Sunday, January 23, 2011

Be Prepared!

I was trying to come up with something catchy for my booth in Tucson to advertise the torch firing kits when I had this "eureka" moment. I think it's because I've been working with a 1935 Montgomery Ward catalog to make decals for enamel pendants and charms.  Those vintage images have sunk into my noodle.  The kit that we're offering in Tucson is a little different from the one we offer at our website because we won't have vermiculite and brackets with it. I had to draw the line with what I could bring to Tucson.  I just couldn't see myself checking in a bale of vermiculite as baggage!

Last week I shipped off bunches of enamel. I'll be teaching the Painting with Fire technique to 37 students ... I can't wait.  I love teaching! I'll get a chance to meet Andrew Thornton ... he's going to be in next Monday's class.  I've had some wholesale inquiries about my work, there are parties to attend, people to meet.  My booth is right next to the booth of Karen Ovington.  She makes the most extraordinary glass beads.  The ones I love most of hers are those that look as though they've been dug up from an archaeological site!  I've been eyeballing her work for yearrrrs.  Unfortunately there has never been a convenient time to take one of the few workshops she offers a year. Julie Picarello will be right across the aisle.  She makes absolutely awesome polymer clay pendants and beads.  Come hell or high water I'm meeting Patty Lakinsmith.  She's a member of Love My Art Jewelry with me.  Ohhh so talented she is! She's at a different location but I'm sure there'll be a lot of cabs in Tucson over the next three weeks. :-)  

I know I'll come back tired ... but really inspired by being with such talented people. But, I have to tell you, one of the really good things about preparing for this show has been the things that are coming out of the studio.  I'll be posting them in a few days. I can't wait to show them to you.  I hope you like them!

12 comments:

stregata said...

I just know you are going to have a great time.
Can't wait to see what you have been up to in the studio.

Beadwright said...

Have a great time in Tucson. Ohhh I know you will.
Nicole/Beadwright

Adventures with Millie Making Jewelry said...

I'm so jealous of those lucky students and all the amazing things to see! Make the most of it!

Judy said...

I love the new graphics, it is so fun and eye catching! New stuff....yay I can't wait to see them. I hope your show and classes are a huge success and that you will get to enjoy some nicer weather in Tuscon.

sandi m said...

Have a wonderful time in Tucson. I know Karen - and yes, her beads ARE awesome. I have many and love the designs I've created with them.

Some day, maybe, I'll try enamel. I love your work and look forward to your book.

sandi/chgo

Laura Twiford said...

Thanks for that laugh! I share your sense of humor and I think the ad is great! It's funny how sometimes when we are pushed and on a time limit we get the most creative. I don't doubt you are in a creative flurry right about now. Can you check me as a bag of stowaway? I'd love to tag along and absorb all the Tuscon goodness. Have a wonderful trip.

TesoriTrovati said...

I am smiling so much for you my cheeks hurt! Sounds like it will be a fantastic time. Those are all people that I would love to meet too (of course, I really, really want to take a class with you, Miss Barbara!)
Have loads of fun and can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Michele Lynch Art said...

Have a fabulous time!! Wish I could come and take your class!! That would be so much fun!! Love the graphic too! Too cute!! Can't wait to see what you've created! Michele

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Have a great time and I can't wait to see what you have made!!!
Shannon C

Sharon P said...

Wish I could make it this year, I want to see what you've been up to!

Riki Schumacher said...

I'm so proud of you Barbara, taking the plunge to teach there, so cool. And what wonderful teachers you're joining. You will have so much fun, and you'll be exhausted, but it will all be worth it. Have a blast. Riki

diane cook said...

Sounds like a lot of hard work, but so much fun in the long run. I know you will do well Barbara. Your class number sounds huge~how wonderful! Can't wait to hear all your stories upon your return =)