Saturday, June 23, 2012

Petalsweet Sugar Vase Workshop

April 27-29 i had the privilege to attend Jacqueline Butler's Sugar Vase Workshop at Flour Confections in Pickering, Ontario. I haven't had much experience doing sugar flowers as they are intimidating to me. Sugar flowers are a work of art and i'm not one to have delicate hands or one who who takes their time at doing little delicate pieces. As my husband would say, i'm a bull in a china shop. So this class was challenging for me and i loved every minute of it. It's not about how fast you go or how many little buds you can do within a minute, it's about taking your time to really make them look life like. Jacqueline had the patience to work with each student and teach each of us how to delicately make each piece come to life. 

One thing i was really excited to learn was the dusting technique. I've tried it a couple of times and i found i was dusting as my daughter would (who is 5 by the way), messy and fast. Jacqueline's techniques taught me how to mix the right colors and to test it out first before adding it as it's all about the right color composition to give them the wow factor!  

Throughout the three days, we learned how to create life like buds, Peony buds, Peony, Ranunculus (which i love) and little flower fillers. These flowers alone are beautiful in real life so learning how to make them out of sugar was even more amazing and a great way to add some new decoration to a cake.  

If you have never been to Flour Confections you need to check out their online store and the number of classes they offer! Lisa and her crew were welcoming the minute i walked through the door and a big thank you goes to Lisa and her crew.  

Now onto Jacqueline herself! She is a true artist and has a unique skill when it comes to making flowers look real. I was so honored to have taken her course and it was such a pleasure to have finally had the chance to meet her. If you ever get a chance to take a class from Jacqueline i would highly it. She is not also patient but is willing to answer any questions and is willing to help out whenever ones in the class had questions. The three day class was full of laughs and chatter and full of amazing cake decorators.  

Now onto the pictures, i'm sure you are dying to see them! Look how gorgeous the Peony is! class4-1  
The final master piece with Jacqueline, myself and Lisa from Flour Confections. class8-1  
I was very nervous taking this home and making sure it got home in one piece. Those who have driven with me, will understand what i mean. class9-1  
Finally home! class10-1  
Thanks for stopping by!