2013 Spring (Philadelphia) Workshops
As a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and former Naval Officer, Margaret has traveled extensively and draws upon many cultural influences when creating her funky, modern designs. Having taught in Tucson during the Gem Show for the last several cycles, she is expanding her geographic reach in an effort to take the world over with wire. Currently, she is teaching textures achieved by weaving and traditional silversmith techniques, along with the creation of unique patinas.
Melissa Cable has been creating jewelry for over 12 years. Seven of those years, she owned beadclub bead store in Woodinville, WA. Having satisfied her sense of taste and smell by working in the restaurant and wine industries, she found that creating jewelry satisfies her sense of sight and touch. Combined with the sound of happy students, jewelry making leaves her complete. Melissa's first book, Spotlight on Wire, released in 2011. She works primarily with wire, metal and metal clay and, in more recent years, Faux Bone. She resides in the greater Seattle area.
Gail Crosman Moore is an artist, teacher, mother and small business owner. She divides her time between creating her work, showing her work and encouraging others to create their own work, reveling in the spark and arc that travels between her interactions in these different and varied aspects of her life. Recognition of her abilities appears in print, both in trade publications and books in several different fields. Through the granting of awards she has been able to pursue new methods and master new materials. Her work can be seen at her website: www.gailcrosmanmoore.com
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 Beadwork, Bead and Button Magazines, and Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog as a contest winner.
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:
Helen Drigg's Materials List
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.
Linda Larsen has been designing all her life. After wandering into a bead store she found a new passion for stones and metals. She frequently incorporates fibers from her past and found objects to her metalwork and loves anything with the patina of time, fake or not! As the owner of Objects and Elements.com she spends a lot of time looking for treasures and developing new products for the jewelry supply website. She teaches internationally and blogs frequently about projects and techniques at objectsandelements/typepad.com
Originally a crocheter, Melody MacDuffee was eventually drawn to fine-gauge wire in creating lacy, intricate jewelry designs that retained her crochet aesthetic. Her publications include dozens of feature articles, as well as four books, most recently Lacy Wire Jewelry, published in 2010 by Kalmbach Publishing. Melody is the Executive Director of Soul of Somanya, a small non-profit she co-founded, which helps artisans in the Krobo region of Ghana improve their standard of living by creating jewelry and other beaded products.
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.
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.
Cristie has had a love of beads for almost her entire life. As children, she and her friends would string opaque seed beads onto elastic threaded chokers and wear as many as they could fit on their necks. Cristie returned to beadwork in the late 1990s as a way to stay busy at her boys' sports practices and has been designing jewelry with beads and her lampwork since 2002. She has had numerous designs published and sells instructions and kits on line. Cristie enjoys sharing her beading passion both through teaching locally in the Atlanta area and also nationally.
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.
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.
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 experienc. Please join Sue in a class.
Richard recently retired from teaching in California to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry. 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. Richard and his wife, Jane, reside in Santa Fe, NM. View more of his work at rsalley.com.
Julie Sanford is an award-winning designer, actively designing jewelry in the West Michigan area for over 20 years. Julies experience includes teaching visual art in the classroom with a curriculum emphasis on jewelry design, leading classes and workshops at art centers, galleries, trade shows, providing artist residencies at schools and businesses and teaching at her own studio, Studio JSD, in Grand Haven, Michigan. Her work is featured in books, articles, trade magazines and gallery exhibits.
Brenda Schweder is a jewelry designer, author, and creativity coach. She has written three do-it-yourself jewelry books: Steel Wire Jewelry (Lark Books), Junk to Jewelry and Vintage Redux (Kalmbach Publishing Company). Her designs and fashion jewelry forecasts have been published over 100 times in books and magazines, including: Chains, Chains, Chains, each of the 30 Minute jewelry series, Art Jewelry, BeadStyle, Wirework, Step by Step Wire, Steampunk Style Jewelry, BUST, and various others. Visit her web site at www.BrendaSchweder.com and catch her on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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.
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.
Art has always been a part of Jean's life in one way or another and now is her main passion and driving force. She feels fortunate to have found an art form, enameling, that brings excitement into her life each and every day. Her work is always changing, always a surprise! Having been seduced, empowered, enriched, and invigorated by metals and glass, Jean happily dedicates herself to creating and teaching others the joys of enameling.
Franchezka is a handmade jewelry artist known for her metal clay, wire wrapped designs, classes, and wire demonstrations at gem shows. She conducted monthly theme challenges for artisans to inspire design. With Franchezka, you always learn how to make variations to the pieces following your own style. Her experience teaching covers university classes, Autistic kids groups, and private classes.