WME 2015

Whistler Molten Experience

What a great event!! this year the featured headliner was Heather Trimlett and Beth Williams.  Heather demonstrated oodles of useful techniques such as laying down a perfect footprint of glass, making twisties,  hollow beads and her famous disk bead.  Beth demonstrated how to make beautiful, sparkly dichroic stringers.

Alexx came in from Thailand again this year and once again dazzled us with his not so standard bead making techniques.  You should have seen Heather’s face when Alexx pulled out a spritzer bottle and started spraying his hot bead with water.

Melanie Rowe demo’d mold making using Mold Mix 6, the mold making product she uses for making her beautiful faces.  Deb Tarry demonstrated how to use various molds with boro.

The weather was absolutely awesome!  no rain and lots of sun.  The temperature was upwards of 17C during the height of the day but dropping to zero at night.  Some attendees rented canoes and went paddling on the lake while others took long walks and hikes.  Some of us stopped in at the Spa Scandinav for a bit of relaxation therapy before getting to this WME event.

The schedule was jam packed with flamework demos, mold making demos, wire wrapping lessons, fusing lessons and an open forum on pricing your work.

Everything went very smoothly.  The food was great, the wine was plentiful, the rooms were comfy.  We’re all looking forward to another year of Whistler Molten Experience.

Christmas B&B 2014

The Pyros annual Christmas party and December Beer & Beadz was held at Kerry Caron’s home on December 19.  There were 17 attendees coming in from all directions including Vancouver Island and Chilliwack.  Sorry for the poor pictures, lighting wasn’t great!

We started the evening with the themed bead exchange.  This years theme was Caribbean Christmas so the beads had to be inspired by the beach, Christmas and warmer weather.

As usual the gift exchange was a pick and steal with any one gift being stolen a maximum of twice.  Kirsten and Rosa opened what seemed like all the gifts and kept having them stolen.

The last gift of the evening was a group gift for Kerry for her birthday.  Several beadmakers made special beads for Kerry and Naaz put all the beads together in a beautiful mahogany box she’d purchased.  The gift was very well received 🙂

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Whistler Molten Experience – 2015

REGISTRATION LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENT

Just a reminder the event registration opens at 7am on Dec 1.

We expect to sell out early, so please be sure to register early.
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!
ONLY 153 MORE SLEEPS !

Please do NOT register before that time – event if the form is visible – as we have a shotgun start and would like to keep it in order of First Come First Served – just to be fair to everyone.

Payment methods include: Etransfer, Paypal cash transfers (not purchases), and personal cheques. (sorry, due to the cost to process credit cards we have removed this option so we don’t have to add more costs to the registration. Thanks for your understanding).

We hope you can join us for an splendiferous event !

www.moltenexperience.ca – at Edgewater Lodge.

 

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Beer & Beadz Host Needed – Updated

Good news!  Ken & Silvia McIntosh will be Novembers Beer & Beadz hosts.  For more details, see the post in the Events section.

We are looking for a host for November’s B&B. If you are interested in hosting November’s Beer & Beadz you can contact myself or any of the Pyros Executive.  Just send an email from the contact page.

As Beer & Beadz host you may choose to do or organize a short demo or just a open torch. You may want to suggest a themed bead exchange or just the bead exchange as usual. You will also need some paper, pen and something to draw names out of for the bead exchange.

Don’t worry about the state of your studio – we’ve squished into some pretty small spaces to see demos and there are often some very knowledgeable members at events who can offer, if asked, some expertise in safety and how to improve your studio set-up.

Your Beer & Beadz can be anytime in the month but they are normally held in the third week of the month.

It is a great opportunity to get feedback and meet new people (who also love glass!).

Beer & Beadz – September 2014 *Updated*

UPDATED

.. September’s Beer & Beads was hosted by Stephanie Dieleman.  Her bright and beautiful studio was the meeting place for a large gathering of Pyros members from Vancouver Island to Chilliwack.  It’s great to see these events so well attended and not just from members in the direct local area.  We even had a new member join this night.  Welcome Jean!

