Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Twisted Tuesdays - K.reating A.rt B.eads

One of the things that a few of us instructors and students talked about this weekend at ArtBLISS was how bored blog readers must get after a big show takes place. For a week solid, it seems like it is all anyone can talk about and if you weren't there, you don't want to hear the same things over and over and over again. Right? Right. So, in an effort not to bore you into oblivion with overkill, while still giving those of you that want to hear about things some details, I am going to limit my posts about the show to just two. One post for each of my classes!!

K.reating A.rt B.eads - Saturday Sept 25th 2010 - ArtBLISS

I have to tell you, the experience of introducing a room full of wonderfully caring, bright, intelligent women to something that I am incredibly passionate about, glass, is something I am going to hold very close to my heart for a long time. I love to teach, I love glass, and I love being in such a mutually supportive environment. Oh how I wish I wasn't so nervous. That way, I would have been enjoying myself from the moment I opened my eyes that morning, instead of spending my early hours of prep worrying. Alas, jitters come with the territory. Thankfully, eventually, those butterflies calmed down enough that I was able to feel really connected to the moments we were having. One of my absolute favorite parts of a day was the last 45 minutes or so, when, even though class was over, we were all sitting around with each other just openly talking/questioning/sharing about experiences. Students got to pick my brain about my thoughts on things. We talked about making the choice to live a creative life and finding for yourself what you can let go to be more fulfilled as a person. The whole thing felt so genuine and intimate. I.loved.it.

Enough of my blather on though... you wanna see pics, right?!? Here ya go...

artbliss class 1

students 5

students 2

students 4

student rods

Thank you so so much Bev, Nadia, Heather, Amy, Michele, Frankie, and Patti for trusting me to introduce you to what I hope will be a long love affair with glass. Remember, I am here if you need me... ask questions anytime... and keep the rod hot, bead warm (not hot bead, cool rod)!


Anonymous said...

are you kidding me?? I sit and wait for posts from all of you from the shows/retreats!! In a small way, makes me feel like I was there......
Oh how I wish I lived close so I could take a bead making class from you!!!
Kim (Texas)

Nadia said...

Thank YOU Kerry for you warmth and individual attention! This was just as amazing as I was hoping it would be and it's all because of you! I couldn't even tell that you were nervous! You were absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to get cracking on this at home! You are such an inspiration, thank you thank you thank you!

Kerry said...

THANKS KIM! Hopefully, I can balance sharing lots for those that want to read it, like you!, and not going over board for those that don't want to hear it. LOL. But seriously, we all notice a drop in our comments and number of visitors after shows like this. The theory we developed was that of overkill on the topic.

Anyone else have thoughts on it? I am open for a discussion.

PS, Kim, Deryn Mentock flew in from Texas to teach, you could fly in to learn!

hfinkle said...

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us newbies. I did not even notice you were nervous at all. You were fabulous and I am glad that I got to spend 2 days with you to pick your brain. Can't wait to light my torch. Thanks again!

P.S I came home to a sick kid. Glad I got to recharge my batteries this weekend to be a better nurse this week.

Anonymous said...

Kerry, I had an absolute BLAST! You are a wonderful and inspiring teacher - I can't believe you were nervous, as it certainly did not show! It was an honor being your student! Have fun in England and be safe!

Cindy said...

Kerry, this is such a great post! It was fun to film you in action...you're a great teacher. It was really nice how you highlighted each student in your photo collage....I'm sure they enjoyed themselves behind the torch. :-) Iknow I myself would love to see more of the pictures you took...bet they're on flickr?
Here's to the new generation of lampworkers!

quiltingjewel39 said...

Never bored!! Love to hear about it. Your blog is always fun. The pics were great - I am sure no one knew you were nervous. Someone mentioned England - you are going to England? Lucky you.

Kerry said...

Thanks everyone!!

Glad to hear my students didn't know I was as nervous as I was!

Cindy!!! THANK YOU for filming this for me!! Forgot to mention that. Oops.

You can find lots more photos on FLICKR, even a sneak peek into other classrooms and my second day of teaching.

YES, I am going to England. OMG, ON THURSDAY!! I can hardly believe it. I need to start packing.

Janet said...

Wonderful blog Kerry! ArtBliss Bloomed like a fresh fragrant flower it looks like! England is soooo wonderful and the accents are so posh you will Love it! (Try to get to a castle with a moat)

Erin said...

Looks like the class was great! Personally, I LOVE all the posts, pics and videos about the events that you and some of the others go to! I can get a taste of the experience and I think it does well to promote the events you are part of! Usually, just makes me want to go and be apart of it even more than I already did! So keep it coming I say.

Kristi Bowman said...

Wow, that looks like fun!! This is on my list of things I want to learn one of these days. Thanks for sharing.