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2010 Spring, Summer, and Beyond

NOTE: Some of the below shows have yet to be confirmed.  Please check this website for updates as show date approaches.






Fri, Sat & Sun, May 7, 8 & 9

UC Davis Whole Earth Festival

UC Davis


Sun & Mon May 30 & 31

San Ramon Art & Wind Festival

San Ramon


Sat, June 5

Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival


Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto (North Shattuck Ave.)

Sun, June 6

Temescal Street Fair


Great “new” Oakland neighborhood, just blocks from Studio One where I teach my Thursday Night and Friday Day flamework glass beadmaking workshops.

Sat & Sun, June 12 & 13

Live Oak Park


Beautiful, intimate park setting

Sun, June 20 thru Sun, June 27

Feather River Art Camp Workshop

near Quincy

WORKSHOP: Weeklong beginning/continuing Glass Bead Making in the Sierra Foothills, near Quincy, at beautiful Feather River Art Camp.


Sat, Sun July 10 & 11

Art & Wine Festival

Los Altos

Sat, Sun July 17 & 18

Menlo Park Connoisseur’s Market

Menlo Park

Wait-listed: please call to see if I get in: (510) 910 0437

Thurs, July 22 thru Sun, July 25

International Quilt Festival

Long Beach

Sat, July 31 thru Sun, August 2

Mendocino Art Festival: Workshop


WORKSHOP: Mendocino Art Festival. 3 days beginning/continuing Glass Bead Making on the rugged, beautiful Northern Pacific California Coast.
(Note: my workshops are listed online at the MAC website under “Jewelry”)


Mon & Tues, August 3 & 4

Mendocino Art Festival: Workshop


WORKSHOP: 2 one-day “Stand Alone” Guided Practice Glass Bead Making sessions, open to continuing MAC students, and all others with prior flamework experience.
(Note: my workshops are listed online at the MAC website under “Jewelry”)

Sat & Sun, August 21 & 22

Pescadero Art & Fun Festival


A hidden gem nestled 3 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. The free music is astoundingly good. Come!.

Sat & Sun August 28 & 29

Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival

Bodega Bay


Sat & Sun, Sept. 4 & 5

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

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Fri, Sat & Sun Sept.  11 & 12

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

Mountain View

California Artists

Saturday, Sept. 25

Canada College Artistry in Fashion

Redwood City

One-Day Fashion and Wearable Art Show.


Fri, Sat & Sun, Oct. 1, 2 & 3

Sacramento Arts Festival

Sacramento Convention Ctr

By promoter Warren Cook of American Arts Festivals.

Sat & Sun
Oct. 9& 10

San Carlos Art and Wine

San Carlos

By the quality team of Pacific Fine Arts (PFA).

Sat & Sun October 16 & 17

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay

And ever-popular, high-quality show by Mary Lou Adkins (MLA).

Sat & Sun October 23 & 24

Danville Art & Wine Festival




Fri, Sat, Sun, Nov. 26, 27 & 28

Christmas Festival


By Fire On the Mountain


Sat, Sun, Dec. 11 & 12

KPFA Community Holiday Festival

San Francisco

At the venerable old Concourse, 8th & Brannan

Sat, Sun, Dec. 18 & 19

Farmer’s Markets - call me for confirmation. 510 910 0437.
Rain may cancel :(

Oakland, Marin Civic Center

Oakland Grand Lake location Saturday, Marin Civic Center, Sunday

2010 Winter and Spring
Please email Harlan for information regarding upcoming 2010 listings.
Harlan's Craft show circuit generally begins early May.

Note on Workshops

Besides teaching at Feather River Art Camp and the Mendocino Art
Center, Harlan also teaches ongoing glass bead making classes - 
usually given monthly in two sections, on a Thursday night, 5-9 pm, 
and then the very next day, Friday, all day, 9:30-5:00 pm, at 
Oakland's Historic public art studio, Studio One.  These classes are
stand-alone, meaning you can take one without the other. There is
accrued practice and learning benefit, though, of taking the two
sections together, back to back. Please call Studio One at 510 597 
5027 for registration information. All materials included in the 
tuition fee. Discounts available for Seniors, Teens, and Oakland Residents.

Harlan teaches every two weeks or so on Wednesday nights, 6-10 pm, at 
Aanraku Glass Studios, 41 S. Railroad Avenue, in San Mateo.  Email me 
to register or for more information: All
materials included in the tuition fee. Brand new beginners are always
welcome, and are encouraged to come 45 minutes prior to the official
start of class, for free orientation.


The  Ancient  Art  of  Flamework Glass Beadmaking  - What  is  It?

Using small, clean burning, and environmentally efficient propane-
oxygen torches, professional glass maker and jewelry designer Harlan
Simon takes you step by step through the basics of flamework bead 
making.  Flamework is the crown jewel of the vitreous arts.  More than
4,000 years old, the process involves the magical, mesmerizing
winding  of molten glass onto hand spun metal rods.  In a safe, 
supportive environment, Harlan’s workshop(s) offers glass making
history, from its Mesopotamian roots to the modern North American
Studio Movement, review of safety and tools, demonstration of
fundamental techniques, and practice time.   By workshop end, 
participants will have created multiple glass beads. Workshop content
varies depending upon student skill level, interest, and workshop 
duration, but include some or all of the following:  Basic bead 
formation and shaping, making and using design components, including
glass stringers and multicolored “twisties” use of design techniques, 
such as dotting, plunging, raking, “pinwheeling,” “masking,” clear
casing, use of frits, discussion of color and design theory, use of 
dichroic and reactive glass, and use of inclusions (silver foil,
millifioris, etc.). There are an unlimited number of techniques to
learn and practice, leading to a multitude of styles and opportunities
for personal expression. Flamework is also fun and  relaxing!

Harlan teaches with 104 COE glass cane (primarily Italian) on oxygen-
propane torches.

Jump in, the lure of creative illumination beckons!

Please contact Harlan directly if you have questions or need more 


Dates TBA

Beginner’s and Continuing  Glass Bead Making Series "Hookie Day Fridays"and occasional weekend long  Glass Bead Making Intensives

Oakland, Studio One, behind Oakland Technical High School at 45th and Broadway: 510 507-5027

Topics covered will include basic science, history, and safety of glass bead making, with lots of demonstrations and hands-on times for students to make their own lampwork beads.  Demos will cover pulling stringers, making latticinoes, basic bead formation, applying dots, lines, plunging, casing, making flat and cylindrical beads, and, if we have time, making pinwheel designs as well.  Basic design and color theory discussed, too.
Registration is through the City of Oakland's Studio One.

Dates TBA

 Aanraku Glass Studios

Aanraku Glass Studios, San Mateo (across from Cal Train Depo)
 650 372-0527

Ongoing Afternoon and Evening Workshops


Please call Studio One and/or Aanraku, above, for specific dates, time and cost information on upcoming Oakland and San Mateo Workshops. Please note that Beginning Workshops are specifically geared toward covering the fundamentals for brand new beginners. They are also appropriate for those already familiar with lampwork who wish to refresh and practice their skills.  As noted above, in the summer months' listings, Harlan instructs a week-long intensive at Adult Art Camp, June 21-29, 2009, at Oakland's Feather River Camp, near Quincy, in the beautiful Sierra Foothills: ( phone:510 601-1619).
If the idea of a getaway to the beautiful California North Coast appeals to you, please look into
Harlan's Introductory and Continuing, and One-Day Special Topics workshops at
Mendocino Art Center for Summer 2010: 707 937 5818,


As noted above, some of the above shows have yet to be confirmed. Please check this website for updates as showdates approach.





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