It was a tremendous honor and amazing experience to teach at Staedtler's 2nd FIMO Inspirations Symposium along with clay luminaries Kathleen Dustin, Christine Dumont, and Saskia Veltenaar. It was a whirlwind three days of clay instruction and good times with dynamic students from 18 different countries.
Group Photo on the Badboot and the Event/Teaching Team
I was lucky to see so many familiar faces and make new friends in my classes and out. I also had the chance to spend some time exploring this amazingly beautiful city with friends Gerlinde Karg, Liselot Henderyckx, Kathleen Freisleben, and Martina Medenica.
There was so much to see outside the class, from exploring the historical wonders of the city to flea market shopping and amazing food! Not only were my students incredibly adept in learning the techniques and adapting them to their own unique styles and creations, but many left me with lovely gifts from their hands or their countries.
Team Staedlter with the Teachers (left), Class samples from Student Gabrielas Schmuck
Staedlter put on an amazing event on the Badboot. The wondrous venue boasts the largest shipboard pool afloat in the world. We had marvelous receptions including the opening night we're stones were dropped into everyone's champagne. A diamond expert was on hand to check them. Four lucky participants found out that theirs were genuine diamonds! Even though I wasn't among the lucky few, it was tremendous fun to get drink up to get my crystal.
Nils Henssen Kicks off the Event. Dinner Cruise with Friends
The second night featured an elegant dinner cruise with live entertainment. If it weren't for all the walking, I would have put on at least 10 pounds. You can never have enough chocolate or waffles!
Nutella Covered Waffles, YUM! (left) Clay and Cake, What Could Be Better?
The whole trip went by in a blur, but I have my memories and photos to relive over and over. You can see lots more from the trip by checking out the FIMO Inspirations Album on the blog.
There are loads of inspirational photos from Belgium's architecture and art to see as well as more shots from the event itself.