Monday, May 2, 2011

Kimberly Affleck Has Invaded My Brain!

I just took a class with Kimberly Affleck at The Mandrel over the weekend. And my head is just spinning. I'm not good for much today!

Kimberly is a most excellent teacher! She shared every secret, every color combo. The strangest thing was... we all sort of think of her as "the seahorse lady." But, she is oh-so-much-more! We learned so much! I feel like my head is gonna explode!

And I have to share one thing about glass teachers in general... Glass classes cost a freaking fortune and you go there and you take frantic notes so you can remember what you learned few teachers give you a hand out! I've been teaching since I was 17 and write VERY detailed instructions for my students complete with photos because I want them to be able to duplicate what we did in class. But that is not the norm. My community college and retail students alike all complain that so few teachers do hand outs.  Because I do it and all of the fabulous rubber stamp teachers I knew do it...I'm always shocked that  I'm spending so much for a class and yet there is no handout.

Of all the glass classes I've taken, two have done handouts to take home and Ms. Affleck is EXCEPTIONAL! It was a full book with every demo and then some. Color combos, silver glass hints, tips on heat control and volume control... you name it! The book was in black and white but with it came a full color CD-ROM!

This freed me up in class to PAY ATTENTION. I got to be in the moment without worrying about every little detail! I think I took a whopping one page of notes on things that were asides... Not planned but extra demos!

I spent so much time ooh and ahhing over techniques, I was just dumbstruck with gratitude by the end of the class. I am truly grateful for the opportunity.

I hope you will take a moment and visit Kim's Etsy. And don't just linger over the amazing seahorses!!! Her focals are stunning!

I'm having oral surgery tomorrow morning. Things may be a bit quiet here this week depending on my recovery.


Jane Perala said...

Sure wish she would come to the west coast of Canada - I would love to take a class with her.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Jane, it was THE most amazing class!!! She was absolutely WONDERFUL!

Lara Lutrick said...

Kim is the bestest! Glad you had a good glass.