A couple of weekends ago, I traveled (the 1 hour!) to Ligonier PA to take a class with Heather Powers. Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery sponsored her workshop entitled Falling Waters Retreat at the Main Event Gallery in Ligonier. It was a beautiful weekend to be in beautiful Ligonier and to take a fun workshop with a lot of fun people!
The retreat was for 2 days, the first day was making polymer clay canes and beads, and the second day was making jewelry inspired by Falling Water, a Frank Lloyd Wright house near Ligonier. It was also inspired by Ohiopyle, which is a white water rapids area with water falls as well.
The first day, we spend conditioning clay and making canes and beads. The following photos will give you an idea of what we did!
We made three different types of canes, and with those canes, we made some of Heather’s better-known beads, like the disc beads you see above. The next day, we made jewelry with what we created!
We started by making the copper oak leaf you see that was used as a clasp for a necklace. We made Falling Waters earrings and a necklace using Swelligent metal patina and we made an awesome long necklace with the long tube bead we created. I’m really please with how the tube bead turned out – however, when I made the hole through the bead, I kind of mangled the inside! But I like it on the outside!
The Gallery was a nice place, with some interesting sculpture on the outside. There were many more, but here’s a few examples.
Heather has a new book coming out in December, you can already pre-order it on Amazon. A lot of what we did in this retreat was taken from inspiration from her book! Kind of a sneak peek!
And Andrew always has some great classes going on at Allegory Gallery – if you are in the area, you should definitely go, but even if you aren’t, you should check them out! There may be some classes that you just HAVE to take!