As a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and former Naval Officer, Margaret traveled extensively and draws upon many cultural influences when creating her designs. Currently she is exploring 3-D structures and mixed metal/fiber inclusion. She challenges cultural symbolism by incorporating ancient artifacts into her pieces-- entrapping them in gossamer threads of fine silver wire and challenging the use, beauty and function originally ascribed to discarded and forgotten items. Margaret began teaching several years ago after nearly a decade of requests.
Janet has over 38 years experience in jewelry metal arts as a bench jeweler, designer, and instructor. She has a BFA in metals from the University of North Texas. Janet has taught at Bead & Button, Interweave Bead Fest TX, AdornMe Houston, PMC Connection Conference and many other venues. She also appeared on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast and That's Clever demonstrating jewelry making techniques.
Meredith Arnold, Comedian Artist/Designer and instructor, is a professional artist specializing in mixed media and jewelry arts. Her work has been published in many books and magazines and exhibited nationwide. Currently Meredith teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers in the Seattle area and extensively around the U.S./Europe. Her television appearances include segments on the PBS show Beads, Baubles and Jewels, YouTube and the Edmonds Community College cable channels. As the Director of ArtWorks in Edmonds she has the privilege of mentoring other artists as her secondary job. For more info see www.mereditharnold.com
Beading Dreams currently employs a team of highly skilled artisans and instructors presenting upwards of thirty classes every month. The Beading Dreams staff loves to work with beaders of all levels with a focus on craft, creativity, and most of all fun!
Between the two of them, Ed and Martha Biggar have over 40 years glass experience and over 20 years with metal clay. They exhibit and teach nationally and at home, and believe good teachers can make the difference for any student. They live in southwest Virginia with their herd of horses, mules, and donkeys.
Sue Charette-Hood is an award-winning jewelry artist & instructor. Her beadwork has been published many times in Beadwork magazine, Bead Design Studio magazine and other digital media. Sue creates and donates special pieces to raise money for charity. She teaches weekly at Originals Bead Store, in San Antonio, TX, and internationally.
Natalia has had a fascination for jewelry from a very young age. She works with a variety of materials including plastic, chain, semi-precious gemstones and metal clays. She appears each week as a Guest Designer on UK home shopping channel Jewelry Maker TV. Natalia has written and published two books: Silver Clay with Style and Fantastic Shrink Plastic Jewelery & Crafts. She has developed her own range of jewelry making products under the by Natalia brand including DVDs, texture stamps, tools and sketchbooks.
Olga began teaching in 2007 at the local bead store, Bead It Etc, located in Port Orchard, Wa. In 2008 she moved to Texas where she entered many local, national and international contest and win. She joined the Dallas Bead Society in 2011 where she taught lessons at their meetings. She has taught at conventions this past year including International Gem Show in Tuscon, AZ, Bead Bazaar in San Antonio, TX. She has also been giving personal lessons.
Pat Evans creates modern heirloom jewelry inspired by the abundance and diversity of nature in her home state of California. She has been teaching for over a decade and loves igniting the creative fire in others through classes in metalsmithing, metal clay and fused glass, both in her home studio in Gilroy, CA and nationwide.
Kaska began designing and making wire jewelry in 2000. Originally a traditional wire-wrapping artist, in recent years she shifted her focus to working with wire techniques borrowed from basket-weaving and textile arts, including weaving, looping, stitching, coiling and others. Kaska displays and sells her jewelry at art shows in the Midwest where she has won numerous awards. Her work has been published in Art Jewelry and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines. Her first book, Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry, was released in November, 2013. Kaska teaches locally at her studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and at national shows including Bead Fest and Bead and Button. She believes that well-designed projects, together with a fun and supportive class environment, are a key to successful learning.
Artist Jeff Fulkerson has been creating stunning, imaginative jewelry for over 30 years. He is a contributing artist to Lapidary Journal's Jewelry Artist magazine. Jeff is a self-taught silver-smith with a background in construction and design. He counts himself fortunate to have studied with many great Native American artists in the last few years, most notably: Richard Tsosie (Navajo), Jesse Monogya (Hopi/Navajo) and Michael Cheatham (Cherokee).
