JC making a demo bead
Intensive classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center mean 5 full days, 9-5, of learning and making beads with an awesome lampworker. Most people also stay later, up until 10pm if they wish. I, however, can never do that. By 5pm I am pretty much done! I never (get to) make beads for an 8 hour day, and that's just too much for me!
JC's class was called Color, Form and Line. If you don't know JC's beads, here's some examples:
The class was about enamels, how to use them, how to form a great bead, and how to do that awesome stringer work! We learned how to make some of her signature beads, including a poppy bead, a waterlillies bead, a tree bead. How to use the enamel sifter the correct way, how to make those lines.
Our very first exercise was - make a bead that's in your head using enamels, lines etc. Then at the end of the week, the last exercise was to make that bead again, using the skills that we've learned throughout the week. Here are my first "head beads"!
Here are some examples of JC's beads and mine - wonder if you can tell the difference???
JC's Tree Bead and Starry Night Bead
My tree bead - not too bad!
My Starry Night Bead - more starry than night...
My fade beads - fading the enamel from light to dark/dark to light. Trying to get the form.
My waterlillies bead - not great, but pretty good. I'd use it for a fan pull!
All in all, I very much enjoyed this class. I almost never do stringer work, because I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, and if I can't finish my line without getting that "dot" at the end, I don't like it! But I think with the skills I learned from JC, I will try again. I very much enjoyed using the enamel sifter and some of the tips and tricks she gave us regarding making enamel stringer and how to get that fade or ombre look. I also very much appreciate the time it takes to get that perfectly formed bead - I learned a lot about taking my time and how to finish the ends of beads! I hope when I get time in the near future to put these skills to use!
Here's a bead I purchased for my daughter: