I just have to share my possible discovery with my friends
here in the polymer clay community!
I say possible because it has not been confirmed yet.
While I work only in polymer clay and its embellishments, I
may be related to one of the foremost glass artists in the
world. It's a tenuous relationship, if true, but a very
real one...we may share a solidly direct ancestor.
My father had a sister Eva... She married a guy with the
last name of Stump. They had a son, Marsden, and he had
three kids, including a son named Loren. The family has
lived in Sacramento for as long as I've been aware of them,
which has been pretty much over 50 years. The last time I
saw "my" Loren Stump he was chasing butterflies in his
parents' yard; if the same guy, he's doing amazing things
now! ( http://www.global-flamework.com/artists/loren.htm )
Since he isn't online, I have to wait for a colleague of his
to give him an e-mail (I don't want to call him out of the
blue, and he has recently relocated, anyway), and it is like
waiting for Christmas! Just the fantasy of two cousins who
haven't been near each other for over 45 years both being
beadmakers is just too delicious for words! Perhaps there's
a beadmaking link in DNA??? ;o)