Within our instructor network, this message was already announced in a newsletter on October 5, 2020. Just started in 2021 and still completely under the spell of the lockdown by COVID-19, now seems to be the perfect time to also inform the outside world of my intention to step down as Art Clay Silver Teacher.
Since March 2006 I’ve been working with a lot of passion as a certified Art Clay Silver instructor within our Benelux network. My teacher at the time was Nancy Roeters, a very skilled Art Clay Master from the very beginning. I learned a lot from her, for which I thank her again.
In 2008 I was asked to follow in Nancy's footsteps and to expand my work as an instructor with my role as a teacher. Training new fellow instructors, how much fun is that? Super fun, I can tell you!
And now, after almost 15 years, I’ve indicated that I want to stop teaching & teaching workshops & training by 2023 at the latest. Time for my creative retirement. This requires a transfer and reduction of activities. The choice for my “successor” was made by Craftlines and I fully support them.
Of course I will be connected to our network for a while and therefore available for workshops and training. Nevertheless, I already say goodbye. Looking back on a wonderful period in my life, in which I learned a lot about Metal Clay, I do feel privileged. I’ve met many sweet and talented colleagues worldwide, not only through the media, but also personally. Great memories and close friendships.
I would like to mention my dear friend Renske Dussel separately. I’ve had a special click with her from the very first hour. I look back with a warm feeling on all our trips, Metal Clay dates, food sessions, crying and laughing parties and I don't want to say goodbye to them just yet. Craftlines, more particularly Shirley, I would like to thank for the opportunities that have been offered to me. By using these I’ve been able to build up a decent CV. All other fellow instructors deserve thanks for their trust in me and their beautiful sweet friendship. The staff members of Aida Chemicals for guidance and support during the various additional techniques, which I was able to follow in Japan at the invitation of them.