Sorry, I have been absent this last week or so. Life has been a little busy.
One of the things I have been doing this week was a 3 day glass bead making workshop with guest teacher, Corina Tettinger. It was held at Jacquie Campbell's studio in Hurstbridge, about an hours (easy) drive from my home. There were 9 students altogether, most from Victoria, but 3 students had travelled interstate to do the course.
It was an intense 3 days of learning and re-visiting techniques, from 10 -6pm, fortified with plenty of coffee and delicious home made lunches whipped up by Jacquie. Thanks for that, Jacquie!
Corina is a lovely and very witty lady and a very generous teacher.
The class, ( " Glass Masterclass" ) covered some of the techniques from Corina's book, 'Passing the Flame'
Some of the topics included, dot application and manipulation, encased stringer and striped cane making, a few different methods of murrini making and stringer control, to name a few!
The wonderful 3 days finished with Corina showing us how to put together a lot of the elements we had learnt over the previous three days, in a 'tidepool bead'. Corina also spoke about bead design and what to consider when placing design elements on different shaped beads.
I found some things in the course easier to manage than others....I will definately have to practice my stringer control!!
Here a few pictures from the course.
Jacquie's new studio (named after her little black dog, Licorice)
Corina heating a murrini gather of glass
The beautiful finished murrini gather, sliced through to show complex pattern.
Corina's sample demonstration beads from the class.
Next week I will be repeating the drive to country Hurstbridge, to take Corina's Floral bead making class.
I am looking forward to that. No doubt there will be much to learn and MANY challenges for me in this class!
I also thought I would include a photo of some new glass colored rods by CIM, that arrived on my doorstep yesterday. They are totally delicious! I just love the beautiful transparent Azure. This color is a stronger and more vibrant color than Effetre intense blue in rod form, I can't wait to see what it looks like in a bead. Celadon is not a new color, however the one pictured above is a unique form, different than the usual, this one is slightly darker.
Until next time ,