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Books by Author
Often you will find an artist or jewelry maker that has a style that just speaks to you. Maybe they have a way of giving you those step-by-step instructions that are so crystal clear you feel like you can make anything.
To help you in your search for that certain jewelry text writer, we have organized our books by author. Now not only can you find all of their books that we stock grouped together. You might even find out some interesting information about them and their craft.
So go ahead; browse and meet the authors of those wonderful jewelry books.
Using classical jewelers' techniques, Debra constructs her pieces from a combination of hand fabricated sterling, hand carved acrylic, and natural gemstones whose settings functionally hold the pieces together.
Debra earned her degree in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing at Tyler School of Art.
At Tyler she made more tableware than jewelry, even though she was in the jewelry program. Debra is a natural object maker, and tends to think of designs for objects that function. For years she only exhibited objects (tableware, Judaica, baby gifts, etc.) in her booth at shows, but was really encouraged by her customers to make jewelry.
Debra goes about designing her jewelry in much of the same way she does when designing an object: the materials help guide her design choices. "I first decide some key elements, most importantly how the materials will be attached together. When using materials that need to be cold-joined like sterling silver and acrylic, determining how the pieces will be attached together is an important decision" says Debra. She prefers to make all of her design elements such as rivets or bolts part of the aesthetic of the piece.
Also at Tyler she was encouraged to experiment with materials other than those commonly used by other jewelers. She was immediately drawn to working with acrylic because of its versatility: it is light, durable, and capable of being shaped and formed. It also gives Debra the ability to use vivid colors that she can control. Each piece of acrylic starts as a block or sheet, and is cut, carved, sanded, and dyed.
Katherine Duncan Aimone earned her undergraduate degrees in painting and German language at Georgia Southern University, and her MA in art history from Florida State University. She focused on a career in curatorial work and consequently worked as a museum professional for 15 years at various institutions. In 1998, when she moved to Florida to serve as the director of the DeLand Museum of Art, she met Steven Aimone, her future husband.
Shortly thereafter, she moved back to Asheville, where she worked as an editor/writer for Lark Books. Aimone's name is on the cover of many of Lark's books, including The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art. Throughout her career, she has written essays for artists as well as art-related articles for newspapers and magazines.
Until three years ago, Aimone pursued painting during her spare time. Three years ago she committed herself to pursuing it professionally. During 2010 she has shown in two-person shows at the Asheville Area Arts Council in Asheville, NC and at Village Studios & Gallery in Greenville, SC. She is currently involved in creating a body of work to show in galleries and museums.
Since 2001, she and Steve Aimone have owned and operated Aimone Art Services. The company provides workshops, coaching, critique, and writing for artists. The Aimones divide their time between Asheville, North Carolina, and Monhegan Island, Maine.
As founder and principal buyer of the Beadworks Group, Nancy traveled the world in search of the most beautiful components for jewelry design. She is equally at home with gemstone merchants in Jaipur, silver makers in Bali, glass artists in Bohemia and pearl producers in China. Her knowledge of beads and findings is unrivalled, spanning all categories of material and all stages of production from the creation of a single bead to its final role in a finished piece of jewelry.
Starting as a silver and goldsmith, Nancy turned to designing with beads because of the vastly greater possibilities for creative expression. Having seen the world of jewelry design open for herself, she then went on to introduce other people to the creative pleasures and the economies of making their own jewelry. By creating Beadworks’ original classes and teaching her skills to other instructors, she generated a network of instruction which has added to the ever-growing number of enthusiasts able to design and create jewelry.
Lauren Andersen, also known as The Chain Maille Lady, loves chain maille and has been weaving those teeny tiny jump rings for more than four years.
Her passion is working with sterling silver, however knowing that not everyone can afford sterling silver, she has also created chainmaille using other mediums. Everyone should own at least one piece of chain maille.
Her work has been published in several issues of Step By Step magazine. She is also a designer for Beadalon.
A die-hard rockhound, lapidary, and wire jewelry designer, instructor and author, Dale Armstrong credits her mom for spurring the main interest that led to Dale’s chosen career. Her mother was an avid rockhound and many, weekend family adventures involved traipsing through the White Mountains of New Hampshire in search of abandoned pegmatite mines. This is where Dale’s fascination with, and education of rocks and minerals began, some 40 years ago.
Dale/Cougar, has a diverse art background, training in two-dimensional art with Carl Haskins of Vermont, and William Keyworth of New Hampshire. She also spent several years receiving personalized instruction with Karl Drerupe, renowned cloisonné and repossé artist. Dale attended the University of South Florida where she studied fine arts and geology. She worked as a technical, advertising artist for several years, ‘before the age of computers’.
Under her studio name of Cougar’s Creations, Dale displays her works at juried art shows, where she has taken many awards. As a featured artist, Dale has been interviewed on live television and has works for sale in museums and galleries. Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is a regular contributor to Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry magazine and has been published in The Wire Artist Jeweler, Bead Unique and Art Jewelry magazines. She is a frequent instructor at Lapidary Journals’ BeadFest events, and has made a series of instructional DVDs, produced by Jewelry Television. As an instructor, she conducts workshops in her personal studio and by request, travels to teach classes at beadshops and other events nationwide.
In addition to a baccalaureate in art history, Dominique Audette holds a certificate in jewelry design from the Gemological Institute of America. Since 1987 she has taught at the School of Jewelry of Qu&eaqute;bec City attached to the College of Limoilou and the Jewelry Department of Maurice-Barbeau Vocational Training Center. She has taught widely, particularly on the subject of jewelry design, sculpture, metal techniques and the history of jewelry.
Melinda Barta received her BFA in fiber arts from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Melinda teaches workshops at schools across the country, including Penland School of Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School and has assisted fiber artist Renie Breskin Adams at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
She has made appearances on PBS, Style Network, and DIY, including the shows Scrapbooking, Uncommon Threads, and Melinda’s favorite, Craft Corner Death Match.
Melinda is a true lover of all crafts and is known to have sewing, embroidery, knitting, bead weaving, stringing, collage, scrapbooking, home improvement, and gardening projects in the works all at the same time. When she’s not creating something with her hands, Melinda loves to spend her summers hiking and camping in the mountains with her husband and their dog. In the winter, she skis every chance she gets.
Sharon Bateman is a multi media artist, best known for her many magazine articles, appearances on DIY's Jewelry Making show, and beading book titles that include Contemporary Loom Beading (Lark Books 2009) , Findings and Finishings (Interweave Press, 2003), and her self-published titles Morning Rose Rosette (Sharon Bateman 2001), Peepers and Creepers (Sharon Bateman 2000), and Over the Edge (Sharon Bateman 2005). She invented and manufactures the Sharondipity Tube Looms, Plexiglas looms designed for specific projects.
Her other interests, besides her Jack Pack and grand children, are painting, wood carving and felting.
Katie began her teaching career in 2003 as a middle-school science teacher. She has always been fascinated with sciences and experimentation, initially approaching silver clay with a logical "How is this possible?" attitude before falling in love with its versatility and creative possibilities. Katie came to work full-time with Art Clay World USA headquarters in mid-2007, after earning her Art Clay Senior Instructor status from Art Clay Senior Instructor and long-time mentor Judi Hendricks. Katie was initially certified by Jackie Truty, an Art Clay Master Instructor and president of Art Clay World USA.
In addition to directing the Art Clay Society, maintaining its website, and publishing its newsletters, Katie is also the marketing and advertising director and the wholesale accounts manager with Art Clay World USA. In her "spare time," Katie hopes to converse more often with her muses and create pieces from her heart and spirit.
C. Jeanenne Bell, G.G., has more than 40 years' experience in all phases of the antique jewelry business. She is an avid collector and an active wholesaler and retailer, as well as an author of numerous books and magazine articles about jewelry.
Ms. Bell's early training in interior design and architectural history made her acutely aware of the part jewelry has played in reflecting architectural and period styles throughout history. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Great Britain, Europe, and Asia, collecting and researching the history of jewelry and evaluating its geographical trends.
Ms. Bell earned her graduate gemologist designate from the Gemological Society of America. In 1984, she wrote one of the first appraisal study guides in the country about antique jewelry; it was written for Indiana University and the International Society of Appraisers. She has been a guest lecturer for organizations throughout the country and is president and founder of Jewelry Box Antiques, Inc., and A.D. Publishing.
Ann Benson has been a designer of needlecrafts and beadwork for over twenty years. Her expertise in the field of needlepoint has brought her work for major corporations.
She began beading as a child making wire bracelets, rings and occasionally key rings. Over the years her craftwork included needlepoint, counted cross stitch and other needlearts.
Ann loves outdoor activities including gardening but especially water sports. A lifelone resident of New England, she makes her home in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Lisa Bluhm has been creative all her life. As a young girl she would create her own paper dolls and works of art to adorn her parents home. As a teenager she created her own prom dress from vintage fabrics and worked in the crafting industry. As a wife and mother she has used her creativeness to enhance her family's life. Once her children were older she started working in the scrapbook industry as a teacher and product demonstrator. In 2001 she re-discovered soldering as a new way to express her creativity. Drawing on he experience with soldering as a teenager working at a jewelry store she began experimenting with soldering techniques. Realizing the products she needed were expensive, elusive and downright hazardous she sought out to develop a simpler, safer and affordable way to solder. She created the Simply Solder Art Kit and launched her company Simply Swank L.L.C. Lisa also travels and teaches her classes at stores and conventions. Lisa's book was written for the first time solder artist to demystify the soldering process and inspire creativity.
Jodi started designing jewelry in 2001. Her business is named after her daughter Jules, Jewels By Jules. Her daughter cannot design a piece of jewelry but is very talented at drawing. Jodi's son, Joey, has designed bracelets.
Jodi first started designing with memory wire, later took a class on stringing and has ultimately ended up as a wire wrapping artist. She discovered wire wrapped jewelry in 2004. She found that there is something about working with wire - texturing, twisting, coiling, looping - that intrigues and challenges her to continue to discover new and interesting ways to work with wire of all gauges and to create unique pieces of jewelry.
In addition to designing wire wrapped jewelry, she hopes to teach classes some day.
Boyd is the author of eleven North Light books, most notably the Simply
Beautiful series. She has a degree in fine art and got her start in professional
crafting as a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens books and magazines.
Her goal is to make sophisticated
design approachable and easy for all. Her work has been featured most recently in Stitch magazine, in Better Homes and Gardens' Holiday Crafts,
and in Amos Crafts n' Things.
She currently lives in Maine with her husband and three children.
After early training in his father's workshop, Erhard Brepohl studied at the College of Applied Arts in Leipzig where in 1953 he received his Masters level status. He went on to take additional degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial design and taught for many years at the College of Applied Arts in Heiligendamm. Combining his love of history with his knowledge of goldsmithing, Brepohl translated the famous 12th century manuscript of Theophilus Presbyter, a task that required him to first learn Latin. The results of his scholarship were published as a book in 1987; this served as his dissertation and earned him the title of Doctor of Philosophy.
The Theory and Practice of Goldsmithing, published in 1961, would go on to sell over 100,000 copies in Germany and Russia. He has written five other books, including Artistic Enameling in 1979 (translated in Russian and Hungarian) and Cutting and Setting Precious Stones in 1988.
