Just returned from 12 days in Italy. Had a wonderful trip to Venice and Murano.
Karyn Sweezy and I traveled through Toronto to Venice and made our way to an apartment we rented in Murano. It was a lovely place close to the Venier vaporetto stop and was furnished with everything we needed.
We spent 5 days at the Tommassi studio taking several classes from Astrid Riedel. The skills that we were introduced to will need a great deal of practice for me to master but it was a wonderful class. Astrid is a wonderful teacher and it was delightful to spend time with her.
After the class we did some sightseeing around Venice, Murano, Burano, and then took a day trip to the dolomites. I recommended this for anyone that is going to this area. The mountains were amazing and such a contrast to the water world of Venice and other islands. Of course we stopped in to see Roberto Dona as well as the gold leaf makers to round out the trip. It was super fun to show Karyn around the area and to experience some new things even though this was my 3rd trip!
Soon the Glass Art Society (GAS) will converge on Detroit for their annual conference in tandem with the Michigan Glass Project (MGP), Many of my glass friends will be at the conference and a few are hanging at my house so good times are coming!
I look forward to the glass adventure next week and am as always thankful for the art that I have come to love.