2017 Teaching Schedule

Date

Studio

Class

Contact

9-10 & 11-12th February

Harlequin and Sundial Cabochons

Sandra Alder: s.alder@neus-shop.ch

15-16 & 18-19 March

Blue moon Glassworks Austin,Texas
http:// www.austinbluemoon.co m/manda-muddimer

Cabtastic Cabochons & Bobbles

Jim Berry: jim@austinbluemoon.com

25-26 & 27-28 May

Otterbein Glass de Langen , Germany http://www.otterbein- glas.de/homepage/ kurse/amanda.html

Harlequin Cabochons & Cabtastic Cabochons

Audrey Otterbein: info@otterbein-glas.de

7-8 & 9-10 September

Ring Tops and Cabochons

21-22 October

Ladenkonzept Vienna, Austria

Cabtastic Cabochons and Bobbles

Cornelia Bock: bock.c@utanet.at

17-19 November

Ring Tops and Cabochons (Two Day) Bobbles (One Day)

ClaudiaTalotti: claudia@crea-arte.ch

Neus Shop GmbH – Switzerland 2017

I have just returned from 4 days teaching at Sandra Alders studio in Winterthur just north of  Zurich in Switzerland. There are so many things I love about teaching abroad but meeting new people is always top of the list, this trip was no exception.

Although the weather was grey the chill in the air with temperatures below freezing reminded me that I wasn’t at home ! Not a snow flake in sight other than on the mountains viewed from the plane on the flight,  but no soggy rain that so often accompanies the colder weather here at home … I definitely feel I have been away!

Met from my flight by Angela Meier I had Schnitzel on my plate within a couple of hours of leaving the airport and its fair to say I enjoyed a little more of it over the days I was there as I struggled with the menu translation but the Pizza and the Schnitzel were indeed excellent !

I even had a cream tea with scones made by Mr Brown …. how English can that be ! Thank you again Angela !

Tea in Winterthur

I stayed in a sweet little hotel along with some of the students on the classes including Heidi my new friend from the swiss mountains and Lydia , it was lovely to get to know you both in the extra time we had together!

Sandras studio is wonderful boasting a top floor location it is fully equipped with Bethlehem Alpha torches and oxygen concentrators to die for, a lamp workers dream . Her shop is an Aladdin’s cave of everything imaginable and if one had a whole week in which to explore it, it still wouldn’t be enough time.

Everyone being busy!

Such beautiful cabochons being made

The time just flew, the class was such fun and the students were just wonderful, everybody made such brilliant ring toppers and cabochons. The air was full of excitement from learning new skills something that as a lampwork teacher I really love to see.

Some of the beautiful cabochons made by the ladies who came on the class

Sandra and her assistant Claudia looked after me so well – thank you both for all the laughs we shared together. I’m so looking forward to seeing you again next year already 🙂

Im so excited to have been invited by Sandra to take part in Switzerlands own Bead Camp in April 2018. Alongside some amazing artists Corina Tettinger, Davide Penso, Claudia Trimbur – Pagel , Angela Meier and Angelika Kaufman it promises to be an amazing date for the lamp workers 2018 calendar!

5 day long classes a teachers dream and a students heaven – its going to be wonderful.

You can find out more details and book to secure your place on any of the classes by taking a look on their dedicated Bead Camp  web site

 

Teaching 2017

I have classes of my own planned for 2017  and they are as follows!

11 12th February

Neus Shop – Switzerland :

Sundial and Harlequin Cabochons

imageThis class builds on techniques and skills with each demonstration. Each demonstration will take your  Sundial and Harlequin Cabochons one step further from small to big and from simple to complex. In doing this at the end of class you will have a new set of skills that you will be able to use confidently on your own, and a real understanding of how to construct cabochons and prevent so many of the classic things that can easily go so wrong !

Both designs demonstrate confident use of the torch as a tool for effective heat management – one of the keys to successful Cabochons.

I will share with you a technique I discovered that will enable you to easily alter and perfect both the Sundial and Harlequin designs making it very difficult to ‘go wrong’ with raking, encasing and manipulation of the glass.

You will be left wondering how you managed without it and will be able to apply all the knowledge you have learnt in constructing your cabochons to many areas of your bead making.

I will demonstrate for you how to clean up your work and make simple effective pendants from the finished cabochons.

15-16th and 18-19th March

Bluemoon Glassworks –  Austin Texas USA :

Cabtastic Cabochons and Bobbles

imageLots of cabs for rings, snaps, poppers, pins, cuff links earrings, and just about everything else – neat designs and color choices. Simple Sundials, concentric circles, dots, hearts everything in miniature ! We may even get some tumbling done.
Locket Pendants, and Bobbles including soldering the findings that I make to finish them into beautiful pendants.
There won’t be a minute to spare and you will have lots to take home with you after class !
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25th – 26th – 27th and 28th May

Glas Gestaltung – Germany :

Two classes  that can be booked as individual days both classes running two times

Harlequin Cabochons

Again building on techniques and skills with each demonstration this class relies heavily on heat control in order to maintain mastery of the glass. We will practice confident use of the torch as a tool, using it not only effectively for heat management, but to our benefit when encasing the layers. _MG_0013
I will demonstrate effective use of color in the layered designs discussing with you those that should be avoided and those that work well. Emphasis will be on demonstrating working cool and slowly.
Encasing the design adds impact and clarity and results in a finished cabochon that is quite beautiful .
I will share with you a technique I discovered that will enable you to easily alter and achieve your design making it very difficult to ‘go wrong’ with the manipulation of the glass at the encasing stage.

 

 

Cabtastic Cabochons

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Lots of cabs for rings, snaps, poppers, pins, cuff links earrings, and just about everything else – neat designs and color choices. Simple Sundials, concentric circles, dots, hearts everything in miniature ! We may even get some tumbling done 🙂
Locket Pendants, including soldering the findings that I make to finish them into beautiful pendants.
There won’t be a minute to spare and you will have lots to take home with you after class ! .
I will bring with me silver findings which you can purchase at the class.

 

And … I’m back at Bead Camp in Florida in 2018 !

If you are a studio and would like to host a class with me please do get it touch.

I hope to meet some more of you next year ….. And maybe some old friends at my new class in Austin Texas .