Last week I participated in a wonderful glass bead making class with JC Herrell, an acclaimed bead artist.
JC specializes in precision in shapes of beads and in stringers. She is also known for her colorful enamel beads.
JC made the commemorative bead for this year’s International Society of Glass Beadmaker’s Gathering.
I took JC’s class with three members of my beadmaking group, the Silicon Valley Fireflies: Heather Richman, Michelle Staedler, and Jackie Marr.
The class was taught over a 3 day period at the Mendocino Art Center in beautiful Mendocino.
The class was technique – laden, beginning with learning to make a disc and apply enamel to it. We learned to apply enamel using a sifter, practiced stringer control, blew and used enamel shards, and made tie dye style beads with enamel stringers. Here are a few of the beads I made:
On the first day of class JC invited us to a yummy pasta dinner and to see her studio. She lives in a redwood forest north of Fort Bragg.
Heather, Jackie, Michelle, and I also had fun visiting Mendocino and Fort Bragg. We ate at some wonderful restaurants: the McCallum House, the Albion River Inn, and Egghead’s. I enjoyed being able to walk everywhere in the village, hiking Mendocino Headlands, and visiting galleries.