Last March I took a class with Kristen Franzten Orr at Graceful Customs. I liked this class so much that I decided to take another longer one in September, 2014 at Snow Farm- the New England Craft Program.
Snow Farm is located in Williamsburg, Massachusetts in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. According to their website, “Snow Farm is a special place where students come for solace and rejuvenation through learning a craft from master craftspeople.”
My sister, Angelika, joined me.
We had a great class. We practiced holding both ends of the mandrel for better control. We made multi-layered striped cane for flowers, stems, and leaves. We made both round cane and flat cane. We also learned to make some interesting base beads. The week-long class provided plenty of time for practice. Here is Kristen demonstrating:
Here are the class members:
We had an afternoon free and visited a local garden, Three Sisters Sanctuary, in Goshen, Massachusetts.
We also visited Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
Here is the lampwork studio where we spent our time. Snow Farm was a wonderful place to be immersed in beadmaking.
Here are the beads I made: