"We Definitely Know Something About Beads!"
At Something About Beads, we strive to offer jewelry making classes for all interests. Here we profile a few of our wonderful guest instructors. After reading their bios, we invite you to visit our Class Schedule page. Seating is limited and classes tend to book up early so sign up for one or more classes today!
From a start in the wholesale brokering of gemstones, Stacy's career eventually took her into the fine jewelry business where her talents as a designer became evident. After retiring from fine jewelry, she began designing and creating her own artisan jewelry line and discovered her talent for teaching that craft to others.
Stacy continuously creates and perfects new designs and delights in teaching a variety of wire and metal working skills to students at all experience levels, beginning to advanced. "I like thinking 'outside the box' and enjoy helping others learn to rely on their own imagination and creativity, ultimately seeing their jewelry begin to reflect their own unique styles."
Stacy's in-depth knowledge of jewelry fabrication, her excellent communication skills, patience and sense of humor have made her a highly sought-after jewely instructor. She suggests you visit her hodgepodgerie website and check out samples of her work as well as upcoming classes and workshops.
Having been raised by an artist Sue has dabbled in many art forms. Polymer piqued her interest around 1993 but she fell in love with it when she worked with Virginia Sperry in her studio/gallery in 2003 in Maryland. Since then she's taken classes & workshops from many well known & accomplished artists, including Lindly Haunani, Donna Kato, Sarah Shriver, Jeffrey Dever & Gwen Gibson to name a few.
"I get lost in the clay. My favorite technique is cane work. I learn new & exciting techniques but I never seem to stay away from cane making very long. I love placing colors and shapes together and watching as the lines and patterns evolve. There's a magic that happens!"
Sue has a very flexible schedule and is willing to work one on one with you if her classes are not being offered at convenient times for you. She recommends that you start with the 3 series beginners class. If you do not have time or are just interested in completing one of the class projects, then feel free to sign up for that class and she'll give you a quick background on how to work with the clay.
Bonnie Kittelson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and discovered her love of photography there. She photographed models and actors for their head-shots and worked as a wedding photographer.
When she moved to Florida in 1998 she discovered there wasn't much of a need for the type of photography she was familiar with, so she turned her creative interests to watercolor. From there, she discovered rubber stamping and then mixed media collage art. Somehow, with her love of steampunk art and all things funky, rusty, metallic and interesting, she discovered jewelry and fell in love with the concept of resin and what can be done with it. Adding watch parts, old rusty pieces and ephemera to resin makes a wonderful jewelry piece.
Bonnie has been a designer for Tweety Jill Publications and has been published in the Just Steampunk magazines, issues 1 and 2. She has been published as a hand-made card maker in many publications by Stampington and her steampunk jewelry can be seen in the Just Steampunk magazine.
Depending on interest, classes can be structured or they can be created by popular interest. She looks forward to helping you expand your knowledge of jewelry making and hopes you will enjoy the journey.