Last night’s magnificent dinner was revisited today for lunch. Miwako, visiting from Japan, made a feast for the eye and palate. The menu: eel, tuna, scallops, sticky rice and all sorts of pretty things.
Last night’s dinner party continued on to Sunset Lanes for a little apres dinner bowling.
Miwako and her son Yuki.
Dawn in her bowling shoes.
Returning to David’s studio….
David is continuing to plan his weekly classes beginning September 4th - 8th. With 6 hours of classtime a day @ $100 a day, it will be an open workshop experience. David is willing to accept input as how to best structure to suit people’s needs. ie: half day students…
We’re working on the lodging plans: looking into B n B’s, staying here at the big house…
I’ve wanted to share David’s Christmas story that he wrote a few years back. He recently read the story at his mother’s memorial and I’ve had people asking about posting it here on the blog. I will look for the accompanying Santa photo for next week.
The big news at the big house - Ron’s birthday present from David is installed and ready for swingers.
Happy post-St Patty’s day.
I think David is going to bring me a sandwich from Subway today. Tuna fish with pickles.
Here at the Big House, the Bead Wall is back up.
David was working in his purple chair this morning and I was able to capture a few pics for you.
What is that raw material he is beading over, you might ask? Well, it’s a green plastic knife he found on one of his daily walks.
I hope you all have a great week and I’ll see you next Monday.
I was a bit star struck over our meal of toasted cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and fresh fruit
with cupcakes for dessert.
Lorraine brought some lovely wine and Flora gave David one of the snakes from her collection. These sankes were made by Turkish POW’s durring WWI.
David gave the ladies a tour about the house,
first going up to the studio
where they saw David’s Head Quarters.
If one were to sit in David’s purple chair while he were away, this is the view:
and a bit to the left, Tom’s string project…
I want to thank the ladies for their company and their conversation. David mentioned that someone once told him, and I’m paraphrasing here, that to find out what you want to do, think of what it is you do when no one is keeping track of your time. David said that when he was a wee lad he would always play with legos, stacking and building until an earthquake destroyed his lego city and he would have to rebuild again. Now David uses this lego matrix system with single needle right angle weave.
Flora said she would sit on the front porch and string beads. Now she takes potato chip bags, turns them inside out (silver!), irons them and sews them into wearables.
To give an update on David’s Ballard Teaching Proposal.
Beginning the first full week of September (the 4th - 8th) and then each first full week of the month: October 2nd - 6th, November 6th - 10th… All levels are welcome as David hopes to keep these classes small and give everyone the time they need.
Thank you to those who have responded with interest. Please continue to give us feedback and your needs/wants/ideas/questions.
To anyone interested in taking a class from David over the summer, might I suggest the two week session (beginning June 26th) at
The Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. There is still space available! For those of you familiar with Penland, then you know what a fabulous place it is to learn and experience. For those of you not familiar: Go, Go, Go! You work hard, play hard and go home exhausted and refreshed. Imagine.
For folks in the middle, there is the Glass Art Conference being held in St Louis, MO. David is lecturing at the conference on June 15th.
David roasted a beautiful salmon for lunch today. Jin is back at the big house and he joined David, Ron and me for the mini feast. Also on the table was a superb salad with tomatoes, pears, lettuce, blue cheese and obscene pasta.
Around the studio, David has been enjoying his time beading. Here he is finishing “Father’s Keys”, beading over paper.
I attempted to take a photo of Bubble Necklace today (Cristina these are for you). The camera I am using, the Nikon Coolpix 4500 doesn’t seem to like larger images with low light. I’m hoping someday for a Fuji FinePix F10 that I hear takes great digital pics. Email Ron (firstname.lastname@example.org) and remind him International Genius Girl Monday Day is next Monday, the 13th….and she’s expecting gifts.
“Bubble Bowl” is in the studio as well and sitting behind David’s purple chair.
Book Scoop: David shared with me this morning some thoughts on the direction for his book. He is thinking of documenting a series of objects in the making and including directions. Objects would be: raw in the round, envelope, cube, accordion box…
They would be smaller objects that when repeated or worked into a larger project of the reader’s own, would create new pieces such as a bracelet or sculpture.
On the teaching front David is seriously thinking about having small classes at the big house here in Seattle’s Ballard (flat, low crime) neighborhood. I want to put the word out now to see how many of you would be interested.
He is thinking of week long classes conducted in his studio, once each month. There is an upstairs apartment available to students with its own kitchen and bath, able to comfortably fit four, for out of town (or if you want to just get away…) guests.
Feedback? Let us know.
Here’s a look at male pattern baldness…which is looking better to me each day.
Keep in touch,