The theme this evening was BUY, SELL & TRADE.  Stephanie had a large amount of glass working tools for sale from presses to shears.  She also layed out oodles of glass, frit and powders for us all to play with during torch time.

She demonstrated her large glass ring beads. She makes it look so easy!  I demonstrated a hot pink bead.  It was the first time I’d ever worked with natural gas rather than propane.  You’ll really have to work at it to get a muddy bead as natural gas burns so clean.

 

Thanks Stephanie for hosting this months Beer & Beadz!

September’s Beer & Beadz will be held at Stephanie Ann’s studio. If you haven’t been there before YOU MUST see it. It’s awesome! She also teaches art classes, so painting, sewing, and so on. Her B&B will be held on Friday, September 19 at 7pm and her theme is BUY, SELL & TRADE. So if you still have stuff you want to buy, sell or trade bring it.

Stephanie, like Melanie has not yet decided on her demo. I’m sure we could offer suggestions so feel free to send me your ideas and I’ll pass them on.

Bring a little something to share and bring your diddy’s.

Check the Events page for address details.

See you there!

Beer & Beadz – August 2014 UPDATED

UPDATED!

… and for you who missed it, Melanie’s B&B was awesome!  Melanie has the studio we all dream of, lots of room, lots of glass and lots of tools.

The day started a little late as most of us were stuck in a traffic jam in Abbotsford but once through that mess there were more than a dozen of us sitting in Melanie’s 1/2 acre backyard munching on chips, dip, fruit and veggies.

Although she was ready with the BBQ, no one seem to need it.  I think we were all more interested in watching Melanie’s demo!

Melanie demonstrated her beautiful face beads.  She already had molds made and ready to go but she also walked us through preparing the molds using wax.

She also spent time telling us about some of beautiful sculptures and collaborations and what inspired them.

A good time was had by all and thank you Melanie for hosting this Beer & Beadz.  We look forward to your next one.

This months B&B will be held at Melanie Rowe’s studio. Since she lives in Chilliwack her event will be held on Sunday, August 17 and will start anytime after lunch and go until 6 pm. It will be a pot luck, picnic style, get together. If you have burgers or hot dogs bring them as Mel’s got a BBQ. Bring a cooler if you need to keep stuff cold. Bring your beverages, your sunglasses, your sunscreen and a lawn chair.

The theme is Garage Sale so feel free to bring your gently used tools you don’t use anymore or your overstock of glass! Glass always gets lots of attention when your bartering! Just about anything is game for this theme. Melanie hasn’t decided yet what she will be demo’ing so we’re in for a surprise!

For address details, check the Events section.  An RSVP would be appreciated so Melanie has an idea of how many to expect.

See you there!

Whistler Molten Experience 2014

Wow! What an “Experience”!

For those of you who couldn’t attend this event, here are some pictures and as much explanation as I can provide.  Hopefully you enjoy them and can feel the experience.

On the weekend of May 2, beadmakers from the Westcoast, BC Interior, Washington, California and even Thailand congregated at the beautiful Edgewater Lodge in Whistler, BC for the 3rd annual Whistler Molten Experience.  The weather was good for the majority of the weekend and no bears were viewed this time.

Every year the event features a Master Glass Beadmaker to demonstrate their techniques and this year the feature glass artist was JC Herrell.  Wow! If you’ve ever seen her beads you’ll understand the Wow!  JC demonstrated a couple of her signature beads while 30+ attendees watched in awe and appreciation of her amazing talent.  I can’t imagine how much I’m going to have to practice in order to do the stringer work she does.  JC is also a very good speaker and she explained everything she was doing as well as why and how.  If you ever get a chance to take one of her classes you shouldn’t hesitate!

