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I am very excited to announce a new beadmaking trip to Murano, Italy:
The most basic information first:
WHEN? November 4 - 14th 2011
WHERE? At the Abate Zanetti glass school on Murano
WHO TEACHES? Me (first 3 days) and Cristina Sfriso (last 5 days)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 1400 Euro (currently about $ 1830)
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE? 8 days of instruction: 5 hours/day, Lodging (double room in a hotel/appartment), 2 meals (welcome and goodbye) and 4 2-hour walking tours through Venice.
The minimum number of students for this class is 8, the maximum 12
So, now that you have the basic information, we can go a little into detail. Whenever possible, I have included links, so make sure to click on those if you want to know more.
The first link will take you to ABATE ZANETTI, an incredible school right in the heart of Italian Glass art. The website shows pictures from the outside and the inside, and might give you some more ideas of classes to take here.
I am very excited about getting to see Cristina Sfriso work, and learn some new sculpting techniques from her. Below are a few samples of her work.
The first image is probably my favorite - it's a wonderful combination of larger scale sculpture and smaller decorative elements. It might be just ME, but if I learn sculpture, I want to be able to incorporate it into beads...
The pictures shown on the website I linked to above are very much in the "Italian Tradition" of sculpting (like Lucio Bubacco et al), which is Cristina's specialy. But I so I asked her to send me some pictures of smaller work as well, that might not be quite as intimidating in the beginning. We can discuss during the class which direction you want to emphazise on...
What am I going to teach? Three days of my "Beyond the Beginnings" class - the info about that is in my "class description". I thought it would be a nice way to "warm up" our skills at the torch the play with the "big girls"...so to speak.
This class is open for lampworkers of ALL levels. Very often, beginners do very well in these classes, as long as they don't get intimidated by the idea that something is "difficult". If it has been year dream to not only VISIT Murano, but be one of the "artists in residence" for a little while, this is your opportunity!
So, if you decided you want to come along, what to do next? Email me, and I will forward your application to Matteo, my contact at Abate Zanetti. There is a $ 500 deposit, which is refundable until 2 month before the beginning of the trip. I don't know yet how exactly the deposit has to be paid, but I will let you know as soon as possible.
Also, if you guys are interested, there is the possibility of taking Italian Cooking Classes and classes to brush up on your Italian. Andiamo a Murano!! Can't wait to see you there!
Oh, I almost forgot, a friend forwarded me a newspaper article about the charm of Venice in November....(thanks Jean!)