Happily, the weather warmed up for the arrival of my first guests, Sue Blessinger and Teresa Sullivan. It is fabulous to see them, and I feel as if the party has well and truly started. Sue has a class today with Susan Lenart Kazmer, whom I adore, and Teresa is on the loose, talking to people about the types of classes she’d like to teach/host/see more of; perhaps multi-day sessions, classes that are more an exploration of technique, form, and potential than the short make-and-takes that are the norm now. Both she and Sue want to bring together people who want a deeper experience, more of the retreat-level depth of learning.
I personally don’t resonate with the idea of a class that is meant to teach me to replicate someone else’s design exactly, but I’ve certainly taught them. I get around the system by presenting my classes as the usual but then showing up and teaching technique. I mean, sure, I’ll show you how to make a Shag Carpet Of Pearls or whatever the piece of paper says, but I want considerably more from the experience than that. I don’t care if you make a Shag (unless you want to, and then I care a lot) but I am heavily invested in whether or not you leave feeling comfortable about making a decent wire loop, and handling your thread.
It will be interesting to hear what Teresa and Susan find out, talking to people this week. I suspect that there are many people out there who would love a deeper experience. May we find each other, in propitious combinations.