Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Goes to Sea!

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Goes to Sea!

by Lisa Pavelka, Award-Winning Artist, Author and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

What's better than the satisfaction of making beautiful jewelry? How about getting your creative vibe on while cruising? I was incredibly grateful to have Fire Mountain Gems and Beads as the primary sponsor of the ninth, Art Across the Oceans cruise. This year's event featured internationally renowned designers Lilian Chen, Christi Friesen and Anne Mitchell. They joined me for the seven-day sail, which visited Grand Cayman Island, Jamaica, and Labadee, Haiti.

The festivities began in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, with a pizza party and a nametag design contest. Even some of the friends and family of our cruisers got into the spirit of things with their own creative tags. Once onboard, everyone received a huge swag bag full of creative tools and materials to use in class and then take home to keep their creative juices flowing. FMG generously supplied many of the materials used, but the giving didn't stop there. Everyone received extra goodies like tote bags filled with surprises, cool baseball caps (as seen in the group photo below), and products for our daily drawings!
Christi Friesen, Anne Mitchell, Lilian Chen and Lisa Pavelka

Instructors Christi Friesen, Anne Mitchell, Lilian Chen and Lisa Pavelka


The Group Wearing Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Baseball Caps

The Group Wearing Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Baseball Caps

Anne Mitchel

Anne Mitchel's Workshop

The all-inclusive "Mixed Media Mania," event featured workshops in freeform wire and crystal design, riveted metal jewelry, polymer clay sculpting, and pavé crystal jewelry made using Apoxie Sculpt (epoxy clay). It's amazing how varied and unique everyone's creations come out despite starting with the same basic materials. As a teacher, few things are more gratifying than having cruisers tell you that other passengers onboard ask to buy the jewelry they made right off of their neck. And yes, this really does happen!

During class time, family and friends spent time enjoying the shipboard amenities including pools, ice-skating, and the casino. Occasionally, they'd pop in to check out what everyone was making. While there's lots of creating going on in class and during the demo sessions, there is plenty of time to play too. When students weren't
busy learning and perfecting their skills, you could find them letting loose during one of our fun-filled theme nights (with even more swag!), singing and dancing to Karaoke, or just relaxing around the ship. The week wrapped up with grand prize drawings of instructor's artwork and a creative swap. Everyone received their trades packed in a travel organizer bag (donated by cruise logistics manager, Lisa Lambright).

Fire Mountain Gems

Fire Mountain Gems ''Swag Bag''

Mixed Media Mania Workshops

Mixed Media Mania Workshops


Play Time

Play Time

In spite of all the activity, there was still time to relax and play during our days at port. While most cruisers chose to go ashore for shopping, excursions, and watersports; others remained onboard to relax or play in the creative room. Impromptu demos by students and instructors sprung up throughout these days.

Students from around the world, with a wide variety of skill levels and backgrounds were represented. It was an honor to have Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' in-house designer Esther Pollock, aboard for her second consecutive cruise with us.

To view more photos from this years and previous cruises, visit www.artacrosstheoceans.com or the Facebook page (under: "Art Across the Oceans").


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