Workshops + Friends + Fun

by Cindy on May 22, 2012

What a FANTASTIC weekend – artBLISS had the honor of hosting Richard Salley  for the 3rd time.  We have been very fortunate.  This time the icing on the cake was that his wonderful assistant, Martina Stein, also taught a class!

It felt like a reunion – meeting old friends and new.  A few ladies even traveled from South Carolina and Utah to be there.  A real gathering of soul sisters.  Then came the workshops:  Bits and Pieces, Sawing 101, Southwestern Rings and Balance Beam bangle.  I know we all learned a great deal from the metal master, Richard Salley.

I’ve enjoyed seeing the many workshop photos on Facebook.  Here are a few of my favorites from the weekend!

Richard Salley demonstrating in the Bits and Pieces class.

Top L to R:  Martha Irish, Dia Daniels

Bottom L to R:  Judy Cain, Brianna Wyatt

Student work:  finished Bits and Pieces pendants.  What an array!

I love how my pendant turned out, with all of the layers.  I combined pieces of etched, stamped, and crimped metal.  Oh, and I learned to set a little cab too!

 Friday evening was a nice refresher course with Martina Stein:  Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Saw?

 Martina is an excellent teacher, very patient, and with many life experiences to share.

 Top to bottom:  Tracy Statler, Michelle Timms, and Sally Russick.

A random tool line-up:  what a beautiful site!

 Here Richard is adding flux to a ring band in the Southwestern Rings class.

Making rings, Top to Bottom:   Carol Meyers, Melissa Meman, and

Laura Twiford

Martina helping Bette Brody with her ring.  Everyone received one-on-one assistance when it was needed.

Time to gather for lunch and share stories!  From Left to Right:  Michelle Timms, Melissa Meman, Sally Russick, Laura Twiford,

Bette Brody, Carol Meyers, and Dia Daniels

Hip, Hip, Hooray!  The rings are finished!

 Graduates of the Southwestern Rings class with Richard Salley and Martina Stein

Richard, Martina, Jeannette and I sporting our Southwestern Rings over dinner…..  all created by Richard, except for Jeanette’s!  She finished her own just hours before (top right corner).

Thank you Richard and Martina for a memorable weekend!

And now we’re all looking forward to the next artBLISS event!

– Cindy

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Patti Vanderbloemen May 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

I am so bummed I could not fit ArtBliss into my schedule this month! It looks like everyone learned so much – and – had fun to boot! The results are beautiful! I will be there in September!! Thanks for sharing!

cat kerr May 22, 2012 at 7:27 am

Omygosh what a wonderful event!!! Looks like everyone had an amazing time and what beautiful pieces everyone created!!xoxo

christine B May 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

I am trying my best to get back up there for September. I miss you all so much and I miss the joy of being in a class with so many like-minded, creative souls! Maybe Sept ArtBLISS will be my reward for surviving the summer with my kids…. ;D

Thanks again Cindy and Jeanette for the terrific job you do!

Michelle T May 22, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hi Cindy,
Thanks for posting all these great pictures (it’s definitely not just the camera)! I had so much fun – such great people at the workshops. Wish I had taken more of them of course. Hope you have Richard and Martina back again. They were fantastic!! Thanks to you and Jeanette again for all your hard work!

Jenny May 22, 2012 at 7:57 am

Cindy! Thanks for sharing the pix! I so wanted to be there this past weekend, Richard is one of my all time favorite teachers. Your pendant is well designed and lovely! Thanks to you and Jeanette for creating ArtBliss, I look forward to Sept…

Jeanette May 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

Awesome post, Cindy. You really captured the amazing weekend. So much fun!!! And we get to do it all over again in September! Lucky us!

Kimberly Roberts May 22, 2012 at 8:52 am

WOW!!! looks like you had a fantastic weekend!!! such beautiful pieces were made. I cant wait to see what you create as a result of this class!

Sally Russick May 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

Wonderful post Cindy! I had such a fantastic time! Everyone did a beautiful job! It was so much FUN!!! See you in September!!

Susan Marling(quiltingjewel39) May 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thank you for showing pics of what must have been an awesome weekend. The finished pieces were awesome and the rings – to die for. Can’t wait until September.

sandra May 22, 2012 at 10:09 am

beautiful work! i hope to make it to some workshops soon.

Sharon Misuraco May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for the photographic review of all the fun and achievements! Your Bits and Pieces pendant is just spectacular! I hope you make many more of those!!

Tracy May 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Looks like the entire weekend was s big success Cindy. Your bits and pieces pendant turned out really well. Awesome group shot of all the rings! I accomplished my goal. I am no longer afraid of the “Big Bad Saw” – but I do need to find some “Zen” moments so I can get more practice!

Laura Twiford May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

It was like a reunion, the BEST! I had so much fun, it just never lasts long enough! I love your pendant and all your pics are great! I am still in awe of my completed ring. I really hope Richard and Martina consider coming back again, they are fantastic! Thanks again to you and Jeanette for another fabulous Artbliss!

Alice May 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

What fun classes! And those rings are all gorgeous! I love how different the bits and pieces pendants are–another fun class!

Shelby May 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Looks like you all had a fabulous weekend! I’ve really enjoy seeing all the pictures from the classes! Maybe someday I’ll can get back over there for a workshop.

Cindy Cima Edwards May 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

Looks like a fantastic weekend! Love those pendants and the rings look wonderful!

Brandi May 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

It looks like you all had a FABULOUS time!! Those rings are amazing, and Cindy, your pendant is exquisite!

Lori Anderson May 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

Everyone’s pieces are so amazing! I would have been such a dolt if I’d been there — I just don’t have this kind of talent. But I love to buy from those who do!!!!

Kalaya Steede May 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

Cindy, that pendant is beautiful! The textures are fabulous and I like the way it all comes together. I especially like the material that was added. That bit of detail works nice with the whole piece. It caught my eye right away and your pictures are great. You did such a remarkable job! ???

Stacie May 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

What a fabo weekend! Love all the jewelry goodness that was being cooked up by the Blissers…

Christine Damm May 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

Love your object so much– a lively bit of assymmetry there and all of it so tasty! Can’t wait to see what you do with it ultimately. Wow, this post really has my excitement up for ArtBliss! Hanging out with so many creative and interesting people, all of us focussed on creativity– pure bliss! Thanks for the great post, it’s the next best thing to being there with all your teriffic shots.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement May 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I am totally and COMPLETELY jealous of everything you ladies got to do this year! I’m just DROOLING over those pendants you made. Don’t EVEN get me started on those stunning rings! O.O

This is what my goal in jewelry making looks like-Hopefully I’ll be able to attain that goal soon enough!

What a fabulous post for those of us who have to live vicariously ^.^

Glaudius June 19, 2012 at 3:19 am

I like the pendants!! They have a very natural and “contemporary Art” feel that I would like my work to have. Looks like a very useful class to attend. Nice post!

shabbyness June 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I would love to do this!!!!!! It seems a lot of fun!

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