SLLS Meeting Minutes

Lampworkers Society Minutes: 2/14/2021

Host: Zoom

Our pre-meeting conversation began with a handy life-hack courtesy of Joan Cross… “When life gets serious, smack Clay.” A wild Erin appeared in our Zoom group and there was much rejoicing! The link I had sent out ended up being a dud and there was some scramble to get a shiny new properly functioning link to everyone on super short notice…  Joan requested that instead of the new link, she be sent a piece of the homemade Tiramisu Laura had posted online earlier. (A wise choice really…)  There was some grumbling about how google slides won’t allow videos to play in the slideshow by Laura. (who has since solved the problem!)  A long lost Fred Vogt appeared to join this round and we lost a Lester to power outage.

Despite ongoing technology annoyances for Laura, Kathleen called the meeting officially to order! 

Secretary: The group dealt with Laura’s standard overly enthusiastic reading of the minutes most admirably.

Treasurer: Les was MIA due to a power outage in his neighborhood, so no treasurer’s report this time.  (Kathleen assured us we still have money)

Membership: Fred told us that 19 more folks had now paid their member dues. He relayed a question he had received via the membership email regarding where a beginner could take lampworking classes.  Laura reported that while Third Degree is not currently running flameworking classes or experiences there is discussion of having longer bead experiences or single day classes.  She also mentioned that Craft Alliance has a Flame studio and a plan for upcoming classes (and they have, since this meeting, completed set up of the flame studio and are taking students)

Librarian: Joan has taken possession of the full SLLS Library and is ready to be contacted for rentals! Reach out to her at jcross1492@gmail.com

Historian: Lendy offered Tori access to the historians photography archives for building the instagram brand. Laura offered to send all the images from the show & tell sessions to both Lendy and Tori for documentation and PR. Kathleen wants to put the Show & Tell Slide shows up on the site. 

Web: Kathleen has added all of the recorded Minutes from the last years meetings to the website so that all members can access them. (Older ones can be downloaded, the newest minutes can be viewed.) Apparently wordpress (while seriously annoying to wrangle) is slowly becoming more “block based” which should make it easier to add things like calendars and events. 

She plans to update the website monthly to keep members up to date on when meetings will happen and if/when we revert back to in person. Lendy asked if there was a link she could add for potential new members to join a zoom meeting and check the group out, and Kathleen recommended a link to membership for a zoom link request instead of just posting the zoom link for anyone to access.

Kathleen asked for general suggestions on info or advertising on the website, hoping to help folks promote shows or projects.

Lester appeared in the meeting!

Treasurer (ROUND 2!): Lester reports no new change in our bank balance, some change in Paypal with new memberships rolling in, making our total assets $4218.43.  There was discussion about corporate matching for membership with SLLS being a non-profit. …Lester was lost to another power outage! 

Old Business

Joan asked about changing the names for the new officers (Kathleen sheepishly admitted she SHOULD change those names…) and asked what email or contact info members should use to reach her to request things from the library. Katleen promised to update the library contact info to Joans member email. 

Katleen asked about the spreadsheet of Marilyn’s stuff and we established that if folks are mobile, Bill is comfortable with people coming out and doing a curbside pickup of items and a drop off of checks. No paypal.  Check, cash or Money Order. Call him ahead of time to set up a dropoff/pick up. (I put his number in the title of the spreadsheet if anyone needs it. – Nadine, Joan and I should be going back over soon now that the weather is better to go through the craft room and do a second inventory.)

Joan asked if we were an official ISGB chapter – consensus is YES!  … but we are supposed to be sending them info and being more interactive in general.

Treasurer (ROUND 3!): Lester had popped back into Zoom so we started where he left off… continuing the discussion of corporate matching and trying to locate a membership fee – paid via credit card – that appears to be floating free in the ether. Fred suggested that it might have gone to an old paypal address for SLLS. There is a cult of mysteries surrounding Paypal…

New Business:

The group congratulated Laura on being chosen to make the 2021 ISGB Commemorative Bead!  She has committed to making 30-50 of them with fancy laser cut custom boxes by June for the Virtual Gathering. 

Lendy told the group she has been cleaning the “room of no return” at home and offered members some fantastic containers for storage. There was much squealing. (as artists we are unable to contain squeals when confronted with free art supply containment options!)

Laura shared her awesome discovery of DidyClips! (I had ordered one and have since received it and I LOVE it!) With much oooooing and aaaaahing the group agreed that it would be a very useful tool and quickly decided by vote to have Lester buy one to be added to the library.

Joan wanted to know what camera and editing software Laura had been using up until now for her lampworking demo videos: A Go-Pro 8, with her custom build diddy lens and Adobe Premier. 

Q-tips:

  • Lendy says: When trapped at home with a covid scare – clean! Having been home this long, she has become a professional cleaner/purger.
  • Laura recommended not going 0 to 100 on a new art form (hilarious because she ALWAYS does)  I like my learning curves to resemble the top 100 ft of mount Everest! 
  • If it is below 25 degrees propane stored outside (with a regulator outside as well) will not work well – if at all. 
  • DO NOT use a torch to remove bubbles from a polyurethane coating… The result will be FIRE. (and not in a good way.) Sleepy Laura mixed up resin and poly in her mind and nearly charbroiled a micromosaic wooden bezel. Joan added not to do it near your water heater because… “BOOM”
  • Tori advised that a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol could be used to remove bubbles from a slip casting project.

Show and Tell: We had some fun technical issues attempting to get the videos to play… finally, across multiple computers, we managed to get all the amazing work members had sent shown!  

Instead of a list this time, I can share the slideshow!! (Huzzah for Canva!) You still miss out on the fun running commentary that comes with attending the meetings, but it’s better than a boring old list! 

Follow this link to see the fancy Valentines day Show & Tell

Demo: Tori shared a fantastic Ceramic wheel throwing and hand texturing demo on how to make her signature “Squish Cup”.  Here’s the “Squish Cup” Demo

After the wonderful demo, the group turned their collective minds to trying to figure out a mystery glass rod that Lester was wanting more of… Laura ID’d it as Terra Nova 2 by double helix! 

Kathleen brought the meeting to it’s official close, and Laura desperately tried to rope someone into the demo for next month… no takers. Sigh. Before signing off, Katleen issued the President’s challenge for next month

Lampworkers Society Minutes: 1/10/2021

Host: Zoom

Our pre-meeting banter this round concluded that Kathleen’s computer was on the verge of collapse and it was decided that photo’s should be sent to Laura instead to keep Kathleen’s computer from being bogged down. Members trickled in and the meeting was officially called to order. 

Secretary: Minutes were read and received with much fanfare.

Treasurer: Les reports $175.00 in membership dues received so far via Paypal, bringing our total assets to $4000.64. There was some confusion as to who had paid and how they had paid, paypal being a cryptic beast at the best of time. 

Membership: Fred informed us that only 7 members have paid so far. (although as of 2/11/21 the list appears to have been updated to 14 members paid out of 27 listed previous members.)

Historian: Lendy was still reeling from her recent loss (her sister passed) and thanked everyone for their love. She was at a bit of a loss for what to share, stating that the majority of the historians tasks in this virtual world were being managed by the Secretary. (recording meetings, taking photos of work…)  We still have history. The Flicker account was asked after, and Lendy said that she had lost track of it due to recent life, but that we should have access and that we should archive all of the photos for documentation purposes. 

Librarian: Joan is still trying to connect with Erin for the hopeful library handoff. 

Web: Kathleen opened the floor to suggestions for change on the website and Joan asked for a calendar. It’s apparently an annoyance to fight the widgets and add calendar functions to a wordpress site. She promised to add a list of future meeting dates and hopefully a list of future demos if Laura can manage to get them lined up more than a month in advance. In a fun web related side note: Tori has started our official STL Lampworkers Society Instagram account! She implored members to send her images or videos so we can start building our brand. 

Sloooooow Transition in to Old Business

Conversation turned to who had admin power over the Lampworkers facebook page with Marilyn gone. Joan said she did and Kathleen suggested making a few others admin so we don’t have all our eggs in one basket. Lendy agreed that every site needed at least 2 admins. Joan asked the easiest way to respond to folks who view the page, in an effort to encourage more membership. The general consensus was to have new content and to engage those visitors with stories and projects. Tori suggested linking the instagram to the facebook and asked to be made admin so she can post to the facebook page as well. Laura asked if we needed to make a new officer position for Social Media… Fred reminded everyone that to create a new office, we need to amend the bi-laws and have a vote. Lendy chipped in that if we are amending the bi-laws, we should assess and re-evaluate several others. The group discussed the finer points of instagram tagging and hashtags.

Kathleen once again brought up the need for a contact sheet for all members and their various social platforms for promotion and connection. Name, Phone, email, website, instagram, facebook, twitter, tumbler, all that goodness. I told her I had the beginnings of that list from my attempt to organize the virtual show and she asked that it be made into a shareable google sheet so everyone can contribute their info. It is DONE: — follow this link and fill in what you’ve got and how we can show you off! SLLS Contact/Info Sheet

After further discussion of social sites, interwebs and their access issues, we discussed starting a shared “One Password” account so that there would be a way to access all of the various logins and media accounts for the society. 

New Business:

Laura Showed the group the spreadsheet of Marilyn’s tools and equipment so that people would know how to use it and invited people to add their names if they were interested in buying any of them. 

Q-tips:  No Q-tips this round! Our wellspring of wisdom runneth dry in these trying times.

Show and Tell:

  • Fred showed us his newest beautiful Marble, Turbo amethyst encased red crayon petals (He recommends India green as a cooperative green for encasing in boro.) 
  • Laura shared her successful attempt at a geometric bead and informed the group she had the “how it was made” video in her virtual back pocket for a later date when we were lacking in demos… She also showed the group her submission for the ISGB Commemorative bead – a hand painted Furbonacci Spiral!
  • Lester contributed some gorgeous sets of Double Helix beads encased in clear and textured for depth.
  • Lendy gave us a sneak peek of her soon-to-be stud earrings for the gallery.  Showed tiny dogwoods, peppermints, and mini murrini of ladybugs, lips and sunflower cores.

Demo: Lendy demoed the making of Candy Canes in Boro using a hand-built jig for consistency: Here’s the link to watch if you missed it! https://youtu.be/XwHTtZza2Sg

Upon a demand from VP/Secretary Laura, Tori kindly offered to demo a ceramics technique of one kind or another for next month!

The meeting officially ended and everyone went their separate ways. Tori, Laura and Joan stayed on to sort the admin permissions for the facebook page. 

Bits for next email/new business: 

https://www.didyclips.com/ – Clip on Didymium Lens for $65, made by Travis Weber (I have one on order currently)

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