Below are the instructors for the 2013 Bead Fest Philadelphia. 2014 Instructors will be posted in December.
Nikia has been beading for more years than she'd like to count! Teaching since 1989 and on a national level since 2002, Nikia travels 8 months of the year to bead shows (B&B, Bead Fest, Rocky Mountain Bead Bazzar, BABE) and bead stores sharing the joy and teaching her innovative designs. She is owner of the popular kit website, BuytheKit.com. She spends her days in beautiful Albuquerque, NM beading new designs and getting ready for the next show.
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Together Ed and Martha Biggar have over 50 years glass experience and nearly 20 years of metal clay experience. The Biggars teach regularly across the country as well as in their home studio in southwest Virginia.
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Francie Broadie has been beading and teaching beadwork in the Midwest for the last 16 years. She is well versed in bead weaving and glass fusing, having studied with multiple teachers over the last 16 years. Seed beads are Francie's favorite, but she will bead with anything. Her goal in life is to cram as much beady info into her brain as possible. She holds a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Indianapolis. In her spare time she knits, sews, paints, and dabbles in photography.
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Ashley Bunting is a Portland, ME based jewelry designer. She collects metal pieces, chain, Lucite flowers, and sequins. She bends, forms, glues, stacks, and rivets components together. Ashley's jewelry ranges from bold statements pieces to everyday wearables. Ashley works at The Beadin' Path in Freeport, ME where she is the head designer, products developer, teacher, and traveling sales rep. She is also the Brand Ambassador for Xuron Corp. Her designs have been featured in top jewelry magazines, such as BeadStyle, HandCrafted Jewelry, and Creative Jewelry.
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Joy has been obsessed with lampworking since 2001. One of her main inspirations come from wild animals and anthropomorphic animal sculptures. There are endless possibilities of colors, expressions and poses. Every piece teaches something new about solving technical problems, creating patterns, using combinations of transparent and opaque colors and sculpting glass. Joy gets bored easily but working with hot glass continues to stay exciting. See worksofjoy.com to view some of her work.
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Doris left the corporate world in 2000 to pursue beads full time. Since then she has spent her time being a sales rep for a bead company, designing kits and teaching them both locally and nationally, writing for the leading bead magazines, leading bead related tours to the Czech Republic and Providence, RI, maintaining her web site and growing her online business at www.beadsbydee.com . She has also contributed projects to 6+ books by various publishers and has had many articles/projects published the leading bead magazines.
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Natalia Colman is a jewelry designer, author & teacher specializing in shrink plastic, metal clay & mixed media. She creates her designs & jewelry making kits & products under the brand name of by Natalia. She is a Guest Designer on UK home shopping channel Jewelry Maker TV. Natalia's designs have appeared in many UK jewelry making magazines. She has published two books Silver Clay with Style and Fantastic Shrink Plastic Jewelry & Crafts. She has released 2 best-selling silver clay instruction DVDs & a copper & bronze clay DVD & also teaches jewelry making on P&O cruises.
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My name is Cheryl Darrow and I have been in the craft industry for the past 22 years. I have designed for stamp companies, die manufacturers, owned and operated a stamp company and currently own and operated TENseconds Studio.
My work has been shown in Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Better Homes and Garden and I've written an article for Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
I have written "Metal Effects," The A to Z of METALworks (DVD & CD) and two Die Cut Art books. As the owner of TENseconds Studio I've conducts mixed media workshops all over the world. My love of art has inspired me to take an age old art form of repousse and bring it into the 21st Century using tools and molds. At present I am experimenting and creating techniques with our VerDay Paints and Patina. My passion for arts include; calligraphy, PMC and showing others how to "metalize their worlds!"
In my free time I enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with my favorite husband, Ken. We also run a retreat house on Eagle Mt. Lake in Texas.
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Diane Dennis is a seed-bead jewelry artist creating one of a kind and limited edition beadwork using semi-precious gemstones, pearls, and crystals. Diane has been featured in Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog as a contest winner.
