But I digress. Back to Tucson. The day I left was negative 15 in Cleveland, and when I arrived it was a balmy 70. I have to say, whoever first decided to schedule the national gem show in Tucson in February was a genius, and has my undying gratitude!
This was my 3rd year teaching for Jewelry Tools and they've done a bang up job; organizing, promoting and filling our classes. I love to teach, and taking my show on the road is part of the job. But one thing I really love about the gig in Tucson they provide all the tools. No need for me to schlep or ship a ton of heavy tools. I taught 10 classes in 5 days, so it was a bit hectic, but energizing all at the same time. I won't bore you with all the pics, here is a sampling...
Fist Full of Flowers
Melodies in Metal
Fabulous Fold Forming
From the Ruins of Pompeii
The Perfect Storm
My friend Jodi offered me a couch to crash on, and this was the sweet face that I woke to every morning.
No, I did not buy it...
Bill Fretz Hammers
Sliced Amethyst Geodes
Bronze Infused Cabocons
The most beautiful lamp work I have ever seen!
I know it's a piece of rust but I love it!
Besides teaching and shopping, my other favorite reason to come to Tucson every year is meeting up with like minded friends with whom I can talk "shop". I know my kids will never believe this, because at home I am usually in bed by 8 or so, but I was out every single night! And I ate well too! :-)
California gals Susan and Jonna
My friend Dale
Fellow Jewelry Tools teachers
My editor extraordinaire; Erica Swanson
Girls who play with hammers!
More girls who play with hammers
Tool guy Kevin Potter
And that's a wrap, can't wait till Tucson 2015!!!!