Sunday, February 3, 2008

Eleven Morning Classes

Eleven Morning Workshops


Workshops are not project based, they are idea based. Classes are open ended and meant to inspire. You will learn the basics of each medium and will be encouraged to let your inner artist emerge in a relaxed, positive, and creative environment.

Tools and services are included except where indicated. Some supplies will be available for purchase for convenience.

Drink tea, find friends, make art.


The Cup and Bowl: There is not a culture in history whose creativity has not started with the cup and bowl. They are simple but important vessels. They are practical and functional, sometimes sacred and mysterious.

This is a workshop designed for beginners or those wishing to sink thier hands in some clay again. It is a two part class. On day one we will build our pieces, then take a break to let it dry and fire. In the second class we will glaze our work.

Clay, glaze and firing are included.

Wear something comfortable and be prepared to get a little muddy. For this workshop I ask that you pay attention to the cups and bowls all around you and in your own personal history. Bring a story if you have one. Sharing energy fuels the creative mind. Depending on weather we may be working outdoors.


The Art Quilt: This is not your grandmothers quilting bee. We will be playing with commercial fabrics, found objects, textile dyes, fibers, and a whole lot of thread. We will all be creating a small art quilt that will be rich with surface design and hold special meaning.

Bring your sewing machine and your favorite cookies. I also ask that you hunt around your house or raid your mothers junk drawer for some interesting found objects. Tools, supplies, inspiration and tea will be included .There will be some take home work.


The Ring: There is no piece of jewelry so symbolic, traditional, romantic and beautiful

This is a Silver Clay workshop. Silver clay is magic. Silver floating in a sea of clay. When it is fired the clay is removed and 99.9% silver remains.

This is a fragile medium but worth every moment of gentle attention.

You will leave this class with a precious ring to keep or share.

Tools and some supplies will be included. I ask that you purchase your own art clay. A small 7 gram package should do it. I can offer a list of suppliers. If it is convenient I will have silver clay on hand for purchase.

We try to do this class in the evenings so that we can watch our clay turn to metal, it is breathtaking.

Bring yourself, a story about love found or lost, your glasses if you wear them and be ready to make something beautiful.


The Journal: Each day should start off with the first words in your mind and heart. Artists carry a book with them to record ideas, sketches, bits of paper, a fallen leaf, a candy wrapper.

In this workshop we will be making a creative journal. We will use a variety of paper, found objects, a little paper engineering, and our imaginations.

This is a class for everyone.

You will leave this class with a beautiful bound journal that you can keep or share.

Tools, supplies and tea provided.

I ask that you bring a pocketful of bits and pieces. Found objects, ribbon, buttons, dried flowers, magazine cut-outs. Anything you wish to use or share.

This is a sticky class so wear something comfortable.

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