The other demonstrators for this event were Debbie Tarry who demo’d her skull marble .. whoa!  so cool.  Even if you don’t like skulls you would enjoy this demo.  Deb explains her techniques, tips & tricks without hesitation.

Terry Henry, a return attendee from California demonstrated Electroplating.  Once again, whoa! I am so going to try this.  Terry dazzled the group with her beautiful example beads while demonstrating the various steps of electroplating from start to finish.

Alexx demonstrated several techniques, one of the coolest – making twisties with a power drill.

Every night there was Open Torch time where the sign up sheet was always full.  Some of us trying the techniques demonstrated during the day.

The food was simple, tasty and well prepared with 3 planned meals a day and munchies available throughout the day.

As in previous years, there was a Show & Sell or Trade area set up as well as an auction table.

Many thanks to Andrea and the team that organized this event.  The T-shirts were a great idea, I love mine and thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make this a great event.

Whistler Molten Experience features

Announcing the Third glorious year of the annual Whistler Molten Experience.  We keep having so much fun, we’re doing it again!
Our headline demonstrator is the amazing and incomparable

J.C. Herrell

from Sacramento, CA, USA

Glass bead artists from far and wide assemble at this exclusive retreat. Our event may be little, but it’s not small.  The tickets are precious and few, and those lucky enough to get registered in time will have an experience they’ll not soon forget.

Held at a private resort in the famous resort municipality of Whistler, BC, it is only one and a half hour drive northwest of Vancouver.

The lodge sits on the shores of tranquil glacier-fed Green Lake. It’s a peaceful, meditative location full of glass-crazed artists, all sharing their talents, techniques and stories throughout a magical weekend. What more could a glass adventurer ask for?

There will also be special demos, open-torch stations to play at, and an area for selling, swapping and hanging out. All meals are included in the fee, so you are free to just relax, feel inspired and be with friends who share your love of glass bead making.

 

Registration opens December 1 , 2013

Whistler Molten Experience

Whistler Molten Experience - 2014Mark your calendars for this fabulous event!  May 2 – 4, 2014

I’m told the headliner for this event is AWESOME!!!! but a secret for now.  I’m told it will be announced very soon.

Registration will open December 1  and the organizing committee recommends you book early, as there is a lot of interest and they expect to sell out fast.

They are going to need a few more volunteers on the days of the event, and if
you’d be interested in lending a hand please let them know.  They say thank you in
anticipation.

Here’s the link to the Whistler Molten Experience page.  http://www.moltenexperience.ca

See you there …

 

Whistler Molten Experience 2013

Molten Experience – Whistler Gathering 2013

Date: April 26, 27 & 28th, 2013
Time: Glass-focused retreat with lodging, food, and fire!
Guest Demonstrator: Amy Waldman-Smith from Ontario
Location: Edgewater Lodge, Whistler, BC

Another great gathering of the Pacific Pyros and others at the 2nd annual Whistler Molten Experience.

Once again our accomodations were the beautiful Edgewater Lodge about 15 minutes from Whistler Village.  We had a bit of rain on the Saturday but otherwise it was wonderful.  Even in the rain the view from the lodge patio of the lake and surrounding mountains was breathtaking.

Our headline guest demonstrator this year was the amazing Amy Waldman-Smith who demonstrated her beautiful Ottoman bead.

Other demonstrators were Joanne Andrighetti demonstrating blown hollow beads and Andrea Symons who demonstrated her beautiful native style pendant beads.

All demos were held in the Gazebo which was much warmer this year thanks to some modifications and a wood stove.  We were all very comfortable.  This years demo’s were also recorded this year and projected to a big screen TV behind the demonstrator so everyone was able to see the demo easily.  4 work stations and 2 kilns were set up for open torch.

Our food was organized by Kirsten & Allan with Allan being our head chef.  We enjoyed kabobs and burgers, fresh salads and fruit.  Breakfast was provided by the lodge and once again was great.

To view more photos from this event go to the Facebook page

Looking forward to next year.  Stay tuned for details…