There are a number of our members who, over many years, have shown dedication and support for ISGB, our membership, and the art of glass beadmaking. Tonight, however, we have a unique presentation of the 2012 Hall of Flame Award.
Since 2002, this very special award has been a way to recognize term members whose contributions to ISGB deserve special recognition. Recipients are chosen based on their excellence in education; advancement of the field of glass beadmaking; support of the art through glass and tool development; leadership, volunteerism; support of artists; support of our organization; wealth of knowledge; a positive community image of a beadmaker and/or beadmaking; or a spirit of sharing knowledge and expertise. This presentation begins with a story of someone who has probably never made a bead; written a book nor created a beadmaking DVD. This person hasn’t taught a class, nor have they presented at the Gathering.
When we talk of our generation of lampwork, it’s in terms of the last 20-25 years or so of discovery and innovation. However this person’s blueprint for success dates back to the 1960’s. It was as a teenager, our recipient made the first steps toward a career in support of glass beadmaking. One early claim to fame was an experiment with gunpowder. And a grand experiment that must have been, since on a visit back home many, many years later, the hole in the road that resulted from that experiment was still there. Sometime later, this person decided to build a torch. The materials for this particular project were found around the family home. This included securing metal pipe by cutting into the family home’s plumbing. But the torch worked! So well, as a matter of fact, that the kitchen curtains caught fire. This person hid the curtains and his mother never found out -- about the curtains, anyway. I’m sure she had some choice words about that whole plumbing issue.
So, by now, you all realize that we are honoring a special torch builder. This is someone whose life work has affected darn near everyone in this room. I would venture to say that each one of us has used his product at least once, if not daily, and some of us have based an entire career out of this workhorse. We sometimes joke that it’s beadmaking, not rocket science. Yet here we are tonight, presenting beadmaking’s highest award to someone referred to by those closest as a “rocket scientist.” Part of the preparation of presenting this award includes talking with associates of the award recipient, whether it’s family, friends or co-workers. And I heard some very strong sentiments about this year’s winner. For example:
- He’s an amazing man. He started from nothing and built a company that is successful and very well-respected.
- He strives to make a product that is affordable and fixable.
- If it weren’t for his work, I would have never been able to afford my first torch. I still use that torch many years later.
- He has provided torches at a discount and sometimes free of charge to those who could most benefit from a bit of help.
- He stands behind the quality of his product and always makes repairs at little or no cost.
- From his most visible employee: He’s the man who allows me to do what I do. He’s made it all possible.
- He’s a firm believer in education and firmly believes in the work and mission of ISGB.
There’s a rumor floating around in the bead world that not a single torch leaves his facility before he flame tests it himself. That sounds like one of those really cool, kind of “romantic” myths that we all want to think is true. I’m here to say that I found out this week that it’s no myth. Until he’s in the facility to personally test a torch and make sure it meets his standards, it doesn’t ship.
If this was a normal Hall of Flame Award night, at this point I’d announce the recipient’s name (although many of you are very well aware of exactly who it is by now), I’d hand off the award, and we’d take a photograph while all of you do the cheer and applaud. And that’s still the plan, but I ask you to hang on to that enthusiasm for just a few moments longer!
Indulge me for just a moment as I talk about someone else who is part of this whole picture. A technical pro doing the designing and building also needs a presence out in the glass community to connect with the artists. And tonight, we’re going to honor the other half of this dynamic duo.
In the South, we’d refer to this person as little but wiry. As a regular at the Gathering as well as many other glass-related events, her positive attitude and great personality makes everyone realize that she loves her work in general and beadmakers in particular. Somehow she manages to be everywhere at once, offering up whatever assistance she can be to everyone, be it the vendors selling that little workhorse torch, helping get a torch into the hands of someone who needs a little help affording one, or even delivering lunch to her fellow technical vendors.