Eric Bruton was trained as an engineer and became interested in clocks during the war. He was later appointed editor of the Horological Journal, the world's oldest technical
and official journal of the British Horological Institute of which he became a fellow.
Another of his specialist subjects is the diamond and a Bruton medal is presented to the student of an outstanding paper,
should one appear, in the international examinations.
Eric Bruton is the suthor of many books including ten on the history of clocks and watches.
Stephanie Burnham teaches classes in both embroidery and beadwork. She covers beginner level up to innovative and challenging techniques. She was chosen to teach at the Great British Bead Show.
She has created her own designs in embroidery and beadwork, many of which have been featured in Classic Stitches magazine.
Stephanie Burnham had sewn since she was a child. Later in life she worked on counted thread techniques. She decided to enroll
in an Adult Education course, Art & Design in Embroidery. There her confidence built, and by the end of one year
she was producing her own work. She has since gone on to teach at The Country Cross Stitch and The Wobun School of
While attending a meeting of the Embroiderers Guild in Letchworth, she became hooked on peyote stitch. This of course
has led to her developing her love of beadwork.
Melissa Cable has been creating jewelry for over a dozen years. Seven of those years, she owned beadclub bead store in Woodinville, WA where she quickly recognized her passion for creating and teaching projects that allow her students to learn sound skills while walking away with a fun, finished project. 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. Her happy students combined with her jewelry making leaves her complete.
She started making jewelry after discovering her love of the color and texture of natural stones and beads. Next, she expanded her skills through wirework before finding her true passion in working with metal. Her current work uses Faux Bone, an innovative artist material that she finds provides the flexibility of wire, the functionality of metal and the beautiful color of natural stones and beads...all in one material.
Melissa has taught at bead stores and shows around the country, such as the Bead and Button Show, Bead Fest, Art & Soul and the Puget Sound Bead Festival. At home, she teaches at Fusion Beads in Seattle. Her work has been published in magazines including BeadStyle, Wirework, Step-By-Step Wire, Stringing, Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads and in the book A Beaders Stash. Her first book, Spotlight on Wire (Kalmbach Publishing) released in June 2011.
Jean Campbell is a designer and author who's got a thing for shiny bright objects. She's the founding editor of Beadwork magazine, has written and edited dozens of books on beading, and has penned articles for Beadwork, Stringing, Simply Beads, and Step-by-Step Beads.
Jean is a Create Your Style Crystallized Elements Ambassador for Swarovski and writes a popular weekly blog on Beading Daily. She has appeared on the DIY Jewelry Making show, The Shay Pendray Show, and PBS' Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, where she gives how-to instructions, provides inspiration, and lends crafting advice.
Jean's work has appeared in numerous beadwork exhibitions, including Beadwork I: Up Close; Beadwork II: The Embellished Shoe; Beadwork III: The Beaded Cloth; Beadwork IV: The Beaded Figure, and Miyuki Delica: Myths and Folktales.
Jean teaches off-loom beading and metal clay workshops throughout the United States. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family and a whole lot of beads.
While attending a foundation course at Winchester School of Art, Jacqui Carey discovered that weaving combined her love of mathematics and art. This led to a degree in Textiles at West Surrey College of Art and Design. Here, Jacqui studied a whole range of related subjects, including braidmaking. But it was working with complex weave structures that enabled her to start unravelling the mysteries of Kumihimo, Japanese braiding.
When Jacqui Carey completed her degree in 1985, her work space was limited so she focused her attention on the Japanese craft. This was intended as a temporary detour but soon extended as the potential of braidmaking was revealed. Although Jacquis work stems from the traditional, it is the creative possibilities that inspire most of her braids. The braiding process, with its aesthetics and sense of continuity, is an integral part of Jacquis work. The joy of making is enhanced by exploring a wide range of materials and playing with structure, colour and pattern. The results cover a broad spectrum of uses and have been widely exhibited, both in the UK and abroad.
This enthusiasm for Kumihimo and a willingness to share her knowledge led Jacqui to start teaching and lecturing. Later, prompted by the lack of written material on Kumihimo, she set about writing an instruction book- Creative Kumihimo. This was to be the first of many publications in article and book form. In the early 1990s she helped to establish the Braid Society and subsequently served on the committee. She organised their first exhibition entitled - Samurai Undressed . This was based on her research into the historical development of Kumihimo and its relationship with the Samurai. She later curated "Braids & Beyond: A Broad Look at Narrow Wares" to celebrate the Society's tenth anniversary.
Jacqui's research work continues expanding, involving wider aspects of braids. In 2005, Jacqui was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to help further her study, and in 2008 she was awarded a distinction for her MA in the History of Textile & Dress, at the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton. She is currently an Mphil/PhD student.
Linda Chandler has been making jewelry for over 20 years. What began, as a hobby has become her vocation. Linda started with wire wrapping and evolved her own original style, with an emphasis on weaving. Her woven bracelets are special and totally her own.
Always looking for new ways to express her creativity, Linda has studied a wide range of jewelry subjects throughout the country. She has taken courses through Arrowmount, the Midwest Federation, Metalsmithing Society in Illinois, the Gemological Institute (GIA), Indianapolis Art Center, The William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and, as taught and taken classes at (SFMS) Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina.
Linda has taught classes both locally and around the country in a variety of jewelry skills, including wire wrapping and weaving, metalsmithing and glass fusing. Linda is a (PMC) Precious Metal Clay and Art Clay certified teacher.
From wire wrapping to goldsmithing, Linda possesses a wonderful blend of creativity and curiosity. Her work has been seen in several publications, including The Wire Artist Jeweller magazine, in which she was the featured artist of the month (November, 1999). Her work has also been included in the published book, "All Wire Up" by Mark Lareau. Co-Author and Jewelry Artist of "Woven Wire Jewelry" and "Getting Started Making Jewelry". She also holds a degree in computer graphics.
Linda and her husband live in Indianapolis, Indiana.
John Cogswell has been making jewelry and sharing his passion for the process for more than thirty years. He has been associated with the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, the 92nd Street Y, and scores of craft associations around the country. His skills, insight, and humor have won him a lasting place in the field.
Sara Jayne Cole has two creative passions, one is metal and one is the folding paper art of Origami. With PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Sheet she has been able to join the two with a dynamic success. She combines the creative folding potential learned from origami and foldable fine silver in the form of PMC Sheet to create lyrical shapes and components for her jewelry.
Sara Jayne Cole is a 1966 graduate silversmith of RIT School for American Craftsmen. Sara Jayne has been working in Precious Metal Clay (PMC) since she took a certification class in 2000. She is also an Origami folder and member of Origami USA. She is a member of the PMC Guild and a Certified Instructor. She maintains a jewelry studio, teaches in the local art centers.
Sara Jayne has written articles for Studio PMC and Lapidary Journal (March 2005) She was a presenter at the PMC Conference in Albuquerque 2004. Sara Jayne is listed by the Iowa Arts Council and participates in the new marketing initiative of the council’s buyiowaart.com. Sara Jayne lives in Waterloo, IA with her husband Phil who produced her web site.
Wendy Simpson Conner is a third generation bead artist (her grandmother created costumes and jewelry for the Ziegfeld Follies) who creates one-of-a-kind jewelry for a celebrity clientele. Wendy owns a jewelry salon in Beverly Hills and creates costumes and jewelry for several television shows. A frequent guest on HGTV and other "How-to" channels, Wendy is the author of The Best Little Beading Book, as well as 14 additional books about beading and jewelry, and she is currently working on a series of instructional DVDs.
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China. Candie is the author of Felted Jewelry (Lark Books 2007), Designer Needle Felting (Lark Books 2007) and Metalworking 101 for Beaders (Lark Books 2009).
Currently she is creating designs for a variety of companies in the craft industry such as Clover Needlecrafts, Plaid Enterprises and Walnut Hollow as well as for craft and jewelry-making publications. Candie teaches workshops both nationally and internationally and has appeared on the Public Television series Beads, Baubles and Jewels. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and Fine Arts from Purdue University.
Nancy Megan Corwin holds an MFA in metals from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she first came under the spell of chasing and repoussé. She has taught at Cabrillo and Monterey Peninsula Colleges in California, Penland, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work is included in private collections and in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She is represented in Seattle at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery.
Judith Crowe a London-based jewelry maker, designer, and dealer.
Originally a psychology major, Linda began studying art during a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, in 1973. 2 years later, she received a B.S. degree in Ceramics and Art Education from The University of Florida. In 1975, after 2 years teaching high school art, Linda moved from her home on the coast of Florida to Penland School of Crafts, in the mountains of North Carolina. It was there, while working as the Administrative Assistant to the Director, Bill Brown, that she discovered enameling.
In 1982 Linda began the enameling program at East Carolina University while earning her MFA degree in Metals. Now a full professor, Linda Darty is the head of the metals program and professor of metalworking and enameling in the School of Art at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
She has an extensive national and international exhibition record and frequently teaches workshops on contemporary metal and enameling techniques. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she is the author of the new book, The Art of Enameling, Ms. Darty has received the NC Board of Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the ECU Alumni Teaching excellence Award and ECU School of Art’s Scholar Teacher Award. In 2003 she received The Lifetime Achievement Award from The Enamelist Society, an international organization, celebrating her work as both an enameling artist and a teacher.
Linda has shown her work in metal and enamel all over the world, and has been featured in many major publications and books. Her metalwork is currently included in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the Arkansas Art Museum in Little Rock Arkansas. In addition to her work in the United States, Linda has received invitations to exhibit or lecture in England, Ireland, India, Canada, Costa Rica, Scotland, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, and Alaska.
Claire C Davies is a designer, metalsmith and part-time university lecturer in Metalwork and Jewellery Making.
Jennie Davies completed her Masters at the UCE School of Jewellery and now runs her own business, designing and making jewellery and greetings cards.
Donald de Carle was a Fellow and Medallist of the British Horological Institute and a Freeman of the City of London by virtue of being a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. Mr de Carle's earlier book, Practical Watch Repairing, has enjoyed phenomenal success, running into many editions, and has been translated into several languages. He contributed to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and was the author of many other horological works including Clock and Watch Repairing, Complicated Watches and their Repair, Watch and Clock Encyclopaedia, Clocks and their Value, The Watchmaker's and Model Engineer's Lathe, Horology ('Teach Yourself Series'), Practical Watch Adjusting and Springing, Watches and their Value, etc. Donald de Carle died in 1989.
Karen DeSousa is well known for her Accent On: series of beaded ornament cover books. Karen taught herself kumihimo from books and then finally took several classes from world renown braiders. But she could never get over how expensive the basic braiding marudai and bobbins were. When she discovered the Kumihimo Disk, she could finally share her joy of braiding with others. Kumihimo-To-Go was the result. People loved to see her work but wanted to know more. That book is the answer to How did you do that?
We all have a creative force within us. To encourage this creativity in ourselves and others is one of life's most fulfilling challenges. Art always has been joy in my life. Over the years this journey of expression has taken me through textiles, clay, glass and jewelry design. In 1988 I made a strong commitment to metal. My influences have always been organic shape, ancient primitive art and the beauty of nature. Some of my most inspirational teachers have been Didi Suydam, Betty Helen Longhi, Barbara Simon, Sherry Fotopoulos, Tim McCreight, Lynne Merchant, Thomas Mann and Hitoshi Araki of Japan. My work has been marketed in galleries and juried art shows.
