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  Presents  Heather Trimlett

October 22-23 & Oct 24-25, 2009

By popular request, Heather Trimlett is back!  Southern Flames is excited to sponsor two new classes with Heather on Thursday-Friday, October 22-23, and Saturday-Sunday,October 24-25, 2009.  The cost of each class will be $325.00, and each class will cover different material!

Thursday/Friday, October 22-23 - MARBLE BEADMAKING –

It’s time to share the secrets of the marble bead.  Please join me for a lively class on the many facets of making latticino, or as the Italians call it, zanfirico.  This will lead us into the marvelous world of marbles!  How do you make a marble bead?   Would you like square marble beads?  How about oval marble beads?  Get the answers to these questions and more.  [Note that this class includes making marbles as well as beads.


Saturday/Sunday, October 24-25 – LATTES, CHOCOLATE, OH, AND A FEW BEADS!!

This is a unique opportunity to work with Heather to discuss how you want to develop your style in beadmaking.  You will learn to work smarter and more efficiently so you get the maximum out of your precious torch time.

We will take time to discuss and develop design ideas that students can easily continue to expand in their own studios.

Heather will take the mystery out of clear casing, stringer work and shaping a disc. She will show you her no-fail way to successful hollow beads. You will learn the magic to making the perfect black & white twist then applying that twist and making the ends match!

It’s time to fine tune your skills and take your work to the next level.  Please join us for this exciting class.


EXPERIENCE LEVEL Both classes are for Intermediate/Advanced students who have had a good amount of practice working on the torch. 

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:  Students will supply their own glass (Morretti/Effetre) and tools to be used in the class.  Please note that in addition to standard tools, the Marble Beadmaking class will require students to have a marble mold, and the Advanced class will require students to have 6 or more ¼” and 2 or more ½” hollow mandrels.  A more specific materials/supply list will be sent to students after the lottery.

Attached is Heather’s bio including photos of some of her beads.  For more information, check out Heather’s website at

Placement of students in the classes will be by lottery, open only to Southern Flames members in good standing, as detailed below.

Lottery Details:

    • The lottery for class placement will be held at the Southern Flames meeting at Beads by Design at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15.
    • Since two separate classes are being offered, there will be two lotteries and there are separate lottery forms for each class.  Be sure you are submitting the lottery form for the specific class you want!  We will hold the lottery for the most popular of the two classes first, determined by larger number of lottery entries.
    • Prior to the lottery, each interested member must complete a Lottery Form and provide a check for $325.00 per class made out to Southern Flames. 
    • You may bring the completed Lottery Form(s), along with your check, to the lottery drawing (see date and location above -- additional lottery forms will be available at that time).
    • If you would like to be included in the lottery, but will not be able to attend the lottery drawing, you may mail your completed Lottery Form(s) along with a check payable to Southern Flames in the amount of e325.00 per class, to the Southern Flames Treasurer, Martha Fuerst, at the address below:

                  Martha Fuerst
                  2679 Mercedes Drive NE
                  Atlanta, Georgia 30345-3974

      Your check must be received by Martha no later than August 14.  Martha will email you a confirmation when she has received your check and form(s), and you will be entered into the lottery drawing(s).  If you do not receive a confirmation within a reasonable time, please contact Martha prior to the lottery to confirm whether or not your check and lottery form(s) have been received.  Martha’s email address is

    • Eight spaces will be available in each class.  Once all spaces in the class are filled, names will continue to be drawn for waitlist positions.  Please note on the Lottery Form if you wish to be placed on waitlist status.  Checks for waitlist participants will not be deposited unless a class position opens for that person.  In the past, we have often had students withdraw due to various emergencies, and have actually been able to place the last person on the waitlist in the class, so there is a possibility that slots may become available to those on the waitlist.
    • Checks received from lottery participants who do not win class seats in the lottery will be destroyed unless the member indicates he or she would like to be on the waitlist.  In that event, checks will be held but not deposited unless a class position becomes available.
    • If at any time a waitlist participant would like to be removed from the waitlist, he or she may notify the Treasurer, and she will destroy or return that person's check and remove him/her from the waitlist.
    • Once you have been placed in a class, the class fee is non-refundable.  However, if you are ultimately unable to attend the class, you should notify the Treasurer and/or the Event Coordinator, and your space will be offered to those on any waitlist.  You will be refunded your money only if someone takes over and pays for your class space.  The process of filling vacated class spaces must go through the Treasurer/Event Coordinator and the waitlist process.  You may not directly sell or give your space to another individual unless all waitlisted persons have declined to take over the space.
    • At the beginning of the class you will be asked to complete a liability waiver; only those who complete and sign the waiver may attend the class.  You will not be eligible for a refund of the class fee if you refuse to sign the waiver.  In addition, Southern Flames reserves the right to place class photos, which may include pictures of you and/or your class work, on its website.
    • The Lottery Form asks for your name, address, phone number, email address, preference of class session, and whether you wish to be placed on the waitlist if your name is not initially drawn for a space in the class.

If the class is not full after the lottery...
If any class seats are open after completion of the lottery process, an email will be sent to Southern Flames members announcing an additional period (usually about a week) during which registration for the open spaces will remain available only to Southern Flames members, on a first come, first placed basis, by delivery of checks to the Treasurer, either in person or by mail to the address above.

If class seats remain open after the additional members-only registration period, class registration will be opened to the general glass community at $350.00 via announcements in web forums, emails, etc.    Of course, Southern Flames members may still enroll for available spaces after registration has been opened to the public, but they will no longer be given preference and spaces will be filled on a first come-first served basis.

If you have any questions about this class or about the lottery, contact Southern Flames Event Coordinator, Margo Knight, at


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