The following workshops are planned for the first day - Saturday the 27th:
Rose Pendant by Etsuko Nakayama
Mazekomi Ring by Henriëtte van Battum, so myself 😉
Cherry Blossoms Pendant by Etsuko Nakayama
Enamelling by Annemarie Klappe
Sunday 28 and Monday the 29th are reserved for 4 masterclasses, each day one choice from 2:
Sunday - All day
Brilliant Flower by Etsuko Nakayama
Hollow Pendant by Joyce van Roosmalen
Monday - All day
Perfume Bottle Pendant by Etsuko Nakayama
Gemmotion Ring by Edith van Leeuwen
I already told you last year that Renske has moved to the north of our country, Terherne to be precise. She again offered to pick me up, so that we drive to Mijdrecht together. We also share a hotel room again, plenty of time to chat.
I myself worked out a workshop for this first morning in which the participating colleagues can make a piece of jewellery with a New Mokume-Gane technique. Designing such a piece doesn’t take the most time. Firing is a thingy, it certainly takes about 7 hours. I prefer to let the pieces cool in the kiln. The design for the workshop is a ring, but I can imagine that there are colleagues who prefer to make earrings or a pendant. Can and may all, as long as the pieces don’t become so large that they must be fired 1 by 1. Then I am still busy in the first week of October, hahaha.
At first, 20 colleagues registered for the workshop. Due to illness and other reasons, 2 colleagues had to cancel and the final number is now 18. After a short explanation and demonstration, everyone starts designing. It is indeed both rings and also pendants. And a number of more than 1 piece. Logical, because this marbling technique offers an excellent possibility to process the remaining blend into an extra number of small pieces. Excellent test material for a firing session at home!
Then lunch is on the program, delicious with soup, sandwiches, croquette and fruit juice. Cozy food, chat and gain energy for the afternoon workshop. I can participate in it myself and have opted for Etsuko’s pendant, the Cherry Blossoms Pendant. I do, however, first make time to fire a first batch of New Mokume-Gane pieces. When the kiln is on and once at the desired temperature, it can heat up undisturbed for several hours. I’ve found master spy Annemarie Klappe willing to keep track of the time for me and send messages through Whatsapp. She is in the same room and informs me through secret language: "breaky, breaky", hahaha! In addition to her espionage activities, she is teacher enamelling this afternoon. She teaches colleagues the applications of enamel on silver.
But this drink is ultimately not held in the bar, but in the hall. Upon entering, Charlotte Specken from Rotterdam appears to have slipped on the parquet section of the bar floor. She ended up so unbelievably unhappy and broke her hip. The ambulance arrives in a short time and Charlotte is taken to the hospital. Edith van Leeuwen accompanies her and has informed Jan, the husband of Charlotte. Very sweet from Edith, nice that she makes time for this.
A number of ladies are heading home or have agreed to go elsewhere. The rest of the group goes to restaurant/brasserie “Jettiez”, a 5 minute walk from the hotel. There Shirley made reservation for dinner. All in all it is a pleasant evening, great food and lots of fun. Still, Charlotte's situation remains with everyone and we are all concerned about her. Surgery is needed, we wish for a quick recovery.
After dinner and back at the hotel, I prepare everything to be able to continue firing the New Mokume-Gane pieces the next morning. Then we go to our hotel room. Rest is welcome, as there are still 2 intensive days planned.
Renske and I go upstairs again, where the room "Meesters" is filled with quite a number of colleagues. Everyone is ready to learn a new technique from our Japanese guest teacher. Today we make a beautiful Brilliant Flower pendant.
Etsuko uses the syringe with all the ease of the world, neat lines of different thicknesses. After the demonstration we can get to work. And then it turns out to be one hell of a job! Our hands are completely cramped. With my osteoarthritis, I can no longer pick up a coffee cup after more than an hour. Maybe better too, I foresee that I would pour the coffee into my cleavage completely uncontrollably. Afterwards we hear that in Japan only smaller flowers are made during this masterclass. Overthere the time factor is taken into account. But Yutaro assures us that Shirley has specifically requested a large version. Hhmmm, I couldn't discover Shirley all day on the upper floor. She participated in the masterclass of Joyce. How particularly strange. She must have known that this would be a big job for us and made herself out of the way, not available for comment, hihi. But to be honest, they will be beautiful! In particular, the delicate edges around a zirconia are an asset in terms of technique!
And what is surprise? (at least by myself 😉) My pendant is ready to be fired. Yet I prefer to do this myself. For example, the next day and then start in a cold kiln. Renske also goes for this option. It is great that we are stubborn together. But hey. . . Well we are both a certificate of participation richer eh!
Today we have dinner with a group of ladies at "Rendez Vous" in Mijdrecht. Again it is a cozy get-together and the food tastes great. We unanimously believe that the quality is less compared to "Jettiez". After dessert we drive back to the hotel to enjoy a well-deserved night's rest.
She, too, has prepared well, her group participants will go home happily surprised with a ring that move dazzling zirconias. Again we take a seat in the room "Meesters". Today we make a perfume bottle with a screw cap. All parts are designed entirely from silver clay. Etsuko teaches us the correct method and gives good tips.
At noon a delicious lunch awaits us again, we let it taste great. I also take a moment to switch off the kilns and check the latest New Mokume-Gane pieces. Everything looks good, the colleagues can be proud of their results.
Around 15.30 I realize that I don’t get finished the perfume bottel as desired. I would also rather fire this piece at home. This way I’ve time to refine the bottle and apply more details. Renske has the same idea, so we decide to say goodbye to drive home. Everything is packed in the car, some of which we already loaded last night. Saying goodbye always takes longer than expected. I probably don't see the majority of my colleagues this year. They are all equally dear to me and all deserve a big blow. Together we drive towards Harderwijk, after which Renske drives on to Terherne alone.
Shirley and Elles, thanks for the good organization.
Renske I thank you for the lift and sharing the hotel room. It was nice to see and talk to you again face to face. Next Sunday is a clay date, then we will finish our papers, okay?
Also the instructors, Annemarie Klappe, Joyce van Roosmalen and Edith van Leeuwen: thanks to your input these days became a success!
Yutaro and Etsuko, thank you for coming and being present, the beautiful book, sharing the wonderful techniques, the always attentive, humorous comments.
And last but not least, a speedy recovery desired for our Charlotte! I heard today that you can go home again, great news!
Everyone until next year, I'm back at the Metal Clay Days 2020. Until then!
O and almost forgot:
Margit will receive all credits for the Oe's and Ah's in our private Facebook group this year. Shirley deliverd her car undamaged at home, Margaret was on her ride home badly screwed.
Margit strength, it's just material. I hope you haven’t suffered any physical injury afterwards. Kuzzz.