Anna is from Krakow - Poland and owner of "Drakonaria".
She is very talented in the field of metal clay.
A masterclass taught by her, is an opportunity that I do not want to miss.
We have both registeredfor three classes:
- Twig Rings
- Forest Stories
- Herbarium Pendant
It can be called almost standard by now, that I may ride towards Temse with Renske. We leave around 8:00 am from De Bilt. The route is more crowded than usual, but we have enough slack, so we arrive in time.
These days we spend the nights in the Bed & Breakfast “De Brug” in Temse.
We sleep in a tidy room called "Prins Philippe". The daily breakfast is included, we do lunch during the masterclasses and we use diner together with Inge and Anna. For this opportunity, again Michael cooked us a large pan nasi. Along with fried onions, gado gado, emping and emping blado we can eat for at least two days, hahaha. Furthermore, we have avocado’s, mango’s and cashew nuts, delicious ingredients with which a tasty salad can be made. Inge has brought fêta cheese from Egypt, a delightful addition. Then one of these days Inge makes a spaghetti meal and for the remaining one more day we decide to eat outside. Finally, Baileys and Mozart, the contribution for fun! We will get through these days !!!
At arrival in Belgium, we decide to check in at the B&B until after the first workshop, that seems early enough. Attendees for this two-day masterclass “Forest Stories” are Edith van Leeuwen, Katty van der Elst, Claudia Smets, Els Mariën, Inge Verbruggen, Renske Dussel and myself. We work these days with Goldie Bronze and learn modeling a three-dimensional tree, which is decorated with cubic zirconia and elements in both bronze and silver clay. The decorations are made entirely by hand and Anna gives us above all sorts of tips and tricks. There’s thus no use of templates. Among others we learn how to model an owl and a squirrel ourselves. Of course we are free to use and apply possible other elements by our own ideas. The result is stunningly beautiful.
The 3rd day we take part in the masterclass “Twig Rings”. Here we learn to form a ring with a very open structure out of a roll of clay. The ring is decorated with cubic zirconia and tiny flowers and leaves. These decorations are made entirely by hand, without the use of templates. Participating in this workshop are Kelly Cogen, Katty van der Elst, Stien Verspecht, An Meel, Alex Vogel, Inge Verbruggen and again Renske and me.
Finally, the last two days we work to a “Herbarium Pendant”. Along with Marianne de Bakker, Kristel Conincx, Inge Verbruggen, Renske and myself, we work with silver clay, learning to make a pendant with small ornaments and a natural stone. Everything is hand sculpted. The stone is soldered to the pendant in a customized and soldered bezel. After the pendant is finished - think of polishing and patina - the natural stone is set. This is my cup of tea! Working with silver always speaks to me more than working with the more common metals. The result is much better and more to my liking than the designs of the first two workshops, even though those designs also are very nice.
It's good having worked again with various kinds of metal clay. It lifts my skills in this area to a higher level and that is good. These last few days we managed to design many beautiful jewelry, sharing new techniques.
Ladies - and of course Alex -, thank you all for the very pleasant days. Anna, you are a very talented metal clay artist, I've learned a lot from you and I hope to meet again very soon. Perhaps until February 2015?! Inge again, you’ve shown being a great host, the organization was top! Renske, as always you’re the last lined up in my acknowledgments. Thanks for the ride, and your flexibility in sharing our room!