Shirley is our contact at Craftlines, the distributor for Art Clay Silver in the Benelux.
And we Metal Clay addicts do not want to miss anything and like to learn as many techniques as possible. This is why Margit, Edith and I have decided to also register for this. Joyce also comes both days, An and Annemarie can both participate in one of the days, the work calls. Last year Inge and I traveled from England directly to the next location, Hotel Marickenland in Mijdrecht.
This year Edith van Leeuwen offered us to stay at her home. This makes a huge difference in the costs and thus the invitation is accepted by both Margit and myself.
Leo, Edith's husband, picks us up from Schiphol. At home in Hillegom he turns out to have cooked a true feast for us ladies. Delicious turkey breast, sprouts with gorgonzola and baked potatoes. What a treat! A little after dinner and then to bed, tomorrow fresh start.
During the first masterclass we make a "Double Deck Pendant". With this technique 2 silver plates with an open-worked part are riveted to each other. On the inside of the bottom plate gold foil is applied and the 2 parts are kept at a distance by silver fantasy beads.
This pendant is thus realized through the application of multiple techniques.
The next morning we start again at 09.30. A decent breakfast beforehand gives enough energy to last until lunch. And Leo does not turn his hand about that either. Delicious bread, toppings, yogurt, muesli, fresh fruit smoothies and coffee. I say: Leo thanks for the good care, it was great!
A job of goldsmithing in combination with silver clay. Something I clearly have less mastered and what makes me decide to make it a Colorful Sliced Ring 😉. All parts are now attached to each other, turning? . . . Not!
And yet I am very happy with it!
It is over, we quit and go home. Margit and I are picked up by Michael, at least we think. He appears to leave too late, ends up in traffic jams and takes a wrong turn. All in all not that bad, you might think. Well if you set off with an empty mobile and a deceased tomtom. He has no idea where he is at any time and arrives at the hotel with a delay of more than 1.5 hours. Fortunately for him, Renske also waited with us for his arrival.
She always takes it for him. Where I get angry, she knows how to explain his performance.
Not only a dear friend of mine, but also for Michael and our kids.
Arrived in Harderwijk, Margit gets into her car and drives the last part to Dieverbrug alone.
Finally back home, unpack and reminisce on a full week Metal Clay.
Again I need to say: Feel Blessed & more than Happy!