Just back from Clasp. Another great weekend with great content,
exceptionally friendly people and as always, the supportive staff at
Rio Grande. Thank you Rio and thanks each one of the advisory
partners of Clasp, The Ganoksin Project, SNAG, MJSA and bench
You always make these events so approachable and filled with useful
knowledge to strengthen Metalwerx and to help me to be a better
This year I delved a bit into all three tracks. It was very difficult
to choose from the great menu of options, however my muse needed some
polishing and Tim McCreight was fun and informative. I never had the
chance to take a class with Tim, so this was an exceptional treat in
matching the language of art and transforming it to 3D.
In the Method, I got the chance to sit down and really play with a
laser welder. A bit tough for me, as my eyes are set very narrow, and
I had to look at the little cross hairs in the microscope with only
one eye. However, the helpful Rio staff got me through the process,
and I managed to make a pretty good laser weld across some steel.
Bruce Baker gave an excellent talk on booth set up and design. Since
Metalwerx has booths in both high end craft shows and jewelry supply
shows, his suggestions for lighting were on target to attract even
more traffic to my booth.
Joel Zeff came back again with another great keynote speak on
communication. He’s just fun and really knows how to lift a crowd
off their feet.
Was it worth it? You bet. We had two days of lunches taken care of
by Rio which provided a nice opportunity for friends to gather and
share notes of different seminars. The breakouts had wine and beer,
good munchies and just a great group of folks to talk to.
I have bunches of notes to make my school stronger and for me to
lessen my stress level.
Congrats to Clasp. Thanks, thanks, thanks. What I learned at Clasp
last year has literally turned Metalwerx around. I learned to
DELEGATE and nail down at least four of my octopus arms.
I look forward to the next Clasp - 2009 in New mexico