I just got back from teaching at Creative Inspirations in Grand Rapids, MI. I had a great time! I roomed with Kathy Wasilewski and really enjoyed getting to know her better. I learned so much from her and from my students.
The first clay I taught was "My Beloved Polymer Sheets". The class is new, so I don't have it up on my website yet. Yikes I have a lot of updating to do there! The students were great. I had some trouble the week before getting the supplies I wanted and was frustrated not to be able to hand out the kit I originally designed. But in the end, everyone will get a goodie bag delivered to their house! I still have to do the paperwork and figure out what and to whom I need to send things.
The class went on a bit long. Here are Chris and LaTonya binding their books. In the background you can see someone moving the walls around for vendor night. Yikes! I already have a list of things to do differently for next time, including better time management.
Some of the transfers that people brought didn't work out quite well, and we had an issues with the ovens. I definitely need to tell everyone to bring their own thermometer and oven mitt. One woman was so frustrated when her pieces burned that she threw her book down on the table. I can understand that, because I would be frustrated too. I worried because she had signed up to take most of my other classes too. I thought she'd want to kill me!
The second class I taught was a case bound book with polymer covers. I had not taught this class in a little while, and I decided to make a few adjustments at the last minute. I still think it could be bound better. We did a long stitch and then cased the text block into the polymer covers. We got to use my favorite bookbinding supply: bookcloth tape. Oh how I hate gluing!
Here is Susan binding her text block. She's got a smile on her face, and was totally over the frustration of burning her book the day before. Good thing, or we both might have been miserable. She has some neat bulldog clips that she uses to hold her text block together when she sews. I just loved these! She was a big help to me during the class.
She wanted to cover a letter opener, which ended up being a bit more challenging than an awl or pen since it's not cylindrical. I asked her to let me take it home so that I could sand it smooth with my metal files. I have to get it back to her asap because she uses it every day and I don't want her to get any paper cuts!!
We had a great time. It was very relaxed.
The final class I taught was "Self Exploration with Liquid Polymer Clay". With this class and "Beloved I really wanted to encourage people to work along a theme. I think it's helpful in building a cohesive piece of art when faced with a mountain of ephemera. Everyone's pages came out so well!
Here are Heather, Amy, Pam and Susan. Most of my pictures didn't come out very well. And, I forgot to take my camera out at all most of the time!
During vendor night I had time to get to know Lisa Engelbrecht and Terry Berg. The next day Terry taught a class in the same room as me. We were separated by some folding dividers. I had time to peek over and see what she was doing. She did some practice emulsion transfers onto polymer for me. I was so excited by how they came out! Do I need a new $300 piece of machinery??
I'm filled with ideas and thoughts for upcoming shows and classes. I unpacked and organized today. Next up is the paper work for Creative Inspirations. Then I have to get ready for the 57th Street Art Fair next weekend. I better get back to work!