August 27, 2013 , In: General

As hard as it is to believe, the end of 2013 is right around the corner… and it turns out I’m already behind the curve in planning for 2014. How is that possible?? I’ve been working on updating my teaching outlines for next year, trying to figure out what workshops I want to offer and what techniques I need to concentrate on fine tuning in the next few months.

In the course of making those lists, I realized that I really have been a little too indulgent of my “magpie” tendencies this year. One of the good things about working in an art studio is that you are constantly exposed to new ideas and techniques… and one of the bad things about working in an art studio is that you are constantly exposed to new ideas and techniques! In talking over my plans for the coming year with a good friend, it became clear that I need to spend some time focusing on the “girl that brought me” – the thing that attracted me to jewelry-making in the first place: metal.

So I’ve spent some time drooling over researching metalwork over the last couple of weeks, soaking up inspiration in preparation for my upcoming Metal Retreat in Trout Lake, Washington (there’s one spot left!!), and remembering why I fell in love with metal in the first place.

In addition to the Metal Retreat, I’m taking a class with Richard Salley in October (sooooooo excited!!) and I’m seriously looking at ways to get back to basics. What about you? How are you planning for 2014?
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Congratulations to our guest designers for the September Component of the Month! Each designer will receive one of Lesley Watts’ gorgeous “seed pods” to play with. And the winners are…

Claire Lockwood
Cate of Fulgorine
Erin Prais-Hintz
Check back at the end of September to see what they do with Lesley’s wonderful components!
Until next time –

Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson got bit by the jewelry-making bug in 2008, when she and a few girlfriends took a simple stringing class at a local bead shop. Now, she is co-owner of The Makery, a working and teaching studio and gallery in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio where Francesca creates and teaches metals, wire and enameling full time, and indulges an emerging interest in mixed media. She and her husband Nick have been married since 1989 and have one grown daughter.
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    Lovely eye candy. I'm trying not to look too hard, because metal is on my list of new techniques that I don't have time for YET.

    Soooo excited about the seed pod!


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    Gosh you are organised Francesca – I just seem to pedaling faster and faster to keep up with 2013 and I can't believe we're 2/3rd of the way through. I should probably do something about my magpie tendencies too…

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    Wow you are organized!!! I can not wait to see what comes out from your retreat!

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