Monday, September 27, 2010

GROWING UP...

This weekend in Wertheim brought back memories of the start of my lampworking. In 2003, I began lampworking and it was also the first time I participated in a lampworking event in Wertheim, Germany, though it was mixed with a couple of commercial vendors who had nothing to do with lampworking. If I remember correctly, they had called it Glass Congress or something like that. I continued to participate in 2004 and 2005, but I was disappointed mainly with the visitors who came to the show.

Looking back, I can't even begin to imagine how I had the guts to sell my beads back then as a beginner! Gosh, I am sure that I can still spot my "old" beads if someone dangled them in front of me. It was an interesting weekend to see how we have progressed within the past years - several of us began lampworking at the same time - and all of us have different styles and kinds of glass beads.

The Glassymposium has matured as an event as well and this weekend, it saw visitors from Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. It has been fabulous to meet new and "old" lampworkers and of course, have this opportunity to present my beads in my place of residence. Thank you all.