I flew in from Gatwick to Tampa and Jetze was there to welcome me, the drive was just over an hour to Bead Camp and Jetze kept me informed about the sites as we went.
When we arrived he showed me to my room which I would be sharing. My room mate would be arriving the next day. I arrived a day early to try and get a head start on my jetlag. Marley had some shopping to do for the week so I went with her and gave her a hand. My first experience of Costco! (a wholesale supermarket).
Marley and Jetze's house is full of lovely art, there are these wacky flowers in the garden made from recycled plastic and of course glass beads
and this wonderful starfish
and I love this quirky fish
There were lots more including lots of Marley's own paintings.
|The local wildlife|
A grazing dinner was provided on the first night (Monday) so that we could get to know each other. Of course most of the class mates were from the US but apart from me from the UK, there was one lady from Venezuala and one from Argentina. It was a constant source of amusement to Heather that there was more of a language barrier between me and the Americans than there was between the ladies who spoke Spanish!
The course started on Tuesday, Heather laid out some of her fabulous work for us to drool over
We started off with back to basics with just plain beads but concentrating on getting those good puckers. This is always where I feel like a complete newbie - an unfamiliar torch set-up and learning how someone else makes their beads which may not be the same way that you make them.
From there we moved onto encased beads, dots and round beads. Here are my efforts...
We also tried our first twisties
Look at these giant seed pods that grow on a tree in their garden, apparently they are pretty lethal if they drop on your head!
|That's me on the left!|
|Heather demonstating how to make a button|
Friday.... this is the point when all of a sudden you realise that you only have 2 more days until Bead Camp comes to an end before that it seems to stretch out in front of you.
One of the things we tried today was coldworking, how to grind off our discs and then polish them.
When we got back, Heather had a surprise for us, some pop beads, I've never seen these before. They are basically a childs toy but we had great fun making jewellery with them. The idea was to inspire beads looking at something other than other glass bead artists work.
|Marley having fun!|
Here is the jewellery I made, I didn't keep them but broke them up so someone else could have a play.
|Aren't they fun!|
The rest of the day I spent making hollow beads and another button, tidied up our workspace and got ready for our banquet.
|Cindy, Deb, Heather and Beth|
|Lidia and Dee|
|Yetze, Kelly and Marley|
On the day after Bead Camp my flight wasn't until the afternoon and I was very lucky to be asked my Heather and Beth if I would like to join them on a trip to the Ringling Museum, which for those that don't know was a huge circus that toured the states. There was this amazing model of the circus as it would have been laid out, it was huge!
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