I spent all day yesterday sitting in a (very casual) meeting room. It was a good workshop with the Art Business Institute but boy, the entire day reminded me of my old life.
(I now realize I am now much worse at sitting in a meeting than I have ever been.)
The entire day was dedicated to the wholesale world. I've considered it, pondered, spent some money researching, in the end...I'm still not sure.
As anyone would expect my work continues to evolve and my "toolbox" gets deeper. My goal in the past year has been to create a body of work, something I have wanted to do for a while. It slow going but so far I am happy with my direction...
Has it been that long since I have done an update? I've got to find a better way. So many things are the same yet so many are new.
Classes seem to continue to fill up, which has kept me busy. Workshops have all been a success and I am thankful to all of the guest teachers I have had in, we seem to be developing quite a creative family.
The festival season is coming to a close which means applications are going out for the fall, Wendy and I are planning a few more trips up to the Atlanta area so if you are up that way stay tuned!
This is the time of year I try to take advantage of the warm weather to stay indoors and catch up on learning and making...
It's a beautiful time of year to be inspired so look around you and create!
I am lucky enough to be attending William Holland Lapidary School for a second time this season and I have a someone with me that is not only a student but a friend as well.
Laura is giving me the opportunity to see the school through new eyes again, she reminds me everyday of what a special place this is.
Thank you for being you Laura!
We are attending a week long workshop for Enameling and Cold Connections and were a bit surprised to discover the class is focusing on kiln enameling but we are loving every minute of it. Our instructor Renee Kelley is wonderful, patient and funny! By the time we all got back to our rooms last night we had all accomplished at least two projects and were well into our third, we were all excited and exhausted...and this was just day one!
My first project.
Renee doing a demonstration.
One of the techniques we learned on our first day was Water Color Enamels, Roger was my inspiration:
My second piece, Watercolor Enamels, silly!
We then moved into adding wire to our projects, I decided to make a pair of earrings to match my first project. It took a few tries but I am happy with the end result:
My Sgriffito bird was the final project for day one, whew, and for me it dragged into day two but all in all it was a great day:
Moving right into day two, we all completed our partial projects and began a fold formed bracelet:
I love how this is beginning and can't wait to see how it comes out!
As we move towards Friday I realize just how difficult this week has been. Today is "Show and Tell" in the dining room, we put out our work for all to see, it's a wonderful sharing experience. I also realize I won't be putting much out, just par for the course in this class I guess.
We began making prong crowns, this is Jim's, what we all aspire too...
So here's how I've been doing...
My stone is not sitting correctly, obviously I am struggling but I hope to have this one ready for this afternoon! Sigh.
As I try to remember, "This is class, we are here to learn, perfection will come in week 4!"