I got flown out to teach in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. By plane, this isn’t far, so it was a real treat.
The Whooping Crane Guest house, where I stayed, is run by Christine Aubrey. Lovely place, great food and all sorts of beautiful artwork (Christine is a first class fibre artist on her own).
Of course, I traveled to teach a polymer clay caning class and so I spent a good solid couple of days playing with clay.
As always my students inspired and impressed me. I’m pretty sure I learn more teaching than I teach… or something like that.
It’s been a little crazy here in Tooaquarius land (we won’t worry about those of you thinking Isn’t it ALWAYS crazy in Tooaquarius land…) as I finish prepping for classes this weekend and my bead show the week after.
I’m still cranking out masses of beads, the overflow of which will flood into my online shops at the end of the month. Their shiny faces will be all over my table at the Oasis Bead Show in Calgary June 18-20.
Something I never thought I would enjoy – right up there with selling – is teaching classes. It has been one of those rare pleasures finding out that I was wrong about something in a good way. Teaching is now up there with one of the more fun parts of making and selling arts and crafts.
I had my first class since my move this weekend and it was a bit of an introduction to polymer clay, caning and beadmaking all in one. I limited it to black and white so that I didn’t overwhelm everyone that first class (I’ll save that for next time) and we just stuck to how to make simple, fast canes.
The class was open to everyone from tweens on up – my line to the coordinator was: old enough not to eat clay or stab themselves with blades deliberately – and everyone cranked out beads, little covered tins and switchplates. Black and white jellyrolls, checkerboards, strips and flowers abounded. Some people made little hypnotized eyes.
Here’s a little of what the class made. I’m privileged to have worked with such a great group!
We’ll be running more classes – on colours and canes and small objects covered in clay – in June. If you’re interested, give Laurie a shout at the gallery.