High Desert Flameworks in Albuquerque, and my mind is blown.
|High Desert Flameworks. Near Old Town in Albuquerque.|
|Some of Rashan Jones' exquisite glass.|
|Rashan explaining the intricacies of working with borosilicate tubing.|
|Justin and Ashleigh were also great instructors!|
And Rashan thought of everything. He invited some of his boro specialist colleagues (Justin Case and Ashleigh Davies) to give demos. He ensured each of us got what we needed from the class. He arranged for catered lunches by Conchita's Creations (OMG, YUMMsville). He offered to connect us with suppliers, and he shared his family, home and food with us. And he knew exactly when encouragement and praise were needed, and when to stand back and let us try to swim.
What did we make? Well, I had no preconceived notions of desired end products and was happy to execute each homework assignment for the lessons they contained. I now have a couple of shot glasses only a maker could love, several wine glasses with implosions for stems, a vortex marble, several pipes (which will happily go into a drawer somewhere until I find someone who might have a need for them more than me), and a couple of pendants. Oh yes, and a very full heart and stimulated brain. And interestingly, even though many soft glass bead ladies make beads from boro, not a single bead was made this entire week. Imagine. And I was perfectly fine with that.
I don't yet know where this new knowledge will take me, but I rarely do when I delve into a parallel universe for inspiration, so hang on. I'll figure it out eventually. Meanwhile, if you're a soft glass beadmaker and at all borocurious, I highly recommend you speak with Mr. Jones. He's been expecting you.