Although I am not surprised by what's happened today, I am nonetheless disappointed.
In my last post I told you all that I'd passed my Art Clay Level 1 Certificate. I was also planning to take Level 2 in June. I've had a phone call today to say that's not going to happen. The lady that I took my Art Clay certificate with has received complaints that I am taking the Level 2 so early after completing Level 1. Apparently there is a general agreement that students should have a period of at least 6 months in between certifications to gain experience and confidence. Is it a rule - no. However, because of the complaints she's received she has cancelled my level 2 and told me I'll have to wait.
I want to make it clear I am no way blaming the teacher concerned, I totally understand her position, and have apologised to her for any problems this has caused her.
I am really unhappy that there are people out there who felt it necessary to complain in the first place. I am NOT new to the world of metal clay. I have been PMC Levels 1 & 2 certified for 4 years and have been teaching for 2 years. The intention by completing the Art Clay certificates was just to give me a broader portfolio and also I get asked a lot about the differences between the two brands. The Art Clay certificates do not teach me anything I don't already know how to do. My skills are far more advanced than that.
It's not like me to rant about this in a public place, but that just shows how strongly I feel about this. I've made some lovely friends through the online communities I'm involved in, and its horrible to think that one of them has felt the need to do this to me (although I suspect it's more likely to be the lurkers who never actually join in). If you're one of the people who complained, feel free to email me and justify your complaint.
I have other exciting projects in the pipeline, which really are a stretch for me creatively and will challenge my skills. I will continue to concentrate on those instead and will be back tomorrow with a happier post!