Instructors

Caroline Andrews

Caroline Andrews

Caroline as an artist has enjoyed creating and teaching for over 15 years.  Although she specializes in many forms of art and design, working with wire and metal is by far her passion! One of the many classes Caroline teaches is a popular one called - Pinch N Twist.  She developed this signature Pinch N Twist (tm) wire work technique in a search for upscale, special occasion, sophisticated statement pieces.  To her delight, this technique has evolved into a very popular and sought after product and specialized series of classes.  Caroline has taught this technique across North America and even as a guest teacher at The Para Wire booth at Bead Fest last year.

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Marcia Balonis

Marcia Balonis

Marcia has a lifelong passion for jewelry.  During her 35 year financial career, she traveled around the country for work and often took art classes to relax.  Marcia then began teaching at various venues including conventions, stores, and adult education centers.  In retirement, she has happily gone from being a bean counter to bead counter.  Sharing her passion for bead weaving and jewelry is a delight.

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Paulette Baron

Paulette Baron

Paulette Baron has been beading since 1994.  Shortly after she began, she started teaching bead weaving classes in the Washington, D.C. area.  In addition to teaching around her home base, Paulette teaches at several national bead shows, as well as traveling to bead stores around the U.S. After earning her Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Paulette became a graphic designer.  But she found her true calling when she became involved with beads.  Her need to be creative and to work with colors and design had finally found a home.  Paulette is known for creating three-dimensional sculptural pieces of art out of beads.  Her pieces utilize different sizes and shapes of beads and are made using a wide assortment of off-loom bead-weaving stitches. Paulette is illustrator and co-author of Beading Across America: A Jewelry Inspirations from Coast to Coast, 2011, Kalmbach Publishing with Sherry Serafini and Amy Katz.  She also illustrated Seed Bead Chic by Amy Katz, 2014, Lark Books. Paulette’s Autumnal Floral Necklace was in the exhibit Bead at the Greater Reston Arts Center in January of 2015, which also featured beadwork by Joyce Scott and David Chatt.  Paulette has three pieces featured in the Lark book Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry: Photographs of Beautiful Contemporary Beadwork, August 2012, including a photo on the cover flap. Although Paulette has become well known in the beading community, she still strives to create unique and original pieces that will both satisfy her need to create and keep her students busy with new projects.  View Paulette’s work at www.paulettebaron.com

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Sally Battis

Sally Battis

Sally has been crafty all of her life, but really took up Kumihimo Braiding after she retired. Sally has been featured in the B&B Kumihimo magazine that was a special edition out this May 2016. Sally has an online website where she sells Kumihimo kits and other supplies.

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Michelle Brennan

Michelle Brennan

Michelle Brennan is a chainmaille artist and the designer for HyperLynks Chainmaille Supplies near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  She has taught classes at various bead shows and stores and is always happiest with two pliers in her hands!

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Francie Broadie

Francie Broadie

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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Marti Brown

Marti Brown

Marti Brown was always interested in the arts. As a child, some of her fondest memories included art camp, painting in her basement, art classes in summer school, and involvement in choral music. Marti became a professional artist and craftsman after completing her BFA in jewelry making. She has been designing jewelry for over 30 years and loves creating jewelry and teaching. Marti has worked in a variety of traditional and contemporary jewelry metals and processes. She currently works in niobium, a colorful metal, and of course beads.

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Doris Coghill

Doris Coghill

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, The Tucson Bead Show 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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Candie Cooper

Candie Cooper

Candie Cooper is a designer with a passion for bold colors and notorious for twisting and layering materials until they sing.  "I'm inspired by so many things.  Most of all, I want my jewelry to tell a story.  A place I want to visit, a nostalgic memory from childhood, romance and more...it's all in my jewelry."  Earringology is her fourth solo book with Lark Books (TBR Spring 14').  In the past ten years, she has authored Necklaceology (2012), Metalworking 101 for Beaders (2013), and Felted Jewelry (2007).  Candie loves sharing unique jewelry techniques with her readers and students through her blog and books. Currently, she's working on product development for the jewelry finding industry, cooking up new DIY book ideas, and working with many craft companies to design new projects. Visit her website and blog at candiecooper.com as well as on your favorite social networking sites.

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Lisel Crowley

Lisel Crowley

Lis-el Crowley is a Senior Certified Art Clay instructor who has traveled and taught metal clay and other classes throughout the United States in a variety of venues and formats. Her work has appeared in magazines and online exhibits and is shown in galleries and shops internationally. She has presented and taught at numerous metal clay conferences, including Art Clay World, Metal Clay by the Bay and Metal Clay Mojo. She is founder and director of the Metalclay Artisan Guild in CT and creator and producer of Metal Clay Mojo Conferences. Lis-el has developed a reputation as a caring, patient and generous teacher who loves sharing her joy in creating with students of all kinds and levels.

