I got yesterday the news that I’m attending Glass Stock West in Eugene, Oregon. I’m so excited about it, I was literally squealing when I got Deb’s email. And at the same time I’m terrified and nervous.
It’s the first time that I have to do a demonstration, and my mind started racing right away: What style do I show? What do I say? What if I screw up? What if the bead release brakes? What if the whole bead turns into poop?
In the past I was teaching – a lot. I was giving many classes, but that was in IT. Operation systems, database development, beginner & advanced Lotus Notes and similar things. But it’s quite a different kettle of fish whether you know something inside out and you teach it to newbies, or if you demo something to peers or people much more experienced than I am. *yikes* 🙂
Nerves aside, I’m really positive and excited about Glass Stock. Four days of sharing, learning, exchanging experiences, classes and demos, bead swapping and gossiping. Fabulous!
I can’t even decide which of the classes and demos to book, there’s so much on offer that I’m interested in. Melanie Moertel’s class is a definite must for me. And I’m really keen to try my hands on the blown vessels, sculpturals in soft glass and watch the electroforming demo. That still leaves a couple of non-torching classes and demos to select. There’s so many different techniques to chose from, we’re spoilt for choice!
Now I just need to figure out how to be patient enough to wait for Labor weekend! My friend Lori will travel with me, which means even the 5 hour drive down to Eugene will be lots of fun.