Kristen Franzten Orr class at Snow Farm

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.”

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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:

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Here are the class members:


We had an afternoon free and visited a local garden, Three Sisters Sanctuary, in Goshen, Massachusetts.

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We also visited Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

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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:



About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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1 Response to Kristen Franzten Orr class at Snow Farm

  1. Thanks for the wonderful description of Snow Farm, Inge. Hope you come back – in 2015, we are hosting Sally laGrand, Libby Leuchtman, Jennifer Geldard, Stephanie Sersich and more!

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