So, as a new teacher, and a Canadian at that, at Bead and Button this year, I expected Meet the Teacher night to be pretty quiet for me. I know how crazy it can get after helping Marilyn Gardiner last year, and shopping at the event before that, but I was blown away by the people who stopped to compliment me on my work. We managed an extra sign up for one class, thanks to my marketing guru Gail Speers, and sold quite a few rings, necklaces and even a bracelet or two. Talked to some bloggers, reps from bead societies and made a few other great connections there.
I taught my first class on Saturday afternoon — an etched cuff. I was honoured to have the Garlan Chain ladies in my class and I had a lively, creative and fun group of ladies to spend the afternoon with. Each one made a gorgeous bracelet and no two were alike.
Sunday morning classes at Bead and Button aren’t for the faint of heart — students or teachers. It takes a great love of learning to get up that early on the last day of the show for a class. I was blessed to have Frank Scott, lampworker and teacher, in my Easy Copper Cuff and Ring class. We traded teaching stories, he learned a new method to easily and securely mount lampwork beads and the morning flew by.
And my evaluation forms? My students loved my classes. No one scored me less than 8 out of 10, and my average was 9.4. I was very pleased.
I am already working through ideas to submit for next year’s Bead and Button. And I hope my students this year will return, as well as spread the word about how much fun we can have with metal.