Today marks the day when I embark upon a whole new adventure in jewellery making; teaching jewellery making at sea.
Whilst I was running a silver clay workshop in January this year, a lady who was at the workshop asked me if I'd ever considered teaching on cruise liners. I told her that I would not have the first idea how I would do this, to which she replied that she was scouting for craft instructors and if I was interested she would arrange me an interview. Within two weeks I was confirmed as a Craft Instructor with P&O and sent the contract for my first cruise to the Norwegian Fjords.
I'm very excited about this trip and new way of teaching but I'm extremely nervous. Ask me to go on TV to demonstrate jewellery making and I feel no fear, yet the thought of going off on this cruise alone scares me very much. The saying goes "feel the fear and do it anyway" so I'm going to embrace this thought and face my fear full on. I won't be taking my kiln or my silver clay as my classes are just 45 minutes long. This alone has been a challenge, deciding what to teach but I've found some wonderful jewellery making materials and I will be showing the passengers how to make nappa leather bracelets, wire wrapped nest rings and shrink plastic flower bracelets.
I'll be blogging about my experiences at sea so look out for my diary blog posts. I hope to tell you that the next seven days have been a wonderful experience, so let's see what this next little adventure has to offer!