I am a fulltime glass-addict... spending most of my time on the torch... i am teaching classes all over europe and i arrange workshops for other glassartists here in my studio in germany... i have to admit.. i am for sure the worst business-woman in the world... most of all i do all those things just to have fun ..teaching is just another good reason to spend still more of my time on the torch.... :-) .. i love to be surrounded by people with the same vision... if you ever feel like you have something to share with me ...and if its just your time we spend on talking and chilling and shooting crazy pics... drop me a line ... :-) global-glass-madness :-)
let's see how I'll try to introduce myself .....
my name is carla di francesco
my friends call me carli, and because it's much cooler (it's very hip in germany to talk in anglicisms) we changed it to carlee
I'm 33 .... how I decided the other day in the gym (hehe)
I jumped on the opportunity as it came along ...a dream came true... - i found a house, big and old, located in the stuttgart area. ....Stuttgart? that's in germany - europe? no? no idea? this is where the porsches and mercedes were built ;-) - ah, now you got it, huh? lol
after I remodeled and designed the house for more than 6 years now (will this ever end ???), I live there with my son sam . this house is the centerpiece of my work, and it' s as well home, inspiration and location of my beadmaking studio. I also teach classes here.
I'm part italian and part czech, so I unite the two big historic nations of glassbeadmaking. AND - believe or not, the part of stuttgart where we live is called firecreek - you see!? hot glass has to be the center of my live!
:-) it's my true calling.
since a couple of years I work on the torch. ever since the first time I was introduced to glassbeadmaking I was hooked up. I'm in love with hot glass and I for sure already made thousands of beads. I call myself lucky to got in touch with glass.... if i knew about that "old world art" before... i am sure, i wouldn`t have spent my time on anything else..... working with glass is a spiritual experience ... you can`t relate to anything else... further on i love to teach... i love to see the glance in the eyes of my students while discovering the world of hot glass.... they tremble like they`re having their first date... and sharing that feeling to me is the best pay i could earn ...
but my yearnings haven't met it's main targed up to now. I'm dreaming about large pieces. I would like to play with different things. my longings have taken the direction to furnace work like dante marioní....
like some other beadmaker said: they make me wanna throw away my mandrel and play with the big boys...
nothing I would like better than traveling around the US, visting all the great glass schools I discovered while surfing the net, like CMOG, pilchuck glass school, eugene... revere..... but there is: my little son, and my cute dog who I couldn't leave behind..... (once again the crying smilie )
and I don't like traveling by plane since my journey to new zealand, where I managed to became part of an accident, ended up in hospital for weeks and at least on the flight back home I spent two hours in LA, in front of the airport - trapped in a wheelchair..... california dreaming....
big fat hairy deal this little trip to the country of my dreams, huh?!
I don't know, if I'm couraged enough to give myself in the mercy of a plane once more :-( (i do, i do!!! guys, ill be in philly this october, .... ... I MUST BE CRAZY ....... I see myself sitting in that big bird... looking around ... seeing all those people around me .... an ME crying out loud: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE !!!! ...... ,... a bit quieter: ... "some day"... sorry folks... )
hmmm - maybe ...... for the big yearning, with heaps of tranquillizers in the baggage ;-) ..... maybe I have to think about that a bit longer ;-) ... and yes of course to meet YOU :-) ... and to teach... I WILL HOP ON THAT PLANE AGAIN.
I hope I could give you a little insight of me and my life. (dont take some parts of my little story much to serious.... i don`t know if I really would stay on a plane yelling out loud...remind the lots of tranquillizers.... hahahahah)
It's always difficult to use a foreign language, even if I underdstand most of spoken or written english, it's something complete different using it myself. the worst part is to transport the refinements in language which are the signature of me. my attemps in being funny, sarcastic or profound failed. sometimes big time *sigh*
I KNOW WHAT I´M TALKING ABOUT, BELIEVE ME !
my best guess - if you don't speak a foreign language like native tongue - you better stay put with smilies. so noone will misinterpret and missunderstand my point.
well then - maybe we will meet someday, somewhere in glassdreamworld.
and just in case you will travel one day to germany, to see maybe Lauscha or the glassmuseum in Wertheim, or to buy a little porsche or mercedes .... lol
make sure to stop by and visit me, okay?!!
until then - thanxs for your visit!
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ME.... HERE IS AN INTERVIEW ON BEADINGTIMES
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