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Posted on April 23, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie
Knowing what to bring if you’re a first time participant in a workshop, retreat, or guild meeting away from home can be a challenge. Today, I’m going to help you feel comfortable in what you are bringing, how much to bring, and what happens if you forget something.
Each and every workshop, retreat, or guild meeting teacher should be offering at least a basic list of tools, supplies that you will need for their class. Make sure that you review the list of supplies from all the teachers that will be teaching at your event. I find it is easiest to print them all out and write a new list from a combination of all the teachers lists, this ensures you won’t “forget” anything.
Even if it’s NOT on the list of tools you need, be sure that you tote along your favorite tools. Often our favorite tools have a way of embedding themselves into our daily craft uses and we find that being without them is nearly impossible. For MOST clay meetings, guilds, & retreats you will need the following:
Here’s a list of some other things (clay related & not clay related) that you might consider bringing.
When you sit down to craft, clay, or play in your hobby is there something you always do? For me, there is always a cup of coffee and I always apply hand lotion. (Read why here.) If you have a “ritual” to your crafting then you want to be sure that you bring things to make this happen. Why? If you aren’t relaxed, you won’t enjoy the experience. This being said, if one of your ritual’s is to burn a stick of incense, this might not be appropriate in your setting and my offend someone with allergies. Be sure that your “ritual” is only about you and won’t harm or hurt someone else.
This is my number 1 and most important rule:
Wear comfortable clothes, you will be sitting & working all day. Workshops are NOT fashion shows.
This being said, I know that we all like to look nice and get all gussied up. There’s a time & a place for that. It’s usually the open house the night prior or final night of any workshop. The workshop itself, you want to be comfy. You want to wear something that can get dirty, paint on it, and take a little abuse. I myself always work in jeans (sometimes sweatpants) and a knit shirt (like a t-shirt). Both can take plenty of abuse and wash-up pretty easily.
What about you? Is there something that you’d like to share that you always bring with you to workshops and classes? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for joining me today,