Yesterday’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company was great! I thought I would be nervous, (since the class sold out AND it was my first time teaching) but I really wasn’t nervous at all. I came prepared with felt poodle forms for everyone to bead, as well as several examples which were partially beaded to show each section as we worked. The shop manager (who also took the class) said my examples helped a lot!
For me, it was interesting to see the differences in everyone’s skill level and their approach to learning. One student had already taken several classes from some of my fav. bead artists. One was taking notes as I explained things to her, and one was determined to finish her piece no matter what! Overall it was a very good experience. Two of my students actually finished their pieces within the allotted time, and the others left feeling inspired to keep beading! I have a feeling there will be more bead embroidery classes in the future:)
Last week, I tried something new! Friends & I took a 4-hr. private lesson in beadmaking at Diablo Glass School here in Boston. We learned how to make lampwork (flame work) beads. What an awesome way to spend the day!
We had a great teacher named Peter who showed us some basic techniques. At first it seemed a bit tricky to melt the glass rod in the torch with one hand and turn the mandrel with the other hand at the same time, but this just takes lots of practice. You also have to remember to keep the glass in the flame to keep it hot, otherwise it can crack right on the mandrel! :/
Here are the first lampwork beads I made. I was bummed the bumpy bead on the right broke in the kiln, because it was perfect when I put it in. I am happy with how the others turned out for my first attempt at working with glass.
I do plan to go back and make more beads. There’s definitely something about working with an open flame that makes you forget all about life’s worries.. And, I now have a greater appreciation for those who choose to make lampwork beads for a living. Working with glass is not easy, as the final product is the result of bit of luck & and a lot of magic! :D
Also, just a reminder to those in the Boston area, you are invited to join me for an artist reception this Thursday at Boston Bead Company in Harvard Square from 6:30-8pm. Please click HERE for more info! Hope to see you there! :)
Finally, a quick pic from Friday night’s reception at the Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize Show! What a fantastic event and what an honor it is to be a part of the show! :D
Also, for the first time, the Cambridge Art Association allowed artists to take out an advertisement in their full-color exhibition booklet. All proceeds support the Cambridge Art Association, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I designed my own ad! How does it look? :D
If you happen to be in Harvard Square during the month of June, I hope you’ll stop by the Kathryn Schultz Gallery to check out my beaded M1 Abrams military tank, entitled ‘Imminence of War’. Please check the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for hours and directions. The show runs through July 5th, 2012. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded military tank entitled Imminence of War has been accepted into Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize show. Juried by Clara Kim of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The National Prize Show will feature artists working in all media and styles.
Exhibition runs May 31st – July 5th, 2012.
Reception: Friday, June 8th, 5:30-7:30pm at both CAA Gallery locations:
Kathryn Schultz gallery:
25 Lowell St. Cambridge MA, 02138
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm
University Place Gallery:
124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA, 02138
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm • Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Awards given at 6:30pm at University Place Gallery.
Please check the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for more info.
Hope to see you there!
I can’t blog enough about Coos Art Museum‘s, Thunder at CAM. For those of you who are new readers, this is a BIG exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art in Coos Bay, Oregon. My beaded Buell X-1 Lightning will be shown at this exhibit through July 23, 2011. Here’s a quick pic I pulled off of the museum’s website. Can you find my beaded bike? :D
Thunder at CAM. An Exhibition of Motorcycles & Motorcycle art. Coos Art Museum.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend taking a road trip to check out this exhibition! You can see a short video clip featuring some of the antique bikes at the show HERE. Also, check out the museum’s virtual gallery to view all accepted artworks & award winners!
Other exciting news this week: I’ve decided to move back to Boston in September! It may seem spontaneous, but I’ve actually been putting off moving for over a year now. I need to be back in town since I’ve been spending so much time in Harvard Square lately.. So, I found a bigger space in Brighton where I should be able to do my beadwork more efficiently. So, over the next month, I’ll be busy assembling my beaded Radio City Music Hall, organizing my beads & art supplies, and packing up my belongings. It will be a big change to move back into the city- one that is long overdue! :O
Last night, I went to the opening reception for Cambridge Art Association’s 13th annual Northeast Prize show! What a wonderful event which included champagne and strawberries! There was a special artist-only reception before the main reception, so I took the time to go and meet some of the other artists to learn more about their work. This is a fantastic exhibition juried by Juried by Theodore Stebbins, Curator of American Art at Harvard University’s Fogg Museum! I am honoured that my beaded Time Traveler Trilogy was selected for this show. If you happen to be in Harvard Square anytime during the next month, please stop by University Place Gallery to check it out! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :D