I am a fulltime glass-addict... spending most of my time on the torch... I am teaching classes all over europe and I organize workshops for other glassartists and friends here in my studio "cosmic candy" in Germany... I have to admit, I am for sure the worst business woman in the world, most of all I do all this, just to have fun. Teaching is just another good reason, to spend more of my time in front of a torch, melting glass :-) .. 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 melting glass... 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. This is where the Porsches and Mercedes were built ;-) The birth place of those fancy cars. Right around the corner of my studio.
After I remodeled and designed the house for more than 13 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 (Feuerbach)- you see!? hot glass has to be the center of my live! (and I grew up in a little village called Reichenbach, too. Do you know Reichenbach Glass ?)
:-) it's my true calling.
I work on the torch for almost 14 years now. 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 wouldn`t have spent my time on anything else if I knew earlier..... 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....sharing that feeling, seing them being happy, to me is the best pay i could earn ...
Well, maybe we will meet someday, somewhere in glassdreamworld.
And just in case, you are going to visit Germany, to visit Lauscha or the Glassmuseum in Wertheim, make sure to stop by and visit me, okay?!! until then - thanxs for your visit!
Somewhere between the lies and truths, borderlines get shady Somewhere between the yeses and nos you can find a maybe Somewhere between the highs and lows you can spot the middle Somewhere between the questions and clues you can solve the riddle
Somewhere along the road you might need a place to stay Somewhere along the line you're gonna have to ask the way
Somewhere between the mountain and sea a river is flowing Somewhere between the earth and the sky winds of change are blowing Somewhere between the two of us a space is growing Somewhere between suspicion and trust are the things worth knowing
Somewhere along the road you might want to hitch a ride Somewhere along the line you're gonna have to swallow your pride Somewhere inside you still remind me of a feeling Somewhere deeper still are wounds that are not healing