Surprise… Supplies!

After getting stuck in customs for a week or so, our tools and supplies were finally delivered this Monday morning!  I’m not sure how my students felt at first, but it was sheer bliss for me.  We’re talking Christmas-morning-as-a-little-child bliss, except better.

Once we got everything unpacked, de-greased the steel tools, and assembled our little work stations, they were getting excited.  Then I started the demo – I showed them how to use a jeweler’s saw to cut out shapes in metal.  It was practically a matter of SECONDS before they all appropriated their own pieces of copper, drew shapes into the metal, and started confidently using tools they’d never seen before.  The sun (below) was one of my faves.  The student who designed this later stamped the word “light” onto the surface, and oxidized it (or made it dark.)  Clever.

It’s beautiful to see the women jump into a project without any fear of failure.  Not having the experience of formal training, they are unaware of the boundary-lines learned through harsh artistic critiques.  No inhibitions, just creations.  I love it.  It’s totally opposite how I functioned in Metals I.  My classmates and I would cut out little circles and squares, always staying within the lines of what was easy or normal.

Anyways, one student designed a fish pendant with the words “Follow Me” stamped on the back.  This is in reference to Jesus recruiting a few fisherman to live and learn and change the world with Him   –  “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19.

She asked Addy, (my friend and classroom translator) to look up the passage and read it aloud.

Today was good, very good.  I’ve got this group for about 5 hours a day, Monday – Thursday.  Now that we’re done with demos, they’ll be working on actual projects to turn in this Thursday.  I think I’ll have them make at least 3 pairs of earrings, but we shall see.  I’ll have them sketch out the designs first, so I can give guidance about the most efficient way to produce them three-dimensionally.  I hope to make the last day a show-and-tell: a time for critiquing the craftsmanship and function of the finished pieces, discussing the art of designing for different price-ranges, and learning to cater to different style preferences.

I can’t wait to post more pics of their work!

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12 Responses to Surprise… Supplies!

  1. Judy Bell says:

    Sounds like you are off and running! Congratulations! I am praying for you and the others. Keep us posted.

  2. Mel says:

    I can’t tell you how much I LOVE reading your blogs. It makes my heart more than happy to see you using what you love and are gifted in to help others and further the Kingdom. May God continue to pour His blessing and grace out on you and your students. Love you, sister.

  3. Mel says:

    Also….I think it’s funny because Thai people often say the words supplies and surprise exactly the same.

  4. Robyn says:

    Yay! You got your supplies. How is everything? You sound (typed) really excited. I’m so proud of you! Can’t wait to read more. Love!

    • Chelsey says:

      Thanks so much! Things are super fast-paced here, but good. This week should be really fun: I’m going to take the class on a “field trip” to observe flowers and trees near our school. We’ll be turning our findings into jewelry design ideas in metal. I guess I’ll just blog about it soon… Love!

  5. Dad says:

    Your work is so amazing. Thanks for being an insperation and encouragement to me. I am trying to wake up each day and ask God how can I advance the kingdom today. I pray this becomes a normal way of doing things for me. Your never to old to be challenged. It’s a privilege to be chelsey’s father. I Love You.

  6. Lara F. says:

    Hey! Glad you’re supplies made it in. You’ve got a really great group there! I signed up to receive email updates through Servantworks. This really looks like such a fantastic and worthwhile ministry. Please let us all know how we can pray for you if there’s anything specific you would like prayer for.

    Looking forward to future blog posts!

    - Lara F.

    • Chelsey says:

      Hey Lara! Thanks so much for keeping up with my blog! How cool. Well, I’m desperately in need of God’s guidance in how to lead my classes. I don’t want to just throw information and skills-training at them. I want to help them funnel their new abilities into the most productive channels. And I want for God to teach them beautiful truths through their new abilities as well. That’s HUGE to me.

  7. Lynn Palmer (Bettye) says:

    Hi Chelsea,
    I am so glad to find my way to your blog posts! I am praying your are overflowing with grace and love from Jesus. That is what your students will remember the most about this time with you. Your heart desires are clearly from him. I am very grateful for having you in my family and to share artiistic vision and inspiration with!! I ‘get’ all these wonderful passions that bounce around in your head and heart and give you giggly joy that is contagious to others!! It is adorable, the way you express your thoughts in writing and let others be in on the fun…..Blessing and love to you,lil cuz. I am happy how God is using you…keep up the creative work, it brings life for everyone who even know about it!
    B. Lynn

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