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