This September 26-29 I had the pleasure of attending a bead retreat at A Touch of Glass in Asheville, North Carolina called Hot Time in the Mountains. I cannot say enough good things about this event. It was a great time and I learned some new beadmaking techniques. There was a fun meet-n-greet on Thursday night. On Friday and Saturday we watched demos and then made beads. On Sunday there was an auction for Beads of Courage, raffle and bead trading. The bead trading was a lot of fun.
There were four teachers who did demos and then we had many hours to practice the new techniques.
Jeri Warhaftig demoed beads using copper foil and dichroic glass and beads using enamel and copper leaf:
Here are the beads she demoed:
Marcy Lamberson demoed making a lampwork leafy branch bail and the acorn beads to hang from it:
Margo Knight demoed an eye bead:
Ali VandeGrift demoed her very large beads with intricate stringer work. She is 25 years old and has been torching for 10 years.
I enjoyed my stay in Asheville very much. I stayed at an Airbnb for a week in West Asheville. It was within walking distance of A Touch of Glass, a great coffee house- Battle Cat, and a great restaurant- Admiral. West Asheville reminded me of the Whittaker district of Eugene and the Live Oak district of Santa Cruz County.
I enjoyed hiking, sightseeing, and shopping for pottery and other fine crafts in the area. Downtown Asheville, the River Arts District, Black Mountain, and the area around Penland had wonderful galleries. I also visited some old friends, Cindy and Rob Greco, in Weaverville.
River Arts District
Toms Creek Falls
Blue Ridge Parkway
It was a wonderful bead retreat and trip. I plan to return.