Every now and then I book into a workshop offered by the lovely Sue Austen from Beadglass, a lampwork beadmakers heaven of goodies.
Last weekend I drove down to Patonga for a two day workshop. Beadglass negotiated with the very talented Holly Cooper to visit Australia and do a series of workshops here.
And I was lucky enough to attend.
Hailing from Texas, she is a real glassworkers treat.
Holly has been making beads for 10 years and is mainly self taught having only done a four hour starter course. Trial and error, combined with an infinite amount of patience has melded into a winning combination. She is also a top illustrator to boot. The beads that I particularly admired took Holly between 6 - 7 hours to create each bead. I have never seen a bead created before with such precision.
The two workshop days were really challenging. It is nice to be kicked (in the nicest possible way) out of your comfort zone.
I do enjoy a challenge, and if I can put in the time to master it should make for spectacular beads.
And here I am with Holly…