Thursday, 3 November 2011

Barbara Becker Simon workshop at Craftworx Beverely

Wow finally I got to meet one of the biggest names in the Metal clay world Barbara Becker Simon author of Metal Clay Beads and truly an inspiration to me.

The class was held by Tracey Spurgin at Craftworx.

Keith and I arrived at Tracey's a day early so we could see some of Beverley as I had been their before but had never had the chance to sight see.

Beverley is a small very beautiful little town.


Whilst their Lynne Glazzard suggested going to the Treasury House as Jacqueline Stieger was displaying her work.
All of her jewellery was stored in draws so every time you opened one another little surprise popped out, her work is just stunning, the carvings are so intricate and she moves so freely between small components for jewellery to very large doors and garden sculptures.

Keith and I continued walking through beverley were we found a little arcade of antique shops full of so much stuff.
I found the silver cabinet, stuffed to the brim with spoons, forks, knives and tongs and couldn't resist. I purchased a very sweet silver, what can only be described as a mini fish knife, it is very pretty and I also purchased a gorgeous pair of tongs.

The fish knife will be a ring the tongs will be a bracelet, when I get time of course!!!!!

The next day was Barbara Becker Simon's class.

The class was great. Barbara live up to my expectations, we were shown step by step how to construct accurate hollow forms, as I myself had done this before, I found her technique very interesting, at first I thought why,what,when!!!! my brain was in over drive.

I did as I was told ( Yes I really did ) and thought this was a very clever way to build.

Since coming home I have tired to construct my way which was ok but not as accurate, I have also done it Barbara's way, it is so accurate every single time so thats how I will be making hollows from now on.

Thanks Barbara for sharing a fantastic technique.

Barbara's demo

This was my brain going at ninety miles an hour and Barbara saying
"no I don't think so" she was right :)

The two red heads

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