Archive for March, 2008

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

hi everyone, time for a quick update i think!… griet and i have been working like crazy toΒ  get the first classes running smoothly and with the thousand and 2 things you need to arrange here on murano to hold classes!… πŸ˜‰

the support from vetrofond and everyone else has been brilliant, and our first factory tour yesterday was such a highlight that i am literally sifting through hundreds of pics to try and post some that give just a taste of the fund we had.. one of the collest things was watching a guy make a “ferrari” style rearing horse from a punty of clear in 55 seconds, start to finish – and just keep making them… he had a box full and was just cranking them out, while smoking a cigarette and smiling at the ladies taking his picture…

diana’s classes were just awesome, and she also spent a few days int he studio just ehlping people, making beads and generally being the great ambassoder she always is.. she is walking mile’s every day – but is looking great, eating like a horse and wearing more layers than shrek and his “onion” analogy!! πŸ˜‰

pati is teaching from today, and her and jon gave a quick demo a few days ago when they popped into the studio – i am just speechless about how much skill it takes to walk into a studio, sit down and make world class art just like that… they are both wanting to come to teach in belgium too – so we will be having boro AND soft glass classes next!…

we have seen mike and corina around this morning – so they are out and about.. i think diana has gone with them to visit some of the studio’s today so i’ll get some feedback on that later.. avril and co have been buying carlo donna out of his stocks and are planning another raid later – and we just have tons of things that seem to spontaneously “happne” when you have a great group of bead makers hanging out in the home of glass – you couldn’t plan for these things if you tried!!

sarah and indie are flying in as i type this, and loads more of you are due in the next week or so – so here’s to fun in the sun, and more glassy goings on!

time to haul ass, and head on down!!!

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

hi guys,

the van is packed, the spine has been cracked, everything not nailed down has been loaded and i am on my way!… i will be leaving tomorrow morning (Sunday) for the 12 hour drive down to vetrofond, and on Monday afternoon i will be loading a few pallets of kit onto my boat and heading out to the studio for set up!.. i am not looking forward to the miles of driving – but i am incredibly excited to finally be heading on down to setup onsite..

Laura from vetrofond has been getting the studio space sorted out for us – now we are taking all he kit down there and the loading list is impressive!.. i am taking 14 torches, 9 creation stations, all the chairs, desks and tools we need – plus 3 desks, 2 laptops, 2 kilns and a partridge in a pear tree…

practically speaking – i will be sleeping on the island from Monday night, and will be staying in the studio until it is all setup and then hopefully luigi has been able to find one last apartment for me!!.. my email will be up and running from Monday night again… and is obviously one way of getting hold of me.. we will still be manning the landline at our Belgian studio and my mobile number on murano…

please can everyone email me their arrival details, and contact info, and i will do my level best to meet all incoming guests at the airport.. if i have a mobile for each person i can text them to confirm if i am there or not – but on some days there may just be too much happening or arrival times may clash with course start times.. i will make a nice sign, and wave it like mad!,,

failing that, from Marco polo airport please simply take the alilaguna RED line and hop off at museo on murano, if coming in from treviso please take the DM line from the piazza roma and hop off at murano (any stop will do – it aint a big place!)…

i am online until about 9am Sunday, and after than on the mobile as i trek down the width of Europe for the lagoon!!!

i am VERY pumped – it is going to be a LOT of fun!!!!!

cheers, and “Sizobonana!” – remember, i am a south African!!!