I chose to do all of the 4 days of the workshop although you could choose which days you wanted to do if you didn't want to do all of them.
Each of the days followed a similar pattern where we introduced ourselves to each other (bearing in mind that different people did different days) and told JC what we hoped to get out of the day.
|Geat hat JC!|
Day 1: Back to basics, shaping and heat control.
Now you may be thinking, you've seen my beads, nothing wrong with the shape but I rely heavily on my tools and thought it would be a good idea to go back to basics and learn how JC does it.
These are the beads I made. The big amber barrel was made by JC. You can see how tight her corners are compared to mine - but they did improve! The only tool used to make these was a marver.
Day 2: The Joy of Enamels.
I've had the occasional play with enamels with both demo's from Diana East and Astrid Reidal but not really done anything with them so was really excited to be doing this workshop.
We covered everything to do with enamels including safety, enameled stringer, apply the stingers, rolling in enamel, sifting and boiling. We also covered the first steps in stringer work.
Enameled spacers with fine black centre line. ( I have to say I didn't make these actual beads on the day but had a go when I got back)
Faded enamels with fine stringer work. Very pleased with how this bead turned out.
Painterly effect with enameled stringers. I made this a bit small so didn't have enough room to create the desired effect but I like it anyway. Very monetesque which is one of my favourite artists.
My own interpretation.
I think JC just about covered every time of stringer work going apart from scrolls (she don't do scrolls!)
There are too many tecniques to mention here and I didn't bother keeping all of my practice beads but here are a couple.
JC is a fantastic teacher - the best lampwork teacher I have had so far. She has a background in corporate team building and peppered her classes with little stories and motivational tips. I also have the most comprehensive set of notes that I have ever been given from a class.
I can safely say that she is one of a kind and a pleasure to know. I am very fortunate that I will be able to meet her again when I go to The Gathering in Rochester New York (only 3 weeks away!).
I like to treat myself to a little bead that the teacher of the workshop has made and this is the one I chose. Isn't it smashing?
A big thankyou to Diana East and JC Herrell for a fantastic workshop. It was great meeting up with old friends and making some new ones.
Thanks for looking.