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SOUTHERN FLAMES 2009 MEMBER SURVEY

(Developed and Compiled by Maureen Lovell)

 

This survey was conducted in October 2009 and was sent to current 2009-2010 members and past members of Southern Flames.

62 people completed the survey 53 of which are current members.

Question/Choices/Responses

# of responses

%

1. What is your bead making skill level?

   

a. Beginner (Taken beginning glass bead making or are self taught and have had up to 150 hours on a torch (any kind))

5

8%

b. Intermediate (Have taken more than 1 class and can work comfortably on an oxygen-propane torch. Over 150 hours experience.)

23

37%

c. Advanced (If youíre advanced, you probably know it.

34

55%

Total

62

100%

     

2. Are you currently a member of Southern Flames?

   

a. Yes

53

85%

b. No

9

15%

Total

62

100%

     

3. How long have you been or were you a member of Southern Flames?

   

a. 1-3 years

26

42%

b 3-6 years

13

21%

c. more than 6 years

23

37%

Total

62

100%

     

4. If you're not a current Southern Flames member, why not? (mark all that apply)

   

a Canít afford it

2

7%

b. Not beneficial to me

2

7%

c. n/a (please select this option if you are a current SF member)

18

67%

d. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

6

22%

i. Too far away

   

ii. Moved to SC

   

iii. Meetings very far away + too busy

   

iv. Unable to work for extended period of time

   

v. Too far away to benefit me

   

vi. Taking a break from making beads

   
     

5. Why did you join Southern Flames? (mark all that apply)

   

a. Torch time rental

4

6%

b. Networking with other bead makers

47

76%

c. Classes offered

41

66%

d. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

12

19%

i. Wanted to take boro classes

   

ii. not just networking, but fellowship/glass chat etc

   

iii. All of the above

   

iv. At the time, it was the closest ISGB chapter.

   

v. Networking W/artist even though I make Marbles

   

vi. liked to learn more about bead making

   

vii. all of the above

   

viii. My arm was twisted. :)

   

ix. All the above

   

x. I started the first incarnation of SF in 1996 :)

   

xi. searching for association with prof artists

   

xii. Desire to learn from other beaders and expand my c

   
     

6. What do you feel Southern Flames can do as an organization to be of more benefit to you? (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

33

 

a. Provide a method to help sell my beads through a co-op type arrangement. Maybe a committee can be formed to organize this and then we can participate in A&F shows as a group. All proceeds would go back to those participating.

   

b. Bring in big time instructors like Michael Barley

   

c. I enjoy SF membership

   

d. Buy your lampwork supplies from FlameTree Glass! lol (smiles) Please support FlameTree Glass as your local flameworking supplies distributor.
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e. instruction demonstrations, highlights of new materials and tools

   

f. Perhaps organize group buys with our size/muscle power. I as a member would be willing to head up a product I was interested in purchasing. Like classes we have; great price/location. LIke the idea I heard of having "mini courses" during this economic crunch. Shorter committment of time/money.

   

g. E-mail members a week before every meeting

   

h. Offer Boro Classes.

   

i. Can't think of anything specifically

   

j. Since I am outside of Atlanta, more weekend meetings would improve my attendence.

   

k. I'm not really sure. I love the networking with other beadmaker friends. Right now I just can't afford to take any classes and that's one of my greatest joys as a beadmaker. I love to learn.

   

l. I am unsure as I am a new member.

   

m. Bring in great teachers for great classes

   

n. How to market my beads and jewelry
Specialized classes

   

o. Stop holding meetings on Wed night. That is reserved for church..

   

p. More utilization of experienced beaders to teach techniques and methods beyond the monthly meeting....cheap classes or workshops.

   

q. not sure

   

r. Provide reasonably priced classes and networking with other flame workers

   

s. more business oriented classes and group shows

   

t. I think Southern Flames is doing a great job, and I would like to thank all the board members who make it all possible.

