I came back from a teaching trip to Florida on the 1st of June. I am still in the process of digesting all my impressions, but I did not want too much time go by before I share some of my experiences with you.
My first stop was at Lake Yale, near Leeburg, FL. The Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild (http://oapcguild.com/) organizes their yearly Orlando Clay Fandango here.
This year we were 5 teachers at the retreat (from right to left):
Linda Hess (https://www.facebook.com/linda.hess.545?fref=ts) and Kim Hale (https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.s.hale.33?fref=ts). Both were teaching the half day pre conference classes. Carol Blackburn (from London, England) (https://www.facebook.com/blackburncarol?fref=ts) , myself (https://www.facebook.com/AnkeHumpertArtist/) and Syndee Holt (who you know as the queen of color Tuesday here on the blog) (https://www.facebook.com/syndee.holt?fref=ts) . The three of us were teaching all day classes to three groups …. for three days long!
Clay Jewelry Ideas on Display
The Orlando Guild has been organizing these events for years and it showed! Everything was well organized, not only the classes but also the accompanying program, with demos, bead swaps, auction, bottles of hope, brown bag swaps and what not. A lot of the participants already knew each other and newcomers were warm-heartedly made welcome, too. This event was definitely a busy beehive of activities!
Even during meal times and in the free play time a lot of chatter and updating on all kinds of clay things was going on. You could here laughter and see smiling people everywhere you went.
As much as I enjoy teaching and meeting clay enthusiasts, this filled program was taking it´s toll and a couple of days to relax and do some sight seeing was a very welcome break in my program. My dear friend and fellow polymer clay artist Patrice Pfeiffer (https://www.facebook.com/patrice.pfeiffer?fref=ts) did her very best to make me feel at home and enjoy a little bit of the gulf coast in Florida.
The following weekend I was booked by the West Pasco Polymer Clay Guild, this time for two of my classes, the “Hungry Fungus” class and the “Graffiti bracelet” class. And we all had a blast both days!
“Graffiti bracelets” made by students
Some of the participants were old friends of mine some new ones. And the warm and welcoming atmosphere was just as it was at Fandango! Is this a Florida thing? I don´t know, but I was very happy to experience it for sure!
I was quite sad to leave and I hope there will be another time to see everyone again….;-) Connecting with clay buddies is the best, don’t you agree?