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FiredDesires
08-17-2004, 01:10 PM
Alrighty then....have been busy getting together all my "stash" that I acquired while burning the numbers off my credit cards during the Gathering!! lol

Have put pictures of all my treasures on my website to share with everyone.
Click link to FiredDesires at bottom here, select Glass Collection picture. For those of you who have visited the site before....the "new" stuff starts half way down page #4

Enjoy everyone, and "thank you" to these incredible artists who have made such lovely items.

koregon
08-17-2004, 01:50 PM
Catharine,
wow what a collection! some gorgeous stuff you picked up at the Gathering!
I hope someday my collection will be a fraction of what your's is...you have some primo items there...the Loren Stump dinasours? are awesome...and I am in lust over your Calvin Orr window piece...wow! the Majorie Burr is really cool to...so different. well heck they are all beautiful!

It was a pleasure to finely meet you at the Gathering!

BBsBaubles
08-17-2004, 01:52 PM
That's some eye candy! Thanks for sharing :)

encantado
08-17-2004, 03:50 PM
Wow-quite a collection! They are all so wonderful and different! I love that Marjorie Burr bead! It just spoke to me!

beachbeads
08-17-2004, 04:23 PM
Nice collection BUT your beads are the best! Sheila

Cole
08-17-2004, 04:26 PM
What a great collection!
I'm curious as to how you display all these pieces?

FiredDesires
08-18-2004, 10:37 PM
Glad your enjoying the eye candy....I'm hard pressed to have a favorite at this time....

Kaye, yes it was so nice to meet you, Sonja, Dan & Chris...you all looked like you were having so much fun. I realized the first day, that you should meet or take a friend to a shindig like that..I felt like a little fish in such a big ocean. I can count on one hand how many people that actually took the time to speak to me. Outside of buying all the beads, seeing the demos and purchasing from the vendors, I found the whole scene disappointing and probably won't go out of my way to attend another one. Kati O...your the best and thanks for taking me under your wing!!! :clap:

Nichole...I have three, four tier spinner racks that house most of the beads.
Made of wood, 10" square size with mandral pegs. About a year or so ago, there was someone selling them on Ebay....great displays, great prices...can't remember his name and haven't seen them offered since. Later this week, I'll take a picture of one and post it here. A talented husband or significant other could probably duplicate one for you without too much trouble.

JavaGirlBT
08-18-2004, 10:41 PM
I can count on one hand how many people that actually took the time to speak to me. Outside of buying all the beads, seeing the demos and purchasing from the vendors, I found the whole scene disappointing and probably won't go out of my way to attend another one.

Catharine, I am so disappointed to hear you say this. I thought it was wonderful meeting you and you were one of the highlights of the Gathering for me! It was awesome watching you bid on those flame-off beads and to see you actually win Lewis Wilson's mongo-beado.

Robin Poff
08-18-2004, 11:12 PM
Originally Posted by FiredDesires
I can count on one hand how many people that actually took the time to speak to me. Outside of buying all the beads, seeing the demos and purchasing from the vendors, I found the whole scene disappointing and probably won't go out of my way to attend another one.

I found this to be the case too! I am not sure if some of it is overload! Giving people the benefit of the doubt! I also think that for me anyway, after you smile at enough people and get the blank look or the _____ look you quite smiling and then you miss when someone smiles at you!

:( That is at least how I am trying to look at it so as not to feel discouraged, or insecure!

LadyArowana
08-18-2004, 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by FiredDesires
I can count on one hand how many people that actually took the time to speak to me. Outside of buying all the beads, seeing the demos and purchasing from the vendors, I found the whole scene disappointing and probably won't go out of my way to attend another one.

I found this to be the case too! I am not sure if some of it is overload! Giving people the benefit of the doubt! I also think that for me anyway, after you smile at enough people and get the blank look or the _____ look you quite smiling and then you miss when someone smiles at you!

I shame that you had that experience, with a big group of people it is sometimes difficult to socialise when you don't already know people. I wouldn't necessarily give up though, there must have been other people there feeling a little lost, sometimes you just have to be the first to say hello and ask them about their beads ! A few years ago I would never have dreamed of doing it, but a good friend taught me that it really is ok, I mean what's the worst that can happen ? they think you are nosey or odd, who cares. Most people would probably be quite flattered that you took the time to talk to them. I wasn't there, but a compensatory "Hello" anyway ! :D Fiona

Robin Poff
08-19-2004, 12:51 AM
Fiona
It wasn't all bad, and being close to home I did know a lot of people. I am also very out going so it struck me as a little odd! The ones that seemed the most snobby were not the well known or the newer lampworkers, it seemed to be more the "rising stars" so to speak! They might wish to get a clue that your star doesn't rise very far if you don't "shine a little" Hugs and thanks!
By the way Firedesigns Your web page is wonderful and I envy your collection! Also next gathering! let show em all and smile like fools!! :)

tigerlil
08-19-2004, 04:00 AM
thanks for sharing your amazing collection! What a wonderful thing to do. Supports the beadmakers and is so great to share.


