January 14th, 2008


prices – Eu225 per day, all materials included and all the beads you can make! ;-)…..


22nd/23rd March – Dora Schubert, two day course with complex twisties, latichino’s and signature cane and the making of a rattle bead

24th/25th March – Dora Schubert, two day course concentrating on stringer and dots and colour reactions – for those with non-shaky hands! ๐Ÿ˜‰

26-30th March – Pati Walton, 2 x 2 day courses based around aquarium and flower beads and intermediate and advanced techniques for encasing etc.

31st March – Sarah Hornik, Freestyle Focals and futher funky fun! See Sarah create her pieces, and learn the techniques to apply to your own work!

1st April –ย  Sarah Hornik Silver Secrets, or how to be a precious metals wizzzard and impress your mates!Stunning tips and tricks to pop your eyes out!

2nd-4th April – Pati Walton “Masterclass”, 3 days of Pati’s magic – including garden and aqaurium beads, signature can and simple/complex murrini and damn good fun!!

5th/6th April – Sarah Hornik, Colour magic and combination’s, along with more freestyle “glass jam” sessions whereย  the studio will come to life and everyone is encouraged to meet and work with Sarah and see some of her new work and develop their own pieces!.. The ultimate studio session with like minded artists pushing each other to do the very nicest work!.. And naturally, lots of fun, laughter and great food and company before we head on home to all points of the compass!..

The final closing party promises to be epic, and I suspect friends made here will be friends for ever…

Naturally the above does not include the “Cast Beads” classes that Di East will be running in a smaller part of the studio, or the late night glass jamin’ sessions where i expect to see the local artist come along to show us how it is really done!.. there are plenty of rumours doing the rounds as to who will be in Murano, but I KNOW the Big Kahuna (Mike Frantz) is going to be there – and his friends and guests are sure to pop in!.. there will be so many opportunities to hook up with folks from allover, the social side of this whole thing may be the most important of all!!

I will be taking along and setting up webcams to give us a shot at streaming clips of courses and parties, and will be updating the blogs and the websites as the fun goes down.. we need to start spreading the word on this thing now, so anyone who thinks they may know someone else who would be interested please point them on over here and lets “get this party started”!!!

whoo hoo!!!! roll on spring!! enough of this grim wet cold miserable weather – come on down to Venice in the spring and have some fun!

January 8th, 2008


time to get organised!.. the classes/dates schedule is coming along nicely and i will be posting it up shortly.. i will also open a holding account to start posting deposits so we can confirm class places and get a handle on the numbers for each class..

the studio has now been taken over officially and preparation work is underway to paint and clean the place, get the studio workspace and piping etc installed and all the myriad other things we have to do to prepare for the event… griet and i will shoot down soon for a visit to take more pics, check the arrangements and confirm the accommodation links.. we are thinking of setting up a seperate thread on here to allow people who book larger apartments than they need to share rooms if they would like to, and for those seeking shared space or apartments to request info.. i know mike frantz is in town for some part of this course so we’ll hook up with him and his gang and just a great time!!

i have been asked by di east if she could organise “cast beads” courses and we are going to find some space for that – she has promised me some pics of the work she is doing right now – but it sounds fun, it sounds different and it sounds like it will be a blast to do!.. i’m all for having some “freestyle” session in the studio space in the evenings after the days courses are done – and in fact i am hoping a number of italian and other artists will drop in and use the space (almost a literal form of “hot desking”)!!!

one other little tit bit of information is that i hear corina may be in venice too – if it happens we would be absolutely delighted as she is the reason we have fallen so hard and so far for glass in the first place ๐Ÿ˜‰

right, i’m off to do the class list – and i’ll post em up as soon as i am done!

December 17th, 2007

i have had some info back from Dora, Pati and Sarah as to what they would like to teach – so i am listing the info here and please let me have some feedback!.. i know, for example, that Sarah has a cunning new scheme for “gravity and glitter” – or something like that anyway! this will make its world dรฉbut in murano – so be there or be square!!!

the info from Dora is as follows

1. Stringer & Dot Application

2. Complex Twisties (includes latticino and wigwags) & Simple Murrinis (including initials)

3. Rattle bead – ie bead on a bead (this involves a 2-day procedure, ie the participants must partake a 2-day workshop) & flower beads – this can be incorporated together with stringer & dot application workshop or complex twisties workshop

4. Working with Metals (silver leaf/foil + copper leaf)

the links to Sarah’s course is here….

and Pati has already confirmed she would like to run two 2-day sessions back to back.. this will be ideal for those of you who would like to hook up two or three classes as the break in between will give y’all some time to see the city and do the factory tours we will be setting up!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We are also already having some queries about accommodation and there a some visitors who would like to share an apartment on Murano, to keep costs down and just to have fun hinging out with like minded artists! We will try to hook people up wherever possible!

