It's been a while and life's been busy but now... I'm back in gear. In miniature gear. I've had the most wonderful summer I could wish for, cos I've been to the Guild School in Castine, for the second time.
As you can see it's the most inspiring place with mouth dropping pieces to admire and aspire (klick on each pic to enlarge to see way more detail).
I've tried to avoid the mistake I'd made the first time. And that was getting caught up in all the activities and attention consuming classes; I completely forgot to take pictures then. This time I took my camera out the minute i got into class, only to find it buried under all kinds of paperwork and materials in the end... Ooh well, at least i've tried. Klick here to see some more. Especially the exhibition pieces were marvelous!
For instance these gorgeous little nest of Nantucket baskets made by Keiko Takahashi who was a fellow scholarship student of me last year. This year she received her Artisan submitting these. Isn't that a great job!
And the carved furniture that Ann High submitted to gain Fellow status really blew me away. The execution and detailing in each and every piece is amazing and really something to aspire. That's why I started on a new piece to carve, but i'll save that for later.
The classes i took were real fun. I've learned so much and had such fun with all fellow students. All the teacher were very patient with us. Bonni Back taught us how to weave narrow ribbon. I wish I knew how to do that when I was working on the skates I've made! And I took a class with Pete Aquisto, making a silver porringer. That was new to me and lot's of fun. Also new was turning acrylic with Rob Tuckham. Now that was a real surprise! The outcome turned out way better then I could ever imagine.
I've met the most wonderful people and Guild School proved (again) an amazing experience; all in all it was a week to remember.