Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Jana Roberts Benzon workshop was a tremendous success!

And for me, this was a surprise.  Not that I don't think that Jana is a great teacher and artist, because I do.  I love the intricacy and detail of her work.  Between the problem with my eyes and the fact that most of the work that I do these days are mosaics, I just didn't know how much of what Jana would be teaching us would be applicable to what I do with polymer clay.

But I've got to say, the entire weekend was a blast!  Never a dull moment! I learned a lot that I can use to make my mosaic designs better plus just a lot of general knowledge that Jana shared with us as she taught.  I know some people want to go home from a workshop with a finished project but I get more from the teacher sharing little bits and pieces of knowledge picked up over the years of working with polymer. 

It's always great to see old friends and make new ones.  I'll be going to Houston next month for a workshop with Laurie Mika and was delighted to meet two of the members of that guild.  Plus a couple of ladies came from the Dallas guild, so Texas was well represented.  Others came from Florida and Alabama and, of course, Mississippi.  It was a great group of polymer clay artists and a very positive weekend for all concerned I believe.

Here are a few of the pieces I finished during the workshop.  The first two pictures are a design that Jana calls seahorses.  I got my first one a bit fat so it wouldn't curve as gracefully as Jana's so I tried a second one... I work fast (grin)!

This design has a self-bale which I thought was really cool!

The other actual project that we made was a collage pendant.  We used canes that we made and some that we brought with us to create an interesting design.  I've still got some work to do on this one but like it so far.

How about you?  What do you look for in a workshop?  Do you want to take home a finished project or would you rather learn techniques?  How much value do you put on all the little tips and tricks the teacher shares along the way?

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