Here's a picture of me in my first class:
Making glass beads! Can you believe it???
And look how beautiful they are! Well, at least they are beautiful to me. They are far from perfect...
Especially this one, which I've named Lumpy.
Kerry Bogert, world famous glass art bead maker, taught the class. And she is such a natural teacher and wonderful person. Her passion for her art shines and it was a joy to learn the craft from her. I hope I can take a class from her again.
After making glass beads all day, I took a class from the amazing Lesley Venable.
I made this beautiful pendant.
She and Tom (Art Husband) are so much fun to be around and Lesley is such a completely generous artist and teacher, sharing everything she knows openly. I loved getting to know her and being her student for the evening.
And then on Sunday, I took a class from the incomparable Deryn Mentock and made this:
I stuck my finger in there so you could appreciate just how tiny this is!
See that tiny screw and those teeny eyelets, and especially that silver rivet holding her crown on...we learned how to do all that and more! We made our own rivets!
Like Kerry and Lesley, Deryn is a generous artist who shares her knowledge, love, and talent liberally.
By the end of the day, I was completely exhausted and couldn't finish the piece properly. Lori, the nice girl behind me, made a clasp for me (Yes, we made those too!) and I didn't make the chain links to make a proper necklace for it. But I love it so much. I love everything I made.
And just look at what I bought...
From Deryn Mentock, this beautiful necklace...
I can't tell you how much I love it. It is just so meaningful to me and it looks so lovely paired with the beautiful necklace Kristin made for me.
And I bought this bag from my new friend Sandy
(no blog but I'm trying to convince her to come to Silver Bella as a vendor, if not a student)
Just look at the luscious details...
Help me convince her to sell her bags at Silver Bella...