Yes we know what they say about Vegas but in this case I’m taking home a lot from my weekend in Vegas and I’m going to blab about it! It was a last minute trip following a grueling couple of weeks in my life. But I had a chance to meet with a potential high profile client to talk about a project and I decided to jump on the chance. At the same time there was a Glass Conference and a torch enameling class that I wanted to take. I quickly found a place to stay with a friend’s sister, and booked a flight. My hosts were wonderful people and they cooked all my meals and we talked all night about every topic in the world.
On Saturday I went to my enameling class at the glass expo and I was in heaven all day! We used small torches to heat up the metal and then dipped the hot metal in enamel which is powdered glass, the glass melts onto the metal and creates a beautiful glossy finish. I made several beads, and small copper pieces show below. I had a couple of mishaps with burns and getting used to the torch… for a girl that plays with hot metal all the time you would think that I would stay away from the hot stuff! My goal with this is to add enameled pieces to bigger sculptures for a different element… and I love playing with the torch! Who knows I might even make some jewelry pieces. Then I went to the exhibit hall and got a bunch more goodies to add to my enameling collection.
Then on Sunday morning I went to my meeting at this potential client. It was an amazing property with over 100 acres of lush trees and a beautiful lagoon pool. I may be creating a large lotus flower that will be place about where the large fern is below. As the project progresses I will keep you posted with more details!
Then later in the afternoon I went to see a client that I had never met in person. About a year ago I did a sculpture for her and we only talked on the phone and sent photos back and forth on the project. The sculpture was shipped to Vegas so I never got to see it installed. She had a beautiful home with a large sculpture garden in the front of the house. I was honored that this sculpture became part of her collection.
So in about two short days I won so much and I didn’t even drop a coin into a slot machine!