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Helen is the Senior Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. A BFA graduate of Moore College of Art, she has worked as an information graphics artist, art director, writer and editor. She is a member of PSG, CoMA and SNAG, and is the featured artist in 3 Interweave Metalsmith Essentials DVDs: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, and Textures & Patinas. Twitter: fabricationista; Blog: www.materialsmithing.wordpress.com
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Stephanie Eddy, a jewelry designer for 40-plus years, is involved in all aspects of bead and jewelry design, from teaching to creating designer quality jewelry kits. She is the inventor of the Lazee Daizee Viking Knit tool. Mike has three years experience with Viking Knit wire work, with a focus on teaching techniques, consistency, and wire management. Stephanie and Michael co-teach Viking Knit classes and are co-authors of the Lazee Daizee Guide to Viking Knit.
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John works primarily with silver, gold, and titanium. The techniques he uses include anticlastic raising, casting, chain making, etching, fold forming, forging, and stone setting. John finds chain mail particularly interesting because it combines art, mathematics, and construction techniques. There is art in the way the finished jewelry decorates the body. Mathematics is used when creating a new pattern. The techniques needed to construct a pattern are like solving a jigsaw puzzle.
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Monica Han started beading in 2002 then started teaching in 2005. She has received several awards from CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS (CSE) and Fire Mountain Gems design contests. Her projects have been published on Step-by-Step Wire, BeadStyle, and Belle Armoire magazines. Monica became a CSE Ambassador in 2009. She enjoys designing and teaching classes using Swarovski Elements. She has taught at Bead Fest in Philadelphia and Create Your Style Workshops in Tucson.
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Bronwen Heilman is a full-time studio artist and flamework glass
instructor whose work has been exhibited and received awards in
numerous juried exhibitions. She is a recipient of the
International Glass Bead Society Presidents Award, first place in
soft marble competition, among others. Her work is published in
1000 Glass Beads, 500 Beaded Objects, Showcase 500 beaded Jewelry,
and the new and upcoming Showcase 500 Art Necklaces,
Contemporary Lampworking, Glass Bead Masters and many
others. She is on the Board at Sonoran Glass School in
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Diane began beading about 20 years ago after trying her hand at any craft that utilized needle and thread. After working with several nationally know bead artists, Diane began creating her own designs and has since taught these around the country, including Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements 2011, and Bead Fest Santa Fe and Philadelphia 2011. Her work has been published in several magazines and books, and recently online. Her travels have greatly influenced her choices of colors, shapes and forms. She and husband Bob split their time between traveling, PA and their camp in Maine.
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Cindy Holsclaw is a bead artist and a scientist specializing in geometric beaded structures. Her fascination with new and interesting beading methods permeates her jewelry designs. Cindy's strong foundation as a trained academic shapes her writing skills, and she enjoys teaching beadweaving classes across the country. She is an attentive and patient instructor during class, and her beading patterns are fully-illustrated and complete with troubleshooting tips to continue to help students after the class is over. To see more of her work, please visit her website at www.beadorigami.com
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Deanna Kittrell has been making chainmaille and beaded jewelry for over 10 years. She shares her love of chainmaille by teaching both locally and at nationally. Deanna resides in Sacramento, CA where she works at Piece of Mind Beads and raises her 2 children. Deanna makes all of her own jump rings and has jump rings and kits available on her website.
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Amy worked in graphics and desktop publishing for 15 years before transferring her skills to wire and beadwork. She has been designing and teaching her creations for the past ten years in Israel and abroad. She also sells tutorials on Etsy. Amy's work has been published in Bead and Button, Bead Design Studio, Bead Unique magazine and is slated to be published in Beadwork Quick and Easy and Bead Magazine in England.
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Joe Korth is a jewelry artist from Denver, Colorado. Joe has been teaching metalsmithing and related techniques for 9 years. He recently concluded a 9-month period as an Artist-In-Residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to that he was on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Metalsmithing Association from 2008-2011.
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Beth Kraft is the owner of Nordic Gypsy Beads & Jewelry, a bead store located in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to teaching bead-weaving and wirework at her store, she teaches at several national bead shows and the Create Your Style Tucson show. Her designs have been published in several national bead magazines and she has appeared on Beads, Baubles, and Jewels and Bead.tv. Visit her website at www.nordicgypsy.com.
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Sara Sally LaGrand has had the great fortune to study with many gifted teachers both in Italy and the US. She has been melting glass since 1996. In that time she has won numerous awards and has the great privilege to teach workshops all over the US and Europe.
She earned a BA in Glass Formation at Park University of Missouri with the collaboration of the award winning public glass artist, Dierk Van Keppel. She has studied with Italian glass masters Lucio Bubbaco and Vitorrio Costantini.
