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Last week, on Thursday & Friday August 5th & 6th 2004, I got the opportunity to take a class with Diana East at the last minute. Corina of Corina Beads got sick & could not fly out to California, so she asked on her site if anyone was interested, and boy was I. So on Thursday morning I got up real early & drove the 70 miles or so to Jim Kervin & his wife Peggy's house in Livermore Ca. Jim wrote the book "More than you ever wanted to know about Glass Beadmaking", I believe the book is in its 4th or 5th printing. He also wrote Pate De Verre & Kiln Casting with Dan Fenton. Most recently he has decided to write books about individual glass artists, such as the one called "The Wild & Wonderful World of Sharon Peters & her Silly Sculptural Shapes" & "The Fanciful Floral Beads of Leah Fairbanks & her Garden of Glass". I believe he is working on a book about Diana East as we speak. You can find his books at many glass web sites & book stores such as this one Flame & Fusion CA,  
 

So I got there in time for my class which was all about surface work, like Sandblasting, Gold & Silver Fuming, carving with a dremel & Etching. New ways of using enamels, silver, gold & dichroic glass on these beads that are constructed one layer at a time, only to be revealed later with one of methods or all mentioned above, such as Diana's Wave Bead, photo below.

All the beads we made in class took 2 days to complete. Here is more name dropping, the other students in class were, Shirley Cook, Janice Peacock, Lisa Niven Kelly, Kim Sullivan, Sharon Peters, Julie Wuest, & Nanette Young-Grieiner, each & every one a true & awesome artist in their own right, ok I better stop, this is where Sharon would say to me that I am sucking too hard. You can click on some of their names to be taken to their site. As a side note, most of the class students also has a bead or two in the new book "1000 Glass Beads" I was going to bring my copy on the second day & get autographs but sadly I forgot it.

Diana East was/is a great teacher, I learned all kinds of new tricks & got lots of new ideas of how to incorporate all kinds of inspirations from class in to my small beads. In class all the beads were over 2 to 3 inches...and took 2 days to make, by the way that is why you will only see some of the finished beads from class as others had to be fire polished after the surface work was done & put back in the kiln again on the second day. Diana's beads sell for hundreds of dollars each and have won prizes and have been showcased in art museums...I am a lucky girl, thank you again Corina for giving me the opportunity to take this wonderful class...
Click on photos to enlarge, sorry my photos do not do justice to the talent.


Here is the teacher herself Diana East


from left, in green, Kim, Peggy, Jim, Lisa, Julie, Nanette, Diana, Janice, Sharon & Shirley...we had great Indian food 2 days in a row...yummy & fun company


Lisa & Janice...


Some of Diana's beads before they were Sandblasted or etched 


Here are some of Diana's beads after they had been etched or sandblasted, the wave bead goes through so much work to look the way it does, I am just sorry my photos do not do justice to anyone's beads... 


Julie's beads before, sorry I do not have photos of after of her beads, she had to leave early & I did not get a chance to take photos of her lovely gorgeous beads, I can tell you, the first one of the left ended up being a wave bead that not only had waves on the bead by also an impression of waves in 3 dimensions on the side...such awesome talent.


We all watch as Diana shows us how to mask off the parts of our beads that we like to keep shiny and get the bead ready for sandblasting or etching or carving with a dremel...which by the way is how you finish off her wave bead...


Some of Janice's beads, what is hard to see in photos is that, there are designs under the enamel, after the beads is annealed you mask off part of it & sandblast it, moving the mask gives you the design that you see for example on Janice's beads...she has to promise to send me a photo of her big bead with metal spokes, that have a smaller bead at the end of them, that looks like it is a space ship on a lunching pad, it was in the kiln when we left, if I get the photo I will add it to this page, that goes for everyone's beads that were still in the kiln when we left...including some of mine.


Lisa's Beads, so gorgeous...you can not see it in the photo but she not only has gold stars on the star bead but she has etched clear ones too...such art...


Sharon Peters beads, again just beautiful I wish you could see more of the golden stars on the blue & red dot bead...a note about all the sandblasted beads, they have ridges around the designs...the same can not be done with just etching your beads...Jim had a $3000.00 sandblaster that we all used to get these beads look the way they do...


These are Nanette's bead, I love the the long greenish one, it has golden bands all over it...you can not see it, but the short bicone also has golden strips on it...so lovely


Here is one of Shirley's beads, love the fall colors & the gold leafs...


My beads before the second one from the left has antennas & a face & the little round yellow bead with black dots is for one of his antennas, after Jim sends them to me I will take photos & show him off, same for the second one from the right...


Here are 3 of my beads after cold working them, I love the middle one, it has a core of dichroic glass over blues & pink which you can see better when you are holding the bead in your hand. the one on the left is ivory with goldstone stringer and purple enamel on top that has been gold fumed...the star one I wish I had sandblasted some more so I could see all of the blue & ivory designs under the orange 3D stars...I want to do this again...anyone got a sandblaster sitting around not being used...? I can start saving for one now...


This lovely bead/pendant necklace is a Diana East piece of art that belongs to Sharon who brought in to class for show & tell...oh my gosh have you seen anything this gorgeous before...? the dots are not dots rather windows to the inside of the bead...hope you enjoyed your photo trip to my class I sure enjoyed taking it...

 

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