Last week was my fourth year attending the annual Glass Craft and Bead Show in Las Vegas. I love meeting the vendors, asking questions, and learning valuable information. I am not ready to buy a new kiln yet, but I was definitely in shopping mode!
For the first time, I decided to take a class at the show and as long as I was springing, I wanted the best. I anxiously waited for registration to open and got my first choice, a 4-day class taught by Roz Stanton and Debbie Patana called Mastering Art with Glass. The class was wonderful as we learned so many different techniques and got to try different products. It was funny that some of the products many of us had bought in the past either at the show or through an online vendor, but then for whatever reason had not used. So it was great to have an easy introduction to these products.
The key pieces we made were three 18″ circles which I will share mine here. My favorite is Ellie, the elephant. Each involved a different process and tools.
I did learn that underneath I am still an engineer always planning and utilizing lines and much of the design work in class was fast and free-flowing. So I didn’t feel as creative as some of the other students, but I enjoyed watching them work hoping that some of Roz’s and Debbie’s and the other student’s ease of flow would wear off on me!
Over the next several blogs I will share some of the products/tools we played with in class as perhaps you will like to try these products as well. And if you ever get the opportunity to take a class from Roz and Debbie, I know you will enjoy yourself immensely.