My love of silver clay started in 1996. Early that year I participated in the first PMC class presented to studio jewelers. The instructor was Tim McCreight. I continued this training with classes in Japan, where I trained under the Master Teacher in silver clay. I began using PMC as a component of my limited edition jewelry lines.
My teaching career in silver clay began in 1998. Together with my husband, Ken, I began a long association with the Wm. Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia. Presenting first Art Clay then Precious Metal Clay Certification classes, I have been responsible for the development of silver clay education programs in the US. I have taught silver clay techniques across the US as well as in Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia and Japan.
I have written two books on PMC. The first, Introduction to Precious Metal Clay, was published by Wardell Publications in 2002. This book has been used as the basic text for the Certification classes presented by PMC Connection Senior Teachers. This work is in its third printing.
I followed this with a second book, Precious Metal Clay in Mixed Media, which Wardell Publication released in July 2004. Response to this new work has been so strong that it also is in its third printing.
It is so amazing to see how this new material can be used by fine jewelers, potters, porcelain artists, china painters, doll makers and glass artists. The only boundary for these artists is their imagination.
Jane Dickerson is the managing editor of Jewelry Gifts for the Holidays and Step by Step Beads. She is the editor of Creative Jewelry 2008 and is a contributing editor to Step by Step Wire Jewelry. She lives in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
Louise Duhamel has appeared on DIY Jewelry and contributed articles to Belle Armoire and Art Doll Quarterly magazines. She’s a frequent workshop instructor, as well as a certified Senior Art Clay instructor and a precious metal clay instructor.
JANE ELDERSHAW has worked at Australian Vogue, New Woman magazine, and the New York Post.
Jesse Flores provides the marketing and public relations work for Mai Flores New York, the business he and Mai share. He has worked in communications, development and financial management in the social and public sectors.
Like Mai, Jesse was raised by parents who taught him to value and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. He worked with his father on their large gardens growing many plants, and seasonal flowers and vegetables. His mother who is certified in homeopathic medicine used the many plants and herbs as teas and for various medicinal purposes.
Jesse spent many weekends in his youth camping and hiking at the rivers of the Texas Hill Country. His appreciation for rocks and gemstones began as a child on the long road trips his family took throughout the Southwestern United States. He loved stopping at the roadside Rock Shops that to him were magical places with giant crystals and rocks in every imaginable color. As he grew older and began to travel the world, he continued to collect rocks and gems as souvenirs. Mai’s work with gemstones sparked his interest to learn more about them.
Danielle Fox is the editor of Stringing magazine.
Kathy is an artist in all aspects of her life. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and home decorating projects. For most of her adult life she lived in the urban landscapes of Pittsburgh, Boston, and Chicago. In 2009 she moved to a small artist community in rural Northern California so she could commune with nature on a regular basis. When she’s not working in her adorable fairy garden cottage home studio, she enjoys running and yoga, although you are more likely to find her hiking, rock climbing, or snow boarding when time allows. All of these pursuits are expressed creatively in her sculptural wire jewelry designs, which are abstract expressions of the pleasures she finds in simplicity. Much peace, joy, and love goes into creating each piece that she meticulously makes by hand.
Jewelry has always been a hands-on passion for Kathy, a life-long maker, designer, and crafter. Her jewelry career sprouted when she received professional representation in 1996 after she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in graphic design. Wire allowed her to apply her training to a totally different outlet. As a graphic designer, Kathy worked in the abstract concepts of usability, flow, white space, and message. While it is easy to see the influences of graphic design in Kathy’s linear wire jewelry, the wire has expanded the dimensions to become a sculptural outlet for her to explore a new design aesthetic — the blank pages have been replaced by ears, wrists, necks, and fingers. Her restrained use of color flows from her emphasis on contrast, structure, and balance — positive and negative space — tension, and kineticism — all expressed in her handcrafted constructions.
For nine years graphic and jewelry design coexisted until the entrepreneurial bug bit her in 2005; she then turned her full focus to jewelry design and building a studio. Kathy’s book “Elegant Wire Jewelry,” published by Lark Books in 2007, established her as a significant voice in the field of wire jewelry.
Now more than 60 galleries and boutiques carry Kathy’s sculptural wire jewelry around North America, from urban museum shops to independently owned craft galleries. Kathy, an award-winning designer in both of her careers, also represents her own work online and at high-caliber art fairs across the U.S.
Joanna's grandmother spent a large part of her life as an enamelist, and in 1992, she gave Joanna all her enamels and her enameling kilns. Joanna decided to learn how to use them by taking a class at the Penland School of Crafts. She enjoyed this basic metalsmithing and enameling class so much that she set up her own beginner's studio in the basement of the English building at her college. She continued to make jewelry while still studying for her BA degree. After graduating from Warren Wilson College in 1995, Joanna went back to school at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received a 2 year degree in Jewelry Design, after studying with some of New York's most fabulous industry jewelers and designers. She began her jewelry business in 1997, and currently spends her time making jewelry, teaching people how to make jewelry, and just absolutely loving her job.
Joanna has been a guest instructor for universities and metalsmithing groups across the U.S. and abroad including Idaho Metal Arts Guild, Tucson Metal Arts Guild, North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths, Winthrop University, and the Jewellery Production Development Center in Delhi, India.
She lives in her hometown of Asheville, NC with her husband, son, two dogs, and a cat.
Joanna's work is based on elementary design forms. She loves using repetition of simple shapes in ways that make the forms come alive. She is excited to explore the relationship of my hands with tools, and the tools with the material. She is interested in movement in my jewelry, and how the jewelry with move in relationship to the body when it is worn. She strives to make jewelry that is interesting and new, that reflects her way of looking at how things should be made, and that is wearable without going out of style.
Mr. Grimwade holds degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Metallurgical Quality Control. He is a Professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute of London.
From 1966 to 1988 he was a Senior Lecturer at the then City of London Polytechnic and it was here that he became involved with teaching metallurgy to silversmiths and jewelers. Additional experience includes his role as Metallurgical Consultant to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and consultant to the World Gold Council.
He has presented papers at the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology on fifteen occasions as well as at other symposia around the world, and has written numerous articles on aspects of jewelry and silversmithing during the last 30 years.
Jackie Guerra is well known as an actress, stand-up comic, and motivational speaker. Her acting credits include an ongoing role on the drama American Family, a sitcom series on the WB network, and roles in major motion pictures with Woody Allen and Jennifer Lopez. In addition to hosting DIY’s Jewelry Making, Jackie also hosts the Style Network show You’re Invited. She is very active in political issues in the Latino community.
Michelle Haab has been crafting since she was a toddler. She enjoys bright colors and making fun and stylish creations to accessorize her wardrobe and room.
Sherri Haab is a best selling craft author with over 23 published books to her credit, with several selling over a million copies each. Award winning titles such as: The Incredible Clay Book (Klutz), The Art of Metal Clay, Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry, The Art of Resin Jewelry, Beaded Macramé Jewelry and Designer Style Jewelry (Watson Guptill). Publishing honoraries include Craftrends 2006 & 2007 Best General Craft Book Award, Publisher's Weekly Cuffie Award, and Oppenheim's Toy Portfolio Gold Award. She has recently released how-to DVDs on Metal Clay and Resin Jewelry (CCP videos). Television appearances include: The Carol Duvall Show (HGTV), Jewelry Making (DIY), Good Things Utah (ABC) and Beads, Baubles and Jewels (PBS).
Haab is a certified metal clay instructor, leading numerous craft and jewelry making workshops internationally. Sherri has been a pioneer in the American Metal Clay revolution since 1996 when it was first introduced in the US. She is known for tracking trends in the craft industry and then educating consumers about how to use new products and techniques. Her own product, "ITS", is one example of a new craft innovation. This product allows printed images to be applied to polymer, tile and metal clay. She now resides in Springville, Utah with her husband and three children.
Katie Hacker is an artist and writer who started designing her own jewelry as a teenager when she couldn’t find fashionable clip earrings for her un-pierced ears. She turned her pastime into a business and now makes a living doing what she loves best – making stuff and sharing her ideas.
A prolific author whose books have sold more than half-a-million copies, Katie provides beading advice as the presenter of Beading Lessons on the public television series "Beads, Baubles & Jewels." She regularly contributes how-to projects and articles to a variety of magazines and is a columnist for Beadwork. Katie is a member of the Beadalon Design Team and has been commissioned to create original designs for Beadalon, Swarovski, and other companies.
Katie is passionate about demystifying jewelry making and specializes in projects that are fashionable and fun. Her approachable style helps new beaders feel less intimidated and more empowered. “I love helping people find their source of creativity through beads,” she says. Her workshops at national venues like the Bead & Button Show and Bead Fest feature techniques for creating boutique-style jewelry.
Katie discovered her creativity at an early age. She grew up in a unique crafty environment working for her parents’ miniatures and dollhouse distributorship, Dee’s Delights, Inc., where she spent her summers making dollhouse samples and working on the company’s communications materials. After graduating from college she worked as an editor, and eventually in-house designer, for Hot Off The Press, an instructional craft book publisher and scrapbooking paper manufacturer in Oregon. She also worked for several years at Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit organization that provides fair wages for artisans in developing countries by selling their goods in North America.
Sue Heaser is a professional craftswoman whose skills range from polymer clay and Art Clay, glass engraving and puppet-making to textile crafts and pottery. After a foundation course in art and a degree in geography and archaeology she became an archaeological illustrator, working on jewellery and artefacts from sites all over Britain. She became fascinated by the shapes, designs and techniques of ancient jewellery.
She first discovered polymer clay in 1981 and within a year she was supplying an ever-increasing number of craft shops with her delightful jewellery. Over the years she continually expanded her repertoire of designs, experimenting with as many different effects as possible. She applied her knowledge of jewellery design to her work with clay, stretching the limits of the medium to embrace the wide range of techniques.
In 1985, she founded The Polymer Clay Pit - a mail order company supplying polymer clays tools and accessories in the UK and Europe. The fledgling business was at once a great success, and Sue sourced products from all over the world. The "Clay Pit" as it is affectionately known is now the largest specialist polymer clay retailer in Europe and is a major stockist of Art Clay Silver. Sue sold the company to George Weil and Sons Ltd in 2008 so that she could concentrate on her writing and teaching.
Sue first started writing articles on polymer clay for craft magazines, illustrating her articles with her own detailed drawings. Eventually this led to her first book, "Making Polymer Clay Jewellery", which was published in 1997. A series of doll's house books followed and her book "Making Doll's House Miniatures with Polymer Clay" has been a worldwide best seller. Many more books have followed and she is now acknowledged as a world wide authority on polymer clay and metal clays. She has taught workshops all over the world during the past 15 years from as far afield as Taiwan and Japan to the USA, Italy and France.
In 1997, with the aid of of other polymer clay enthusiasts, Sue founded the British Polymer Clay Guild which is a flourishing organisation that produces a lively website and organises biennial conferences.
In 2004 a teaching trip to Japan introduced her to the manufacturers of Art Clay Silver, a precious metal clay that is modelled like modelling clay and then fired to produce pure silver jewellery. She qualified as a Senior Art Clay Instructor later that year, the first to qualify in the UK, and was appointed founder Director of Art Clay World UK, the British Guild that promotes the understanding and use of Art Clay Silver and Gold.
