Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year

More snow

There has been another fall of snow in the night, sticky and thick with tracks of some small animal going past the front door. So soon after the full moon there is plenty of light, reflecting off the white landscape. I am restless, drinking scented earl grey tea quietly.

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

New classes

During the middle of winter I don't usually teach classes in my studio because there is always the chance the roads will be too bad for students to get here.  This winter has been particularly snowy, I don't remember having this much snow in December before.  Anyway, it gives me a bit of free time to play around with new ideas.  At the moment I am testing out an idea for a workshop embellishing beads and here are my first two samples.  The smaller of the two is 16mm in diameter and they are both enamelled.  I will be running this as a workshop later in 2011, let me know if you are interested in learning this technique.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Cloisonne enamel

I have at last got around to doing a bit of enamelling, only a little piece but it seems like ages since I did any cloisonne.  When I first began to enamel it was a technique I used all the time and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.  It is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but has made me think.  I need to get back to my sketchbook and start playing around with some new ideas.