It's that time of the year again where I make my annual pilgrimage to Milwaukee to attend the Bead & Button Show! My work peeps have absolutely no idea my excitement when I tell them about B&B but it's the event of the year for me! This will be my third year attending and I have signed up for 12 workshops! Yes I'm crazy but I don't have other opportunities to learn from the industry's best in person often so I have to make it worth every minute!
I'm starting off this year taking Linda Darty, yes THE Linda Darty of the enamel queen, Enameling Master Class! What a way to kick off the event! It is a 3 day in depth workshop and I am looking forwarding to learning various enameling techniques. My jaw literally dropped when I learned Linda will be one of the Master Class teacher as I have admired her book The Art of Enameling for years and it's been my favorite bed side and studio reading. I will be like a sponge and absorb as much as I can from the Master of Enameling!
I'm taking two classes from one of my favorite teacher, Richard Salley, this year. I saw the Fire & Ice Pendant in last year's class and I had to wait an entire year to learn how! Talk about keeping someone in suspense! I'm also taking his Make the Impression class. I love the primitive and rustic look it can achieve. Right up my alley! I hope to see his beautiful and kind assistant Martina Stein. I just love her!
After moderate success with jeweler's saw, I decided it was time to learn from the master of sawing, Thomas Mann. Francesca Watson was raving about his class so I decided I really need to master this technique. I've also admired Thomas Mann's jewelry for years. The way he uses cold connection is so ingenious. Looking forward to learning two key techniques which I will use for years in future work! Check out his beautiful work at his website Thomas Mann!
I will have exciting news when I come back from Milwaukee.
Mahalo for being part of my creative journey!