December 30, 2013
John and I hope that all of you have had a wonderful time during the holidays, and we want to wish you all the best in 2014. This has been a wonderful year for us, and it was made even better by the new friends and students that entered our lives during 2013. Each one of you has made an impression on us forever, and thank you for sharing some wonderful times with us.
Last year, Seattle was the highlight of our teaching year. Workshops at Seattle Stained Glass and Glass Expressions in Burien were delightful for us as teachers. We hope to be able to go back some day in the future, but for right now, we are going to schedule at least two workshops here at home.
As many of you know, we are scaling back on our workshops. You have asked us to let you know about our plans for the future so that you can plan ahead. The information we are sharing now is for those of you who have asked to be notified as soon as we had some idea of workshops to come. Please excuse the lack of details, but this is all the information we have for the time being, but we hope it will allow you to prepare if this is a class that you are considering attending.
Last year we taught the Free-Standing Tree Workshop in September. Each student created a 22” x 24” tree using Bullseye tints, and all of the pieces were absolutely exquisite! (If I do say so myself. J). Again this May we are teaching a workshop featuring another free-standing piece on a different subject. We will be sending out an announcement by March 1 as to the subject matter, but this workshop will also be a 5-day project. As usual, there will be only 4 or 5 students per class because of the size and difficulty of the project.
The dates that we are looking at now for this class are possibly May 8 -13 with a day off for firing. A newsletter with the final date selection will be sent out by mid-February if not sooner. Hopefully, this helps some of you that have asked for updates so that you can do more planning.
Late October is always a wonderful time for a workshop in Texas so we are tentatively planning another class then. As we are contemplating a possible move this year, this workshop might be held at another facility, but that is far enough in the future that we have time to let everyone know what is actually happening. More information will be sent out by early summer.
As for pricing, our workshops are usually about $200 per day. That includes all costs except food, lodging,, airplane tickets, wine, etc. You get the idea! When you walk in, everything is prepared, and we start on time….even though it is a massive amount of hard work, it is a wonderfully fun time also. Once in a while we can even get John to treat us with his wonderful carbonara …which is absolutely free!
When we complete the details of the class, a newsletter will be sent and a deposit of half the fee will reserve a seat. No deposit is ever lost. If you cannot attend the class, the deposit will go toward any other workshop that we teach….just let us know as soon as possible so that we can allow another person to take that seat.
It is always possible that another workshop will be added, but at this time, it is doubtful. Time for our own work has been so limited that we are hoping to have new ideas we can put into glass ourselves this year.
Thank you all for allowing us to be a part of your lives and a member of the glass art world. We love what we do…..and you all make it even more joyful!
~ Donna and John Sarafis
Donna and John
170 Scott Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77320