When I finish my work, change into warmer clothes and attach all the ear studs, it is dark already. For a second, I wonder whether I will regret the urge to do as Germans do, then I put on my outdoor winter coat, knee-high boots, gloves and a bright red scarf.
It is quite cold outside, but it is only my furiously cycling knees that get unpleasantly soaked in the winter rain. Once inside the classroom, I try to find a hook where my wet coat won’t affect other participants’ winter protection and I succeed eventually.
We get a short introduction by a visibly exhausted teacher and I try to hide my disappointment. I really don’t know what to do next and, most of all, how. There are only basic tools available, at least they make sense, everyone else obviously knows what they want and my eyes are sore after a long day spent typing.
At least I know how to use toothpicks for modelling.
The next day, we polish and finish off the results and I register a new passion in the making. O boy – this one’s going to be expensive! Plus, one should never use up all the available material at once, because things get heavyish this way …
(99,9 % silver pendant, made at an Art Clay Silver course at our local Adult education centre on a cold winter evening, using fingers and toothpicks)