Bead and Button Show and the Rest of the Story – part two

After a night of very little sleep, I headed off to my 3 day class on enameling with Barbara Minor. Class was only 5 people. Not so great for the teacher, but, great for the students. We worked with opaque enamels on copper. Many techniques were taught with what I felt was an emphasis on surface design. She demoed sgraffito, screen printing, stenciling, and more. What a great change of pace to sift on dry enamels and not have to deal with washing enamels and wet packing.

Enameling Class

Enameling Class

As you can see from above, I got quite a bit done. If the basement ever gets finished, maybe I can even finish the edges and get them finished as jewelry pieces! Here are a few detail pictures.

Enameled Pendant

Enameled Pendant

Fern Earrings

Future Fern Earrings

Enameled Pendant

Enameled Pendant

The first night of classes, I took a Crystal Elements bead class from Leslee Frumin. What a fun change of pace. After being in class all day, it was a relief to have the designing done and just weave beads. Also, we came out of class with 2 finished elements. No finishing at home. Of course, I haven’t bought chains to wear them yet.

Crystal Elements

Crystal Elements

The last 2 nights of classes, I took a Kiln Cast Glass class from Cheri Lenart. Since I own a rather expensive kiln and lots of glass, I was really looking forward to seeing this.

Kiln Cast Glass class

Kiln Cast Glass class

Cast Glass molds

Cast Glass molds

More filled glass molds

More filled glass molds

Examples of kiln cast glass

Examples of kiln cast glass

We sculpted shapes out of clay and then poured a plaster mixture over them. The next day we pulled out the clay and filled with glass. We also carved out a cup of hardened plaster and filled them with glass. Here is a picture of what I did.

Kiln Cast Glass

Kiln Cast Glass

I felt like I needed warning to come to class with an idea. I had no idea we would be carving and sculpting. After being in class all day, I was a bit drained and finding it hard to be creative. I really look forward to adding this technique to my glass work, though.

Now, on to the rest of the rest of the story – The night before we left, I had an excruciating gall bladder attack. If you had asked me if I was going to Milwaukee that night, I would have told you no. The pain eased in the early morning hours and with thoughts of the large chunk of change these classes cost, we headed out for Milwaukee. Ironically, I had paid for a Milwaukee Food Tour for that night! Needless to say, I didn’t eat much and that was more the focus of this tour. Others I have gone on had more of a market emphasis. My daughter, Susan, enjoyed the food but I sure wished for better timing.

I had another attack the night we left. Thankfully, Susan did all the driving as I was a bit of a wreck. We did manage to do a little of the show floor preview. Next year, I hope to be there in a much healthier state! I came home, had an ultrasound and am scheduled for surgery next week. I have one week to recover before we head off on an Alaskan cruise. OY!!

I hope to have another photography post up before my surgery. Then, I will be off for a few weeks recovering and hopefully having some fun on vacation. I’d really like to thank my daughter for doing all the driving.

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