May speakers, Monty Clark and Carol Fonda-Clark are two fabulous speakers who will share their knowledge and experiences in sculpting glass beads. Their bead designs are inspired by Italian Botanical Sculptures in museums and nature.
Monty Clark has a Masters degree in Art Sculpture with an emphasis in Metal Arts. He instructed metal arts and sculpture at American River College in Sacramento for 35 years. Carol Fonda-Clark worked as a professor’s assistant and produced jewelry and worked the Craft Fair circuit starting in 1986.
Monty and Carol first started learning how to make beads in 1991 at The Source glass shop in Rancho Cordova with Shari Hopper sponsored by Craig Milliron. They showed up to the class with stripped Bullseye instead of Moretti, and were off and running. Shortly thereafter, Carol took a four day class with Brian Kerkvlite in Oakland in 1992, and everyone in that class became noted beadmakers. Thank you Brian!
Monty and Carol are devoted to the arts, first as a partnership and then in 2004 forming Dichroic, Inc. Jewelry and glass working was not a hobby, it was and is how they make a living. Their jewelry and Dichroic glass business has sold over 1.5 million dollars in glass beads and glass since then.
Monty and Carol have survived in the business world as innovators in glass materials. They consistently introduced new techniques and materials to clients, and offer help when they couldn’t figure out what they needed. They are vendors at two major trade shows every year. In early February at The Tucson Gem and Mineral show, at The Bead True Blue in 2018 and The Glass Craft Expo in Las Vegas in March including 2018.
At the BSNC meeting on May 16th, Monty and Carol will discuss the status of American glass products, new types of available Dichroic, explanation of our sculptural glass techniques, and current trends in fashion and marketing.
They will bring samples of bead work with center piece beads incorporated, plus beads will be for sale.
You will be amazed at what you will learn. Come and bring a friend.
Location: Courtyard Marriott, 5555 Shellmound, Emeryville, 94605. The parking lot is a gated surface lot around the hotel. Bring your parking ticket into the hotel; get it validated after the meeting and BSNC will pay the parking fee. Members free with membership card, non-members $5
May 16, 2017 Carol Fonda & Monty Clark
Social half-hour at 7:00 pm with coffee/tea
Courtyard Marriott, 5555 Shellmound, Emeryville, 94605. Map. The parking lot is a gated surface lot around the hotel. Bring your parking ticket into the hotel; get it validated after the meeting and BSNC will pay the parking fee. Members free with membership card, non-members $5