I was sorry to miss the Gathering. I've never been, but I did have a similiar experience at a bead show. I just got overwhelmed.

FiredDesires
08-19-2004, 12:36 PM
Ah...Sheila, your so sweet to say that, thanks! One other thing I gained from the Gathering? Seeing the work of some of the most incredible artists, that you normally wouldn't get to see..

Java Girl..hey sweetie, remember the one hand thing? Guess which finger you have? Hah...the index of course...your #1 in my book. Happy that you feel the way you do & enjoyed our dinner together. Everyone, Ellen ...LLane & Jinxsie were my table mates during the banquet....had "I" not crashed their table, I would'nt have otherwise met them.

Robin...I'm sure there are many more people that the Gathering was not a rollicking good time for, and thanks for noticing some of the same things I did. Hopefully in bringing our thoughts forward, it will have attendees of the next Gathering reach out a little further to fellow beadmakers....and not necessarily just to take the green from your hand!

Fiona..I'm not known as being a wall flower or shy. My observations stem from a couple of incidences first hand. i.e. walking up to a table of "WC'ers", saying hello and barely being acknowledged...(how dumb of me to assume, that just because I had "the" plaid ribbon, it would open doors for me!)...having a young lady, jump up from our banquet table to switch to what she perceived to be a more ?? popular/entertaining group of folks...ah, if you've touched the glassware & silverware..you should stay put or take it with you! Other similar incidents, and not just happening to me by the way, all took their toll on leaving a not so good impression on my mind.

I'm so glad for all of the people that enjoyed theirselves so much and that they met & made several new friends....but don't kid yourselves into thinking that eveyone did...I over-heard too many attendees voicing the same feelings.
Should I attend another....my expectations won't be far exceeding the actual event. If someone were to ask me about going? Yes, you should at least attend one, take alot of money and go with a friend....

JavaGirlBT
08-19-2004, 01:16 PM
Java Girl..hey sweetie, remember the one hand thing? Guess which finger you have? Hah...the index of course...your #1 in my book. Happy that you feel the way you do & enjoyed our dinner together. Everyone, Ellen ...LLane & Jinxsie were my table mates during the banquet....had "I" not crashed their table, I would'nt have otherwise met them.


Don't forget Vikki (Snootyvixen)! She suffered through the neon yellow cake with us. LOL.

We know that we were the #1 cool table. Hey, if one wants to switch to the #2 cool table, then that's OK with me. <grin>

Smedstad
08-19-2004, 01:38 PM
I'm so glad for all of the people that enjoyed theirselves so much and that they met & made several new friends....but don't kid yourselves into thinking that eveyone did...I over-heard too many attendees voicing the same feelings.
Should I attend another....my expectations won't be far exceeding the actual event. If someone were to ask me about going? Yes, you should at least attend one, take alot of money and go with a friend....

Catherine,

I am sorry that you had this experience. This was my third Gathering, so I did know a few more people than last year or the first year (Yikes!). I expect that it does help that Boston has an active local chapter so I could at least hang out with those people. I didn't wear a WC tag since I didn't know until I got home that Pat had made and sent me one. It was buried underneath my publishers' catalogues here at work.

I DID feel on the outside of the main WC group but I think that is probably because of personality, temperament and generational differences. I am definitely an introvert and am not really even capable of being silly or outrageous - not that I disapprove of others who can be this way. In general, life is easier for the extroverted.

I did meet a lot of new people this year, including quite a number of WC people. Those who I was able to talk to more than once were the ones who stuck in my mind. This is always a problem in these situations -too many new faces and names. I had a number of people come up to talk to me who I didn't recognize right away or I couldn't place exactly where I knew them from (a class, last year's Gathering ,etc).

Personally, I had a great time even if I will never be a participant in the "party" crowd.

