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Anna Mazon Workshop at Mojo

These past two years have been quite chaotic, and this website has been left behind. I found this post that I wrote two years ago in my drafts folder. After much deliberation, I decided to swallow my pride and publish this long overdue story. Enjoy!

I arrived a couple of days before the official start of Mojo 2015 to participate in a pre-conference class with the incomparable Anna Mazon of Poland.  She has burst onto the metal clay scene in recent years with a series of stunningly detailed and beautifully designed pieces.  During this class, she taught her open work herbarium pendant project.

"It starts with a tiny ball", says Anna. Every minuscule embellishment starts with a teensy, tiny ball of clay.
“It starts with a tiny ball”, says Anna. Every minuscule embellishment starts with a teensy, tiny ball of clay. Watching carefully is Lis-el Crowley, intrepid organizer of Metal Clay Mojo.
Beth Behrhorst perfects her class creation.
Beth Behrhorst perfects her class creation.

 

My workspace after a few hours of creating.
My workspace after a few hours of creating.

 

Anna uses a very simple set of tools to craft her magical and detailed pieces. Very impressive.
Anna uses a very simple set of tools to craft her magical and detailed pieces. Very impressive. Those itty bits you can barely see are tiny leaves.
The details were so tiny, I needed an extra layer of magnification!
The details were so tiny, I needed an extra layer of magnification!
Lis-el, Simone, Erik and Lori stay focused in class.
Lis-el, Simone and Lori stay focused in class.

After this two-day, hands-on workshop, I was grinning from ear to ear and ready for the conference to begin.  With our free half day, my roommate, Pat Accorinti, and I headed to nearby Old Lyme to explore.  We found the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, which features the work of Gilbert Boro and other artists.  Roughly 100 sculptures are spread out across 4.5 landscaped acres, which also includes Boro’s personal residence and working studio.

Pat and Wendy get a different perspective on the property.
Pat and Wendy get a different perspective on the property.
These colorful tunnels were made of wire and plastic marking tape. This is a temporary installation.
These colorful tunnels were made of wire and plastic marking tape. This is a temporary installation.
Prometheus Chained was a piece that really caught my attention.
Prometheus Chained was a piece that really caught my attention.
Isn't she lovely?
Isn’t she lovely?

When we returned to the conference property with our bellies full of lobster rolls and a 12-pack of beer in hand for the fridge, the place was brimming with familiar faces and new friends. This was the absolute perfect beginning to my conference experience!

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