December 16th, 2007

what about

22,23,24,25 – Dora

26,27,28,29 – Pati (2 separate 2 day courses)

30,31,1 – Sarah

2,3,4 – Pati

5,6 – Sarah

๐Ÿ˜‰ ….

December 14th, 2007

hey guys and gals….

26th of march to 6th april….. start booking flights and stuff, i’m going to take a van down the week before to setup, so anyone feeling like helping out and setting the scene is welcome to volunteer now!!.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ the schedluing looks like it is coming together.. maybe kick off with dora for a four days sessions, followed by pati, sarah and then pati again.. depending on wether we can get it together i am hoping to see if dora can get back for a final few days, with pati and sarah closing us out!..

another wild idea is to have an open “freestylie” sesssion on the last weekend – everyone just hanging out, making beads, eating chocolate and drinking vino.. we can do shooters and big fire tricks into the night and just generally have a good time?…. this is going to be a blast!!!

December 11th, 2007

All righty then – things are progressing nicely…

I have had confirmation that the studio space is being stripped and painted – and the work stations are coming along… we will have at least 10 stations setup and I have had direct contact from Nortel about installing their torches for these classes… I am thinking of using the brand new Nortel Mega Minor, as this will give us enough heat to do bigger and more complex pieces as well as turning it down to do finer, more intricate work.. What does everyone think?.. the other alternative would be to run “normal” minors on one side (5 spaces) and the Mid-Range + torches on the other 5 spots?.. It is so cool to be able to set this up like this – where we can all have some input on how we work!!..

And now – some more pics, this time of the view from the windows of the studio, and the bridges nearby!.. some were taken on a Spring tide – the moon was worth howling at, we may have to keep wellies on standby!..

Before I get clobbered by Sarah though – I also plan to have Hotheads (or the brand new Fire Devils) set up for the Israeli “wonder class”!!!.. ๐Ÿ™‚ did anyone seriously think that I’d force her to use anything else?….

My thoughts on the classes are to have 3 or 4 day long sessions by each artist, and that will allow people to “dip” in and out of classes as they want – the idea being you can do some torchering and still get to see the wonderful city that is Venice…. This will also allow our artists some “time-outs” to chill and relax.. Sarah would also like to run a night owl group, starting late afternoon and running till dawn!.. she loves to work in the evenings and this may the most magical place to do this!!..

One way to make this work would be to have the artists travel up to Holland or Belgium to run courses in between?.. this could help to make sure we get the greatest exposure for everyone to each artist – and help those who cannot get down to Murano to share the event’s spirit!!

December 5th, 2007

Basically this whole thing came about as result of a brian (don’t ask) storming session while under the influence with Sarah Hornik during our last classes we ran at the studio here in Belgium… the basic premise was “why not have a cool party and bash thing in Murano – home of glass?”… which just goes to prove the ancient Chinese curse, “be really careful what you wish for!”…

While visiting the Vetrofond factory I mentioned the idea to my contact there and the instant positive response kick started the planning with Mr Moretti making studio space available and promising full factory support with regards organising and thing son Murano, as well as some other little treats I’ll keep to myself for now.. Needless to say the amount of information and the contacts a guy like Mr Moretti brings tot he table is HUGE – and i would like to publicly thank him and Laura for the help so far – and the assistance they are continuing to offer..

I have had some ideas rushing around my brian (again, don’t ask) – the results of which are that we now have dates, and we now have names!…

Get your calenders out and block out the last week in March and the first week in April – ‘coz ready or not, we’re coming to Murano!!! I am keeping an additional week in “reserve” so to speak – either before or after, as i have a suspicion we will need more time to run classes and not stress everyone out!!… In terms of those we are talking to about classes we have already had confirmation that Sarah would like to join us, as well as Dora Schubert from Germany, Pati Walton and John Olson from the States and possibly also Anakin (Brad) – if we can swing the timetable and studio space… Diana East has also confirmed she would love to come down and help us out by running the odd one day session, which would be just great!..

Right now I would like to do everything possible to keep the courses under the Eu250 per day rate, and try to leverage the multiple artists coming in to achieve some sorts of economies of scale!.. Mr Moretti has offered to help us hook up with the local Muranese who have self catering apartments to keep everyone on the island and at good prices.. the added benefit to this will be that beaders can hook up and “house share” or even better bring their families with to hang out with us.. this way everyone gets a break, we all get to mess with cool glass, and soak up the incomparable atmosphere of this most magical place!

Just Stunning - heart breakingly beautiful

Hello everyone, glad you found us!!!

December 3rd, 2007

Firstly, a word about the purpose of this blog… Here I (Q) hope to keep everyone updated about our upcoming classes in Murano, including feedback and ideas bounced around to make this the most unforgettable event ever!

Registering with the blog will allow me to update everyone, and make sure the latest info gets out there as fast as possible – and allow us as organisers to rapidly resolve any difficulties we may find.


what the hell is this all about actually?…. well, to be honest, as with most things – this one started with a “i wonder if…….” moment…..