Great Time in Virginia!

I had a great time at ArtBliss, followed by a wonderful afternoon with the Virginia Firebirds, and friends, at the amazing studios at Workhouse Arts Center!  Where to start…

ArtBliss is a wonderful event!  The coordinators, Cindy and Jeanette, pay such excellent attention to detail that all the little things, as well as the big things were so seamless.  The teachers they assembled were a wonderful group.  I had fun talking with all of them and was certainly jealous of some of the other folks who took classes that I couldn’t, due to scheduling conflicts.  I wouldn’t have given up Kerry’s classes, but would have loved to have been two places at once!  If you are in the DC area, the event is something to check out, but I did drive 9 hours, and it was worth the trip, so don’t feel limited if you don’t live in the area.

I met many great artists and authors.  Stacie Florer is a talented woman and a delight to talk with.  I would have loved to have taken a class with her!  Maybe next year.  Lori Anderson was there with her book “Bead Soup”.  I received a signed copy and have had lots of fun thumbing through it!  What a fun idea for a book.

Kerry Bogert taught the technique of embossing on metal.  I have been wanting to play with metal for a long time, and just never get around to is, so the class was a great nudge.  We used a cold technique, from her new book Rustic Wrappings, to make a bezel for an awesome cabochon made by Kerry.  Then we used the embossing to finish the metal.  It was a great time.  Kerry is a lovely teacher.  She’s enthusiastic about her medium, and about teaching, and she’s does an excellent job of explaining the steps involved.  If you have a chance to take a class with her, it would be a great time for sure!

I took a second class, also with Kerry.  This was her Snaptastic photography class.  She has this class available online, as an ebook, if you are interested in improving you bead/jewelry photo taking skills.  She gave us her tips and tricks, some of which were the ahhaa moment I needed.  I have ordered some light bulbs and a new lense for my camera with the hope that that will be just what I need to take pictures like this:

The next morning we headed to the Workhouse Arts Center.  What an amazing place!  If you live in that area, it’s a wonderful resource that you should check into.  They have a beautiful gallery with works from the artists in residence.  There are open torch times available, as well. The Virginia Firebirds, a new ISGB Chapter, gather there for their meetings, as well.  Another great opportunity to meet other lampworkers, share ideas and talk about glassy things!

I demonstrated several of the ZooziiTools, presses and mandrels.  We discussed how to approach a new shape, and I shared tips and tricks for adding and removing glass.  It was a great group, and we had a lot of fun!

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