Monday, December 12, 2011

Jana "Skywalker" Benzon was here . . .

No, Jana wasn't really wielding her lightsaber but she did teach a happy group of eager artists her laser cut technique.  We had a fun weekend workshop with Jana Roberts Benzon, in from Salt Lake City.  The new classroom setup seemed to work out well.  We've added lights, especially to the teacher's table, so it's easier to see technique details.

We have Jana's work for sale in the gallery, so it was wonderful to see the "master" at work.  Understanding the technique makes you appreciate the end result even more.  The class also had the opportunity to see Jana's collection of all her styles of work.  What a treat!  We plan to have Jana back next year to teach another of her techniques, so watch the calendar on the website for the opportunity to sign up. (

The classroom setup lends itself to group observation as well as individual attention.  We really liked Jana's style of a demo and then allowing the students to work on the step.

Kay and Anita get their questions answered.
On Saturday, we walked down the block for a dutch lunch at Aqua Terra, one of our favorite local restaurants.  It was nice for the group to socialize and have a great lunch (I love the chicken, spinach and corn pasta dish!).  Historic Buford has some cute shops and several first class restaurants.  On Sunday we had chicken salad, pimento cheese  for sandwiches, cookies and other goodies to snack on in between steps.

The three new ovens worked out well.  We're working on the wiring so they can all live in the tool room.   One of the joys of an old historical building is that you have to revamp the wiring to handle all the tools we like.  It just gets  better and better!

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