Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mammabellarte Soldering Class

Yesterday I had the most wonderful day.  I made another trip south with one of my new friends, Rosemary, from Christie Repasy's class.  We drove down to the little town of Rainbow, California and took a private soldering class with Rita Reade of Mammabellarte.  There is always something magical to me about being in another artist's workshop.  I always walk away so inspired and renewed.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I enrolled in this class.  It was Rosemary's idea and I thought sure, it would be fun to learn a few new tricks and I have wanted to do a few little jewelry projects so I signed up.  The project far exceeded my expectations.
We did three different charms and learned several techniques and tricks of the trade.  Here is Rita's project.  It was just the three of us in the class, two eager beaver students and the maestro, and when I say maestro, Rita is Italian through and through complete with the most wonderful accent.  I could listen to her forever.  She also treated us to a delightful home cooked lunch and fresh homemade bread.
I asked Rita about coming north to teach another class.  I would love to do a crown class.  I'm looking for another five like minded artsy types so if any of you in the Los Angeles area are interested, please let me know so I can get a fall class together.  It's a wonderful day and you won't be disappointed.
Now, as Rita came out to greet us, I spotted this gutted piano along with some other projects she's working on.  I'm sharing this with you because I bet you can't guess what she's doing with this wonderful relic.  You won't guess so I will have to tell you.  She's turning it into a piano bar!  It will have glass shelving, the keys will be covered with Plexiglas for glassware and whatnot's and the bottom will have shelving for bottles.  This is what I call thinking outside the box or the piano as Rita would have it.  The creative mind is a terrible thing to waste so let your imagination go wild and have fun while you're doing it.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
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8 comments:

Art and Sand said...

I am in Ventura and I would love to take a class. I am retiring in exactly 21 days so I will have the free time for fun classes.

Please let me know more.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh man if I lived anywhere close I would so like to take the class! What great projects, I am really interested in learning how to solder...Great projects!

Carol

miss flibbertigibbet said...

OhMyGosh...I am SO jealous! When you said you were taking another class, I assumed it was painting. I love that soldered jewelry! Sally Jean has been here for Art and Soul and I've bought a couple things but I have never done it myself. If I start riding my bike now, I might make it out there by your class.....plus I'll be nice and thin!!!

Susie said...

Love those jewelry charms. What a great idea with the old piano. Makes me want one. xoxo,Susie

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How fun! I don't think you'll have a problem getting a small group together for another class.

Bliss said...

Some girls have all the fun!

Bliss

Rita said...

Love your post THANK YOU Maggie!
After the Marketplace I will get some sample of classes together and figure out when I could teach in your area. Have a beautiful weekend. Ciao Rita

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Oh I'm a little jealous about this class. Looks like so much fun! I have an old (very old)soldering iron that I inherited from Mike's grandmother. I keep thinking I need to google how to use it!