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Linda Darty

Linda Darty

Linda is a jewelry professor at East Carolina University.  She has an extensive national and international exhibition record, is the author of The Art of Enameling, and frequently teaches workshops on enameling in this country and abroad.  Linda is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for research from East Carolina University, the Board of Governors Award for teaching excellence and the Life Time Achievement Award from The Enamelist Society.  Her work is in public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC.    

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Diane Dennis

Diane Dennis

Diane Dennis is a seed-bead jewelry artist creating elegant works of wearable art. Diane has been featured in Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog as a contest winner and advertising, and has been published in Beadwork, Bead & Button, Artisan Jewelry Times and Perlen Poesie Magazines. Diane's piece Star Light, Star Bright appears in Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. Diane has been beading since 1999 and has been teaching beadwork since 2003 and currently teaches beading in the Northern Virginia area, at Beadfest, Bead and Button, and for Bead Societies and several local bead shops.

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Helen Driggs

Helen Driggs

Helen Driggs is a popular metals instructor, a studio jeweler, lapidary artist and Senior Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. She has created 6 instructional DVDs, and has written "The Jewelry Maker's Field Guide," a comprehensive guide to tools for jewelry makers.

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Ren Farnsworth

Ren Farnsworth

Ren Farnsworth is filling the world with color and making others and herself happy! Having spent many years designing clothes and costumes, she found the transition from fabric pieces to glass pieces a fitting one and now designs and creates a variety of glass art. Ren keeps herself busy with her glass work, she is either making lamp work beads, making jewelry with them and other beautiful beads, learning and teaching new techniques or buzzing around town weaving a wonderful web of artist friends and collaborators.

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Kaska Firor

Kaska Firor

Kaska began designing and making wire jewelry in 2001.  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 fun and supportive class environment are a key to successful learning.

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Phyllis Flora

Phyllis Flora

Phyllis has been beading for over fifteen years, and is primarily self-taught. Five years ago, she left her law practice behind and struck out to pursue jewelry design and teaching full time. She has developed and taught hundreds of classes at her bead store in Canton, Massachusetts, at regional bead societies and at the Bead & Button Show. Phyllis delights when students run with the techniques they learn in class and go on to develop their own designs and techniques. Although she started her beading life as a staunch seed beader, more recently her work has focused on metal and wirework.

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Cheryl Focht

Cheryl Focht

Cheryl Focht is a jewelry design artist focusing on the ancient art of Japanese Kumihimo as her medium. She specializes in using beads and crystals to create wearable art.  “I admit it was the ‘bling on the braid’ that brought me to Kumihimo, but I have since fallen in love with the braids.”  Cheryl teaches to share her love of Kumihimo with others.  She has taught at local bead stores and at numerous bead retreats in Texas and Louisiana. She says she learns so much from her students and gets much inspiration from them and their questions. Her work can be found at: cherylscreativedesigns.com and https://www.facebook.com/CherylsCreativeDesigns.

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Jeff Fulkerson

Jeff Fulkerson

Artist Jeff Fulkerson has been creating stunning, imaginative and award-winning jewelry for over 30 years.  "Helping students learn new techniques and understand what they are doing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere is my goal in all of my classes."

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Sulie Girardi

Sulie Girardi

Sulie Girardi was born in Chicago, but has lived in Vienna, Austria for the last 25 years. She owns and operates Vienna Impressions, Austria's largest source for rubber stamping and other crafting supplies. Several years ago she discovered Metal Clay, and never looked back. She has attained the Silver Metal Clay Diploma from the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, as well as the Art Clay 1 and 2 certifications. Her work has been published in several publications in Europe and the US.   Sulie teaches frequent classes in various techniques, both in her own studio and as a guest instructor.

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Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

Melissa Grakowsky Shippee has been beading since 2007 when she applied for a job at Beads East in Connecticut. It was love at first bezel! After that, Melissa couldn't stop beading. She started her own business in 2010 and now teaches beading workshops worldwide, contributes regularly to contests, magazines, and books. She has authored one full-length beading book called I Can Herringbone and hopes to write more in the future. Melissa keeps a website where she sells kits and patterns at www.mgsdesigns.net.

