Bath Cake Company awarded for teaching PME sugarcraft courses

first_imgBath Cake Company has been awarded with the PME Professional Diploma UK and Ireland Award of Excellence 2016 as part of PME’s Wall of Honour 2016.The accolade was presented to Bath Cake Company for its “outstanding contributions on all levels where the PME Professional Diploma courses are concerned”.The PME Professional Diploma and Masters Certificate consists of three diploma courses – PME Sugarpaste, PME Sugar Flowers and PME Royal Icing.At the end of each course, a student is awarded with a PME Diploma Certificate, and if they go on to complete all three, they will also receive their PME Professional Masters Certificate.Celia Adams, managing director of Bake Cake Company, said she was proud to have been awarded for the business’ efforts in teaching the PME Diploma courses and Masters Certificate.“We’ve been teaching these highly sought-after courses for over three years, and it’s wonderful to have been recognised by PME themselves for the work we have done,” Adams said. “I couldn’t recommend the courses more – they’re perfect for people looking to better their cake decorating skills and those looking to start their own cake business.”She added: “We have both beginner to advanced students who attend and everyone comes away having learnt something new and with more confidence in their skills. As well as learning sugarcraft techniques, each course includes discussing basic business guidelines for setting up a cake business.”Bath Cake Company’s Decorating School opened at the beginning of 2014 and is home to the south west’s largest range of cake decorating classes.last_img read more

Expert restores statue of Jesus

first_imgA pedestal reading “Venite ad me omnes,” Latin for “Come to me everyone,” still stands on God Quad, but the invitation currently lacks a speaker. The pedestal normally supports the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, which has stood there since 1893, according to the Notre Dame archives, but this image of Jesus was removed in late November for restoration. Charles Loving, director and curator of the George Rickey Sculpture Archive at the Snite Museum of Art, said he put the University in touch with Thomas Podnar, a sculpture conservator from the McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio. Podnar is to restore the Sacred Heart of Jesus and three other campus statues: Notre Dame (Our Mother) at the north end of Notre Dame Avenue, Father Sorin on God Quad and Thomas Dooley near the Grotto. Loving said the University reached out to the outside conservator because he will be better equipped to meet their restoration goals. “If we had done nothing, it would have just rusted out and collapsed, so [the number] one [goal of the restoration is] to ensure its long-term preservation,” Loving said. “[The number] two [goal is] to make it look like what it looked like initially.” Loving said Podnar restored the other three campus images without removing them, but the Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue had to be transported to Ohio for proper refurbishing because it had suffered extensive damage from “weather and age.” “There’s probably some atmospheric fall of pollutants from places like Gary, Ind., and East Chicago, but primarily just weather,” Loving said. “Like an old car, eventually the paint will wear off. Many of the sculptures are not painted metal. Many are cast bronze, but that particular one is cast iron.”  Because the Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue is painted, most of the restoration entails stripping paint from the statue, repairing cracks in it and repainting it, Loving said. “The paint is coming off and in places it’s cracking, so it was removed,” he said. “They’ll chemically take off the paint. They’ll repair the cracks by welding them and somehow finishing them so the welds don’t show, and then they’ll repaint it.” Loving said Podnar will attempt to recreate the original paint color of the statue, which will look quite different from the weathered version the campus is accustomed to seeing when the statue returns next February. “It might be a little shocking to some people, but in the long term it’ll be good for it to have been preserved so it’s there for future generations,” he said. “It’s something that any sculpture requires over time. It doesn’t suggest any deficiency in the way it was manufactured or the way it’s been taken care of. It’s just part of the process.” Even though restoration is an important part of maintaining outdoor statues, Loving said the University does not have its statues restored very often. He said he believes this is the first time since 1893 the statue has been repaired.  Within the past five years, members of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Gettysburg noticed damage on the statue of Fr. William Corby outside Corby Hall, a copy of which also stands in Gettysburg, and raised funds to restore it, Loving said. “It’s kind of nice when people who are alums or friends of Notre Dame recognize the need and come up with the money,” he said. “As far as I know there’s no existing budget line to take care of these statues.” Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

Gary Payne benefit this weekend

first_imgNapoleon, In. —  The “Gary Strong” benefit ride for Gary Payne will be held on Saturday, August 26.Registration at 1 p.m. at the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon and the ride starts at 2 p.m. From 5 to 10 p.m. in the church fellowship hall there will be a silent auction, live auction, bake sale, music, dinner at 6p.m. and beer. Registration is $25.Gary Payne was the building and trades teacher at the Southeastern Indiana Career Center and was active in Special Olympics. In February of 2017 he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Proceeds from this event help Gary and help his family defray medical expenses.last_img read more

Report from the NAHB Green Conference

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in The NAHB Green conference is being held this week (April 29 to May 1, 2012) in Nashville, Tennessee. Several GBA employees and bloggers — including Dan Morrison, Michael Chandler, Peter Yost, Ted Clifton, and me — are attending.Nashville has a number of famous buildings, including a full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Nashville’s Parthenon isn’t made of quarried marble, however; it’s made of concrete. So how’s the concrete quality? Do the columns resemble marble?Like vinyl siding (which looks like freshly painted clapboard, but only from a distance), the concrete columns of Nashville’s Parthenon are less convincing up close than they are from 200 yards away. The columns have a kind of exposed-aggregate, sandy finish rather than a smooth-as-marble finish.Whenever I place concrete, I aim for quality — even if I’m just filling a few Sonotubes. I want to get out the air bubbles and create a smooth finish — and I make sure the rebar is properly placed.Why is it that modern buildings with concrete façades so often have terrible concrete quality? I’m thinking, for example, of Paul Rudolph’s Art & Architecture building at Yale, a brutalist disaster with concrete so sloppy that the rusting rebar and reinforcing mesh are exposed to the elements.The NAHB Green conference is being held at the Nashville Convention Center, and many attendees are staying at the attached 25-story hotel, the Renaissance Nashville. The skyscraper is only 20 years old, but its concrete façade is already streaked with rust from projecting steel tie rods or mesh. (See the photo below.) It’s hard to say whether these unsightly concrete disasters are due to an architect’s ignorance or builder sloppiness. In any case, the concrete buildings of Nashville are no match for those on the Acropolis of Athens.This year’s… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Lighting for Video: The Tools You Should Have In Your Lighting Bag

first_imgLighting your next film or video project? Make sure you have the right support tools to get the job done.In our series on Lighting for Video we’ve previously tackled different types of professional lighting instruments. Knowing which type of light to use (and when) is essential for getting the best picture. But’s it not just about the lights. Anytime you use pro lighting equipment you should be prepared with the right support gear to assist you on set.In this video, I cover my essential lighting support tools – gear that should be included in any professional lighting kit. A quick rundown of these tools includes:High quality multi-tool (I prefer the Leatherman Wave for durability, warranty and varied toolset)Metric and standard hex wrenchesAdjustable wrenchExtra bolts, nuts, screws and washers (these can be a lifesaver)Clamps: varied assortment of big, small, metal, plasticGlovesGaff tape and Industry Tape (Industry Tape is strong and won’t leave residue behind like other kinds of tape)High quality extension cordsVelcro cable ties for cord managementWhat gear is a MUST have in your lighting kit?Share your experiences and advice in the comments below!last_img read more