It is 6:45, just past dinnertime and we have finished our first day in the artist studio at Ghost Ranch. We are now regrouping and getting ready to gather in the meeting room where there are comfy leather chairs, big wooden coffee tables and glasses of red wine. It is our time to talk –
Today was exhilarating and I find myself completely exhausted. We started the day by making a list of the different things that people wanted to accomplish during our time here. Most of the things on the list were new techniques for me and throughout the day I found myself looking over many shoulders as different things were being introduced.
Some women in the class are newbie’s and their nerves were palpable this morning. Imagine the delight when we would here them laugh and smile as they discovered something new and realized that they could actually do it. We are all newbie’s at something and the group is nurturing and welcoming.
Judith Foster leads us along with an attitude of “well, sure – I think that’s a great idea, let’s do it.” What a wonderful woman and what a wealth of knowledge and talent.
I completed the framework for a pendant today and tomorrow I learn the Pillow Technique for stone inlay. I also snuck in a little reticulation at the end of the day and this morning I didn’t even know what that word meant.
It was a good day here at the ranch of ghosts; now for a 30-minute lie-down before wine and conversation.
I started my journey into jewelry making in 2005 while I was working in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, an area inundated with amazing artisans. I started with glass, which led to silver, which led to inlay, which led to joy.