What do you call these things anyway: pot stand, hot pot stand? It’s something to put a hot pot or serving dish on so not to damage the surface of your table of counter. Point is, it was a boring piece of supawood and I made it pretty.
I was browsing Le Mar’s beading section (local craft shop) when I heard women talk of some craft courses. We swapped contact details and I booked my spot for this Saturday past – Jeanne only takes 5 people at a time, it being the middle of the month we were only two.
I took a mosaic class a few years ago, but it really doesn’t compare to Jeanne’s one. She showed me exactly how to cut those tiles to make up the fine detail you want create. She had reference books handy, showed examples of her own work and kept my coffee cup full. She has her own wood shed in the backyard where she custom makes her own wood bases, and where she cut ours.
I decided to make a bird on my plate. My personal twitter joke (well, not personal now since it’s on the web); since I mostly tweet from the kitchen (ironic cause #Ihatecooking) but that’s where the dynamics of our home happens. Also the bird had to be red cause my kitchen is red.
Jeanne helped twig out my branch problem and nodded and smiled when I couldn’t quite explain what I had in mind with the swirl. But she helped me with cutting some of the trickier tiles and wasn’t shy with complements and encouragement.
I am seriously considering sitting in at her next class with my own project. (She actually encourages this. That you buy your kit and bring it all with to her next class when she teaches new crafties, so if you need more advanced technique advice, or help cutting tiles, she’s right there – and you get to meet and mingle with new people too)
So, here are some of the pics I took, in order of work in progress.
What do you think?