She continues to study and grow, pushing the limits of the glass and combining it with unconventional materials for an eclectic look at nature, life and pop culture.
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Linda won first prize in the finished jewelry division of Bead Dreams 2012 with a bead embroidered collar entitled Tilt!, the highlight of 40 years of beading. It started in 1972 when as lonely college freshman far away from home she wandered into a shop named The Bead Shaman. Beautiful little beads in every shape and color call out, and Linda was immediately captivated. Linda has been teaching bead weaving in South Florida since 2001 and has earned a reputation for clear, concise instructions; tremendous patience and a superb sense of color. She offers a wide variety of classes for both novice and advanced beaders both privately and under the auspices of the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild. Linda was also a 2010 Bead Dreams Finalist. She is a contributor to Bead & Button Magazine and Beadwork Magazine and has projects in The Big Book of Patterns and Creative Beading, Volume 7.
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A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology,1976, Jim Lawson has built a successful career in art and advertising photography over the last 30 years, working primarily in the Chicago and Cleveland areas. Since 2006, when he moved to Chester County, Jim's commercial work has been primarily focused on an extensive series of cover art for Jewelry Artist Magazine and the "Gem of the Month" photo feature for Modern Jeweler. Recently, Jim has taught at the Delaware College of Art & Design and participated in faculty exhibits there.
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Alison Lee is the creative founder of CRAFTCAST.com, a company dedicated to providing exceptional online crafting education available worldwide. Her education included studying goldsmithing at the renown Kulicke-Stark Academy in NYC as well as producing a line of organically inspired jewelry sold through numerous galleries. Alison was a featured artist on HGTV's That's Clever and taught jewelry classes in NYC. As well as hosting weekly LIVE online classes with well-known instructors, Alison teaches jewelry making classes in her own studio in Nyack, NY.
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Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist and jeweler of over 26 years. Susan work has been on exhibit with American Craft Council, Smithsonian and artistic works has toured museums nationally and internationally. Although Susan is known as a master of metalwork, her new groundbreaking book, Resin Alchemy, combines metalwork with Resin and is published June, 2013. Susan is also designer of a successful commercial line called Industrial Chic composed of jewelry and mixed media. susanlenartkazmer.com
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Annette is a predominantly self-taught beader. Being intrigued by a bracelet on a friend's wrist, Annette attended several classes with Master Beader Carol Cypher and took it from there. Having been immersed in crafts and art since early childhood - knitting since age five, pottery and felting - absorbing techniques and creating patterns has become second nature. Her jewelry is elegant yet playful and always feels good to wear.
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I started my artistic career over 20 years ago as an oil painter. I soon found I was drawn to mixed media/recycled art. I found the perfect fit in jewelry making. I have been making jewelry for over 18 years and silversmithing for the last 12. I am trained in silversmithing, enameling, and casting. I use multiple mediums to create my jewelry. I have taught jewelry, encaustic and fiber art throughout the southwest and most recently at Idyllwild art school. My enamel work can be found in the current issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Ive been published in Art doll Quartly, Cloth paper scissors and Belle Armoire Jewelry. I have jewelry in galleries throughout the Southwest. I am on the 2013 Ice Resin Design Team. You can find a sample of my work on my blog at www.sweetpeajewelry1.blogspot.com.
Mostly self-taught, Debora has been creating jewelry for over 10 years and teaching for the past four. While wire is her first love, lately she has been exploring metals and color! Debora's classes are fun, stress free and packed with useful knowledge.
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Anne started her creative career over 25 years ago as a professional lighting designer. Looking for another outlet for her artistic energies, Anne began teaching chain making and metal working approximately 14 years ago for just pure enjoyment. During those years, Anne found that the creative outlet provided by teaching as well as a consistent demand for her classes was too alluring to deny. Leaving lighting behind in 2003, Anne is now a full-time designer, teacher, and author.
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Roxan is a self taught bead artist who has a background in oil painting, silversmithing, enameling, chasing and repousee with over 25 years of experience in the jewelry field. She studied jewelry design and metal work at Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, Pa. and Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pa. She is the first bead embroider to reach juried status from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. She sells her work in galleries and art and craft shows throughout the east coast. She teaches both beading and metal jewelry classes in Pennsylvania.
