My name is Savannah Webb. I own the stained glass shop on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'm getting a bit nervous about the upcoming class I've scheduled. It's a new glass art form for me called lamp-working or sometimes called bead-making.
I've put a lot of thought into keeping my students safe during this class. After all, we'll be working with a powerful torch and molten glass right in front of ouor faces. At least the season is working with me. Fall is a great relief to most full-time Floridians. The oppressive afternoon heat has diminished and it gets below 80 degrees at night. Wonderful to have the windows open for sea breezes again.
I've contracted for significant modifications in order to set up the individual student workstations. There are gas lines to be run, exhaust vents to install, glass rod inventory to purchase and display, protective glasses, and all the tools needed to create glass beads and medallions. Quite an investment.
Six students have already registered for the inaugural class. I think I'm almost ready, but excitement is part of the instruction process. Wish me luck.
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A highlight of Savannah's new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students' safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.
The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen's Head Pub, owned by Savannah's boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver--before someone else meets a dead end . . .
Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India.
Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines writing with a passion for creating glass art. Cheryl and her husband, George, live in downtown St. Petersburg visiting museums, walking the parks, and sampling the adult beverages.