Sue teaches regular workshops at all levels in polymer clay and Art Clay Silver at her studio in Suffolk.
Mary Helt has been making jewellery from a very young age, inspired by the contents of her mother's jewellery boxes. For more than ten years, she's been creating her own line of handmade jewellery which can be found in boutiques and online, as well as a line of t-shirts and accessories under the label 'maryink'. She has worked as a fashion stylist for various magazines and books in New York City and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Judi Hendricks is an artist and consultant with many areas of expertise – silver clay, ceramics, garden design, and energy healing, among others. Silver Clay Keepsakes (with Katie Baum) is their first book.
Judi Hendricks wants to help people express whatever it is they are meant to create. She believes that silver clay's ultra-fast learning curve and affordability makes it a perfect playful medium for reopening the door to personal creative expression.
Judi Hendricks is an award-winning Senior Art Clay Silver™ Instructor who lives and teaches in Grayslake, Illinois. An avid gardener, she particularly enjoys capturing the essence of leaves and flowers in her jewelry designs. “What I most enjoy about teaching,” she says, “Is having a person come into class saying, ‘I’m not creative,’ and seeing the joy light in their face when their first piece of fine jewelry is hung around their neck. If I can awaken just one creative spark in a person, their inner artist can do the rest.”
Mary Hettmansperger is a fiber and jewelry artist who teaches internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Singapore.
Across the US, Mary instructs at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools and private Guilds. Mary has authored and illustrated 3 books Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop: Combining Sheet, Clay, Mesh, Wire & More, Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet, and Fabulous Woven Jewelry all published by Lark/Sterling. Currently Mary is working on two more books, a new jewelry book with a Spring 2012 release and an Art Quilt book with a Fall 2012 release (titles to be announced soon).
Other books showcasing Mary’s work include Jewelry Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the envelope, Fabulous Found object jewelry, Teapots: makers and collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2. Mary has had work exhibited at SOFA, through the Katie Gingrass Gallery.
She does segments for PBS programming, Beads Baubles and jewels and Quilting Art, and has had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and dye pot and Crafts Report.
Brandon Holschuh has been a jeweler for nearly 20 years and maintains an active jeweler’s studio in Concord Township, Ohio. He is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, The American Craft Council and the Society of Arts and Crafts. An accomplished exhibitor, winning numerous awards and merits, he maintains a demanding, year-round show schedule. In between shows, he teaches the fundamentals of jewelry fabrication to students in small class groups in his studio and holds workshops at nearby art centers.
Julianna Hudgins is a well-known mover and shaker in the creative crafting community. As an International Spokesperson, TV personality, Author and Jewelry Designer, Julianna has turned millions on to the joys of crafting through her first-hand experiences and applications of the hobby.
With regular guest appearances on the Jewelry Television Network, Julianna’s sincerity and compassion and her genuine enthusiasm for the creative arts has built a loyal viewing and shopping audience for many years. Julianna became a household name in the creative industry with her thousands of appearances on shows such as TNN’s Aleene’s Creative Living, HGTV’s Carol Duvall Show, PBS Scrapbook Memories, DIY Scrapbooking, Shop at Home TV, Home Shopping Network and QVC.
Julianna is often referred to in the craft industry as the “Fire Behind the Wire” because she was one of the first artists to see the possibilities of Artistic Wire as a craft trend and to develop products and projects to bring wire to the craft consumer. Julianna was elected by the Craft & Hobby Association to present the latest trends and wire working techniques at the Japan Hobby show in Tokyo, has penned four insightful books on beading and wire working.
Julianna also know as “Jewels”, is married to Rich and mother to Josh and Billybob her boxer dog. She enjoys traveling, making jewelry, shopping and being with friends and family.
Richard Hughes studied industrial design at the Royal College of Art, London, and philosophy at the University of Surrey. He has worked as a designer and as a lecturer at Brunel University and a number of colleges of art and design, and first became involved in fine metalworking as a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, where he worked jointly with Michael Rowe. He was most recently Director of Postgraduate Studies in industrial design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London Institute, until his appointment in 1990 as Dean of Art History and Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts.
Giovanna Imperia is a fine craft jeweler whose work has been exhibited and included in both private and museum collections around the world. A former artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, she has been teaching kumihimo workshops since 2001.
Originally from the Chicago area, Cathy came to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University in the early '80s and never left the city. She began making jewelry more than 15 years ago, while working at a Milwaukee daily newspaper. In 2005, she landed her dream job as editor of BeadStyle magazine.
Cathy teaches beading classes at the annual Bead&Button show in Milwaukee, and frequently donates her beaded work to nonprofit organizations – primarily those that support the health and welfare of women and families. At BeadStyle, one of her initiatives has been “Beads of Change,” how-to jewelry projects that incorporate products from third-world bead makers and nonprofit organizations, helping boost their visibility and sales.
In addition to making jewelry, Cathy enjoys travel (and creating scrapbooks from her trips), baking, gardening, movies, and books.
Cathy lives in a beautiful, old house in Milwaukee that’s filled with beads and memories – and "there’s always room for more of both,” Cathy says.
Charles A. Jarvis was apprenticed to the Birmingham firm of Payton Pepper & Sons when he left school. Some years later he joined the Metropolitan Police force, in which he served about 10 years. At the outbreak of war he joined the RAF and became a pilot; he was invalided out of the servies in 1945 and returned to his original career. He joined Bostock & Rainer of Hatton Garden, London, as a member of their workshop and rose rapidly to become foreman. In 1961 he was made managing director of Bostock & Rainer's new company in Haverhill, Suffolk, which original traded as Fine Metals & Centrifugal Castings Ltd, but later changed its name to Bostock & Rainer (Haverhill) Ltd.
Liz began beading at the tender age of 6 with her Girl Scout troop. After dabbling in costume design at Ohio University Liz finally began her professional bead career in 2001 when she started working at Byzantium in Columbus, Ohio. In 2004 she packed her beads and her dog and moved to Seattle, WA. Since moving to the west coast she has continued her professional bead addiction working and teaching in bead stores around the Seattle area. Liz’s love of all things beaded soon transformed into a love of all things wire and most of all mixing fire and metal. She currently teaches and works in Seattle. 2008 marks Liz’s debut on the national teaching scene and the publication of her first book Jewelry Studio: Silver Wire Fusing.
Linda Kaye-Moses is a certified Precious Metal Clay® instructor and has been a professional artist jeweler since 1976. Her artistic focus is on mythic connections and adornment as empowering-object, as well as on the kinship she feels with the history of her craft. She has exhibited nationally in galleries and at juried craft shows, including the Washington Craft Show at the Smithsonian, the ACC Craft Fair in Baltimore, the Paradise City Arts Festival and the Berkshire Craft Fair.
Her work has appeared in Ornament magazine, Craft Art International, Lapidary Journal, American Craft, and Niche Magazine. Among other awards, she has received two Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council Grants, three Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Grants and a Niche Award.
Lenart Kazmer has been an artist, silversmith, jewelry designer and
teacher for over 20 years . She
has become know for her mastery of "cold connections." She has
developed dozens of creative methods of cold joining using rivets,
staples, fibers, resins and other materials, turning the everyday object
into works of fine art.
More than a decade ago, Susan began using resins in her mixed-media jewelry. In her search for a
safer alternative to the harsh chemicals found in commercial resins, she developed
ICE Resin, a
crystal clear jeweler's grade resin that is environmentally safe, self-leveling, self-doming and self-healing.
Susan is an explorer, inventor and pioneer of jewelry making with found
objects. Her insight and creative philosophy has inspired
mixed-media artists and jewelers.
Susan has won many awards. Her work has been included in museum
exhibits in the Smithsonian, the Art Institute in New York, the
Huntington Museum of Art and the Post Picasso Gallery among others.
Jeanette Landenwitch has been working with her hands all her life. This led her first to an education in interior design, then into a career as a seamstress and clothing designer. For the last ten years, her focus has been on making one-of-a-kind jewelry in silver and gold. She teaches workshops around the world and since 2003 she has been the Executive Director of the PMC Guild International.
Internationally acclaimed artist, educator, author and publisher Victoria Lansford creates one-of-a-kind wearable pieces of art and art objects that evoke the mystery and splendor of ancient masters, yet are infused with her own provocative vision. She has pushed the boundaries of design and execution in many old world techniques, including high relief Eastern repoussé, Russian filigree, chain making, and granulation in over 20 years of comprehensive exploration of metal as art.
Victoria's award winning work has appeared in juried and curated shows, including most recently Metal Inclinations 2, presented by the Society for Midwest Metalsmiths, National Art Encounter, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL, and eXtreme Tea, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her artwork has also been featured in many books and magazines, including Metalsmith magazine’s 2007 Exhibition in Print, Chasing & Repoussé by Nancy Megan Corwin, The Jeweler’s Studio Handbook, by Brandon Holschuh, multiple issues of Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, Art Jewelry magazine, and on Home & Garden Television’s 2007 season of That’s Clever.
A long time educator in the arts, she is committed to sustaining ancient techniques by passing on this ancient knowledge to other artists. She served as head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta from 1997 to 2004, creating its comprehensive program, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Victoria continues to teach and mentor students throughout the world.
Victoria’s internationally collected artwork is available in art galleries around the United States and through this website. She creates and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mark Lareau started his wireworking and metalsmithing odyssey in 1998 when he began making simple wire jewelry and basic mobiles. In 1992, Mark and his wife, Viki, opened The Bead Factory, a full-service retail bead store in Tacoma, Washington, and he has been teaching classes there since. Viki and Mark are also the founders of the Puget Sound Bead Festival, the most successful consumer bead event on the West Coast.
Viki Lareau worked for Nordstrom as well as a chain of bead stores across the United States and Canada. She runs the annual Puget Sound Bead Festival and is the co-owner of The Bead Factory. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.
Marthe Le Van is an editor for Lark Jewelry. Since 2000, she has written, edited, juried, or curated more than 40 titles. The books she's authored on making jewelry include 30-Minute Earrings, 30-Minute Necklaces, Stitched Jewels, Prefab Jewelry, Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects, and The Art of Jewelry: Paper Jewelry. Marthe has also served as the editor for all jewelry books in Lark's popular "500" series, as well as the juror for 500 Wedding Rings and the curator for Masters: Gold. She is a member of the Art Jewelry Forum and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. His work is concerned with Process and Beauty as well as function. His approach to working metal is that the work should be done in separate steps iand layers building towards the finished piece. Process and the tensions between nature and structure are part of his concerns. His writing on his technical research have been published internationally. In 1994 Brain Press was established which documents, publishes and markets the results of his research activities.
A distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain he has lectured and taught in England, Germany, the United States, Canada and Australia. He is a consultant on the jewelry field, and has written expert witness reports regarding health and safety in US legal cases.
He developed 'fold-forming', a series of techniques new to the metalsmithing field which allow rapid development of three dimensional surfaces and structures using simple equipment. He has written seven books, over 15 monographs and published hundreds of articles in magazines as well as book chapters. He translated the monumental 560 page German “Theory and Practice of Goldsmithing” into English. He was on the editorial masthead at AJM magazine, and has been a contributing editor on a number of books to MJSA Press.