I have called on this person many times, usually to ask for an ISGB-related favor, and she has always been gracious, helpful, supportive, generous and nothing but a total delight to talk with. Now you can prepare yourselves to break loose with all that unbridled enthusiasm, for on behalf of ISGB, I am pleased and honored to present our TWO 2012 Hall of Flame Award recipients, Peter Norton and Jean Robichaud.
Terry Hale, President
There are a number of our members who, over many years, have shown dedication and support for ISGB, our membership, and the art of glass beadmaking. Tonight, however, we have chosen one member in particular has been chosen to receive the 2011 Hall of Flame Award.
This award is very special. It began in 2002 as a way to recognize one long term member each year whose contributions to ISGB deserve special recognition. Recipients are chosen based on their excellence in education, advancement of the field of glass beadmaking, support of the art from through glass and tool development, leadership, volunteerism, support of artists, support of our organization, wealth of knowledge, a positive community image of a beadmaker and/or beadmaking, or a spirit of sharing knowledge and expertise.
When asked for thoughts about this year’s award recipient, friends and long-time members spoke of this year’s award winner as the ideal recipient who works selflessly for the whole of the group and has made a mark on the Contemporary Glass Bead Movement and ISGB in particular due to devoted volunteerism and collecting.
Our 2011 recipient joined ISGB in 1997 and was instrumental in the formation of ISGB and continues to support the art of glass beadmaking to this day. With an amazing spirit of volunteerism and a knack for organization, this person has given countless hours of dedication, often unseen but clearly crucial, in consistent support of ISGB and contemporary glass beads in general.
In the days before computers, this person served as registrar for our Gatherings, processing 300-450 registrations each year. Keep in mind that a single registration took about 45 minutes, not counting all those revisions people made! All of this work was a done as a volunteer, in the evenings and in a timely, organized manner with accurate and frequent reports to the Board.
At one time, the ISGB website was the only online home for glass beadmakers and it was during these critical growing years that our recipient served as webmaster. This was a job that took 7 days a week and did not stop for holidays or vacations. Through extremely tumultuous times and with a level head and common sense, this person quelled conflicts and tempers that flared on the forum to bring it back to the positive learning tool it was meant to be.
I have heard that this person would stalk the Silent Auction looking for beads that had not received bids. To prevent a bead from going without a home, this person would not only bid on those beads but would also donate them as a gift to the outgoing ISGB Board members as a gift. All this was done anonymously.
While not known as a bead artist (although those familiar with his famous chicken bead might beg to differ!) this person is a collector of beads AND lampworking equipment. Rumor has it that a love of new torches is a weakness and may have resulted in the biggest private collection of torches around!
We have this person to thank for most of the photographic history of ISGB Gatherings. Somehow, this person manages to be EVERYwhere taking pictures of EVERYthing, all without being noticed. And then, as a gift to ISGB, has provided professional quality photos to the Board each year, at no charge.
Now it is time for this person to be the subject of the photograph. It is my honor and privilege to award the 2011 ISGB Hall of Flame Award to Greg Fuchs!
Terry Hale, ISGB President
Good evening everyone. As I have said before, it is a true pleasure and sincere privilege to be President of our ISGB. Certainly at the top of this honor is presenting the annual Hall of Flame Award. I am very excited to be here again this year, to do just that.
This award is given to a member of the ISGB whose contribution deserves special recognition. Since 2002, we have honored recipients. Whether it is for education, advancement of the field, support of the art form through glass and tool development, leadership, volunteerism, support of artists, support of our organization, wealth of knowledge, a positive community image of a beadmaker and/or beadmaking, or a spirit of sharing knowledge and expertise, the Hall of Flame Award sets a standard of excellence in our world of glass beadmaking.