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Jacquelyne Higgins

Jacquelyne Higgins

For Jacquelyne Higgins creating something handcrafted has always been a part of her life since she was a child. She studied fashion design and holds a BS degree in education. For nearly 10 years Jacqueline has been creating and designing original bead work and teaching her craft to others. You can find her teaching classes at Lucy's Bead Boutique, Pt. Pleasant, NJ or view her work at JLH Designs on Facebook or The Main Avenue Galleria, Ocean Grove, NJ where her finished work is available to the public.

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Tamara Honaman

Tamara Honaman

Tamara Honaman teaches, demonstrates and speaks about jewelry making nationally and internationally. She contributes jewelry-making projects, articles and designs to magazines, books, television programs and Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, who produced her full-length metal clay DVDs and beading books. She is co-author of Polymer Clay Mater Class, the founding editor of Step-by-Step Beads; former editor of Step by Step in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.

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Melissa Kay-Steves

Melissa Kay-Steves

Melissa Kay-Steves has been making jewelry for more than 25 years. Her creations are deeply influenced by nature and the beauty of Maryland

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Erin Keck

Erin Keck

Erin Keck is a Steampunk style assemblage artist residing in Mechanicsburg, PA. Erin is nationally recognized for her Steampunk Clocks created from original laser cut gears. Her creations have been featured in the books 1,000 Steampunk Creations, Art Without Waste, Just Steampunk Magazine, as well as Jewelry Affaire Magazine. Erin travels throughout the United States teaching and sharing her talent of assemblage art with classes in Mixed Media Jewelry and Steampunk Clocks.

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Adele Kimpell

Adele Kimpell

Adele Kimpell is a Minnesota based, primarily self- taught beader, who has had a love affair with needle and thread arts since the age of 13. Introduced to off-loom bead weaving in 1994, she spent 8 years learning and experimenting with technique and has been designing jewelry, authoring and illustrating patterns and teaching for the last 12 years at bead shops, bead societies and guilds, and bead shows at a national level. Adele’s design philosophy is to design for the novice to intermediate bead artist but to incorporate elements that appeal to the advanced bead artist. Adele loves to pass on her knowledge and skills and to give her students a solid foundation in technique and to help instill in them the self-confidence to design and create on their own. She derives satisfaction from seeing how each student embraces a project and makes it his/her own. She is known by her students for her well written instructions with full color illustrations, her patience, knowledge and helpful hints and tips. Adele is the founder of, and a partner in, Bead Dreamers. Adele was 2014 and 2015 Starman TrendSetter and was invited to participate in the 2014 TOHO Challenge.

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Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer

My work is built from a unique combination of art school, metalsmithing, extensive cultural research; creating and repairing ethnographic adornment and a strong fashion back round.  My work or Expressive Adornment is a unique voice in the industry. I build Talismans, Prayer boxes and Amulets for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years.

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Sara Lukkonen

Sara Lukkonen

Sara has always been doing one kind of craft or another. About 39 years ago she discovered torch fire enameling. Sara had done kiln work but did not like how long it too; she then tried out the torching technique and have been working with enamels that way ever since. In 1999 Sara was wearing some of her beads in a bead store and they wanted to know where they were from. Thus C-Koop Beads was established. Sara Lukkonen has been teaching enameling for about 8 years. She has taught at national shows, bead stores and in her studio.

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Annette Mackrel

Annette Mackrel

Beads, with their vast multitude of colors and textures as well as their rich history that stretches through millennia, were an instant love affair. What joy and pleasure to create wearable adornments, what delight to share Annette’s passion in a variety of modes, from finished piece to digitally designed do-it-yourself pattern.

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Jeannine Mankins

Jeannine Mankins

Jeannine has been teaching beading and wire classes for the better part of 12 years in the Sacramento California bead store U Bead It. Jeannine has also been fortunate enough to teach at Bead Fest Philadelphia and Bead Fest Arlington. Jeannine has been a lifelong crafter, loves the creative process and inspiring others to find their way through it. @quot;There is nothing more gratifying then handing several different people the same materials and instructions and seeing the different creations they come up with. It is what drives me to create new designs and inturn teach those designs to others. 

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Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann

We're immersed in an age of ever-expanding information and technology and it's sometimes hard to remember that we're human. Techno.Romantic.

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Scott Mason

Scott Mason

Scott lives in Massachusetts and works full-time as a paralegal in a Boston law firm. He also co-owns a bead store, pflora beads, in Canton, Massachusetts, where he explores his passion for jewelry artistry in all its techniques. In addition to developing his art, Scott teaches jewelry making and shares his love of the craft with hundreds of students every year.