He served as a director on the board of the Alberta Crafts Council for five years and six years as the National Crafts Representative on the board of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. He served over two years as President of the Canadian Crafts Federation. Charles was an essential member of the Craftyear 2007 Project which resulted in over 550 events nationally. He created Alberta's Black Rod for the Legislative Assembly, a major piece of state silversmithing.
He has lived in Calgary since 1986 and is the long-time Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design as well as teaching full time, writing articles, exhibiting and consulting.
Jan Loney is an artist/metalsmith who enjoys creating a variety of work from jewelry to sculpture. She maintains her studio, Metalier, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her creations have been exhibited at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Society for Contemporary Craft, The Yaw Gallery, and The Warhol Museum, among others. Professional memberships include The Society for North American Goldsmiths, The National Ornamental Metals Museum, and the Craftsman’s Guild.
Valérie MacCarthy has been making jewery since childhood but only recently rediscovered her love for creating colorful and organic earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Soon her creations were being worn on the runways of New York Fashion week and gracing the pages of high fashion magazines from here to Japan. In 2002 she officially established Valérie M Designs. An opera singer by trade, Valérie continues to fulfill the growing demands for her jewelry while appearing on renowned stages all over the world. When she's not globe-trotting, Valérie lives in New York City.
Melody MacDuffee has been designing jewelry for 20 years. Her work has been shown in juried competitions in several states. She teaches internationally and manages the class program for her local state-of-the-art bead store. Melody is the author of Boutique Bead & Wire Jewelry, the coauthor of Beaded Edgings, and has contributed to dozens of other beading books and publications.
Jurgen J. Maerz is Director of Technical Education for Platinum Guild International USA.
Jurgen holds credentials as an instructor and has taught for the Gemological Institute of America for over four years. He was in charge of the Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Extension department and has taught jewelry techniques in cities throughout the United States. Mr. Maerz was responsible for the creation of the Platinum Educational Program that GIA offers to this day.
Born and raised in Germany, Jurgen learned the trade of Bench jeweler at a very young age through a formal apprenticeship. After immigrating to the US, he worked in all phases of jewelry making, ranging from production manager to his own studio. His love for platinum brought him to PGI in 1997, where he has become a recognized expert on working with platinum.
He has received an honorary Ph.D. in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts from Cosmopolitan University .
Jurgen has lectured in South Africa, taught at the University of Central England in Birmingham, UK, and has presented a seminar in Vicenza, Italy.
His articles have been published in major trade magazines throughout the world in several languages. He is the author of the award winning book “The Platinum Bench”, and a selection of “how to” articles in his monthly feature of the same name in AJM magazine.
Jurgen Maerz is a JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler, the fourth one in the US to receive this designation. Trade articles, seminars, hands-on workshops, and factory visits are among his duties. Jurgen has published several papers at the Santa Fe Symposium. He is responsible for planning and presenting the annual Platinum Day Symposium in New York City and Los Angeles, serving as host as well as speaker.
Technically, Jurgen specializes in Platinum casting issues. He has spearheaded several new casting techniques and is constantly trying to improve the process. Jurgen is qualified to address all issues of the platinum manufacturing process, from design to finished product.
Adolfo Mattiello is a jeweler, model maker, author and teacher.
His professional jewelry experience began in Europe and South America where he was educated. He came to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts, Art Student League, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and The Mechanic's Institute. Adolfo's technical background includes industrial design as well as jewelry design.
For over 20 years he worked as a model maker and jeweler for various jewelry manufacturers in New York. His wealth of experience led him to create tools for jewelry modeling and discover new techniques in wax modeling.
Mr. Mattiello has taught model making classes at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco and at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington
Tim McCreight is a metalsmith, designer, author, and teacher. He received a BA from the College of Wooster in 1973 and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in 1975. He taught for twelve years at the Center for Crafts in Worcester, Massachusetts, and for the next fifteen years at Maine College of Art in Portland.
Tim has been working in metals since 1970 and along the way has published more than a dozen books and made four videotapes. He served a term as president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and has been on the boards of Haystack, the American Craft Council and the PMC Guild. He has taught workshops in the United States, England, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. He writes for several magazines and consults for industry.
Jinks McGrath is a designer jeweller, teacher and author. She trained at Berkshire College of Art and Design. Jinks works in all the precious metals and enamels. She also uses precious and semi-precious stones. Most of her pieces are one-offs and she is very happy to discuss commissions. She runs jewellery courses from her workshop in Sussex and also teaches in Thailand, Mexico and Afghanistan.
She has written six books about jewellery making and enamelling; her latest, Jewellery Making A Complete Course for Beginners was published in 2007. She has exhibited her jewellery widely, including Goldsmiths Fair, Dazzle, Art in Action and Glyndebourne.
Barbara Mcguire has been an artist all her life and simply could not live without it. She feels that it's her calling on a higher level, her purpose in bringing fulfillment to others. Art is completely subjective in her view and one of the few things no one can take away from you.
She is an edgy artist. Her favorite thing is an element of surprise and non-conformity. Her work
reflects influence from traditional design incorporating innovative materials and collected artifacts.
Barbara McGuire has been nationally acclaimed as an artist whose diverse talents include works in polymer clay, jewelry design, and painting. She has written 10 books on design and instruction and has developed stamps, templates and molds for artists working in polymer and metal clay. She have appeared as a regular guest of the popular "Carol Duvall Show".
Her future objective is to teach the design principles as a means to create more appealing design quality and to empower women with the confidence to study their own creative finesse. She is currently producing "WOMAN Creative", a publication I call a "digizine" – a combination of print and digital information.
Barbara live near Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia. She teaches throughout the country at shows, stores and in her home studio at the Art Estate.
Jim McIntosh has authored three books on wire art - "Wirewrapping: The Basics and Beyond", "More Wirewrapping: The Basics and Beyond" and "Wiresmithing - The New Look of Wire Art". He has always been interested in pushing the art of Wirewrapping to its limit. "Over the years, I have made everything from simple earrings and bracelets, to handmade prong-set rings", reports Jim, "Each piece has had to pass a very strict quality control team (my wonderful wife) before I ever display any of my finished pieces, and boy are they critical".
He has had an interest in the arts since childhood. At an early age he became interested in jewelry design," I can remember a ring that my mother purchased at a Cherokee Trading Post when I was a kid. I loved the way that the artist designed the piece and the color of the turquoise against the silver."
As an adult Jim renewed his interest in jewelry art when he became burnt out in the corporate world. " This prompted me to look for some course to make silver jewelry", he recalls. "In this quest for knowledge, I came across a web site that gave instructions on wire wrap jewelry. I had never heard of this type of jewelry, so I started to do more research. It was so unique and not like anything that I had ever seen before. My search opened a whole new world to me. I discovered that there were a lot of people that did this type of jewelry art."
In the years since learning wire art Jim has been devoted to creating new designs using these well established techniques. He's also developed a passion for educating jewelry artists around the world on the possibilities of wire art. "We've only scratched the surface of this art. There is so much more that can be done with wire".
Kate McKinnon has written five books on jewelry making and metalsmithing, beginning in 2003 with her popular self-published Project Workbook, which focused on professional solutions for strung and sewn jewelry. Following that came her Studio Annual in 2004, filled with photographs from space and nature, and jewelry inspired by them.
In 2006, she published the groundbreaking textbook Structural Metal Clay, a spiral-bound bench book that laid out the reasons for full firing of metal clay, how to work harden finished pieces, make clean connections without excessive use of slip, and create chain that fires together in the kiln. The book focused on simple ways to practice safe handling, and was the first in the field to do so.
Kate lives and works in her home town of Tucson, Arizona, and is a frequent contributor to the magazines and journals in her field. She also teaches and speaks internationally.
Sharon McSwiney established her workshop in the historic Jewellery Quarte of Birmingham in 1990, where she now creates jewellery and handmade cards.
California writer and artisan Chris Franchetti Michaels has written extensively about jewelry and jewelry making online and is the author of Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making and Beading, Beading Quick Tips, Wire Jewelry Quick Tips, and Teach Yourself Visually Beadwork. Chris has appeared on several episodes of the DIY Network television show Jewelry Making, and her designs have been featured in popular jewelry project books.
J. Marsha Michler is author of books on crazy quilting, jewelry and knitting. She has written articles for magazines and has won awards for her crazy quilts. She actively pursues various needlearts, jewelry, spinning, graphic design, photography. She also gardens, builds stone walls, travels and enjoys sushi with her husband. She is an active member of Embroiderer's Guild of America, Society of S. Maine Craftsmen, and other organizations. From Appleton, Wisconsin, she now lives in the beautiful foothills of Southern Maine U.S.A.
Irina Miech is an artist, teacher, and the author of a series of popular how-to books on metal clay jewelry design for beaders. She also oversees a 6,000-square-foot retail bead supply business and classroom studio, where she teaches classes in beading, wirework, and metal clay. The metal clay certification program she designed is recognized by the PMC Guild. Her previous books are Metal Clay for Beaders, More Metal Clay for Beaders, Inventive Metal Clay, and Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders. Her jewelry designs also have been featured in Bead & Button, BeadStyle, and Art Jewelry magazines.
Sharilyn Miller is a jewelry artist, writer and teacher who loves sharing my passion for jewelry making with others. She gives grateful acknowledgement to artist Lynne Merchant for teaching her the basics of making creative jewelry with wire. Prior to learning how to make wire jewelry in September 2001, Sharilyn explored many other mixed-media artforms, including collage, painting and other surface-design techniques on fabric, handmade books, fiber arts, and beading.
Previous to her career in art, Sharilyn was a newspaper reporter with The Orange County Register; she has B.A. in communications (print journalism) from California State University, Fullerton. She also has a degree in visual communications from The Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, Washington. She has edited four magazines, including Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and Art Doll Quarterly. She was the creator and launch editor for the last three titles. In 2002, she began teaching art workshops part-time. She taught jewelry making but also dabbled in a bit of mixed media and fabric/fiber arts, including dyeing and painting fabric and working with paints and fibers to create wearable art. In February 2006, she left her magazine editing job, moved to a mountain home in Idyllwild, California, and began teaching and writing full-time.
Sharilyn continues to share her passion for jewelry making by teaching workshops in Southern California and across the US. She has also taught in Montreal, Canada; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cortona, Italy; the Czech Republic; Santorini, Greece; and in the South of France.
Rebeca Mojica is an author, instructor and award-winning chainmaille artist. Rebeca first began making maille in 2002 when she wanted to purchase a chainmaille belt, but couldn’t find any designs that she really liked. So she literally took matters into her own hands by buying some jump rings and making a belt on her own, thus awakening her passion. Today she knows more than 100 weaves, including a dozen of her own creation, and has a diverse portfolio of both upscale and accessible jewelry.
As the pre-eminent chainmaille instructor in the Midwest, Rebeca has spent more than 1,000 hours teaching students from around the world. In addition to conducting workshops at local bead shops and art centers, she has taught at the Bead&Button Show and has been a guest instructor for the Fashion Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rebeca is a member of the Chicago Craft Mafia and Chicago Metal Arts Guild. Projects she’s designed have appeared in Chain Mail Jewelry and 30 Minute Necklaces, both instructional books by Lark Publishing; Wirework 2010 magazine; Art Jewelry Magazine and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine. Her micromaille necklace Poseidon’s Embrace was a 3rd place winner in the Finished Jewelry category of the international Bead Dreams 2009 competition—marking the first time a chainmaille design was juried into the finals. Her work has appeared on CLTV and in The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.