Our recipient this year was easy for me to write about…I know them very well on so many levels - personally, in business and of course, through ISGB. This person knows glass. They have been around forever in the world of glass and glass beadmaking. Not quite as old as Venice, but I know that they love that city! (wink)
When asked about our recipient, friends said that they were well respected and confident. They were both knowledgeable and exceptionally skilled. They were family oriented and passionate about glass and their faith. This is a person who believes deeply in ISGB and is both diligent and dedicated. And…they are very good at begging for ‘stuff’.
This person loves Italy. I have seen their eyes wide open and their heart filled with passion when they spend time there. I also know that there isn’t a Customs Agent strong enough to keep them from bringing home a good Italian salami!
Talk to this person about Stueben, but only if you have at least ten hours to dedicate to the conversation. Talk to this person about Corning, but only if you have a lifetime. Talk to this person about art, art history, glass, studio set-up, studio safety, beadmaking…well, just about anything and you will walk away more educated and jazzed about your passion for glass than you could ever imagine!
This person was classically trained in Art Education at the University of Maryland and with graduate courses in Glass Technology at the University of Kansas, they’ve been working with hot glass for over twenty five years…and yet, they look so young! With work all over the world and in many books, this person’s time is spent refining their art, developing new techniques, teaching, and at this time of year, working on our Gathering.
Not big on vegetables, but always craving good barbeque – not a fancy meal, just great home cooking. Laughs with conviction, lives life as if each day is a true blessing.
Teaches with a passion, loves with all of their heart, makes it all fun…makes it about ISGB and glass!
To sum it all up, a wonderful Mom to Ian and David, a loving wife to Cyril, a person who loves a good Fire Marshall more than we will ever know! It is a heartfelt privilege to say, that the 2010 ISGB Hall of Flame Award is being given to the one, the only, the very special, Lisa St Martin!
-Kendra Bruno, President
As President of our organization one has many responsibilities, yes, but there are many privileges and many honors as well. Presenting the Hall of Flame Award certainly ranks at the top of the list!
The inscription on the award reads, “In recognition of contributions to the art of glass beadmaking.” This person must be sitting in the audience right now thinking, “WOW, Gathering #17! The years have flown by!” I am certain they are not thinking about how, over 17 plus year’s time, they have contributed so much!
Our award recipient was there in the beginning – basically since the inception of SGB – The Society of Glass Beadmakers. And their work on the Bead Release Newsletter? Yes, also right there from the start! Then there was the Silly Bead contest, which originally started to allow anyone to participate in a show or contest and was designed to help new Chapters get to know one another, interact with one another, and to encourage new bead makers…and have fun doing it! This person has always been there for beadmakers – new to experienced! This person has always been there for others.
This person’s work has been seen in many National Shows and they have taught detailed, advanced techniques that most other instructors have not. Their contributions to those who work glass and the equipment needed for said work is far beyond what we could ever calculate.
This person has been a motivator, a leader, and a cornerstone for our organization and the industry. When I asked people about this Hall of Flame Award recipient, the words I heard were, and I quote, “wonderful”; “a friend”; “good person”; “just the best”; “talented”; “smart”; “steadfast”; “loving and warm”; “kind”; “compassionate”; “never interested in self-promotion – always interested in others”; “a good soul”. I think we all can guess – the recipient is more than worthy of the award!
Our award this evening is not just about continuous contributions – it is about accomplished contributions and this person has given so much! This person has faced some personal challenges in her life that forced her to step back in her glass and ISGB work, but the support and the dedication have never wavered and certainly live on today! She is an inspiration to so many of us.
Our award winner loves to garden, loves her glasswork, and loves a good Rickshaw ride with Mr. Softie and Mr. Flexy! Rumor has it that Las Vegas is a frequent vacation spot and being a stage mom to Tyler is one of this person’s most favorite things! Oh, and then there’s the business of Arrow Springs.
It is likely you have already guessed who our wonderful recipient is this evening. It is with pride, privilege, honor and pure pleasure that I present the 2009 Hall of Flame Award to the simply amazing, quite remarkable, very deserving… Donna Milliron!!!
– Kendra Bruno, President