What happens in Vegas...

posted Apr 6, 2016, 12:33 PM by Kate Studio Art   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 10:00 PM ]
When I lived in San Jose, CA, I hung out a wonderful group of friends who were all artists of different mediums.  What we all had in common was a love of art and learning.  We all shared our passions with each other, teaching precious metal clay, fused glass, knitting, metal working, and paired it with a good wine and a delicious potluck.
I moved to Bellingham about a year and a half ago, and although I have made some incredible artist friends, my homies will always stay in my heart. Last week, we decided to have a reunion at the Glass and Bead Expo in Las Vegas and take courses in different glass techniques, followed by dinners and a crazy night of slot machines.  I can't tell you how much fun it was to be with the girls again!  Our dinner conversations always started with a round robin of excitedly talking about what we learned at our courses and showing photos we took of our work.   I took a two day course from Gail Stouffer of Kiln Frog Studios in Texas on how to make our marks in glass.  I learned how to make a screen print and made different types on several pieces of glass.  I was so impressed by the results I am purchasing all the equipment to do the same.

On my third day, I took a course in glass inclusions in ceramics from Michael Harbridge of Fired Arts in Wisconson.  Wow. Mind Blown. Imagine my thrill when I met a man who also shared my obsession with glass and ceramics and who figured out a way to combine the two!

I am really excited to improve these new skills and pass on what I've learned to students at my Kate Studio workshops.  

Feeling incredibly blessed,