Ok, finally about to sit down and blog about my wonderful class with Anne! I drove with my mom up to Virginia Beach. Was a rather boring long drive, but was well worth it for Anne's class.
Her studio is set-up in her home, with pretty much everything you need to torch for a very long time. She has, I believe, 4 Minor torches, oxycons, creation stations for each workstation, and a wonderful array of tools. Plus the chairs were so comfy :) Oh, and oodles of glass. We cannot forget to mention the glass. I wish I had pictures of her "other" studio. It's where she makes her creations into works of art. Beads, findings, plus other sorts of materials.
Here I am, intent on making a bead to decorate with shards. We covered many techniques, including shard blowing, hollows, floral canes and using them, plus certain glass reactions. She helped with me with murrini application, and showed me a new way to encase with clear. I was doing around the world method...she taught me the swipe method. It's great for less bubbles! She had quite a few colors I had never had the chance to work with, and have since been able to add them to my collection. Yes, she is an enabler...my glass addiction has grown to great new heights! But I'm okay with it :)
Here is Anne and myself, posing at the end of our weekend. I learned so much from her, I really had an amazing time. I WILL make the time to take some pictures of my class beads. Although my hollow is already strung on some silk ribbon for myself, to wear as a necklace :) The beads I have made since her class have improved 10 fold. My creativity has expanded, and I'm more willing to experiment...with good results. All in all, I would recommend Anne as a teacher, whether you already know how to make beads and need a push into new territory (or shove, like myself), or are a complete newbie.
Artist Jenne Rebecca is a business owner, mother of a 6 year old, and lives in the beautiful mountains of Bedford, Virginia. She works with hot glass, inspired by her surroundings and her youth spent in North Carolina.