Day 4 - Monday and it was our last day. Megan started with a demo of HOT forging tools and she held up a large diameter piece of tool steel and said she was going to use it to make me a tool.
That's right folks, I was getting a tool, a big - fat - pusher made by Megan in return for giving her the swirl bowl. WOW! To say I was on cloud nine the rest of the day is an understatement. Megan has a BIG fat pusher that everyone was using and lusting after and I was getting a similar but slightly smaller version of it .
While everyone was making hot forged tools, and there were some nice ones being made, I finished my texture wheel. And for texture 8 I ended with a moon scape. This last one was not I had in mind but I ended up cracking the copper and I then turned a mistake into a design element
Once that was done, I worked on making a custom bezel cup for a cab I had cut. This technique was discussed at the last workshop and is used as the starting point of the gypsy setting ring shown in Megan's book. I did not finish this - yet, but hope to this weekend. I spent the rest of the time taking pictures and in some ways relaxing. At the end of the workshop we all shared and displayed what the had worked on for the past few days, discussed where we want to go next, when was Megan going to come back. We also talked about starting a small group where we would meet maybe a few times a year and work and share and we tossed some names around like Talk & Tap, Bang & Banter and that maybe we would meet at Jay's studio. We hope to get this going in the fall.
And finally -
Lesson Learned: Go look at your "finished" piece a week later and use a critical eye; you will see the things you missed or need a tweak. THEN FIX THEM.
Lesson Learned: Gelato, every afternoon at 2:00 pm is a great way to take a break from your work.
Lesson Learned: If you really, really, really, really want to keep a piece - DON'T SHOW IT TO OTHERS cause they might make you an offer you can't refuse!
Lesson Learned: Be willing and open to share your work, you never know what you will get in return.
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My Finished Texture Wheel