Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Glass Forest at Bead & Button

To break up my bronze intensive at Bead and Button, I took a two day glass class with Kim Fields, know for her realistic depictions of flora and fauna. The class was titled Forest Flora, and over two days we made a collection of goodies you might find on the forest floor: acorns, pinecones, leaves of different types, maple seeds, berries, branches and mushrooms.

We mixed a lot of glass to get more interesting and appropriate colors and had a lot of fun. There were only three students so the teacher-to-student ration was especially good. Kim was just tons of fun.

At Meet the Teachers she did me the extreme honor of asking to trade beads with me. I traded the electroformed swallowtail, hung on a black rubber cord,

for a Vermilion Flycatcher, a bird my DH and I saw outside our bed & breakfast on our recent twentieth anniversary escape. Isn't he amazing (more so when you realize that red glass looks black when it's hot!!)?