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Beads of Courage E-book. I finished my portion of the tutorial project which included hours of demo work, detailed text and some great photography by Lauren Sellers (my talented daughter). The book will contain between 15-20 fun tutorials and be available for purchase later this Summer.
Beads of Courage is an innovative, arts-in-medicine program for children coping with serious illnesses, their families, and the health care providers who care for them. My service through Beads of Courage is deeply personal. Joshua (my son) was born with a life-threatening heart defect know as Tetralogy of Fallot and underwent open-heart surgery at the age of 4 months. In 2006, I lost my dear Mother to a brain cancer. I'm proud to be a part of the great service provided to countless children and their families worldwide. Here is a great video spotlighting the project:
Registration starts tomorrow (Friday, April 19) for Summer Classes! An Early Bird discount runs the first week of registration with the code word “Summer”. It is a 10% discount on up to two classes. Register online or by phone (480) 644-6500.
Mesa Arts Center on Tuesdays from 7pm to 10:30pm
June 4th - 25th Session: CAS13GL009-02
July 2nd - 30th Session: CAS13GL009-22
Discover glass cabochons and create art in the process. This intermediate level workshop will take you on a step by step journey into the world of flameworking glass cabochons. You will learn how to use a bench torch and soft glass to create unique cabochons. Imagination is the limit!
Mesa Arts Center on May 12th from 3pm to 6pm.
To register click here or register by phone:
Phone: (480) 644-6500Materials list:
Glass, cabochon mandrels, bead release, matches, stainless steel tweezers, didymium safety glasses or ACE glasses, desired shaping tools.
Optional Mandrel Kit available to Purchase:
Students may purchase a $14 cabochon kit which includes one 7/8" cabochon mandrel and two inserts. (limit 2 kits per student)
Space is limited and optional kits are priced with a special group discount for students. Good luck!
On another note, the pictures were taken with a new Nikon D3200 24.2 MP Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens with UV filter from 3 feet away, no flash, no tripod. I'm thrilled with the quality of the photo. I look forward to discovering the limits of my Nikon in future lampwork tutorials.
stringer and dot control
making the most of silver glass
creating encased floral focals
the art of enamel
and silver foil
Currently, I have the pleasure of observing the extremely talented Laurie Nessel and getting to know her fabulous students. Some of Laurie's beautiful work can be found in issues of The Flow Magazine.
All the best,
How on this green earth does a ladybug set make me crave homemade strawberry pie? Maybe it is the childhood memory of the lush green combined with the juicy red found in my mother's strawberry patch. I could usually find a ladybug hiding under the vibrant foliage. Off to cure my sweet tooth with a strawberry limeade. Enjoy!
Quiet, peaceful, strong.
My thoughts often drift to their grand embrace.
Hard surface rising into the clear azure sky, a wash of soft hues.
Their majesty blanketed by clouds,
Stoney grace cloaked in serene mist.
Where glaciers once carved their steep upward face,
Life springs forth from the heavy, cutting rain.
Breathtaking vistas await the one who is willing to scale the hard path.
How often is that the story of one's life?
Feet bruised from the difficult trails.
When I look upon the mountains, my mind wanders to my dear friends.
Some struggling in their personal climbs.
Many pathways chosen, but some placed at their feet by the ones they love.
How different their approaches to life's trials.
I hope you take a moment to slow down, breathe,
And find joy in the place where the mountain meets the sky.