Last Sunday saw both rooms of the Conservatory at Curborough, Lichfield, come alive under the hum of polymer activity as Translucent Beads and Dolls’ House Tiles began to evolve.
Angie Smith showed the jewellers how to take plain translucent clay and transform it with additional elements to create jewel like Mokume Gane stacks that became wonderful beads, cuffs and pendants. The colours shone in the bright sunshine, and many pieces went home fully sanded and complete. I think the pictures illustrate what a great session it was. There was much laughter, enthusiasm and pure enjoyment from Angie's session, that filtered into the room where the rest of us were creating the Dolls’ House Tiles.
As a non miniaturist I was a little nervous about teaching this one, but I was made to feel so welcome by the girls, that I will definitely be back for more. This was the most complicated cane work, workshop, I had ever attempted to teach, so I was thrilled by the achievements of everyone. We may have been a little quieter in our room – the concentration levels were sometimes palpable – but the results were amazing. I think you can see from the photos what wonderful tiles everyone made, and Rebecca, who as a jeweller came to the session because it was canework, made her tiles into a Kaleidoscope pattern, to cover a compact case.
We have 2 wonderful tutors booked for both the jewellers and miniaturist for the next session – 7th September 2104 - so start booking your places now. Karen Walker will be making some fabulous Steam Punk Jewellery and Pat Goodall-McIntosh will be making the most amazing miniature Luxury Chocolates. For more details look here.
Review by Fiona Abel-Smith
BPCG Liaison Officer.