Katie has been making jewelry for a decade, but found her love for metals over the past 4 years. She teaches classes at Originals Beads and Gems, in San Antonio, and sells her creations on consignment and at art shows around the state. You can find her jewelry at www.theorangepoppy.etsy.com
Steven James spent his childhood breaking his art teachers' "rules" by coloring outside the lines, peeling the wrapper off crayons and making glue skin in his palm. Now that he is older, wiser and craftier he still wants to break the rules, but he needs you to join in the fun. Put aside the responsibilities of your life and get back the creative connections you made as an 8-year old. A full-time elementary school teacher, who has made appearances on the DIY and HGTV networks, Steven lives by the mantra - "What are you gonna make today?" and hopes to spark creativity in everyone he meets.
Jessica graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University's College of Design with a bachelor's degree in Art & Design. Largely self-taught in the realm of metal, Jessica rounded out her college curriculum after graduation by attending independent metalsmithing classes at Penland School of Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School. She is currently the sole proprietress behind "Rosy Revolver", an unflinching line of jewelry hand built for women who appreciate silver, stone, and the strength of the female spirit. In addition to jewelry making, her passions include history, literature, shooting, writing and graphic design. Jessica's most recent venture has been to enter the art retreat/workhop area as an assistant/collaborator with jewelry artist Richard Salley.
Jessica's work has been featured in several small North Carolina galleries, as well as published in SavorNC Magazine. Her work can be found online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RosyRevolver and http://rosyrevolver.blogspot.com.
Jessica resides in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with her son and two dogs.
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.
Beth teaches at several national bead shows in addition to teaching bead-weaving and wire-work in Rochester, Minnesota. Beth's designs have been in several national publications and she has presented on Beads, Baubles, and Jewels and Bead.tv. Beth was a Saul Bell Design Award finalist and a BeadStar finalist.
As a metal worker, Linda Larsen has been designing jewelry for many years. She finds the whole "construction" process fascinating and challenging. The owner of ObjectsandElements.com, she spends her time looking for treasures and developing new products for the jewelry supply website. Her experience in product development and a jewelry line have influenced her work and allowed her to share many tips and techniques with others.
Donna is an award-winning metal clay artist who has twice been a Saul Bell Award finalist. Her work has been included in several publications by Lark Books, Brynmorgen Press, and Wardel Publications. She has held workshops at Bead & Button Show, ART Unraveled, Adorn Me!, Sonoma Glass & Bead Festival and, in 2013, she taught at Bead Fest Santa Fe. Donna grew up in Milwaukee, WI and now lives in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds B.F.A.s in Art and Telecommunications from Mount Mary College. Donna invented the LiL BeLLA humidifier which has eased the work stress for many metal clay artists around the world.
Kathy Luli has been creating with beads for over 15 years. Kathy has been teaching bead weaving for the last 7 years. She taught for several years in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Oklahoma. She now teaches bead weaving at a local shop in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Her classes include all levels of jewelry and ornaments. She was selected to teach at the Bead and Button Show 2012. Kathy's award-winning designs include Best of Show (Beadwork Division) in 2011 for her :"Wagon Wheel"and first place in the Sova Enterprises Beaded Bead contest with "Green Goddess."
The author of three books on various jewelry-making techniques, Melody's specialty is fancy wirework. She has taught her skills all over the U.S. and as far away as Morocco and Ghana, West Africa, where she has co-founded a non-profit that gives work at a living wage to disadvantaged young adult jewelry artisans.
Color, stitching and metal arts are a big part of Phyllis's personal universe (along with her family & dogs). Phyllis has described her students' "A-ha" moments as "like adding hot fudge on ice cream to me." Phyllis is aware that each person learns a little differently than the next and that is where her strong passion for teaching kicks in. She have taught from coast to coast , but calls San Jose, CA, and her store, Sew Beadazzled, home.
Debora has been teaching nationally for 6 years and has taught at venues like Bead Fest, Bead and Button, William Holland School, Tucson Gem Show and local bead stores. She was a member of Nunn Design Innovative Team 2013 and has been published in major magazines and online venues. Although she doesn't have "formal" training, she has done workshops with some fabulous artists! Giving back by sharing her knowledge and her enthusiasm for creating is her main focus in the jewelry world. Her teaching style is laid-back but informative.
Lana May received her first degree in mechanical engineering and a second degree in clothing and accessory design, then owned a clothing-design firm and began designing jewelry to wear with her evening wear. Now she teaches at her home studio, in the Phoenix area, all over United States, Germany and Ukraine. She is the winner of contests of Bead&Button, CRYSTALLIZED - Swarovski Elements, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, and others. Her work takes all over the world to international shows, festivals and museums. Her bead work and patterns have been published in books, catalogs, and magazines in different countries more 30 times for last 5 years. She also wrote the book Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques. Visit Lana at: www.lana-bead.info for more information.
Beginning her journey with beads in 2003, Ralonda is a self-taught, award-winning artist. Though she is recognized mainly for her beaded doll sculptures, jewelry design has become a showcase for her unique approach to design. Ralonda loves to encourage others to pursue their creative visions and has taught both privately and publicly. When teaching, her students often find the projects easy to learn and inspiring. Creating structure with multiple sized beads has become a new and fascinating study for her and she is willing to pass along the tips and tricks she learns.
Kieu Pham Gray has been creating jewelry for over 15 years. She started from the need to "look the part" while working in retail management for Neiman Marcus. Since then, she has sold to over 30 stores in 10 states and participated in numerous juried art shows. For eight years Kieu owned Bead Q! in the Cleveland area. Today, with her husband Andy, they run TheUrbanBeader.com, working to provide the industry with specialty goods. Kieu teaches a variety of classes throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Detailed instruction and personal attention have been her keys to success.
Craft Fantastic Instructor - Karen Rice
I have always been crafty and into something! From sewing, quilting, painting, rubber stamping and everything in between, I've done it all. I started way back when doing ceramics with my parents in our garage! I love doing artsy-craftsy designs on whatever I am working with. I love jewelry and creating unusual pieces as well. I love to teach people how they can be creative!! I'm a "fly by the seat of my pants" type person, so teaching people how they can take their ideas and run with them just excites me!! I'm a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 3...God has blessed me with the joy of crafting!!
Craft Fantastic Instructor - Tina Morgan
Tina has worn many career hats, including sales, customer service, distributor sales manager, cake decorating instructor, wedding and portrait photographer and project manager for a rubber stamping company. In addition, she developed and taught stamping and paper crafting classes for stamping companies and taught in her home. Tina is a graduate of the Texas State Technical College and has attended the Texas School of Professional Photography and the Memphis College of Art. Tina is a certified intermediate Copic instructor and enjoys creating and designing projects and techniques as well as teaching, sales and helping others bring out their creative side.
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 DIY and HGTV network shows, DIY Jewelry and Craft Lab. Kate is the author of the bestselling book Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making
Sue is a chain maille artist, designer and author who teaches chain maille classes around the country. She has taught at many Bead Fest Shows and at Bead and Button shows. Sue is the author of two chain maille books. She has written clear and beautifully-illustrated instructions for over 150 chain maille weaves. Sue likes to teach students from all levels of chain maille experience. Please join Sue in a class or two.
Richard has been working in metal for over 40 years and teaches metalsmithing classes around the country covering a variety of topics.
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 in 2009 and has taught at the Create Your Style Events in Tucson as well as other shows across the world. Debra and her husband operate a small bead store in New England. In 2011, Debra launched a new product called Crystal Clay two-part epoxy clay. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines & books.
Brenda Schweder is an artist, author, teacher, creativity coach, and now, inventor of Now That's a Jig! by Brenda Schweder. She's written Steel Wire Jewelry (Lark Jewelry & Beading), and 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 and she is a proud CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI Elements Ambassador. Visit her web site at www.BrendaSchweder.com and catch her on Etsy, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Kim is an award-winning instructor, author and jewelry designer, who has been teaching jewelry classes for over 15 years. She has been published in numerous magazines and has projects in several compilation books. She has appeared on several beading/craft television programs and has written two books on making metal jewelry. Kim teaches regularly at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, as well as all the major beading shows and many art retreat events.
Betcey opened Beyond Beadery in 1987 in Woodstock, NY. She and her husband regularly load 5 tons of beads and crystals into their truck and haul them cross-country, setting up shop for a few days before packing it all up again and moving on to the next bead show. When not on the road, she can be found in her Colorado mountaintop home, selling crystals and beads via the Internet. Betcey's life as a traveling bead gypsy was featured in Beadwork Magazine in April 2009, and her Swarovski-rich designs have been showcased in a number of books.
As a jewelry designer, Gwen explored a variety of media until she discovered wire, metal and fire. They inspire her creativity and fuel her passion for teaching. Whether teaching in her studio, as a guest instructor at local/regional studios or as an instructor at national venues, Gwen loves the interaction and camaraderie of the classroom. Her mission is to make metal working techniques accessible to everyone, so that students learn more than they expected and have fun doing it. Students can expect Gwen to share her knowledge and creativity freely, with a dash of humor and lots of caring patience. Please visit www.metalartlab.com.