Back from Australia

First, a practical note: the first 3-day workshop scheduled for June 25-27 in the UK is full, and reservations are currently being taken for a second back-to-back workshop, starting on June 28. Please contact Tracey, at:

Mobile number 07961 883115
(Outside the UK: +44 7961 883115)
Or email:

For the past two days I’ve been recovering from jet lag after coming back from teaching in Australia. It was an intense, wonderful two weeks which I will never forget, and I’d like to thank Roz Eberhard-Swan of The Eclectic Studio and the PMC Guild for making it possible. Meeting you and working with you all in Sydney and Melbourne was a pleasurable, enriching experience. I was really sorry to leave and hope to meet with you again some day. Please remember what I’ve already told you: you tend to think that you are behind because you are so far away, but that is not the case. I was amazed by your high level of artistry, craftsmanship, and the courage to jump into new adventures. In terms of physical distance most of us are all far away, even inside the United States; but in fact we are only as far as our own bench and the Internet. Keep up the good work, and please stay in touch!

The workshop in Melbourne was held at Maggie Berman’s studio, but Maggie could not be there so unfortunately I didn’t get to meet her. However, just being there, working in her space, shopping for food where she does, and seeing her beautiful jewelry, made me feel that I knew her a little bit. Thank you, Maggie, for letting us work at your studio!

I’d like to share here some beautiful artwork made by someone prior to the workshop. Susan Brown, who flew in from New Zealand, showed me a piece she had made that was inspired by a project published in one of my books.

Can you blame me for feeling happy and proud?

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