Friday, June 5, 2009

Update: Wire-Art Jewelry Adventure in Cortona, Italy

I have an update for our little Italian Adventure taking place September 1-11, 2010!
For a limited time, you can save $200 if you register for this workshop retreat by June 26, 2009. And if you bring a non-participating friend or relative along for the trip, he or she also gets $200 off the fee as a special thank-you for registering by the deadline.
We have two options planned for you:
Option 1: Arrive in Cortona on Sept. 1, 2010 and join the "pre-trip extension" group. We'll have three days to explore the Tuscany region, including day-trips to Siena, Orvieto, and a wine tour. On Sept. 4, the main group will join us for...
Option 2: Arrive in Cortona on Sept. 4, 2010 in time to join the pre-trip extension group for a lovely welcome dinner and wine tasting. Our workshops begin the following day.
Throughout Sept. 5-11, we'll have plenty of time to take in the beauties of Tuscany while we also spend time in the workshop making beautiful jewelry inspired by the ancient Etruscans. We'll have a guided tour of the local Etruscan museum with an expert who will tell us about this ancient civilization and their jewelry making techniques.
We will also participate in an Italian cooking class, spend one day in Florence for shopping, museum hopping, and visiting the David.
Organized by Patrick Mahoney of Toscana Americana, this workshop retreat includes five days of wire-art jewelry making instruction with me, workshop handouts, all meals (Italian breakfast, gourmet lunches and dinners with wine), the day-trip to Florence, Italian cooking class, local transportation, and accommodations (private rooms or shared, your choice).
The prices are still being settled, but for more information please click here.
The tour price does not include transportation to/from Cortona, tools or materials. You will need to bring a few simple hand tools (pliers, cutters, hammers) and predominantly copper wire to save money (silver is outrageously expensive right now), as well as beads. More information on this will be available in the near future.
I have taught two workshop retreats for Patrick so far, and in each case I have been amazed at the beautiful and comfortable accommodations he arranges for us and the incredibly delicious food and wine provided at every meal. I promise, you will not be disappointed in your room and you will enjoy every single meal throughout your stay. Patrick takes us to the best restaurants in Italy where we order from an unrestricted menu; he also provides some of the finest wines in the Tuscany region.
As for the scenery, well, just rent or buy Under the Tuscan Sun! This movie was filmed in Cortona, and the town is even more beautiful than the movie. The townspeople are very friendly, and it is a quiet, peaceful town with lovely surroundings and plenty of shopping opportunities as well as places to walk and take photographs.
This trip is suited to jewelry artists of varying skill levels; I will teach beginning through advanced techniques. More on that in the future...
I hope you can join us in Tuscany next year. September is the ideal time to visit, with fewer tourists, warm (but not too hot) days and cool evenings—it doesn't get any better than this!
Be sure to check my Web site regularly for updates.

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