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Debora Mauser

Debora Mauser

Debora Mauser has been creating jewelry for more than 12 years. For the past six years Debora has been teaching at national venues such as Bead Fest, Bead and Button, local bead stores, William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, Wild Acres and Sawtooth School. Her passion is sharing techniques including wire, metal, enameling, forming and cold connections. Her work has been featured in Step by Step Wire and she is a certified instructor in the Painting with Fire immersion method of enameling. Debora's classes are fun and packed with information but maintain a low key approach to learning.

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Anne Mitchell

Anne Mitchell

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 13 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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Rebeca Mojica

Rebeca Mojica

Rebeca Mojica is an award-winning chainmaille artist and instructor who has created more than 500 unique chainmaille designs, including inventing more than 20 base weaves. 

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Roxan O'brien

Roxan O'brien

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. As founder of the Central Pa. Bead and Jewelry Society a nonprofit organization, she has created a place where jewelry artist can find workshops and support for their craft. Roxan is a self-taught bead artist who has a background in oil painting, silversmithing, enameling, chasing and repoussé 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. Roxan is the first bead embroider to reach juried status from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. As founder of the Central Pa. Bead and Jewelry Society a nonprofit organization, she has created a place where jewelry artist can find workshops and support for their craft.She sells her work in galleries and art and craft shows throughout the east coast. She teaches both beading and metal jewelry classes in the U.S. She sells her work in galleries and art and craft shows throughout the east coast. She teaches both beading and metal jewelry classes in the U.S.

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Katherine Ohara

Katherine Ohara

Kate Ohara is a retired nurse. She has been doing stained glass mobiles for the last eight years and has been weaving and braiding fiber and leather for the last four years. She has four years’ experience in direct sales and marketing, including multimedia presentations, for a national company producing medical supplies. Kate has used her marketing and sales experience to develop and teach her Etsy, Pinterest, and Square classes. Photographs are important for an on line presence. For the last three years, Kate has been photographing jewelry and pottery for submission to juried shows. Many of her photographs have been used for marketing purposes on line, on post cards and posters. Included in these juried shows are the Main Line Art Center and the Haverford Guild of Craftsmen. Kate enjoys interacting with class participants and believes learning can be fun.

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Reem Iversen and Janet Palumbo

Reem Iversen and Janet Palumbo

Janet Palumbo and Reem Iversen team-teach bead weaving at the Princeton Adult School in Princeton, NJ.  Their original designs have been featured in Beadwork magazine and Perlen Poesie. They are known for their expertise as teachers and for their clear, well-illustrated instructions.

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Patricia Parker

Patricia Parker

I have been working with beads as long as I can remember. I studied Fine Art and once owned a bead store. My beadwork has been awarded prizes in international competitions.

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Glenda Paunonen

Glenda Paunonen

Sparked by a pair of earrings in a department store, Glenda decided to embark on a new hobby, Beading! Shortly after that, in 1990, she opened a small retail bead shop in Florida, and today that small shop has grown into a glistening oasis of creativity known as Crystal Creations Bead Institute. Glenda is proficient in all aspects of jewelry making, and teaches over 100 different classes from seed bead to wire to metal to fibers. As head designer for her line of Beads Gone Wild Kits and Tutorials, she was also named as one of the 2014 Designers of the year from Beadwork Magazine. She is lovingly known as the Bead Goddess. Her greatest joy is to inspire and teach others.

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Kieu Pham Gray

Kieu Pham Gray

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. Making jewelry for herself and friends, her jewelry line was created. Since then she has sold to over 30 stores in 10 states and participated in numerous juried art shows. Together with her husband, Andy, they run TheUrbanBeader.com, where they work to provide industry with specialty goods. In an effort to share her passion and knowledge for the jewelry industry, Kieu teaches a wide range of classes throughout the US and has also authored a how to book (Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections) in 2014. Detailed instruction and personal attention has been the key to success with her students.

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Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg

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.

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Maria Richmond

Maria Richmond

Artist Maria Richmond draws her inspiration from the possibilities she sees in ordinary objects and materials. While she plays with wire, she often envisions unique ways of combining traditional, repurposed and found objects into her creations. She regularly teaches in Western Pennsylvania, as well as other venues throughout the country. She teaches basic and intermediate techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Her goal is to help her students find their own creative voice and the endless possibilities in the seemingly mundane.

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Sue Ripsch

Sue Ripsch

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 and will publish a third in 2015. 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.

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Richard Salley

Richard Salley

Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran.  His metal working experience turned to 'found object jewelry' after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002. Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools 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.  His work has been featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry Art 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, live in Rio Vista, CA.

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Debra Saucier

Debra Saucier

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 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.

