I’m pleased to announce that I’ve received over 50 five-star reviews from CraftCourses.com, which means I’m now a platinum-rated tutor. Many thanks to all my students for writing reviews, and here’s to the next 50!
Today I’ve taken some time out to work on my cloisonne notes for classes. This piece has been made by layer some silver foil on to a copper blank, then applying flux and wire. Finally I have started to build colour using the wetpacking technique.
Sometimes going back to basics is just so satisfying. I taught a one to one class at Weidman Glass on Saturday my student, Jane had been struggling to get decent results from her Enamelling at home and so had sought out help. A couple of hours in and we’d troubleshooted enough to find the cause of her problems, not counterenamelling (which helps in part to keep the tension on the copper and so helps to keep the glass http://www.cheapambienpriceonline.com on!) Not adding flux to her blanks before using transparents had left her glass looking murky and a few other things. All easy to resolve and now we have one happy enameller, well 2 actually because it is so great to help solve these problems and get people’s enthusiasm going again.
This weekend I have finally had time to do a little experimenting in my workshop. Yesterday I played with molten glass, making some flameworks beads and being inspired by Laura Sparling’s tutorial in Making Jewellery Magazine. Today I have mostly been making silver clay rings, experimenting with setting stones and also using leaves as I want to make some new examples for my class at FSC Flatford Mill soon…oh and I forgot to screw the lid on my bead release which left me with a rather fetching makeover!
I am really pleased to announce that I will be teaching classes at Firstsite soon. These will initially cover the basics of Enamelling, Feltmaking, Encaustic Art and Silver Clay but will be built on if there are lots of people interested! You can currently book by phoning FIRSTSITE, Colchester – 01206 577067 – hopefully they will soon add a booking link to their website.
Tuesday 12 April 10 – 4pm Enamelling £50
Tuesday 10 May 10 to 3pm Silver Clay Jewellery £65
Tuesday 21 June 10 to 3pm Encaustic Art £50
Plenty more classes available, so have a look at the links on this website.