...except maybe The Prairie by day. I've loved teaching in this peaceful and beautiful setting for several years now. This time, I decided to take a break and experience The Prairie as a student.
These are the first classes I've taken in...well...I don't know how long. Years. There are lots of reasons for this but one of them is that I just don't have a lot of time for taking. I have to say, I enjoyed it so much. Who knew? It's good to be a student!
Day one of classes was spent with Kim St. Jean in her pewter casting class. I'd met Kim, once before at Adorn Me in Houston, where we were both teaching. Needless to say, we didn't have time for more than one quick drink and then off to prepare...or sleep, which is it's own form or class prep! She's one busy gal and a delightful instructor who knows her stuff.
The thing I LOVE about this process is that you can make elements that won't be seen in anyone's pieces but yours. I love that "unique" factor. This elk was cast from an antique bronze brooch that I found on one of my hunts. It's one of my favorite castings; also, the bunny. Of course, the trilobites and nautilus are right up my alley.
Another favorite, this one was done with a rock and a leaf. A rock and a leaf, people. How cool is that?
Days two and three were spent with the lovely Barbara Lewis. I have a big box of enamels and enameling stuff. I've done it before. I've read Barbara's book and taken her online class in an effort to prod myself into working more with enamels. Well...I watched her online class videos...of course, I didn't have time to actually do the projects. And, I never had time to pursue torch firing, again. Until now. I forgot how much I love it!
These disks are going to be earrings. I discovered that white is my favorite color to work with. Who knew that simple white could produce such interesting results?
Another favorite...don't they remind you of mercury glass or those old Shiny Bright Christmas balls? We had those on our tree, when I was a kid. They were this same color...and a little crackled.
These rings are going to be amazing in jewelry pieces. I'm so excited about them. And...headpins:
Take a gander at these lovelies. Transparent glass headpins. Love.
One thing we did which I hadn't done before was enameling on brass. It's a gorgeous look on textured pieces. And here you see the back of my leaf piece...which is almost as pretty as the front.
Lots and lots of fun was had and I got to spend a little time (a very little time!) with lots of amazing folks. I finally got to meet my gal, Jen Crossley, in person. So talented and what a delightful person. She had all kinds of amusing conversational quirks up her sleeve like calling dinner "tea." So cute. Love you, Jen! xxoo. Isn't Diane's ammo vest chic?
Diane was almost as excited to finally meet Jen as I was. Funny girls!
Here we are with the lovely Julie Panusis. This was the first time I'd met Julie...what a sweetie! Oh, btw...that's me in one of my new t-shirts. Love them and they're now in the shop!
Here are some more of my gals...Yvonne, Rita and Diane. Always love being with them.
This is an awful photo of me with my squinchy eyes but everyone else is cute...Cindy, Diane and Geri. Sorry I got pizza on your phone, Cindy. I think licking it off was a good solution. We didn't have any fun, did we?
Oh yeah, my birthday boots made their debut at The Prairie. I'm going to have to stop getting older cause I don't have room to store any more.
I thought this was just the coolest thing... When we came out of classes one day, there was the pizza guy with his rolling pizza oven.
They took orders for individual pizzas and they were soooo good. Even the s'mores pizza...which I didn't think I would like...was delicious. That sticky marshmallow isn't easy to get off a phone...or a wineglass. Don't sit by me, like Cindy did. You never know when I might have a pizza incident. I'm unpredictable, that way.
Bottom line: I really do just love The Prairie. Whether I'm teaching or taking classes. It's just such an enchanting place. This was the view from my bed...rain on the tin roof...poofy bed linens...sparkly mini chandeliers...and shabby chic goodness everywhere.
I'm thinking I'll return to teach, next fall at The Prairie...I hope so! For sure, I'll be teaching for Vivi Magoo this February, in Tuscon, at Art Retreat in the Desert. I hope you'll check out my classes. If you've never been to this event, you're really missing out. I promise, it's one of the funnest times I've had teaching. Hope to see you soon!