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.
And this journey starts at a cold bus stop that you can barely get into, but the bus came and I'm on my way to the city. My flight to Albuquerque is at 7:55.
I'm finding myself very anxious today. Life shifts and changes and we keep ourselves busy enough that we don't notice. Then our body says - "hey up there, we have a lot happening in case you haven't noticed."
I have noticed and I do know, but maybe I can just take a nap on this long bus ride and worry about it all later.
On Sunday (weather permitting) I will be flying back out to New Mexico to spend some time at Ghost Ranch. For those of you who don't know - that is where I was introduced to lapidary under the instruction of Dale Smith.
This time I will be working with Judith Foster and it is a two week intensive for women only and I hear there are 12 of us! We work in the studio all day and then chat, brainstorm and sip wine all evening.
Judith asked that we get an idea of what we want to work on and I am focusing on Gemstone setting. A little bling to go along with the stone. I am also taking all my old gold jewelry and am hoping to melt it down and try my hand at that.
It is such a treat to be able to spend two weeks - completely undistracted - surrounded by women of like mind. It's in the middle of the desert with no cell phone coverage and limited internet access but I hope to keep you posted with what I'm learning, what I'm thinking and were I'm heading on this next leg of whatever this journey is.
Looking to be inspired.
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.