Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Klavdija Kurent Workshop - Lets Twist Again

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This was a good fun workshop extruding strings of clay and making textured beads.

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Klavdija’s pink necklace                   Klavdija demonstrating                                                       Textured beads


The Makin’s Extruder is a really good tool to use. I’ve have done a lot with the extruder before this workshop, but it is always good to pick up additional information and ideas.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Melanie West Workshop - Make it Big and Organic

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I looked in on Melanie’s  workshop and helped her out with baking for a while. Melanie was working with large organic forms in Ultralight clay.

Her work is fantastic, I have admired her pieces for ages and had purchased one of her brooches in December.

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My brooch by Melanie West

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Melanie’s work

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Melanie and students                                      Wendy Moore and Kopila Basnet

Kathleen Dustin Workshop - Translucent Layering Techniques

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Kathleen’s workshop was fully booked, so I couldn’t participate. However, Kathleen asked me to help out with the students in the class with the monitoring of the ovens and baking the clay pendants.

This was  really good as I could see what the students were doing, see Kathleen’s beautiful pieces up close and handle them.  Kathleen kindly asked me to come to see her demonstrations so I had a good incite to the workshop

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                                                                                   Kathleen’s work

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                                                  Kathleen demonstrating                                                                 Student’s pendants     

Monday, April 28, 2014

Maggie Maggio Workshop …….The Rose Collar

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Maggie’s Collars                                                                 Student’s roses                                Pam and Lee                                                       Pam – Rose

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                                  Donna Greenburg  Hand yoga Exercises 

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Roses ready for Baking                   Maggie and Pam

Sunday, April 27, 2014

London Gatwick to Valletta, Malta

Up at 3am and heading up to Gatwick for my 6.25am flight to Malta. I like to have a window seat, look at the earth below and take photographs.

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I took a local bus north to Bugibba and found my hotel.

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Poppies, from the bus window.                               Dolmen Hotel                                                               View from hotel

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Alfriston, Sussex

Alfriston is such a picturesque village. My brother Alan and sil, Jackie have lived here for ten years.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

UK ---- Here I go!

Lots of excitement as Ruth drops me at the airport as I’m off to Europe for a month! I’m attending the IPCA Europe Synergy Conference in Malta and catching up with family and friends in Cornwall and Sussex. The flight to Dubai (11hrs) was  awful. The plane was packed, I had an aisle seat and Emirates service was poor! This is a photo coming into Dubai and some of the airport, which was huge. I had to get n a train to take me to the next departure gate!