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Sarah Scheffler

Sarah Scheffler

Sarah Scheffler has worked as a jeweler and an educator for more than sixteen years. She has provided workshops and classes on many jewelry techniques including stone setting, soldering and metal stamping. She is currently the Education Director at ImpressArt.

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Cooky Schock

Cooky Schock

Cooky Schock is the recently retired owner of The Shepherdess in San Diego CA. She has been teaching wire classes for 13 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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Eva Sherman

Eva Sherman

Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been known to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva coauthored Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry and is currently writing a second jewelry design book.

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Staci Smith

Staci Smith

Staci Louise Smith creates her one of a kind beads and jewelry in many mediums, such as polymer and metal clay. She loves to collect unique rock, seaglass and shells, and use them in her mixed media pieces

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Kim St. Jean

Kim St. Jean

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.

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Ronda Stevens

Ronda Stevens

Ronda has been teaching wire wrap design classes in the southeast for the past 10 years at bead shows and local bead stores. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her classes. She released her first book in October 2013 and is co-owner of the Great Bead Escape Retreat which is in its 6th year of introducing attendees to the world of Jewelry Art.

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Gail Stouffer

Gail Stouffer

Gail is a designer, a maker, and an educator. She is a searcher, a mother, a wife, and a child. The ever-present balancing act of these roles informs her daily life and her work as an artist. Gail works in a variety of materials and processes to convey her ideas. Working with Precious Metal Clay engages her life-long fascination with physics and chemistry, allowing her to practice jewelry making's age old processes while integrating the most modern, innovate techniques. Teaching is one of the most gratifying things Gail does as an artist. She loves her students! Helping a student realize their goals, dreams, and potential is exciting and fulfilling to her. Whether it's a technical challenge or a concept development issue, she loves the actions of problem solving and overcoming hurdles. Sharing the laughter and support of fellow students during the process, well it just can't be beat!

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Liisa Turunen

Liisa Turunen

Liisa threaded her first beading needle back in 1994. Beading as a hobby she went on to become a massage therapist, esthetician, and got her nursing degree in Finland. But in 2006 beads wove her back in. Since then she has spent her time fully submerged in beads! She has been working professionally as a designer and teacher since 2006.

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Jean VanBrederode

Jean VanBrederode

Art has always been a part of Jean’s life in one way or another and is her main passion and driving force. Jean feels fortunate to have found an art form, enameling, and making mixed-media jewelry, that brings excitement into her life each and every day. Her work is always changing, and always a surprise! Having been seduced, empowered, enriched, & invigorated by metals & glass, Jean happily dedicate herself to creating and teaching others the joys of enameling!

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Vanessa Walilko

Vanessa Walilko

Vanessa Walilko is a chainmail jewelry designer from the Chicago area.  Her chainmail jewelry and clothing designs have been featured in shows and magazines around the world.  Vanessa loves spreading the joy of chainmail to others and has been teaching throughout North America since 2007.

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Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson is a designer, maker and instructor who lives and works in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio. In 2012, she walked away from 25 years in administration and small business management to focus on living a more creative life. She is now owner of The Makery, a working and teaching studio in Bulverde, Texas, where she spends her days experimenting with new techniques and teaching metals, enamels and jewelry-making. Her focus is on creating unusual, wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using a wide variety of unusual and beautiful stones. Francesca is also an avid photographer with an emerging interest in mixed media, which allows her to indulge her love of paper and journals. She and her husband, Nick – who is also an artist – live on just over an acre in the country, which they share with two dogs, a flock of chickens, a large garden, and a variety of Texas wildlife.

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Agnieszka Watts

Agnieszka Watts

Agnieszka Watts is from Northern Europe and she is a beadwork designer and a teacher.  She started being interested in seed beads jewelry about 3 years ago and since that time she was already published many times in professional magazines around the world. She is in 2014-15 and 2015-16 Starman Trendsetters team. She lives now in Illinois with her husband and they have three daughters.

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Donna Weeks

Donna Weeks

Donna is a self-taught mixed media artist.  She has been teaching for over 20 years at art centers, and her studio.  Her crochet designs have been published in BeadStyle magazine and their Volume 8 book. Bracelet designs have also been published in BeadStyle and Bead Trends magazines, and in 52 Bracelets published by BeadStyle. Donna's favorite medium is wire which she incorporates into crocheted pieces, faux cloisonné, and polymer clay designs.

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Shae Wilhite

Shae Wilhite

Shae Wilhite designs and teaches beading at Sweet Beads, the Las Vegas bead store she owns with her mother, Stacie. Her designs have been featured in publications like Beadwork Magazine as well on the red carpet at movie premieres and on television.

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