Attention – and also Fun

Those of you who get our e-mail newsletters – well, you know a bit what we’re like.

And those of you who’ve spent time with us in the studio – you do too …

We work hard.

But we don’t “do” showing off.

We definitely like things to be fun.

And I suppose the thing here is, it’s our idea of fun (which won’t always be someone else’s).

So with the international audience who visits us here each day, some things may seem inexplicable.

Some jokes will fail.

And some readers will expect their “masters” always to be serious.

But we’re just not like that. We simply have too much work to be serious all the time. (We’re already booked up well into 2012.)

Anyway, we’re not anyone’s “masters”.

We tell you about the techniques we use, about what works for us.

And we make it perfectly clear how you must practice and rehearse and figure out what works for you.

We’ve too much respect for you to see things any other way.

All the same, we have to get your attention. We have to make you look at what maybe seems a tiny (maybe it even seems a boring) point – like the way our fingers hold a badger blender: or how we mix the paint for maybe 20 seconds each time we load the brush – and that’s exactly why we need to have some fun …

Hopefully to make you smile because we do something surprising or unexpected.

Otherwise it would get boring and your attention would drift.

And then we would have failed to tell you about something important.

For instance, is this fun? Well, it’s a light-hearted dig at big-budget entertainment:

So that’s how the documentary begins … (melo)dramatically.

And then we take a close-up look at the small, important details of tracing, highlighting and silver staining.

Yes, we want your attention, but we also want some entertainment and even (mock-)suspence for you. Otherwise … yawn!

And of course that’s something you need to know – if you don’t know it already – about how we want to work with you.

Anyway – as so many of you definitely know – when you write to us, we write back seriously and with the best information we have.

How many other stained glass studios do that?