Recharging the Artistic Battery

the bead theif 2012Just came back from a weekend retreat that the Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artists (MVLBA) put on. It was a blast! We hosted two great teachers – Marjorie Langston and Terry Hale – and I think all of our heads were filled to exhaustion.

I always come back from a retreat and/or class totally jazzed artistically (well, once I recover from lack of sleep and too many adult beverages). Although, I seldom come home with a masterpiece, I always come away with new tricks, new ideas, connect with old friends and maybe make some new ones. I find that I’m excited to get back in the studio to try to put the new tricks and ideas into my work. Often these outings get me out of ruts or help if I have been feeling blocked. Will post some pics of the results soon.

I’m going to Asheville N.C. on Thursday for another retreat (yes it’s a busy month – hope the hubby and cats remember who I am when I get done). It’s one of my favorites – Fire on the Mountain – and this time they have asked me to demo. Little more pressure to be in the spotlight – must remember to talk while I’m working!

P.S. The photo included in this post is piece I made while taking a class with Deb Karash at Arrowmont. It’s one time I think I created something really nice DURING a class. It’s called “The Bead Thief; My Alter Ego.” Ha!

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