And because we like to learn techniques as much as possible, Inge and I have decided to subscribe these classes as well. Unfortunately Annemarie can’t come, her "children" want to see her back in front of the class. An Meel and Joyce van Roosmalen will join us, but go on their own, like some other colleagues.
Inge and I have decided to travel directly from England to the next location, Hotel Marickenland Mijdrecht. This saves a lot of traveling time. Karin De Pauw has offered to collect us from Schiphol, she too stays at the hotel. Renske Dussel also is on her way already, I like to share my room with my friend.
After arriving in Mijdrecht we enjoy a drink and some snacks with Dice Minagawa and Kuniaki Iwahasi. I feel light tiredness arise, those were exciting and surely busy days. A nice sleep and in the morning a good breakfast to have a fit start for the next two days. Okay, one more Baileys than, in our room, in a plastic cup, for old times sake!
During the first masterclass we make a Shine Stone Ring. With this technique, all of the bezels wil be designed in the silver clay, before the eventual piece of jewelry will be fired. The stones are put afterwards. So every stone retains its maximum shine, making the jewel can sparkle best. The technology is great, but certainly not easy. Everything must be calculated correctly. The final result shows the advantages of this technique.
The next morning we start at 09.30. Beforehand a proper breakfast provides enough energy to keep going until lunch. Today the "Hollow Ring" is on the program. This project consists a base ring of silver clay, an intermediate layer of wax and an openwork top layer of silver clay. Optionally there can be used CZ. This project shows still a tough job, but the end result is great. Look at the pictures.
Finally back home, unpack and reminisce on a full week Metal Clay.
Feeling Blessed & O So Happy!