David and I did the final photography for the "Chaos" bead tutorial that I'm writing, I hope to have it available by next weekend, if all goes according to plan. I thought I'd post a few random thoughts about my classes in beadmaking, and how I teach.
1) I've never, ever, asked, told, or insinuated to a student that they should not use the techniques that I've taught them. That would be silly. I teach it....my students have purchased that bit of education, of course they should use it! Just ask any of my many former students. Suggestions to the contrary are erroneous.
2) I've never, ever, accused anyone of "copying" any of my beads, or any of my techniques. Never.
Suggestions to the contrary are erroneous.
3) I've never, ever, suggested that I was the "first" to use copper mesh in beads, marbles, or in any other form of glass art. Never. Suggestions to the contrary are erroneous.
4) I have developed a very specific technique that uses copper mesh in beads. I am delighted that so many people have been inspired to take this technique and "run with it" in so many creative ways. I will be selling a tutorial that will show the user how to avoid some of the (many) pitfalls inherent in the use of copper, and showing how I do what I do with it.
These things needed to be said, in the worst way, and I've decided that anyone who is interested in the facts can read them here.
(It will be a wordy, possibly annoying tutorial, (called "Making Chaos"), but it will be funny, too. It's how I write.....it's who I am, as a beadmaker, and an educator.