There is something special about going to a retreat and meeting with others that have the same common interest. Sharing with each other and learning new techniques is just part of the fun. We maybe all didn't finish our projects we were working on but just the ideas and inspiration is enough to jump-start you for another season and get your creative juices flowing.
This year the focus was on several projects we could do such as learning how to make an Inro by Joan Tayler. We then decorated our Inro with some "manic mokume" by Ellen Kocher or some bargello taught by myself. There were some other fascinating demos and mini-classes such as sculpting a head by Olga and making a dye-formed dish by Jem Redlich.
Many of us didn't get a chance to finish our Inros so we have been working on them afterwards. I finally finished mine and so I wouldn't forget what I did, I immediately started another one. There is a lot of work in making one of these little container/purse/pendants but when it actually turns out and it opens and closes like it should, it is very rewarding!
|Inro partially open|
|Joan Tayler showing us how to make her Inros.|
Ellen is in the back right who taught her mokume technique.
|some mokume veneers using Ellen's technique.|
I haven't decided what to make with them yet.
|Jem Redlich doing a demonstration on making her bowls.|
|Everyone concentrating on their clay projects|
One of the traditions at Horizons is an optional button swap. This is a sample of the buttons that were exchanged this year which make awesome mementos of the event.