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Reenie Oliveto has been making and selling beaded jewelry for years. She rents space at Creative Gifts and More in Cornwall, NY, where she offers weekly classes, jewelry-making supplies, and finished necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Reenie is also the inventor of the Easy Knotter®, a new tool which allows users to create evenly spaced knots between beads. Reenie has traveled the country and even appeared on national TV promoting her work. You may follow her on Facebook via the Easy Knotter page and the Designs by Reenie page, or visit her website, www.designsbyreenie.com.
Glenda has been creating beaded art treasures since 1990. She launched her retail bead business in Florida shortly thereafter and works along with her daughter, Lisa. Today Crystal Creations Bead Institute, Beads Gone Wild, Glenda, and daughter Lisa, are known worldwide for their diverse kits, engaging classes, and fresh inspiration, with over 39 years of combined beading experience. Join Glenda and Lisa for a fun class. www.beadsgonewild.com
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Kieu Pham Gray has been creating jewelry for over 20 years. She started from the need to look the part while working in retail management. Making jewelry for herself and friends, her jewelry line was born. Since then she has sold to over 30 stores and participated in numerous juried art shows. Today, Kieu owns and operates Bead Q!, a boutique bead store in the Cleveland area. Along with her husband, Andy, they run TheUrbanBeader.com, where they work to provide specialty goods and tools to the industry. Detailed instruction and personal attention has been the key to success with her students.
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Sue has always been comfortable with a needle and thread. She began beadweaving about 5 years ago after she learned bead embroidery for quilt embellishment. Sue has taught beadweaving in various southern New Jersey bead shops over the last 4 years.
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Simply put, Kate Richbourg loves jewelry. She loves to teach it. She loves to make it. She loves to wear it. Teaching and designing jewelry since 1992, she teaches at national shows, bead societies, and bead shops and is published in a variety of jewelry magazines and is the author of the popular blog "We Can Make That at Home." She has also appeared on several episodes of the PBS show "Beads, Baubles & Jewels, and DIY and HGTV network shows "DIY Jewelry" and "Craft Lab." Kate is the author of "Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making" from Interweave Press.
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Though she played with wire as a kid, self-taught artist Maria Richmond has been working with it professionally since 1998. Doodling in wire the way many people do with a pen on paper, most of her work determines its own path to creation. Self-taught, Maria often includes the unexpected twist or turn in her work, usually from the unexpected inclusion of nontraditional materials such as found objects and industrial cast-offs. She teaches regularly in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as other venues throughout the country. Her classes are known for their relaxed atmosphere.
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Pat is a New York based beadworker who loves nothing more than teaching and sharing her knowledge . And Pat still takes classes whenever possible, too. You can never learn enough! Her first love beside teaching is writing directions and doing original graphics for projects. One of her best teaching attributes is her beading tips and tricks.
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Sue is a chainmaille artist, designer and author who teaches around the country with her husband, Steve. She has taught at numerous Bead Fest Shows and at Bead and Button. Sue has written clear and wonderfully illustrated instructions for over 130 chainmaille weaves. She likes to teach students at all levels of chainmaille experience. Please join Sue in a class.
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Kathleen has been making glass beads and jewelry since 2001. After leaving a corporate position as Marketing Director in 2003, she opened Burning Bead Studio, where she taught basic soldering skills, PMC, glass-beadmaking, wire working and basic jewelry techniques until 2007.She currently teaches various aspects of jewelry making at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Michigan. Her work is both elegant whimsy and traditional,and can be found in various stores and boutiques in the Midwest.
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Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. He considers himself not so much a jeweler, but rather a 'maker of wearable art'. Richard's interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry and he prefers to work with alternative materials and non-traditional techniques when creating art. Richard's work has been featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Artist magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer's book Making Connections, Steel Wire Jewelry by Brenda Schweder, Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell and Metal Style by Karen Dougherty. Contact at www.rsalley.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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Debra Saucier is a mixed-media artist who has been crafting since summers spent with her Grandmother in Japan as a child. Debra was named one of the initial CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Elements Ambassadors early in 2009 and has taught at the Create Your Style Events in Tucson as well as other shows across the country. In 2006, Debra and her husband opened a small bead store called The Bead & Wire Shop. In 2011, Debra launched a new product called Crystal Clay two part epoxy clay. Her work has been published in numerous magazines & books.
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Cooky Schock is the owner of The Shepherdess in San Diego CA. She has been teaching wire classes for 12 years. Her focus now is on metals of the lesser variety & she is a proud graduate of the School of Serendipitous Learning aka Life!