As a graduate from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Rebeca is glad to have put her journalism skills to good use while writing Chained.
When she is not weaving maille, Rebeca enjoys cooking, learning languages, and contemplating quantum physics and fractal cosmology
Nathalie Mornu is the author of A Is for Apron, Quilt It with Wool, and Leather Jewelry. She currently works as an editor for Lark Jewelry & Beading.
She has studied metals and wood at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN. Nathalie has involved herself in many crafts over the years. This has allowed her the opportunity to create projects for Lark Crafts publications. Those projects have included stitched potholders, beaded jewelry, reupholstery and a gingerbread igloo.
She continues to design jewelry while still engaging in new media. Her recent discovery of leatherwork has sent her down the path of teaching herself to make a pair of sandals.
She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Ariella Nachshon is an artist and jewelry maker. She has taught various artforms, including jewelry making. She shares her passion, her expertise and her unique vision for working with diverse materials and techniques.
Her pieces are sold and exhibited worldwide. Ariella is a member of the jewelry industry division of the Israel Export Institute in Tel Aviv where she lives with her husband and children.
Maria Nerius has worked in the art and craft industry since starting her own company, Nerius House & Co. in 1982. She started as a professional crafter selling her handmade crafts at art and craft shows through out the South. She began to sell designs and articles to the industry by the end of 1989. She has written for both consumer and trade publications. She’s an avid gardener and scuba diver. She and her husband live in the Florida with 4 spoiled hounds.
Maria is currently working with FaveCrafts.com as the site’s Craft Expert and In-House Designer. She writes a regular column for Crafts ‘n Things magazine and features for several national magazine.
While working as an international tour director, Renee Newman was exposed to beautiful gems in Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. She saw gems everywhere—in hotels, airports, tourist attractions and, naturally, in shopping areas. Her passengers wanted to know how to get good buys on them and spot quality, so Renee searched libraries and bookstores for help. Even though there was information on gem identification, history, mining and lore, there was little about judging the quality of pearls and colored gems.
When Renee heard about a colored gem grading class at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), she decided to enroll. The enthusiasm of the instructors inspired her to sign up for the gemology program there. Two years later, she obtained a GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma and began work as a gemologist at a wholesale firm in downtown Los Angeles, the Josam Diamond Trading Corporation. It was a great opportunity because she worked with a wide variety of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls. She was also involved in jewelry quality control.
Ever since Renee had become aware of the need for affordable information on gem evaluation, she wanted to write a consumer guide to buying gems. However, when she learned how complex the subject was, she realized it would be better to just focus on diamonds in her first book. The Diamond Ring Buying Guide: How to Spot Value & Avoid Ripoffs was published in 1989; it was so successful she decided to continue writing more gem buying guides. To accomplish this, Renee could only work part-time as a gemologist. Gradually, writing, research and book promotion became a full-time occupation.
Domesticity turned divine, Sonya Nimri’s inspiration derives from a love of working with people and a knack for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Sonya has written two books, Beadalicious and Just for the Frill of It, published by Random House. She is a regular contributor to arts and crafts books and magazines, her projects having appeared in a “Girlsworld Guide to Friendship Crafts” and “The Beautiful Beaded Home”, “A Very Beaded Christmas” from Lark Books, “Flowers That Wow” Random House, Altered Couture, Belle Armoir, Crafts N’Things, Craft: magazine, and the LA Times. On television, Sonya recently co-hosted an episode of Deserving Design with Vern Yip on HGTV. Prior to that she designed the set and created all the crafts for a series of how-to projects with Raven-Symone, called “Raven-Symone Presents” available at Wal-mart stores nationwide. In addition, she has toured as arts and crafts superstore “Michael’s” national spokesperson, appearing on network morning shows throughout the country. She also represented Scholastic’s Klutz line of books and craft kits as their “Chief Executive Crafter.” In 2004 Sonya was one of three finalists in the TODAY Show's search for its Domestic Diva on NBC, finishing second nationwide. Sonya has appeared as a regular guest on television shows such as Soaptalk- SoapNet, Smart Solutions- HGTV, World at Your Table- Fine Living Network, and Craftlab- DIY Network as well as many other network news shows. Additionally, she appeared as a mentor to a participant on the award winning show "Faking It" on TLC.
Beyond media, Sonya designed a table for the "Dining By Design" Elle Décor/Tatinger's fundraiser at the Design Institute Foundation’s event benefit to fight AIDS and has worked for Anthropologie on their visual displays team. She lives in Venice, CA with her husband and son.
Harold O’Connor is a jeweler’s jeweler. A master of art jewelry, he is widely respected in Europe for his technical virtuosity, but known in this country primarily to fellow jewelers, museum curators and a handful of knowledgeable collectors.
O’Connor lives in Colorado, yet he perfected his craft in Europe, studying in Finland, Germany, Denmark and Austria. He travels extensively, offering workshops and teaching classes around the world.
Harold O’Connor stumbled upon jewelry quite by accident during his senior year at the University of New Mexico when he took a course in metalwork and became entranced with the challenge of translating ideas into solid form. He apprenticed in Europe where he embraced the philosophy of mastery of each technique before moving on to the next one and carefully thinking through each piece before making it. His jewelry reflects puzzles and abstract concepts in its design format, a viewpoint from Europe.
He is intrigued with addressing the dilemma of suspension in which he frequently uses cables in his designs. He works thematically, following an idea through any number of permutations and combinations, organizing into coherent narratives. He develops techniques to actualize these ideas. He takes meticulous notes and sketches his designs in advance of fabrication. He will even make his own tools for individual pieces.
In a recent series, for example, he uses spicula, tapered tubes of metal, to suggest the organic sticks and stones found in Japanese gardens. The abstract shapes also take on masculine and feminine associations, and in some instances, one is reminded of artifacts found at pre-historic Indian ruins in the Southwest. O’Connor’s elegant engineering allows him to make the stones seem to float, while preserving a solid, almost spiritual, unity of composition.
He uses such techniques as reticulation, granulation, and also works using mokume- gane, a Japanese technique of laminating metals to create a surface for repousee design. He is an expert at layering metal until it looks like crinkled paper. Most recently, O’Connor has inlaid pieces of granulated metals in rock to build upon his study of surface differences.
Ms. Yoko Ohba is the Vice President of the Japan Jewelry Craft School and the Executive Director of Associate Co., Ltd. Ms. Ohba is a member of the Japan Jewellery Designers Association and of the Japanese Society For Science of Design.
Yvonne Padilla is an accomplished PMC artist and jeweler. A tireless instructor, Yvonne has taught numerous classes at the Gem & Mineral Show, Bead & Button, and Bead Fest. Yvonne was one of the first artists in the United States to work with bronze clay.
Denise Peck is a wire/metal jewlery artist and the editor-in-chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine, senior editor of Jewelry Artist and projects editor for Step by Step Beads.
She is a metalsmith with a bench jeweler's certificate and has been making and selling her own jewelry for over fifteen years. In addition, she also teaches jewelry-making regularly at Interweave Bead Fest shows in Philadelphia, Santa Fe, and Portland, OR.
For nearly a decade, Kathy Peterson has established herself as a well-known TV celebrity, author and design expert who is featured weekly reaching 15 to 30 million households each week through her national TV series Town & Country Crafts with Kathy Peterson broadcast on the Family Net TV Network and other cable networks.
As a design expert, she is frequently featured and/or quoted in hundreds of shelter publications, newspapers, and trade publications including USA Weekend, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Entrepreneur Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Copley News Service, Washington Times, Better Homes & Gardens SIP, Budget Decorating, iVillage, FoxNews.com, American Ways, Go Magazine, NY Daily News and a long list of publications.
Kathy’s licensed floral designs have been included in 150 Oscar Gift Bags and she has made 100+ TV guest appearances on HGTV, DIY Network, TNN, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, E! and PBS with personal appearances on various network affiliates based Dallas, Miami, Palm Beach, Chattanooga and more.
Linda Peterson has
been a professional arts and crafts designer for the past 16 years. She is know for her unique eye for detail. Her dazzling designs have appeared
in numerous magazines and advertising campaigns.
Linda is an award-winning designer, TV personality and author, with previous books include Beading in No Time and How to Make Polymer Clay beads.
She lives in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.
Scott David Plumlee has studied ancient chain designs while travelling through 32 countries on four continents.
Even though Scott had been working with and teaching a variety of artistic media, from pottery to self-portraiture, he knew he had found his way with metal when he discovered silver chain making while studying at the Appalachian Center for Arts in Tennessee. Over the past nine years, Scott has been overwhelmed with artistic passion for assembling silver chain. After taking a single jewelry course at A.C.C, he knew silver was my new medium, yet he rejected the hot torch and electric tools of the confining metals studio. Scott traveled for over five years, across thirty-two countries, all the while making silver chain. He utilized his mobile craft to make gifts for family and friends along his path. Bent on scientific curiosity, he developed over sixty original chain designs and mathematical formulas for each.
Ruth Poris is a professional artist-teacher whose work has been represented in fine stores and galleries throughout the country. Her book, Step By Step Bead Stringing is considered a classic teaching manual.
Margot Potter a.k.a. The Impatient Crafter™ is a designer, author, mixed media artist, trash to treasure trover, freelance writer, consultant, public speaker, actor and vocalist and TV personality who creates innovative designs for manufacturers, books and magazines and teaches popular seminars and classes at craft and major jewelry industry events.
She approaches everything with her signature sense of humor, boundless curiosity and copious amounts of joie de vivre because she feels that if its not fun, its simply not worth doing. She invites people to not only think outside of the box, but to tear it up, repurpose it into something fabulous and stand on it to reach for the stars. Shes equally comfortable at the writers desk, in the design studio, onstage or in front of the camera. She's been a professional performer for twenty four years and a crafty chick since before she was old enough to hold a Crayola®.
Margot has written six humorous how to design books. Her designs have appeared in magazines, contributor books, websites, in catalogs, on packaging, in print ads and across the webiverse. She's designed, consulted and blogged for a variety of major manufacturers in the DIY Craft Industry. She pens an internationally popular blog and creates blog contents for hire. She's a freelance writer and has written insightful articles for print and the web. Margot and her family create award winning how to videos for YouTube and Margot has appeared as a host and a guest on a variety of videos, web shows and TV shows.
Margots no nonsense approach to creative expression demystifies the creative process for the Average Joe and Jane, inviting everyone to the creative table and convincing all of them that they too can Create Without Filters™.
Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, is a master goldsmith and award-winning jewelry designer with degrees in both psychology and sculpture. His passion for making jewelry lead him to Germany in 1972, where he trained under some of the 20th century's most celebrated goldsmiths and designers. Returning to California with skills rarely taught in the United States, he was asked to share what he had learned with other jewelers and students. For several years, Mr. Revere taught in college jewelry programs, and in 1979 he established the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco's historic Phelan building.
Mr. Revere writes and lectures on a variety of jewelry subjects. His first series of articles appeared in JCK Magazine during the 1980s and led to the publication of Professional Goldsmithing. His second series, Professional Jewelry Repair, has been published as Professional Ring Repair and Professional Setting Repair. Mr. Revere is past president of the American Jewelry Design Council and founder of the Contemporary Design Group. Alan teaches the Jewelry Technician Intensive, Jewelry Design and Fabrication 6.