Debbie

FiredDesires
08-20-2004, 12:09 PM
Oh....kripes.....Ellen, your right....I forgot SV!!!!!! that's what I get for not re-checking my posts, grrrrr. Hugs to Vikki :wave: , oh yes.....how can we forget the neon lemon?? I think we need a glass that color!!! yep...we were #1 :clap:

Kimberly Affleck
08-20-2004, 12:50 PM
Catharine,
wow what a collection! some gorgeous stuff you picked up at the Gathering!
I hope someday my collection will be a fraction of what your's is...you have some primo items there...the Loren Stump dinasours? are awesome...and I am in lust over your Calvin Orr window piece...wow! the Majorie Burr is really cool to...so different. well heck they are all beautiful!

It was a pleasure to finely meet you at the Gathering!

Yep, I was standing next to her when she bought that Calvin Orr piece! I actually had it in my hand before she snatched it out and bought it!! (Just kidding, although I did consider buying that one, but bought a large floral instead). Calvin Orr's work is STUNNING!!!!! It was great to see you Catharine and I am looking forward to seeing you again at Glass Stock! Bring beads!!!
Kimberly

cronepaula
08-20-2004, 01:12 PM
AHHHH No pictures of the treasures yet...
I did get this great bead from a lady who CLAIMED to be Kim Affleck!!

Was she really..????? Really funny story to this!!

I had a wonderful time at Gathering and traded off all my beads!. I ran into a few WC folks and wanted to find them later and time got away.

Of course the banquet was sold out so I went with Kim and some other Great folks to Jakes where they locked us in the wine cellar..... Too much fun.

I was surprised at how nice everyone was. I wanted to meet as many prople as possible, buy as much as I could....bead bazaar ended too early for me!!

Since I get tired easily, I had to go lay down a couple times.....

Can't wait for Glass Stock!!!
Paula

Vena
08-20-2004, 02:14 PM
I hope I don't sound like a complete idiot. I was just wondering what can someone expect to pay at the Gathering for the beads that have been mentioned in some of the posts? Being a newbie (started in June of this year)I am curious. I want to join IGBS in October and attend next year's Gathering. I'm trying to get a handle on how much money I will need for goodies next year. Thanks for your help. You guys and girls are the greatest!!!!!!!

Vena

Robin Poff
08-20-2004, 11:12 PM
Vena
save your pennies!!! Some might be 10.00 up to the hundreds!!! I know people who spent over 1,000 on beads! Personally my DH would have buried me out back with them if I did that! Just kidding!

JavaGirlBT
08-21-2004, 12:14 AM
I spread my spending out between cash, checks and credit cards. So I'll never know exactly how much I spent. Denial is a wonderful thing...

Robin Poff
08-21-2004, 12:23 AM
Lucky you!
I am married to an accountant! it is really nice for the book work and taxes! but he also knows were every penny goes! Not that he says anything, I just know he knows and that keeps me under control! to a point of course :evil:

FiredDesires
08-21-2004, 12:57 AM
Kimberly Jo, :wave: Hah! You heard the snooze you lose addage???? You should have never laid that bead down! I only wanted it because you did! Yeah, right..I have no idea what the excuses I could use for all the other beads I snatched away from other wary??weary???? buyers....lol

Vena.....most of the beads I bought started at 60-100 dollars (and not all have been put up on my website, by the way), although several vendors had a wonderful selection in a wide price range and if/when you go to a Gathering you WILL find goodies to buy that ARE affordable....something for everyone....between all the beads, silent auction & flame off auction items...well I'm way beyond what most sane people spent. Some of those beads I grabbed up for my collection this year ran in triple digits...hey, some people collect dolls, stamps, coins...well.......mine is glass.

Ellen, I'm with you about the checks, cards & cash thing...but unfortunately I do know exactly how much I spent...teehee, could have bought a nice urn for my burial, the service and one hell of a wake, IF I had a husband that would entertain the notion of killing me over the money spent...but no....he's glad that I'm happy with all my little treasures.

jms
08-23-2004, 09:37 AM
As I read this thread, I realized that if I had gone, I might have had the same sort of experience as you and some others did, Catharine. I'm definitely a one-on-one person & crowds just are difficult, especially if there are some people who just aren't exactly reaching out to people who are new.

Perhaps for the next Gathering (which I hope to attend), there could be some pre-arranged time & place for those of us who wouldn't know very many people to get together. That way at least those who want to be friendly to new people would be in the same place at the same time. It seems as if it's the sort of place where good friends spend time getting caught up. It would be nice if the Gathering was a place were new people are drawn in, but if it can't be that, at least the newer faces would have an opportunity to get to know each other better.

Just a 2 cent thought. I'm really hopeful I can get to the next Gathering. And it's good to know the potential hazards to a large group challenged person like myself.

