Last week’s winner is Gardanne of Upstate New York! Congratulations! You have won the Red Art Modern bronze pendant beauty made by Cindy Gimbrone! Send Cindy an email and she will get it right out to you.
Welcome to the studio, I just spent numerous hours unpacking and cleaning it up, it looked like a tornado had hit it. There were things strewn everywhere! Why was it messier than usual – Last week I did a frenzied last minute packing session to gather my class supplies and head out to attend Artfest!
I signed up last September and got two classes with Richard Salley right off the starting block, and by being patient on the waiting list I also got into the enameled beads class with Melissa Manley.
Here’s a picture of the classroom for Richard Salley’s class and the setup, the torches and enamels are back in the corner to the right.
Years ago I made a decision that I wouldn’t learn enameling, based on college art class experiences. Fusing glass, no problem. But I wasn’t going to learn enameling, and that was that. Not in the kiln, and really not with a torch.
But I saw the beautiful beads that Melissa Manley calls “Hard Candy” in her class, their bright stunning colors and shiny surface, and I had to re-think my decision. Who could resist them?
In her class I made two enameled beads that matched, both with a warm ruddy pink color on one side and a cool blue color on the other, for hot and cold running beads! I still need a lot more practice to get better at making them. I guess that means there is some more enameling and riveting in my future.
And if you’ve followed my adventures for very long, you know I’ve always been stricken with Torch Terror and stayed away from open flames.
Guess what! I had to come face to face with it and get over that fear in Richard Salley’s “Enameling 101” class and also in the “Hard Candy” class – both required lighting, holding and working with a propane torch. Spooky but necessary!
Maybe the days of Torch Terror are behind me now and I can get a propane torch for myself for my newly cleaned studio.
So here’s the question of the day, answer this one and you may win one of my pewter medallion medal charms from the Etsy shop – (I’m not good enough with the enamel yet to give these first efforts to anyone):
Have you recently challenged yourself by taking a class or using a tool you thought you wouldn’t be able to conquer? Is there something you thought you’d never tackle that you’re ready to consider again, either on your own or in a guild or class setting? How do you push those “CAN’Ts” aside and turn them into “CANs” in your creative life?
Answer the question with a comment on this post, you might be the winner.
Posted by Lynn Davis, who vacuumed the studio and now doesn’t want to get it all dirty again…