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August 2004
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News from the Townships

AmVets Fishing Tournament Scheduled for September 11th-12th

Staff Changeover at Beaver Island Community School

Fourth of July Golf Tournament a Big Hit

Marching in the Rain: A Forth of July few will forget

Dedicating the Town Clock

On This Date

Shipping out the Logs

Concert on the Harbor

Sunset Picnic August 15th

Inland Seas Kayaking Inland Seas Eco-Tours

Art Show Success highlights Museum Week

A Wedding on the Beach

Volleyball Camp

Boyne Thunder Poker Race to Beaver

Recreation Resource Project Special Summary Report

One Hundred Years Ago

Sky Divers Return

Livingstone Studio's Meet the Artist

BIRHC Fashion Tea at Deerwood

B.I. Christian Church celebrates 41 years, honors Greggs

Camp Quality on Beaver

Trouble with the Bridge

BIRHC Benefit Dinner September 17th at Nina's

Go Wendy!


Livingstone Studio’s Meet The Artist

:: Nancy Peterson

Nancy Peterson of Beaver Island Jewelry ( appeared on July 10th to show her flame-worked glass bead jewelry and to explain the process by which she creates a variety of whimsical glass artwork.

:: Cindy Ricksgers

Cindy Ricksgers set up the following weekend to talk about the laborious process by which she makes art. First she creates a plate from a variety of materials; then she rubs ink on (and off) before creating prints in her press.

:: Tom Richards

Tom Richards demonstrated his pottery in the Artist’s Tent, talking about the various clays, kilns, additives, and glazes that fuel his passion. He was fresh from teaching potting at MadCamp, and was delighted by those who’d shown a flair.

I participated in the “Meet the Artist” event, bringing my next-door neighbor from Ann Arbor, Loretta Skewes, to help. A tent was set up in the yard under a huge shade tree, with a table for my glass bead jewelry. It was hard to pick what I was going to bring to show folks since all my pieces are unique and have stories to go with them! Since I couldn’t bring my torch, I brought a special poster that I had made depicting the process of making a glass bead. This 3000-year-old process is called lamp-working. I start with a wire mandrel coated in bead release and melt glass rods using propane or natural gas, with an oxygen concentrator. Then I melt the glass onto the rod, creating the shape and decoration that inspires me. For example, when I do the little frogs on a lily pad, I melt and shape a green or teal rod of glass into a lily pad and then, with a pea green glass rod, shape the hot glass into a frog. I put this hot glass and into a 950 degree kiln for 8 hours. When the kiln anneals or hardens the glass, I have a bead to use in a piece of jewelry. I talked with many folks about lamp-work glass, and told stories about my Beaver Island Memories beads.

– Nancy Peterson

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