Metal in Massachusetts: 5 Days at Snow Farm

Pond at Snow Farm ©Patricia C Vener-Saavedra taken May 2018

Pond at Snow Farm ©Patricia C Vener-Saavedra

It was my sister who convinced me to go after the Road Scholar grant when I was suffering uncertainty. “If anyone deserves this grant, it’s you,” she said. I guess I should not have been surprised when I was notified that it had been awarded to me. The grant is awarded to family caregivers (or those whose loved one has died within the past two years) who also demonstrate more than just “I want to get away” in their application essay. As an artist, my choice of the jewelry metalwork workshop was based on its potential to move my work into new heights of expression and experiment.

Even now, after the experience, I am excited. This could be life changing! This will be life changing.

Five days and a lot of learning. The way the instructor presented the course seems to have encouraged assimilation of the techniques we studied. Our teacher, Alyssa Dee Krauss, is an artist whose work is internationally known and collected. More than adept at her art form, she is a thoughtful and talented teacher.

The venue was Snow Farm, an art/craft school in Williamsburg Massachusetts. The setting is beautiful though a bit rustic, (which, really, is fine given that the showers were hot and the rooms had heaters. May in New England can still be quite cold!

My expectations were high and I was not disappointed. I learned so much in such a short time. My only regret is that I didn’t take notes and the names of some tools and techniques did not make it to long term memory. (Was that filing technique called “cabon, cabron? Something about a goat jumping.) Well, at least I have the muscle memory of how to do the techniques.

I am grateful to my sister, to Road Scholar, to Snow Farm, and to the unknown sponsors of my grant for the amazing opportunity, and to Alyssa Dee Krauss for being the excellent teacher that she is.

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