Jeanne Rhodes-Moen is originally from Temple Hills, Maryland, right outside of Washington DC. She lived 14 years in Kristiansand, Norway, and has recently moved back to the USA with her two daughters. She now lives in Asheville, NC.
In 1987, in college, Jeanne began making simple crystal and wire/bell cap jewelry because she couldn't afford to buy any of the crystal jewelry which had become popular with the coming of the New Age fad. She went to the gift shop at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, DC and bought rough Arkansas quartz crystals and others for between 50 cents and a $1 each, bought wire and bead caps at a hobby shop. She first made items for herself, then others became interested. She experimented more with her own style of wire wrapping and managed to make enough money for a student ticket to Norway to visit Bjørn, who would eventually become her husband for 12 years.
Bjørn had taken a course, together with his father in the 1970's , on traditional Norwegian bunad silver work. Bunad is what, in Norway, the national costumes are called. The jewelry used with these costumes is done in a style of silver filigree. Bjørn had planned to pursue jewelry as a career in life, but nothing ever came of it. When Jeanne visited in the summer of 1988, she and Bjørn drove several hours to where he had his father's old equipment and supplies and returned to Kristiansand where Bjørn showed her the basics.
Jeanne returned to the US after several weeks and began to invest in equipment, including lapidary equipment. The first stone she ever cut was an opal.
Over the years, she taught herself new techniques and developed her own style. Jeanne worked for a while at Golden Renaissance Jewellers in Waldorf, Maryland, where the owner helped her begin to move from amateur to professional by teaching her, among other things, proper polishing and finishing.
She mixes both traditional Norwegian filigree and more modern techniques and materials including intarsia, inlay, and drusy. She also make other styles of jewelry and some beadwork.
Terry Ricioli is a designer and a teacher who is always exploring new media and increasing her knowledge of techniques and styles that bring new interest and artistry in her designs.
Terry has experience in elementary, junior high and high school teaching as well as teaching adult classes in craft stores and chruch groups. She has also taught and demonstrated at consumer shows and trade shows.
Terry was a member of the Society of Crafts Designers from 1989 to 2005. She has attained the status of Certified Craft Designer and has been a Designer Member of CHA since 2005. She was the Grand Prize Winner of the Toner Wire Contest for 2006 and 2007.
Christine Ritchey is an independent potter, jeweler, and all-around craftsperson. A serendipitous Internet contact with Linda Chandler, whose brilliant jewelry designs had been featured in several magazines, led to the publication of Woven Wire Jewelry and the award-winning Getting Started Making Wire Jewelry. Linda creates the wonderful jewelry projects, and Christine writes the copy and instructions.
Christine lives with her husband in North Texas and continues to collaborate with Linda on more jewelry how-to-make-it publications.
Michael Rowe is an artist and designer. He studied silversmithing and design at High Wycombe College of Art and at the Royal College of Art, London. He has been using colouring and patinating techniques for a number of years and his work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in public and museum collections in Britain, Europe and Australia. He was a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education until 1984 when he was appointed Course Leader in Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London.
Anna Verbsky Sagami lives in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. She is a mother of two children, a self-taught artist, and started AVS Stained Glass in 1992, for many years she focused on custom work for homes and businesses. Working on church windows and restoring church windows were the most challenging.
After years of custom work and teaching she decided to focus on designing books. Her first book was published in 1999; Building with Bevels. Her second book Building with Bevels II was released in 2001. Anna designed the majority of the patterns in 300 Stained Glass Cabinet Door Designs released in 2002. It remains one of the top selling Stained Glass Books in the industry. Anna Started Design-A-Way in 2003 as a wholesale source for Stained and Art Glass Books, distributing to wholesale companies throughout the world.
A Good Friend Lisa Aumann showed Anna how to make jewelry as a hobby and in the year 2005 the book 500 Earrings - The Great Picture Book was released. Playing around with beads Anna designed a line of Magnetic jewelry that has exploded. Her bracelets are the #1 selling bracelets in the Midwest.
Anna has about 25 part-time people in Prairie du Sac, WI working for her. It is important to her that this line of Jewelry be made in the U.S. Knowing she is helping people in her community is a good feeling too.
Mai Sato-Flores is a featured designer at Seigo on Madison Avenue, as well as at EDGEnyNOHO in New York.
The beauty and exquisiteness found in the natural world provide the inspiration for Mai Flores' designs. Her pieces celebrate and reproduce the symmetry and organic forms that nature creates.
Mai grew up in Takasaki, Japan, where she attended school through college. At a young age Mai’s mother Kikue, had a big influence on her, as she was very active and artistic. She taught Mai to sew and make her own clothes, and to work in the garden and grow many plants. Mai remembers becoming interested in jewelry since the age of 7 when she started making beaded jewelry for her friends.
At the age of 20 Mai made the big move to New York City. She began taking courses on jewelry making, while she continued her education in graphic design. Her jewelry courses consisted of metalsmithing but on her spare time she began to explore with wire-wrapping techniques. Mai loves constructing jewelry and enjoys working with her many tools.
The quality can be seen in the outstanding attention she gives to the details of her work using intricate and complex craftsmanship. In addition to the superior care in construction, Mai maintains the highest standards when personally selecting the materials used in her designs.
Mai likes movement in her pieces whether it is the glimmer or sparkle of a hanging gem or the shimmer of a dangling chain. Movement captures lights, it captures color but mostly it captures attention.
Mai wants anyone who wears her pieces to feel special. She says that one of the most fulfilling aspects of her work is when someone tries on a piece of jewelry and she sees them light up with that special glow of confidence and satisfaction.
Ray Schow started working with jewelry in Seattle around 1954 as. an apprentice for several years with a old Italian. From there in 1959 he ended up in Portland Oregon where he set up his own small shop next to Custom Craft manufacturing.
Then after many years of diamond setting for several stores from Northern Alaska to southern California and became one of the best diamond setters on the west coast.
In 1977 Ray and Mike Schow opened a school to train people to set diamonds and perfom basic repairs. Over the years more subjecta and teachers were added.
is a jeweler whose work has appeared in 30-Minute Rings, 30-Minute Earrings, 30-Minute Necklaces, Art Jewelry, Bead&Button, and many more
publications. She is the author of Junk to Jewelry and Vintage Redux.
She is a nationally-recognized teacher and jewelry designer. Brenda is an instructor at Mount Mary College and offers workshops at beading
venues such as The Bead & Button Show and others coast to coast.
Brenda lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Sara Schwittek is one of the creators of Shy Siren, a line of stunning jewelry handcrafted with semi-precious gemstones, pearls, crystals and glass beads.
After graduating from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Sara ventured to New York City to work in the architecture design industry. In 1998, she left the profession to launch Four Eyes Productions, a web design & development studio, with her husband Michael. A decade later, they still run Four Eyes together.
Sara's diverse background in all-things-design gives her a unique lens through which to view the world of jewelry. Sara creates each design with an eye toward both aesthetics and functionality, taking pleasure in the play of light and colors of the materials she works with.
She also enjoys photography, yoga and more recently, learning how to sew.
Vannetta Seecharran has been influencing art and design in the jewellery field for nearly 20 years. During this time her work made it into the permanent art collections of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Royal Pumproom Leamington Spa, Harris Museum & Art Gallery and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. Today Vannetta's work is sold and exhibited in leading galleries and shows across Europe and North America.
In 1998, she set up her workshop in London, after completing a Masters of Fine Arts in Jewellery Design at University of New Paltz in New York State. Vannetta earned her BA at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City. She currently lectures at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and Camberwell College of Art in London.
In November 2009, Vannetta's first book The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewellery Making Techniques was published by Search Press in London and Interweave in the USA.
In 2006, she set-up Vannetta Seecharran School of Jewellery, which has already taught over 1000 individuals, many of whom subsequently began practices as makers/designers.
Gabriella Sellors is an accomplished contemporary jeweller and member of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen. She designs and makes beautiful pieces combining a wide variety of coloured fresh water pearls and semiprecious stones with sterling silver, 9 and 18 carat gold.
Fred Sias is a retired university professor who now teaches lost-wax casting at workshops in North Carolina and Georgia. He has tried his hand at most jewelry-making techniques but then concentrated on wax modeling and lost-wax casting. Over the years a set of classroom handouts evolved into a textbook.
Joe graduated with a BFA in Metalsmithing with honors and later apprenticed as a goldsmith in southern California. After his apprenticeship, he worked as a model-maker for jewelers in Los Angeles and began selling his own jewelry at fine art galleries and shows across the country. His favorite technique is lost-wax casting, for which he carves rings and detailed sculptures of animals. Now, with 20-plus years of experience, Joe is a popular metalworking teacher in the San Francisco bay area and across the U.S. His classes provide a great foundation in the fundamental skills of jewelry and are mixed with laughter, encouragement, and lots of creativity.
Barbara Becker Simon has been a jeweler for over thirty-five years and a lampwork/bead artist since 1996. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in metalwork and jewelry from the University of Wisconsin.
Her teaching duties have included: the University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, and Iowa State University. She held the position of professor of Fine Arts at Edison Community College, Ft Myers, Florida, is currently on the staff of the Cape Coral Art Studio.
Recently, she has traveled the country as a Senior Instructor for the Rio Rewards Precious Metal Clay Certification Classes. 2004 saw her in Japan teaching PMC workshops in the land of its origin. In 2001, her necklace, "Winter", earned the Grand Prize "Millennial Metal, The Art of Precious Metal Clay," held at the Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT. Her work appears in CeCe Wire's book, Creative Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration. It has been met with high praise as an incredibly informative book for all levels of metal clay fans. Signed copies are available in the online shop.
In addition to her metalwork she has gained a national reputation for her Lampworked glass beads and jewelry. The third edition of Contemporary Lampworking by Bandhu Dunham features her hollow core vessels on the cover. Formed of Fire by Bandhu Dunham and Cindy Jenkins' book, Beads of Glass, contain examples of her work and a how-to on hollow core vessels
She has garnered recognition for both her metalwork and her glass work in such publications as Lapidary Journal and such venues as the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C..
A man of diverse interests, Ellsworth "Ed" Sinclair studied drama at the Shakespearean Institute at Stratford-on-Avon in 1959, and followed that with a two year stint in the Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa. He is a graduate of the University of East Carolina and the University of Virginia. In 1986, he retired from a 25 year teaching career in Fairfax County, Virginia.
As a native Virginian, he has spent many hours pursuing his mineral collecting hobby throughout the state. His interest in minerals led him to frequent gem and mineral shows, where he was introduced to wire wrapping. After a brief 10 hour course and a year of practice, he embarked on the craft show circuit in the mid 1970's. During that time he served two terms as president of the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild. Of course, he is still an active member.
A former public school instructor, Kim St. Jean now combines her love of teaching with her creative talent as a jewelry maker. Kim teaches metalsmithing and other jewelry-making techniques at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, the Bead&Button Show, Swarovski’s Create Your Style in Tucson, the Wildacres Retreat, and other venues across the U.S.
Jean Reist Stark has been a goldsmith and teacher for over 30 years, and has been a major force in the recent popularity of ancient goldsmithing techniques. She co-founded the Kulicke-Stark Academy of Jewelry Art in New York City, and taught at Parsons School of Design. Jean currently teaches workshops around the country and makes contemporary jewelry using ancient techniques. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States. Jean's sister and co-author, Josephine Reist Stark, is a retired professor of Biological Sciences at Montgomery County College.
