Cheers to Polycreativa!
Hello dear friends,
I’m back from 5 wonderful days in Rome. Started very rough with the awful weather and the problem with flight attendants, there wasn’t one on my first flight so couldn’t leave and had to wait until the next day…oops.
Of course, all that is forgotten because Polycreativa 2016 was splendid. The first time an event is organized is the hardest. It’s a puzzle that requires you find the pieces and then fit them together.
Monica Scala and Paola Mattioli had come to Bristol last year and at that event the thought of a Rome event like it, started to hatch. When they asked if it was possible, of course I said, yes, actually, it was more like “YES!”. It helps to have a partner when you plan such an event and these two ladies are very capable of doing anything they set their minds to. Little did I know they also happen to be married to two wonderfully supportive and funny men! That helps a lot. Thank you Piero and Fabio for all that you did for the women you adore and their friends. And, special thanks to Monica and Paola for taking the best care of us! I now have two Italian sisters!
Monica and Paola have officially joined the ranks of great organizers in the UK, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, France, Australia and everywhere we’ve had an ECC or an event like Polymania. Great job, ladies, really tremendous job.
The Hotel Congressi is a 4 star hotel in Rome – not in the middle but slightly out. The rooms were great, pretty big by European standards. Food was very good and the coffee/capuccino bar was not a luxury but an essential component to keeping my tired eyes open! Yay, capuccino bar!
The work room was large and bright. Sure, this is like all rooms, not made for art and craft teaching, it’s usual use is for meetings. We took the nice tablecloths off immediately. Yay, they revealed old wood tables, not the new, thick plastic ones. No problems attaching pasta machines – triple yay for all of us.
Cara Jane has to be the most organized teacher I’ve ever seen.
Cara Jane has to be the most organized teacher I’ve ever seen – she brings no fail tools for her students – it’s the scientist in her – and everyone made their gorgeous bracelets. Perfect – 0.
Paola is a multi talented artist – silver clay and polymer clay. Her students made the best kaleidoscope canes which they then used on their pendants. The cane was the primary focus of the class and it is a really good one.
I taught carved cat pins. I love to carve, I love it. For once, my students and I, did not feel rushed and, yay again, we finished the project! It was a miracle but Rome is a city of miracles, si?
Along with the teachers, in cases like this, we needed good translators. Thank you Jacqueline for helping me so much. Love you, kid.
The first time is the hardest. Let’s face it, hasn’t happened before so students are trusting that they will be in a nice place and they will be taught techniques or projects that justify the spending of their hard earned money. So, we especially appreciate those who take the chance with us. Next time, everyone will know how great it was but you were the ones who didn’t know but came along anyway. Thank you.
So, what can I say about our wonderful students? They were and are wonderful. Absolutely, positively wonderful. You know you don’t need to have a common language to feel those good, positive vibes, and that’s what we had. Friendly, generous, helpful and giving. Thank you for coming and for sharing and making it so wonderful and feel so good. Thank you for making it all feel like home.
Thank you Decoman, Van Aken, HobbyLand for product donations and for setting up a store in the workroom. This makes it all so much easier and better for everyone. Thank you, thank you.
We traded poker chips, too! I will shoot mine and post the shot soon.
The trip was too short. I got there, taught and turned around and went home again. Got to get ready for the Ubersee, Bristol and Jewelry TV – that’ll be harder so I need more prep time. Next time, I’m staying longer in Rome and I’m bringing Vernon, too. He needs to come along and meet the guys. He will love it.
Monica and Paola are already planning Polycreativa 2017. Paola will teach again, Cara Jane and I will teach again and I hope to see all of you back at the Hotel Congressi for more clay time and playtime and those all important hugs.
Love you all,