Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 90

The next three days were spent eating, sleeping and breathing polymer clay. I can’t even express in words how well these workshops ran. There are many extremely talented artists out there (in many different mediums) who can’t teach but Debbie is most certainly not one of them. She is an amazing tutor – understanding, encouraging, patient and more importantly inspirational. We have a very similar teaching style – I love to get in there with my students, see what they’re doing, offer advice & encouragement and create an experience that they won’t forget. I was surprised and delighted when I witnessed Debbie doing that exact thing. There was not one person who attended our workshops that did not sing Debbie’s praises and some beautiful pieces were created during the course of the 3 days. I was so incredibly disappointed when Monday morning came and we had to take Deb to the airport. Due to the very limited number of flights to her hometown of Geraldton, she was unable to stay for the Monday for us to have some ‘downtime’ together, so we were at the airport at 8am that morning. I was so sad to say goodbye but I know that I have made a life-long friend. It is hard to put into words how much of an impact this beautiful woman has had on my creative journey and I’ll be forever in her debt for that. Although we have our differences, Deb and I have so much in common and have a lot of the same creative goals and I know that we will continue to work together to share more of the wonderful world of polymer clay with Australia.