Into the Discomfort Zone

Well, I’d torn it apart. A scene in a story, that is. My frustrated self was just about to give the scene its last rites and hit the delete button when I glanced at my watch. I was running late. In a mood, I shut down the computer, left a desk strewn with notes, and “got outta town.”

I went to a jewelry-making class.

Now, what I know about crafting jewelry would make for a very short conversation. But into the class I went.  I didn’t really feel like it, but I’d committed to going.

The project was a glass pendant and/or earrings. We were an assorted group, writers nestled among artists (some were  experienced jewelry makers.) After instruction, we began the hands-on. The table was spread with a smorgasbord of glass, all colors and shapes, some translucent, some opaque. Did I mention feeling a little pressure? A little discomfort? E-e-ewe.

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Some of the glass choices …

We sorted through shapes and cut our own pieces of glass.  We assembled and reassembled and experimented. We polished and glued. Animated conversations turned to subdued or nonexistent ones and, briefly, the room grew quiet.

The jewelry pieces were then placed on kiln paper, ready to be fired and fused. I’m tall and like big jewelry. You probably can tell which is mine.

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Ready …

Leaving my pendant to the fates and later date pick-up, I returned home, but not to my office. The next day, it seemed a fresh wind had blown through the house and swept away some story debris. Mind you, the work was as I’d left it, but I definitely felt renewed and up to the challenge.

The most valuable part of all this? As uncomfortable as I might have been in the class, nothing was in my mind except a little stack of green glass. Who knew of its medicinal ability to help clear a word-clogged, befogged head?

I hope I like my pendant … I’ll post the results. (No matter what.)

Fused Glass Pendant

Fused Glass Pendant

Here it is!

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I'm a writer ... of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I blog about writing, short stories, poetry, books, plays, and thoughts on life. Love reading and travel and being with friends!
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6 Responses to Into the Discomfort Zone

  1. Must have been fun…hope to attend next time:-)

  2. Susan says:

    I took a mosaic class last winter and really enjoyed it! I understand the nervousness of creating on the fly, since we had 3 hours to create an art piece and none of us understood the aspects of designing with tile; selecting from a variety of tiles sizes, color, textures, learning how to cut or saw the pieces and then placing them together and lastly selecting a color for the caulk. The conversation, like you said, died down to nothing. But the experience was very enjoyable and liberating and I love my mosaic mirror even if it isn’t perfect. I would love to make a table top. Your pin looks nice already!

  3. cmwriter says:

    I think we had a similar experience, one that ultimately turned out to be fun. I enjoyed seeing what each person did: their glass choices and design. Would love to see your mirror!

  4. kathybjork says:

    Carol,
    Well said. I think you spoke for many of us. I was out of my comfort zone, but it was fun. It will be interesting to see how they all turned out.

  5. cmwriter says:

    Yes, I’m anxious to see the results!

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