My study trip to USA, May 2006
3 June 2006, well I am back on board although
I seemed to have brought back a bad cold ... I had the most
wonderful learning experience in the USA. 10 days of classes
in 15 days in the USA , with the first workshop starting a day
after I arrived ! My first experience with taking lampworking
class in the USA with 4 amazing and talented bead artists &
a marble artist !I learnt so much and would never forget this
fabulous experience ! It was great to catch up with one of my
"Murano Sisters" aka Sue, Corina and make new friends.
Thanks Marge, Andrea, Cheryl and their families
for your generous hospitality and kindness shown during my stay
in your country. Thank you Marge and Sue for driving me to Lynnwood.
A huge thank you to Sue and her family for picking me up from
the airport, allowing me to stay with your lovely family for
almost a week. Thanks Roxy for lending me your room !! :))
The class started off with Dustin Tabor and Stephanie
Sersich 4 day workshop, then a boro marble class with Sabina
Boehm and the icing on the cake , a 4 day workshop with Michael
Barley and Andrea Guarino !! I was so lucky to be able to get
this organised, one workshop was on lottery system, another
became available due to a cancellation .. and they are all in
the same part of the country ! These bead artists have always
been my inspirations ever since I started almost 3 years ago
and to be able to learn from them has been a huge dream come
Sabina is a truly talented artist who has generously
taught me her amazing boro butterfly marble technique. When
she said on the phone a few days before class that we are going
to make marbles ... I thought to myself .. "she will, I will
just watch!" Prior to this, my experience in boro glass
was using them as punty and no more ! However, she is a fantastic
teacher and before I knew it, I made my first marble and had
so much fun !! She taught at the Momka glass factory and I
had the opportunity to meet the wonderful lady. She showed me
the factory and her laboratory corner where she concocts her
new colours !
Michael Barley and Andrea Guarinos amazing talents
are a true inspirations ... It was an invaluable lesson to be
able to watch them create their amazing beads and learnt all
As always, these "sabattical" time for
me has been a huge learning experience, both in glass and in
life. Many words of wisdom and experience exchanged, the humbleness
of these amazing teachers and their generosity ... I can not thank
them enough !
Last but not least, THANK YOU to my husband for
looking after James and Jessica. I was in two minds about this
trip because Jessicas birthday was in the middle of my trip
... She encouraged me to go , with a promise of "lots of
prezzies !!" .. :))
Lotsa love,keep beading
Dustin & Stephanie making their two-bead-bead
Some of my beads made during the four day Dustin &
Stephanie class. We were quite industrious, so there were
alot more beads made ...
Borosilicate glass marbles made at the Momka glass studios
under Sabinas guidance. Amazingly beautiful and easier
than I initially thought. Corina dropped in to say hello
and took the photo below of Sabina and I.
Michael Barley in action ...
Andrea Guarino in action ...
Some of my beads made during the four day Michael Barley
and Andrea Guarinos lampwork classes.
I have always loved the "bead within
a bead", now I made one !!
|Now some pics of the gorgeous
arty town of Pt. Townsend
The main street in Port Townsend.