Monday, December 29, 2008


When I was in my teens, I would roll my eyes whenever I hear folks claiming how fast time has flown by. As a teenager, I simply could not understand why time for me went by so slow and was keen to hit legal age - ie 21 - ASAP. Not because I want to drink alcohol - I am one of those Asians who fortunately or unfortunately do not have the right enzymes to break down alcohol - I get drunk with just a sip of alcohol. Those impatient teenage years were thirty years ago and now my kids roll their eyes whenever I say how fast time has gone by!! I guess history repeats itself, no matter which part of the world we live in.

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!!!

'Purple Rain'

'Purple Passion'


'A Brush Of Honey'


The Little Bead Shop Studio Blog said...

Oh So thrilled to hear you will be in the UK again! And I LOVE West Dean College! I'll keep an eye out for dates - would love to come!:)

Dora Schubert said...

Look forward to seeing you then, Emma!! I am excited and feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to teach at West Dean College!

ChatElaine said...

I sure the time for yourself is totally necessary. I think we all need that and if taking time off is the only way, I'm sure deserve it. Lovely beads as always! Happy 2009. Elaine x