I just got back from an epic workshop at Arrowmont. The workshop focused on making brooches. Truthfully we could have used at least three more days. We spent a lot of time on making samples. We covered enameling, laser engraving, decal printing (we made a zombie mug), framing, fabricating, pin stems, saltwater etching, a little bit of champleve and enameling on 3D forms. The workshop was a great excuse to prep for a history of the brooch lecture. I also reunited with some old friends and made some new ones. Bob Biddlestone, I hope our paths cross soon. I can't say that everyone got to make a fully completed brooch but I am confident that everyone has the tools to make one now.
Arrowmont much like Penland and Haystack is an amazing place to be. Downtown Gattlinburg has not lost it's tourist-y charm and Arrowmont continues to be the oasis from that craziness. My assistant canceled on me last minute (totally not mad, he got a scholarship to Penland to take a class with Simon Cottrell) I got really lucky and Ben Dory assisted me! BEN!!
What a great group of people! Thanks for a great time.