My students are simply amazing. I never quite get over how talented and how creative and hard-working they are, and I am so impressed by their dedication to learning new techniques and practicing diligently to perfect their craftsmanship. It was fun watching everyone pound away with their chasing hammers while we flattened and textured pennies and foreign coins, mastered the metal hole-punch, created tack rivets, twisted heavy-gauge wire to make jump rings, and assembled unique necklaces using a variety of wire-art and metal craft techniques.
I'll never forget the ladies (and one gentleman) in Midland! Many of my students had just barely gotten their copies of my new book, Contemporary Copper Jewelry, and had already started making jewelry pieces from the patterns provided. Don't you just love copper wire! And tubing from the hardware store, washers from Harbor Freight, and found objects from... well, everywhere. It all goes into the mix when you're making beautiful, ethnic-style jewelry.
I will be returning to Michigan around this time of year in 2010, when I teach for Art in the Loft right before I depart for my 10-day workshop retreat in Cortona, Italy. If you're interested in joining me in Europe next year, click here.
For now, it's time to do the laundry, pack my bags, and get ready to fly to the south of France! I'll be spending three weeks teaching a series of workshop for a group of gals; we'll also hit the sights in Provence and shop the flea markets, visit tiny villages, and just generally have the best time ever. Stay tuned for postings from Provence!