Every year I spend time at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, first taking one of the many wonderful classes offered during Metals Week and then teaching a three-day workshop on some aspect of metal clay.
It truly is idyllic in this serene mountain enclave. This year I saw lots of wild things including a beautiful coyote, a deer, quail, a hummingbird, smallish birds that flashed brilliant blue feathers, squirrels, chipmunks and, my totem, lots of bunnies. I always feel so blessed when I’m graced with a special animal sighting. I think the best part of the experience, however, is being part of the creative community that gathers to learn, to share, to make things with our hands.
I’ve just returned from teaching a course in silver metal clay called Captured Treasures. It was a fabulous experience. There were five students, all of whom produced amazing work inspired by their own personal treasures. I wish I’d had the opportunity to take pictures of their pieces to share here.
I’m going back in 2014, both to take a class at Metals Week and to teach another class in metal clay. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but I’m excited already!!!