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Candice Sexton has been beading since 2001, primarily in bead
crochet, beadweaving and wireworking. She enjoys experimenting and
incorporating different elements in her designs. Always willing to
help her students, Candice is a patient teacher who enjoys sharing
her knowledge and helping others discover the joys of beadwork.
Candice is the author of an upcoming bead crochet book to be
published in early 2013.
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Eva began playing with beads as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon discovered she really enjoyed it. In 2005, Eva traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads. Grand River Beads opened in Cleveland, OH and where Eva now happily spend most days in the studio fooling with wire and metals. She has written numerous tutorials, been published several times in Step by Step Wire Jewelry, teaches regularly in her shop, and has been known to take her show on the road.
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Debbi Simon is an award winning artist, designer, teacher and author, has been working creatively since 1993. Her original paintings and designs have been published in national magazines and books. Her first book Crystal Chic was released in December 2008, she is an Ambassador for CREATE YOUR STYLE - SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, and is currently teaching nationally mixed media and jewelry workshops in resin, encaustic and crystals.
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Kim St. Jean is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer who has been teaching jewelry classes for 14 years. Kim has been published in numerous magazines and books and has appeared on several beading/craft television programs. Her first book is entitled Mixed Metal Mania, and has a second one due out this year, Metal Magic. Kim's home base is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she and her husband, Norm, own Studio St. Jean. She and Norm spend much of the year traveling across the country teaching classes at bead shows, jewelry schools, guilds, clubs, studios and stores. For more info or an updated schedule please visit her website: www.kimstjean.com.
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Tracy has been teaching beading and wireworking techniques for over 18 years. She loves organic elements and brings those into her work. She rarely plans pieces out, rather allows herself to follow a path letting things fall together naturally. Tracy is a big believer in quality tools and solid techniques and enjoys passing this on to her students so that they too can make quality pieces that are structurally sound resulting in pieces that they can be proud of. .
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Lynne began her career as a teaching artist in creative mixed media, after 28 years of nursing education. Lynne traded her skills in clinical instruction for those used to teach art and design, substituting the tools of the trade. She considers herself self taught, but has always been actively involved in personal and community art pursuits. She has been both vendor and instructor at several major retreats. She teaches locally in local studios and at the Adams County Arts Council of PA She is published in Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire Magazines.
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Beth began jewelry making in 2002 as a creative outlet from a stressful job. Who would have known that one simple workshop would lead to her life's passion! She later found her true creative voice when she began working with alternative materials and found objects, and is now known for her jewelry created with recycled tin cans. Beth enjoys teaching nationally. Her work has been featured in several books, including Beading With Charms (Lark Books, 2007) and Metal Style (Interweave, 2011). Her jewelry is sold nationwide and can be found online at www.AQuirkofArt.com and www.artfulhome.com.
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Susan first came on the scene with her book Link It! Colorful Chain Mail Jewelry With Rubber O-Rings, and has taught at Bead and Button, Puget Beadfest, and Bead Fest in Philadelphia. Recently Susan has embarked on a new direction that combines bead weaving with chain mail. Going back to her roots, Susan spent better then a decade mastering bead weaving techniques and creating beautifully complex beaded jewelry into unique patterns. Susan uses bead weaving techniques for the structural part of her projects and adds the chain mail giving it an updated and unique look.
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Nothing gives Jean more satisfaction than creating with metal and enamels except for teaching others the joys of doing it too! Her experience includes teaching in her PA home studio, along with several Art and Soul Retreats, Cloth Paper Scissor's CREATE retreats, and Bead Fest Philadelphia. Join Jean for a well-planned, upbeat, and animated class where every student leaves with a finished project!
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Debbie Williams is a creative wire artist from Houston, Texas. Her classes focus on traditional wirewrapping techniques and wireweaving designs. She is a popular instructor eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm of the art with others.
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Jill works out of her home studio in Austin, Texas. When she discovered beading in 2001, a love affair was born and by 2005, Jill was working full-time as a national beading teacher at bead shows, bead societies, and bead stores coast-to-coast. Jill is known by her students as a patient teacher with a great sense of humor. Jill specializes in simple but classically beautiful designs are wearable in everyday life. She is known for writing clear and detailed instructions, and her designs encompass projects for all experience levels, from absolute beginners to experienced beaders.
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