Take care everyone...janie

swamperfolk
08-23-2004, 09:42 AM
Janie, I too hope to go the Gathering for the first time in 2005. And I'm really an introvert with social anxiety. I'd love to get together with a bunch of us new folks and get to know a few of us before I'm overwhelmed with the crowd. Sounds good. We could make it happen.

Linda Campbell

As I read this thread, I realized that if I had gone, I might have had the same sort of experience as you and some others did, Catharine. I'm definitely a one-on-one person & crowds just are difficult, especially if there are some people who just aren't exactly reaching out to people who are new.

Perhaps for the next Gathering (which I hope to attend), there could be some pre-arranged time & place for those of us who wouldn't know very many people to get together. That way at least those who want to be friendly to new people would be in the same place at the same time. It seems as if it's the sort of place where good friends spend time getting caught up. It would be nice if the Gathering was a place were new people are drawn in, but if it can't be that, at least the newer faces would have an opportunity to get to know each other better.

Just a 2 cent thought. I'm really hopeful I can get to the next Gathering. And it's good to know the potential hazards to a large group challenged person like myself.

Take care everyone...janie

llglassdesigns
08-23-2004, 09:52 AM
As I read this thread, I realized that if I had gone, I might have had the same sort of experience as you and some others did, Catharine. I'm definitely a one-on-one person & crowds just are difficult, especially if there are some people who just aren't exactly reaching out to people who are new.

Perhaps for the next Gathering (which I hope to attend), there could be some pre-arranged time & place for those of us who wouldn't know very many people to get together. That way at least those who want to be friendly to new people would be in the same place at the same time. It seems as if it's the sort of place where good friends spend time getting caught up. It would be nice if the Gathering was a place were new people are drawn in, but if it can't be that, at least the newer faces would have an opportunity to get to know each other better.

Just a 2 cent thought. I'm really hopeful I can get to the next Gathering. And it's good to know the potential hazards to a large group challenged person like myself.

Take care everyone...janie

Janie,
I think this is a great idea. An ice breaker for us more reserved first timers.
Deb

JHDesigns
08-23-2004, 11:03 AM
I think many of us have the same personalities, some just hide it better! lol
I love going to the Gathering and doing shows but I hit a point of overload at times and it is hard to be "on" for days on end. The Gathering is extreme to be sure. So many people everywhere and no getting away for down time. I always feel like I can't wait until the show, then about half way thru I can't wait to get home! lol
Those that didn't have such a great time and are thinking of not going next year should most definately go again. Next year you will know more people and feel more part of the crowd. Your confidence will be higher and you will enjoy your self much more. You would hate to miss out on the lectures and buying the glass only availabe at the Gathering!
Jami

Robin Poff
08-23-2004, 02:29 PM
I have to join back in here!
They did have a first timer meeting the first "officail" evening! So they really do work hard as an organization to make you feel welcome and to help you join in! I feel it is a wonderful experiance the demos are AMAZING, basically you get three days of classes from different wonderful teachers!!
It was not the organization that made it awkward (sp) sadly it was members.
I will give the benefit of the doubt to many as it being overload, anxioty, menopause, etc etc (and some on my part as well)
I think Ingrid made a post on a different thread that probably hits the nail on the head here as well. We all work alone! (sorry if the quote isn't exact) but most of us do. and then you throw us into a large group with huge expectations!!!
So with that said, next year we have to reach out!!! even though it may be uncomfortable!!! :D :D :D Hugs Robin

LLane
08-23-2004, 05:40 PM
Catherine,
I came home from the gathering and had a couple of days to decompress then off to the keys for a short trip to check on a house there....... so am just coming back to WC and found this thread.

WOW.... thanks for showing your beads..... I am now really bummed that I left the banquet when I did!!! I mean I stuck it out for the atomic yellow glow dessert...... then I just crashed!!! Didn't think I could stay awake another minute but..... Sounds like I missed the most fun!! And Ellen.... we were definately the cool table..... I thought it was perfect company and very "international." :D

Going to the Gathering with hubby Mark was a different experience for me this year.... I really wanted to play with my wc buddies..... but felt like I needed to hang with him too and he isn't quite as social.... although he is a sweetie..... as I'm sure Catherine will remember since they seemed to hit it off!! :D :wink2: I'm sorry some of you had less than perfect experiences... it was tough my first year...... better my second..... and this third year was good but different because of being with hubby!

For those of you coming next year..... we did do a WC get together prior to Gathering..... I think it was Wed night..... that was great..... so next year we should put that together early before people make their travel plans....

Thanks again Catherine!!! GREAT beads baby!! :D Remember to tell Ms. Deb Crowley hello for me..... and give her a hug for me!

Peace,
Lois