   

u. Would love to attend more meetings! I am 75 miles away and Wednesday night meetings don't work for me. Would love to get to know more SF members...

   

v. Trade tips and techniques as well as network with other members.

   

w. more information about selling work, options that are out there for us

   

x. Increase classes offered from famous bead makers that have not been to Southern Flames like Margaret Zinser, JC Herrel, Dolly Ahles, etc.

   

y. Would love to see more workshops offered from outstanding lampworkers throughout the usa.

   

z. Can't think of anything at this time as haven't had a chance to attend meeting yet

   

aa. I truly think that we need more demo-oriented meetings... it's what gets people there. We need to use the talents w/in our organization more. Bringing in guest instructors is KEY as well... we have such great potential... we just need to bump it up a notch.

   

bb. Org is doing what charter saids to do and should not change to accomodate single interests.

   

cc. start a chapter on the NE side of Atlanta?

   

dd. The group is great. I'm just not working with glass right now.

   

ee. continue what it is doing

   

ff. Make the society more open to newbies. I often felt as though only experienced beadmakers were accepted. If you weren't in print or nationally recognized, you need not bother the society. The society never did anything to make me feel welcomed. If it weren't for the people there that I already knew, I wouldn't have lasted as long as I did. Now, I haven't been on my torch in over a year.

   

gg. SF needs a charitable arm to help during a disaster; such as flood. And be proactive with ISGB's efforts that way.
How can SF leverage that etc. SF should just have parties once in a while; less formal more fun. Instead of a demo from a visiting artist just have a meet an greet party.

   
     

7. When was the last time you attended a class offered through Southern Flames?

   

a. 2009

21

34%

b 2008

15

24%

c. 2007

7

11%

d. 2006 or before

6

10%

e. never

13

21%

Total

62

100%

     

8. If you answered "never" to attending a class offered through Southern Flames, why not? (mark all that apply)

   

a. Classes didn't cover topic I was interested in

3

19%

b. I felt my skill level didn't meet the requirements

6

38%

c. Classes cost too much

3

19%

d. Classes not offered on dates/times convenient to my schedule

7

44%

e. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

5

31%

i. Just moved here

   

ii. Just the economy. Classes are fairly priced

   

iii. some classes seemed too advanced

   

iv. Not Southern Flames fault - travel for work

   

v. The classes were only for those deemed acceptable.

   
     

9. Have you attended Southern Flames meetings in the past year?

   

a. Yes

41

66%

b. No

21

34%

Total

62

100%

     

10. If you have not attended a Southern Flames meeting within the past year, why not? (mark all that apply)

   

a. Date and/or time of meetings don't fit my schedule

10

40%

b. Location not convenient

9

36%

c. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

11

44%

i. Need more Saturday sessions

   

ii. Live in Wilmington, NC -- too far for meetings.

   

iii. just joined

   

iv. Space too small for size of group.

   

v. I am new and there has only been 1 meeting so far

   

vi. I live out of town and it is not always convenient

   

vii. Forgot one time & weather/traffic too bad second

   

viii. Attendng college and did not have time

   

ix. Membership expired

   

x. not working with glass right now

   

xi. I can not make Wednesday night meetings

   
     

11. What additional topics would you like to discuss/learn about at our meetings? (Mark all that apply)

   

a. Information related to selling beads/work on line (etsy, e-bay, etc.)

27

53%

b. Advertising/marketing your beads

24

47%

c. Submitting applications for juried shows

25

49%

d. Studio set up (ventilation, workspace arrangement/tips, etc.)

26

51%

e. Kilns and annealing programs

24

47%

f. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

15

29%

i. Discuss how great FlameTree Glass is!

   

ii. Anything glassy!

   

iii. bead techniques

   

iv. mini techniques at meetings,maybe a 15 minute demo

   

v. Business-related topics (taxes, legal, startup)

   

vi. Member demonstrations

   

vii. Related arts - e.g wire wrapping, fusing

   

viii. Discussion among members about beads they've made.

