Beer & Beadz – January 2015 UPDATED


What a great time we all had at Joanne’s beer & beads!  Earlier in the day the weather was just awful and is what I think held some people back from coming out but we still had a good turnout.

Joanne demonstrated coldworking of glass beads using various equipment.  Her demonstrations included using a flat lap to grind the glass flat as well as how to make your own grinding area using a piece of window glass, sanding grit and water. She then moved on to the sanding belt which is used for smoothing and polishing the glass.

Sandblasting was also demonstrated.

Other methods of cold working your glass beads would be to carve them.  I made a large bead with a number of layers of different colored glass which was in the annealer when I left.  The plan is to carve it so the various layers show through in certain areas.  That picture will follow as soon as the carving gets done.

Don’t miss the next Beer & Beads which will be held at Debbie’s studio.  Stay tuned for details.

Mark your calendars for January’s beer & beads …

January’s beer & beads will be hosted by Joanne Andrighetti of Andrighetti Glassworks.  Things start at 6:30 so don’t be late!  The theme is …

Coldworking your Beads.

Joanne will demonstrate how to alter your cold beads with faceting and cutting using the lap wheel and belt sander at the co-op. There are commercially available smaller versions of the equipment suitable for home studios and of course, the equipment is accessible to co-op members after a brief orientation.

Remember to bring some goodies to share.

Cya there!

Date: January 23, 2015

Terminal City Glass Co-op
1191 Parker St. (1 block west of Clark Dr. and 1 block south of Venables)
Vancouver, BC
Joanne’s phone: (604) 731-8652

Ignite the Passion

On October 17, 2013, the Arts Centre in Port Moody opened their newest exhibit of mixed media and glass.  It was designed to “invite  the viewer to step into the artists’ world, on a journey through the emotions inspired by mixed media and glass.”

Art glass beads and sculpture by Leslie Rowe-Israelson and Melanie Rowe are featured in the 3D Gallery.  As I walked through the exhibit I couldn’t help be awed by the absolute creativity not only from Leslie and Melanie but from the other featured artist Patti Munro who’s mixed media paintings and installations are amazing.

The glass display has been creatively combined and laid out to provide full impact of the art.  Melanie’s masks decorate the walls.   The sculptures, some that spent 30 days in a kiln, are incredible and Leslie’s large plates of kiln formed, carved glass will take your breath away.

Many of the displays are a combination of the sisters’ work and each compliments the other perfectly.

The exhibit is on until November 7, 2013.  If you haven’t been yet you really should go.  The pictures I’ve posted here don’t do their work justice.