Monday, November 24, 2014

My latest upcycle project

 Easy and fun. Oh so beautiful!

Holiday Wreath workshop

We gathered together and went for a walk in the yard. We foraged for interesting bits of natures beauty to create our holiday wreaths.
Who could have imagined what would happen when you look at the fallen lichen covered branches, rose hips and red twigs as artful decorations?
The freedom to create with natural materials is a deeply woven part of our human makeup, yet we seldom get the chance to fully embrace it. Here, we
were given the chance, and look at the joyful expressions and pride felt by the masters of their works!
I teach these workshops 3 times in the Holiday season. To take a workshop, please sign up for the mailing list so you will know when they are happening.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Wheel throwing for beginners

Mondays 5:30-7:30
Wheel throwing for beginners. Skilled throwers can buy studio time and have access to the studio during specified hours

Class includes:
1 bag with class sign up  ($15 bag for sale here if you need more)
We use only white clay at this studio.
6 week evening class, with 5 weekly open studio days available to you.
Saturdays/Sunday 10-4pm for 5 weeks of class.
We have clean up standards to keep in the studio, so please help to maintain cleanliness in the studio. We’ll cover it in the first class.
Please park on Street… dress warm, the studio gets chilly (fall and winter, definitely, but summer too-it's nice and cool)
Questions, please call 206-767-7735
Village Green Perennial Nursery
10223 26th Ave Sw Seattle Wa. 98146
Vera will be teaching.  Call to register, come in or paypal for class.
I have been working with clay for over 17yrs and been teaching it for 8 years to a small group of people, and now formally teaching. I studied under Dana Sanderson, (photographer, potter, archeologist) Dana taught at Southwest Community center and Alki bath house.

Blacksmith classes

Basic introduction to blacksmithing. 3 workshops to choose from. Skill level, beginner to intermediate. 
8 and up is best, adults are welcome to sign up with kids!

I can only take 2 people at a time in the shop.
Learn how to taper, draw out and scroll hot steel to form shapes for functional items, such as a fire poker, a towel rack or scrolled trivet.  A lesson in Physics!       I am not a knife maker. knives require special heat treating and annealing, however we can make the shapes if return student would like to try it.
S1,  11-1  Saturday's beginning October 18 (runs 4 weeks) $180 11-2pm
S2  6-9pm  begins  Wednesday October 22nd,  evening  6-9pm (special 2 night project/class) We will make  a camp cook set. A very useful camping tool! This class is $190 plus $25 materials fee.S3 6-9pm begins Wednesday November 5,  evening  6-9pm (special 2 night project/class) We will make  a camp cook set. A very useful camping tool! This class is $190 plus $25 materials fee.
S4 6-9pm begins Wednesday November 19,  evening  6-9pm (special 2 night project/class) a small trellis for your garden plants/vines.   This class is $190 plus $25 materials fee.
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Must sing a waiver. Village Green/Vera Johnson is not responsible for any injuries
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We'll hammer iron, learn proper posture and holding techniques, shop safety and more
I'll demo then you can try your 'arm and hammer'
Must wear canvas or denim pants, fitted cotton long sleeve shirt, wear layers. Flannel shirt, denim shirt, leather shoes. No synthetic materials. They can melt and burn skin.
Hair must be tied back. NO Fleece, no baggy clothes.
I would be willing to discuss the hourly rental of the studio with interested adults.
I have been a practicing blacksmith for over 15 years, taking classes from Scott Shattuck at the Duwamish trade center through SSCC, Continuing my education through weekend workshops with David Lisch, master damascus knife maker (I do not make knives,
we practiced other skills) and apprenticed for Shannon Buckner of 'Bent productions'
camp cook set
Vera 206-819-8544
10223 26th Ave SW Seattle Wa 98146 
Street parking. Shop is onsite at Village Green

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vacation home West Seattle

                                          Welcome to
'Tall Cedars cottage' at Village Green

Do you have Family coming to town and need a place for them to stay?

Do you want to have a 'friends weekend' and do some black smithing, pottery or learn about beekeeping? Want to Organize a retreat? Let's talk!

This Cozy Farm style house is situated on 2 acres of woods and gorgeous organic gardens...home to chickens, ducks, honeybees owls and plenty of birds. Wood stove, some hardwood floors, 2 large bedrooms with queen beds, 1 medium size bedroom with twin/dorm bunk beds, washer/dryer, 1 bathroom, and street parking. Nestled below the giant cedar trees this 3 bedroom offers charm and lush park-like grounds for rest and relaxation ~ A true organic gardener's delight and 'get away from it' all kind of retreat!

Where else can you stay in West Seattle and visit chickens, ducks and honeybees?

3 Bedrooms

1. Dragonfly room overlooks the front gardens, (2 twin beds)

2. Moss rose room with a view of the roses and chickens, (full sized be)

3. Birds nest room, with a view of the cedars from the bed, like being in a tree house (queen bed)

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Rental of the grounds is not included. Separate fees apply. Please inquire. Hourly Rates for daytime/evening workshops are available, please inquire. Available for Retreats, educational workshops, meditation space, cooking classes, herbal classes, vacation rental. . .what do you want to host here?


                                               *Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certified*
Vera can also help you plan and host your Wedding, take photos or host a private event. Gardens can accommodate 50-75 guests. However weddings and events are a Separate rental/reservation and you need to ask for more information.
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                                Vera is Ordained and can perform weddings

Unique in that we are a working urban farm and educational resource to our community.

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Did you know ??? I teach pottery, black smithing and many other lost skills workshops in addition to gardening, permaculture and beekeeping.

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