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“Absolutely wonderful:)!”

Painting With Fire Studio
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Taking a class with Barbara Lewis is one of the best choices i made this year:).Not only did i learn to make friends with enamel and beads ,but i also found wonderful friends for life in Barbara and her wonderful husband,Jim.Barbara is one of those rare unassuming people who work very hard and let serendipity take its course to take them on and ahead...and as they move forward,they share their knowledge and experience with anyone who reaches out.
All material to be used in the class is taken care of,and one gets a lot more than anticipated...if my beads had manufacturing defects,they were promptly replaced and more given to play with....if a bead went bad in the flame,i was given a whole bunch without having to ask.The enamel offered to work and play with is in generous quantities and the range of colors for both opaques and transparents is delicious.Stories and experiences are shared and one is literally watched over and walked through.You cannot not learn in this magical class:)!
There are kits and individual supplies one could pick up during or after the class.It helps.The tool kit is customised.Created and put together personally by Barbara and Jim, it has everything down to vermiculite to take back home to let the beads cool in:).Enamels can be purchased separately too.
One class in this loving,nurturing energy is enough to inspire you to go home and crunch out enamelled beads like never before,with all the confidence and knowledge, particularly the subtle bits you need to know to enamel plain looking metal beads with aplomb to create your own customised jewelry in your own color vocabulary:)!
If you happen to be anywhere in the vicinity of this magical place, make sure you take a class and soak in the magic and the experience:)!xx

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PWFS, Owner at Painting With Fire Studio, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Shruti, Thank you for taking the time to write! Jim and I enjoyed meeting you! You made some awesome things in the workshop ... Looking forward to more great work from you. :-) Barbara

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I became interested in enameling in the aftermath of a metalsmithing class I took, and went on Amazon to search for books. There I found what has turned out to be a perfect guide—Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: A Workshop in Painting with Fire by Barbara Lewis. I worked with that book for a while, and then decided to get the “real deal”—a class with Barbara herself! By then she had relocated to her present spot in St. Pete’s at her wonderful Painting With Fire Studio. I contacted Barbara and she was able work with my dates in scheduling one of her immersion weekend workshops. It was a wonderful weekend! Barbara helped us find a great place to stay near her studio and got us special rates there as her students. Then that first evening she and her family hosted a dinner party for us and included our spouses! They are delightful people, and as it turns out, great cooks!

Perhaps more to the point, Barbara is an excellent teacher! She has a background in this area, is a certified PMC teacher as well, and had previously been teaching in the Maryland area at a community college there. Her experience as a teacher was evident throughout our classes. On the first day we learned the basic torch-fired technique, and in the process, created a very fun necklace which we wore to dinner that night! Barbara is a patient and thorough teacher. She had all the supplies we needed, and even was thoughtful enough to provide lunch for us that first day! The second day was the “dessert”! We learned to work with decals, cat whiskers, stamping techniques, enamel paints and more. We explored tools as well and got to try several specialty tools, a real plus. All in all, it was a truly excellent workshop and, that rarity, a chance to spend two days with wonderful people! Hats off, Barbara Lewis! And btw—is there a student reunion in our future? Fingers crossed!!

Additional comment: if you are not ready to take a workshop, but want to buy some ready-made pieces for yourself, or to include in a project, or if you need enamels and other jewelry-making supplies, this shop is a great resource for your enameling and jewelry-making needs!

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PWFS, Owner at Painting With Fire Studio, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2013

We really enjoyed your visit! The "enameling creativity" was fun and so was the "culinary creativity." I look forward to see you again!

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