   

ix. Demos on the torch

   

x. craft show table displays & marketing

   

xi. All of it, plus talking about techniques

   

xii. Metal smithing

   

xiii. DEMOS DEMOS DEMOS DEMOS DEMOS... seriously

   

xiv. The business of artistry

   

xv. Spreading the art of glassbeadmaking to new artist

   
     

12. Would you be interested in purchasing items with the Southern Flames logo on it?

   

a. Yes

35

61%

b. No

22

39%

Total

57

100%

     

13. What Southern Flames logo items would interest you? (mark all that apply)

   

a. T-shirt

31

78%

b. Bead making apron

13

32%

c. Stickers/decals

13

32%

d. License plate holder

9

22%

e. Tote bag

12

30%

f. Coffee mug

19

48%

g. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

6

15%

i. A really nice apron.....

   

ii. Hot plates

   

iii. L/S denim shirt/jacket or chambray shirt

   

iv. Iron-on Patch

   

v. This is the last thing you need to focus on.

   

vi. I'd be interested in changing the name

   
     

14. Do you use the Southern Flames Yahoo group?

   

a. Yes

21

34%

b. No

40

66%

Total

61

100%

     

15. If you don't use the Yahoo group, why not? (mark all that apply)

   

a. Don't see the benefit in using it

6

15%

b. Didnít know about it

20

51%

c. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

13

33%

i. I just forget about it.It isn't very busy.

   

ii. don't have the time

   

iii. don't know what it really is or the benefits

   

iv. Not a yahoo fan.

   

v. Too busy right now

   

vi. I don't use Yahoo

   

vii. don't often, forget

   

viii. no time lately

   

ix. Not used by enough people.

   

x. Have my own professional website

   

xi. Online groups only cater to the elite

   

xii. Don't spend too much time on computer

   

xiii. Never took the time

   
     

16. Southern Flames currently has many very experienced Beadmakers.   If full day classes were offered on Saturdays by a Southern Flames member on one specific technique or skill (e.g, Using Enamels, Dichroic, Silver Glass; Sculptural flowers, Making murrine, etc), for either $50 or $75 would you be interested in taking a class?

   

a. Yes

58

94%

b. No

4

6%

Total

62

100%

     

17. $25 is the current dues amount for Southern Flames, how do you feel about that?

   

a. Dues are too high

1

2%

b. Dues are just right

52

84%

c. Other, please specify (below are open ended responses from participants not predetermined choices)

9

15%

i. Depends on what the money is used for.

   

ii. Need to be increased to meet increasing costs

   

iii. Dues okay, I would be willing to pay more if nec.

   

iv. Dues are fine, our issues were personal.

   

v. I think that we are EXTREMELY fair.

   

vi. Does not matter-Whaterever org needs from members

   

vii. amount fine, but I do not have a job currently

   

viii. The dues are fine -- the society needs fixing

   

ix. Should be $50

   

18. Throughout the year Southern Flames holds the following events.  Please rank them in order of importance to you with 1 being most important.

Top number is the count of respondents selecting the option.
Bottom % is percent of the total respondents selecting the option.

very very important

very important

more important

important

somewhat important

not very important

least important

Garage Sale

7
12%

12
21%

3

5%

17

29%

8

14%

4

7%

7

12%

Monthly Bead Challenge

5

9%

6

10%

7

12%

14

24%

9

16%

12

21%

5

9%

Bead Exchange

7

12%

9

16%

10

18%

14

25%

8

14%

5

9%

3

5%

Dessert/Appetizer Challenge

2

4%

5

9%

3

5%

11

20%

9

16%

7

12%

19

34%

Holiday Tree Raffle

11

20%

6

11%

9

16%

11

20%

10

18%

3

5%

6

11%

Silent Auction

10

18%

10

18%

7

12%

11

19%

10

18%

6

11%

3

5%

ISGB Postcard Project

18

32%

11

19%

7

12%

7

12%

6

11%

5

9%

3

5%

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