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  Present  Leah Fairbanks

Southern Flames is sponsoring 2 classes with Leah Fairbanks.  There will be two 2-day sessions offered: March 10 & 11 (Thursday/Friday) and March 12 & 13 (Saturday/Sunday), 2004.  Both class sessions will cover the same material. 

In this workshop, Leah's goal is for the student to increase their skill level and expand their knowledge of beadmaking.  A variety of materials will be provided to experiment with including palladium, gold and silver leaf, reduction  frit, dichroic glass and goldstone.  Some of the techniques will include advanced latticino, feathering, floral canes, surface decorations and clear casing.   An assortment of different styles and shapes focusing on design, color-blending and refined beads ends will be covered.  There will be a balance of demonstrations with focused one-on-one attention.  Throughout this workshop, students will be assisted with their individual needs. 

Leah Fairbanks began her career in glass in 1982 with studies at the prestigious Pilchuck School of Glass, The Colton Glass School. She explored and pushed the limits of the medium, creating stained glass windows, neon sculptures, fused glass plates, bowls and jewelry. 

Leah's first lampwork glass beadmaking class in 1992 altered the course of her path into the realm of hot glass. She found the quality of working with molten glass at the flame seductive and inspiring.  From the onset of her lampworking career, Leah has translated her love of flora & fauna into delicate glass creations, and aptly named her studio Gardens of Glass . Working with the exotic irises and orchids from her garden in Northern California, she drew upon nature to establish her sculptural collection of Goddesses, Angels and Mermaids.  Leah frequently mixes her own blends of frit and enamel powders to personalize her glass beads and create recurrent motifs of composition which include wheat, irises, berries and lavender.  

Leah was intimately involved with the resurgence of professional lampwork glass beadmaking in America during the 1990's. Leah's exploration in garden motifs directly influenced and impacted the early movement of floral decoration in contemporary glass beadmaking.  Serving on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Leah provided direction in its formative stage in her role as Secretary / Treasurer from 1994 to 1995. 

As an accomplished instructor, Leah has taught beginning to advanced glass beadmaking workshops worldwide since 1994. Always involved in innovation within her medium, she became one of the first lampwork artists in America to experiment with the Japanese Satake glass and to incorporate these beads into her collection.  Leah has beads featured in books by Cindy Jenkins, Bandhu Dunham and in 1000 Glass Beads by Lark.  Bead & Button honored Leah's characteristic floral style with a commission to design their first lampworked glass commemorative bead for the year 2000. 

To see Leah's beads, check out her website:    

Leah's class will cost $315.00 for Southern Flames members in good standing ($340.00 for non-members if classes not filled by members).  In order to be in good standing a member must be current on dues and fees.   Students will provide their own tools and Moretti glass to be used in class (materials list to be provided prior to class), and Southern Flames will provide students with some additional materials such as dichroic glass, silver leaf, etc. (included in your class fee).

 Lottery Details

If the class is not full after the lottery…

Once the lottery is complete, if the classes are not full, an email will be sent to Southern Flames members giving them one additional week to register for the open spots on a first come, first placed basis via checks to Kim Runge either in person or at the address above. 

If the classes are not full after the additional week of open registration for members, registration will be opened to the general glass community via web forums, emails, etc. 

If you have any questions about Leah Fairbanks class or about the lottery, contact Southern Flames Vice President, Kristy Nijenkamp, at

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