The Curborough Conservatory was buzzing with anticipation on Saturday morning, ready for the excited participants to begin their Celtic Cane workshop. If you have ever had the fortune of attending a Sarah Shriver workshop then you will know what a wonderful tutor she is. Right from the start she put us all at our ease with her gentle humour and supreme knowledge of the subject.
By the end of the morning we had all basically completed an initial Celtic Cane and then came the fun part in the afternoon when we all got to experiment and create new shapes and canes using Sarah’s methods. Smiles all round, and lots of “oohs” and “aahs” and “wow’s” as we started to see what everyone else was creating. It is always the sign of a great tutor when you feel confident enough in what you are doing to freely experiment; and that is what we did. In fact we were so busy experimenting making new cane patterns we forgot to make any beads (well most of us did anyway) so if anyone has any photos of what they made once they got home, please either send them to us at the Guild website, or add them to our facebook page.
All in all it was a fantastic day, and what was even better was that most of us were back the following day.
Day Two – Kaleidoscope Canes.
Sarah was again superb, right from the start she engaged us with her thoughts and suggestions about colour and its use and showed us how to take a Skinner Blend further than most of us had envisioned, all wonderfully interspersed with tips, anecdotes and humour.
There may have been a few worried looks late morning from people not sure how theirs would turn out, but by the magic of Sarah Shriver, once we started Kaleidoscoping the canes they all looked fabulous – no exceptions. Once again the rest of the day was experimenting with our canes, learning how to add and cut out extra bits to make different patterns, and how adding additional colours could change the whole look and feel of a piece.
By the time the course was due to finish, people were very reluctantly beginning to pack up, and by 5pm the Conservatory was again mainly quiet and empty, but the memories of two fantastic days of workshops will linger a long time.
Thank you Sarah, you are a wonderful tutor, we had a fantastic time with you and please come back soon.
By Fiona Abel-Smith ( fuller review to follow in the newsletter.)