DID finally do a successful loop!
After lunch we had Marcy Lamberson with a heart landscape bead, Diane Kovach with a semi-hollow Bullseye fish, and finished off the day with Lance McRorie sculpting the human figure. After some hassling from the female contingent of the audience, Lance agreed to do a male figure, not a perky-boobed female, for once. It’s always fun and educational to see how different people approach glass, and how each person’s personality ends up reflected in their product.
Dee came over from Augusta for the day, just for this, and Mincot was there, of course. That was just the icing on the cake, getting to hang out with my two favorite glassy peeps, as well as some other wonderful folks.