This past weekend, I was away having tons of fun at the annual glass retreat for our Northwest ISGB chapter. This year, we were extremely fortunate to have the famous Pilchuck Glass School host us, which was a first for any outside group to be invited to do. Pilchuck is where one of my favorite glass artists, Dale Chihuly, once taught and studied, so it made it extra special for me to get to visit this wonderful facility!
Over a jam-packed three days, we got to explore the fabulous wooded campus, watch demonstrations from some amazingly talented people, practice what we learned at the torch, eat delicious meals, and visit with other "kindred spirits."
An abundance of demonstrations by talented artists like Cynthia Toops, Kimberly Affleck, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons and others throughout each day have all sorts of new ideas buzzing around in my head…
One of the neatest discoveries while I was out exploring with some other attendees was this quirky little concrete structure called "The Trojan Horse," which was so named because it was built as a "temporary" class project many years ago, but was never really intended by the teacher to be dismantled afterwards. LOL It was covered with an eclectic mix of unusual glass castings in the oddest places!
I almost didn't go to the Retreat this year because I was feeling stressed out about getting ready for my upcoming Portland bead show, but I'm really glad I did…it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, learn wonderful new techniques, and make some great new friends along the way. I hope we get to do this again someday at this magical place! *Ü*