I stopped teaching lampworking after August this year as I needed time for myself. That was wise as I certainly needed the time for myself. My teaching schedule for 2009 is however confirmed and shall be conducting classes at the following venues:
Bead & Button 2009 Show (June), Milwaukee, USA
West Dean College (July), West Dean, UK
The Glass Furnace (August), Istanbul, Turkey
I shall also teach individually beginning September 2009 - either at my home or the student's.
For 2009, I shall definitely devote part of my time to my hobbies and cutting down my studio time for the weekends where I could go cycling with my husband in the countryside, reading novels, watching movies, making bags, more tap-dancing and also doing nothing - simply nothing! I have decided to take up individual lessons on top of my 'regular' class with Nicola (she's my tap dancing instructor) late January - you know, there comes a time in your life, when you learn something new, you want to learn it to the utmost and not do a half-baked job. I think that being a lampworker full-time, learning to tap seriously is exactly what I need to 'go into another mode'. This means I have to practise my tap daily, plan my tap rhythms as I also do tap improvisations and not just choreograph tap - ahhh, maybe I can shed some unwanted pounds this way!
Oh yes, some new beads from me - and my very best wishes for everyone in 2009!!!
'A Brush Of Honey'