Marty Stevens-Heebner was called a "fashion outlaw" by one magazine editor because of the chances she takes in her designs, her life and her way of doing business. Marty's the creator of the award-winning Rebagz Eco-Chic Handbag line and president of Half the Sky Designs LLC, a 2009 California Small Business of the Year. Voted favorite eco-bag by InStyle magazine's readers, Rebagz are made from vibrant and colorful recycled materials.
Marty's eco-design and insistence on fair working conditions have their roots in her human rights work in Chiapas, Mexico amid the aftermath of the Zapatista rebellion. She was amazed by the inventiveness of the artisans in Chiapas, who lacked resources but more than made up for that with their originality and flare. It amazed her how resourceful the indigenous people living in the jungle were and how nothing went to waste. Everything not only had a purpose, but each and every thing had a second and often even a third purpose beyond that.
Following her humanitarian work--but prior to becoming a handbag designer--Marty had her own small but successful business creating original handcrafted jewelry. Her work wound up on the cover of Belle Armoire and was featured in Altered Couture and Jewelry magazine as well. She appeared as an expert crafter on HGTV's "Crafters Coast to Coast" and on the DIY network's "Craft Lab" and also co-authored the book, "Beading Vintage Jewelry Designs". Her latest book, "Altered Shoes: A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Your Footwear Fabulous," shows women how to recycle your shoes and become your own shoe designer in the process. Marty shares her home with three dogs who are all mutts and all rescues--and that means even her dogs are recycled.
Mr. Sugimori is a Japanese sculptor with experience in all fields of metalwork. He received his MFA (Education) from Fukuoka University of Education in Japan. He has completed his Doctoral studies at Kyushu Sangyo University and is currently in the United States working on his dissertation.
Barb has been teaching wire classes since 1998. She has edited two books, contributed to several bead magazines, and was editor of Simply Beads magazine in 2008 and 2009. Barb travels all over the US to teach in stores and at bead shows.
Terry Taylor lives in Asheville, North Carolina as an editor, jeweller and metal artist and has authored numerous Lark books, including Button! Button!
Cynthia Thornton grew up in Orlando, Florida. As a child, she spent most of her time creating fantasy
worlds for her dolls. She remembers her first box of Sculpey and the army of faeries she created with
it, foreshadowing the career she would pursue as an adult. Not all time was spent frolicking and
making clay creatures, however. She was no stranger to hard work. To help out the family, every day
after school she and her siblings mowed lawns and pulled weeds for their father's landscaping
business in the hot Florida Sun.
Cynthia graduated from high school and got a scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design. After college, Cynthia spent the next several years as a freelance artist, a haunted house mask maker,
and a garden art sculptor. In 1997, she founded Green Girl Studios with a minute collection of beads and pendants cast in resin. The early designs were inspired by Japanese ojime (sculptural beads used
as a toggle to close boxes worn on kimonos).
In 2002, she moved the operation to California, where she met up with Greg Ogden, college friend,
musician and artist. They relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, and got married in a garden, dressed
as faeries, wings and all. Their daughter, Azalea, was born in 2004 and insists on "helping" the family
business by sculpting her own designs. Their son, Max, was born on Halloween 2009.
Today, the beads are no longer cast in resin but in fine pewter, silver, and shibuichi; they are
still handmade and of the best quality materials. The company, which started with one artist, is
now a family operation including Greg and Cynthia's brother Andrew, who assists at trade shows and is
a jewelry maker, artist and writer. Over the years, loyal customers have become a circle of friends that
has grown to include people in Australia, Japan, Europe and South America.
Since childhood, Victoria Tillotson has been obsessed with the idea of adornment. Growing up, she found expression in punk rock music and style; years later, she`s still drawn to the rebelliousness of that movement. This love of classic individualism is the cornerstone of her designs.
Iconic shapes and motifs form the backbone of Victoria`s sterling silver and gemstone jewelry lines. She leans towards simplicity and minimalism, but accents her pieces with fine texturing and unusual gemstone combinations. The look is infinitely wearable, but with a bold, modern twist.
But like the jeweler herself, there`s more than one side to Victoria`s work: her statement pieces are true, outrageous head-turners, from rings outfitted with outlandish gemstones and spikes, to spectacular hammered body art pieces, all crafted with an eye toward pushing the aesthetic envelope.
Victoria`s unique approach to jewelry is well-recognized: in April 2006, she was featured on Oh! Be Jeweled!, a special airing on the Oxygen network. Her jewelry has also appeared on MTV`s TRL and TLC network, and celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Scarlett Johanssen, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Kelis, and other fashion-forward icons enjoy her pieces. She makes regular appearances Home Shopping Network and Better TV. In April 2009, her much-anticipated jewelry making book Chic Metal hit the shelves. Victoria teaches jewelry making at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, where each semester she inspires dozens of students to express their own individuality through jewelry.
Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott writes and edits jewellery, ceramics, and general-craft books for Lark Books. She holds an advanced fine-art degree in photography from Indiana University, and wishes she had the time to make art herself.
Mr. Hiroshi Tsuyuki is a 1970 graduate of the of the Rikkoyo University and the President of the Japan Jewelry Craft School. Mr.Tsuyki is a member of the Japan Jewellery Designers Association and the Japanese Society For Science of Design.
Juju Vail has written and contributed to numerous books on beading, quilting, and rug making.
She currently lives in London.
Lisa Vann has received formal training in various artistic fields, including abstract painting, interior design, textile/surface design, and metalsmithing. This is her second book.
Pauline Warg is a metalsmith with 30 years experience. After completing her metalsmithing apprenticeship to Master Goldsmith Philip Morton she moved to Portsmouth, NH. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Maine, Summa Cum Laude.
From 1983 to 1991 Ms. Warg designed lines of sterling silver tea accessories, specialty items for babies and children and tableware for Shreve, Crump and Low of Boston and the affiliates of their parent company Henry Birks and Sons, nationally.
Pauline’s work, be it jewelry or holloware, incorporates precious / non- precious metals, gems and enamel skillfully worked with great attention to detail using time honored silversmithing techniques.
Besides designing and creating wearable, functional and sculptural objects, Pauline has taught metalsmithing at Manchester Institute of Art (NHIA), University of New Hampshire, The Jewelry Institute (RI), Maine College of Art, Metalwerx (MA), MASSC (CA), Wildacres (NC), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME), and Armory Art Center (FL).
From 1991 to 2001 Pauline developed, managed and facilitated the Future Builders, Inc. Metalsmithing program serving York and Cumberland Counties in Maine. Having attained her Special Education Certification she applied her metalsmithing expertise to a training and education program for middle school and high school students identified with behavioral impairments, emotional disorders and learning disabilities.
Pauline Has been a biographee in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World since 1997.
Over the past 30 years Pauline has won numerous awards and gained recognition for her metalsmithing and jewelry making. Her first major award was Best in Show at the Toledo Museum of Art’s MAY Show 1975, to more currently in 2002, Pauline was given the Joe Tucker Metal Award at the LNHC Annual “Living With Crafts” show. The Maine State Bar Association chose Pauline’s design of a brooch as the Caroline Duby Glassman Award for 2004 - 2009. This year in the LNHC Annual “Craftwear” exhibit, Pauline was awarded Best In Show, Jewelry.
Stephanie A. Wells is the founder and creator of Double Happiness Jewelry, a California-based jewelry company that has become a favorite among celebrities, stylists and fashion editors.
Her obsession with gemstones and her love of jewelry making combined with countless nights in her garage made for the creation of unique earrings to express her style. Hounded to sell her designs, she produced her first collection. Her sister, Alisa Rottenberg, sold piece on the streets of New York. Her piece ended up debuting on New York fashion runways.
Today her company, Double Happiness Jewelry, sells to more than 400 stores worldwide. Her pieces have appeared in publications such as Elle, InStyle, Cosmopolitan,Vouge, Harper's BAZAAR, and Lucky. Her celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Britney Spears, Rachael Ray and Beyonce.
Today Stephanie lives in San Diego with her husband and son.
Wyatt WHite has been making jewelry and in the jewlery industry for 25 years, mostly in product management, both fine and custom.
With twenty five years of experience in the jewelry industry, Wyatt White is a widely respected industry expert. He is the product manager for Beadalon. He has a particularly strong knowledge of jewelry making components including findings, gemstones, jewelry displays and packaging. His experience from retail gives him a strong understanding of the needs of the consumer in combination with his insight into the diverse needs of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. An expert in the area of product research and development, he is also an excellent jewelry maker in his own right. Wyatt has a particular gift for the techniques involved in Pearl Knotting, as well as, being extremely knowledgeable in most of the techniques involved in bead stringing and jewelry construction.
A lifelong, full-time resident of Manitoulin Island, Canada, Dylon Whyte has been studying and making original chain mail creations and patterns for 20 years. He self-published a book on the construction of chain mail titled The Art of Chainmail - Volume I - European Patterns (2002). While not operating his own computer repair and web design business, he creates and sells unique handmade chain mail jewelry at local markets and festivals.
Penny Williams set up her own workshop after completing her degree in Jewellery Design, and has been making and selling pieces for more than ten years.
Cece Wire is an artist, metal smith, and teacher living in Fort Collins, CO. She attended Kuttown University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.F.A. in craft design and then earned an M.F.A. in metalsmithing from Colorado State University. CeCe began exhibiting her jewelry at a national level in 1993. She was one of the first people in the U.S. to make jewelry with metal clay. As a former Director of the Precious Metal Clay Guild, and one of seven senior level instructors qualified to teach certification classes, she has taught workshops in Europe and the U.S.
Sara Withers has been working with beads for over 25 years. She started by selling loose Indian beads, supplied by the kilo, wrapped and despatched from a bedroom. This wasn't very fulfilling so she learned to make jewelry from the beads. She now designs and make jewelry with a complex range of beads - either selfmade, commissioned or sourced from interesting suppliers worldwide. Her jewelry is sold in shops and galleries throughout Britain. Sara also takes part in exhibitions and shows her work at a selection of craft fairs and music festivals.
She has written eight books of bead jewelry projects. The most recent are The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques, co-authored with Stephanie Burnham, and The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques. Sara teaches bead making and bead jewellery making in arts centres around England.
Dorothy Wood is a talented and prolific craft author. Since completing a course in Advanced Embroidery and Textiles at the prestigious Goldsmith's College, she has written over twenty craft books - her first being the best-selling Simple Glass Beading. In her spare time, she contributes to numerous magazines including Crafts Beautiful and Cardmaking & Papercraft.
During trips to New York City when Jean was growing up, she was lucky enough to spend time at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. She particularly liked the Egyptian Wing, to which she would repeatedly drag the whole family. She loved all the jewelry and the adornments. She imagined what it would be like to wear everything there.
The exposure she had at the Met, wandering into the past and exploring all the ways people
show their love of beauty through their fantastic creations, confirmed her belief that we have,
through the ages,always expressed ourselves in a profound way by the jewelry we choose to wear, or by the jewelry we give to others.
She love reading about the history of beads and jewelry.
During college, Jean worked several summers at Tiffany & Co. in Manhattan. It was a great
experience which served to further her self taught "jewelry education".