Jewel School Schedule
September 26 & 27- (today and tomorrow) Jewel School is taking a very short Fall Break to get ready for our NEW schedule, that will begin THIS coming Saturday (September 29). Our lovely hosts, Kim and Mandy will be sharing the new shows, bringing in even more special Guest Artists!
October---New Jewel School Hours !!
(Note the times listed below are EST)
Tuesday 4-6pm Wednesday 10pm-midnight
Saturday 6-8pm Sunday remains 10am-noon
(Before I go much further, I'd like to thank Jewel Schoolers Ann Kelley and Kris Mattingly for sharing their event photos with me!)
The fabulous Fernando DaSilva in his classroom last week.
Did you see Fernando launch his New "Signature" Line this past week? He introduced it to his students at the JS Event - everyone was "Glam"!
"Cougarism"-- (what I'd like to share with you this week)
Although the 3rd Annual Jewel School Customer Appreciation Event is over, I'd like to share a few special highlights with you.
During the Opening Ceremony, Chief Services Officer Donna Burns introduced CEO Tim Matthews who welcomed all of the instructors, guest experts and our very special guests--our customers with a brief description of "how" a company like Jewelry Television works. The "spinning wheel" was decked out with different colored numbers (each one assigned to a special gift) and guest names were drawn to spin for a prize! The gifts ranged from goodie bags of jewelry making supplies and tools from Jewel School, to finished pieces of jewelry and gemstones from Jewelry Television.
CEO Tim Matthews presents an awesome prize to one of our special guests!
Workshops, sponsored by Jewel School vendors (like Beadalon, Art Clay World, Wubbers, Knotty-Do-All, Bead Smith and many more) were held in classroom settings at both the main JTV facility as well as in our New Jewel School Institute building. Members of the JTV staff and call center were available as assistants to the instructors as well as to help guests with directions and several drove the golf cart "limos" to shuttle folks between the buildings. (One of our guests suggested a golf cart race for next year - that would be fun!)
The beautiful weather helped make the variety of complimentary lunch selections a treat, held in huge tents outside both buildings and served by JTV staff members; snacks and beverages were also available during afternoon break times. The New Supply Store at the JSI had a wonderful selection of tools, books, DVDs, beads, etc for sale; while Bruce Barlow and his lovely wife Debbie offered a gorgeous collection of NEW Designer Cabochons in the main library. Guests also enjoyed the opportunity to shop at the JTV gem and gift store, where they were treated to chocolate and champagne.
Friday's morning session featured a very special guest, Jean Baruch, the founder and creator of "Beads of Courage". (I encourage you to follow this link, to learn more about how special and important the BOC Program is!) Jean told us all of the fantastic news about how the BOC program has grown, including: the addition of several new hospitals; members of the USA Olympic Team carrying them to London; beads being taken to the top of Mt Everest; NASCAR Driver Carl Edwards wore beads in several races, and so many more stories of people sharing "their" courage with children in the BOC program.
JTV teamed up with BOC last year and personally, it was an honor to be able to participate in the Jewel School Guest Artist Challenge. Each of us was given a specific lampwork bead and asked to use it within a design, using our favorite medium. We each presented Jean with our finished creations Friday evening. These very unique pieces will soon be put up for auction to benefit Beads of Courage. (I'll let you know and provide the link as soon as we have it.)
Jewel School is going to become even more involved with BOC in the future, as our own lampwork artist Carol Crye will be working to set up an event at the Jewel School Institute! (BTW, lampwork beads aren't the only beads that artists make from their hearts and donate to the program, Art Clay, polymer clay, ceramic...you should see the beautiful variety. Actually...you can! I purchased a little book, "The Ladybug Star and the Jester's Hat", that shows and tells the story of the 2012 Bead Design Challenge.)
After presenting Jean with our BOC pieces, Jewel School hosted a "Customer Fashion Show". What fun it was to see everyone modeling their handcrafted jewelry designs, paired with outfits chosen to enhance the colors of the gemstones and beads! There were so many amazing pieces that it was difficult to vote!
First place went to Jo Anne Montgomery, for this really beautifu set that she created around a "find" from a yardsale!
And here is the 2nd place winner, a kumihimo set done in labradorite and seed beads by Kris.
I enjoyed being the Saturday morning speaker, talking about how to price and sell your handcrafted jewelry. It was an informative/interactive session, with some great comments and questions from our guests and additional tips from my fellow instructor friends. Saturday afternoon found us all in the main building for the Closing Ceremony, more prize wheel action and lots of hugs, photographs and some tears. New friends were made, faces were put with pictures from facebook and numbers were added to phones. It truly was an amazing event. (Now, we begin planning and working on the 4th annual!)
Until next week, "Stay Twisted"!!