My friend, Linda Schauble, had been wanting to share her home town, Kansas City, with me. Stephanie Sersich was teaching a beadmaking and jewelry making class there so we decided to go. A friend of Linda’s, Mollie Maresch, was renting the house that Linda had inherited from her mother in Leawood, Kansas and we were invited to stay with her and her family. They were all lovely and welcoming. It was cold at first and even snowed, but was mostly in the 60s. We got there several days before the class and got some KC barbeque right away.
We did a lot of sightseeing. My favorite place was the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
We also attended Marble Crazy, a contemporary art glass marble show at Moon Marble Co. in Bonner Springs, KS. The show included artists from around the country, glass working demos, and a marble machine. It was great hanging out with other glass artists, shopping, and watching the demos. This is what I bought. The large marble is by Geoffry Beetem:
We also enjoyed the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
and the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio
and the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial
One day we visited Parkville, Missouri, a historic town on the Missouri River about 5 miles north of Kansas City. There were unique shops and restaurants including antique stores and art galleries. There was a park on the river and Park University.
I was looking forward to Stephanie’s class, but it was cancelled at the last minute. There had been many snow storms on the eastern seaboard and Stephanie’s flight was cancelled. The class sponsored by Sara Sally LaGrand through Public GlassWorks Kansas City. Sara offered to teach me an individual class in making a lampworked corsage. Was I interested? Of course!
Here are some examples of Sara’s corsages:
The class was awesome! The first day and morning of the second day was the lampworking portion. I learned to make glass pods, leaves, seeds, etc. at the end of wire. This was followed by wire working and assemblage. Sara also taught me some interesting reactions using silver glass.
Here is the corsage I made.
I stopped at Heartland Bead Market in Overland Park, Kansas on my way home and they helped me fashion it into a necklace.
If you have the opportunity to take Sara’s class – do it! I highly recommend it.
On our last night in Kansas City we had barbeque.