Bead Fest

Philadelphia, PA

Meet the Teachers


Marcia Balonis

Inverness, Florida 

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

Michelle Brennan
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Michelle Brennan is a chain maille artist and designer, who, along with her husband, owns and operates HyperLynks - Premium Chain maille Supplies just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Michelle has designed and self-published close to a hundred chain maille patterns that are sold as kits worldwide through retailers that carry the HyperLynks brand. Once a high school science teacher, Michelle now teaches at festivals and bead stores across North America and has been published numerous times in magazines such as Step by Step Wire and Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.

Marti Brown
Frenchtown, New Jersey
The Dragon’s Odyssey

Marti Brown is an internationally known instructor. She has taught her classes in her studio and at Bead Fest venues, Bead and Button, BeadFx in Canada, for east coast bead stores and bead societies and at The Tucson Bead Show. She has been featured in Artisan Jewelry Times, an online magazine, and has an online video at Kalmbach’s Jewelry & Beading Store. Marti was always interested in the arts. As a child, some of her fondest memories included art camp, painting in her basement, art classes in summer school, and involvement in choral music. Marti became a professional artist and craftsman after completing her BFA in jewelry making. She has been designing jewelry for over 36 years and loves creating jewelry and teaching. Marti works in a variety of traditional and contemporary jewelry metals and processes; currently working in niobium, a colorful metal, and of course beads. She is constantly looking for new sources of inspiration and has added bead weaving, Viking knit, polymer clay, felting, and PMC bead making to her techniques. Marti is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Bead Society encompassing Hunterdon County in New Jersey and Bucks County in Pennsylvania.


Robyn Cornelius
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Little Rock Jewellery Studio
Robyn Cornelius has a degree in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design – majoring in Jewelry and Metals. She has her own custom design studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, called Little Rock Jewellery Studio making art jewellery and fine jewellery. She has worked as a silversmith/goldsmith for over sixteen years. She teaches classes all over Canada and the United States. Her work is a collection of jewellery that is sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes.

Lisel Crowley
Windsor, Connecticut
Creating and teaching are at the core of just about everything that Lisel does, finding inspiration everywhere and enjoying the camaraderie and community that is built when people of like minds and spirits gather together. As an artist, she is constantly trying new media and finding new directions for exploration, and is currently specializing in metal clay, fused glass, metalsmithing, and mixed media. As a teacher, Lisel thrives on awakening the creative spark within people of all ages and backgrounds. She has taught throughout the United States in a variety of venues and environments. Lisel is founder and director of the Metalclay Artisan Guild in Connecticutt, and creator and organizer of the Metal Clay Mojo Conference. Her work has been featured in publications including The Crafts Report (now known as Handmade Business), Art Jewelry, and Easy Metal Clay.

Diane Dennis
Nokesville, Virginia
Diane Dennis Beadwork

Diane Dennis is a self-taught seed-bead jewelry artist, beading since 1999 and teaching her beadwork designs since 2003. Diane teaches locally in the Washington, DC area, and also for various bead societies. She also teaches as a guest instructor at bead shops in addition to teaching at Bead Fest and the Bead and Button show. Diane has been featured in Fire Mountain Gems and Beads advertising and was the first contest winner; she has been published in Beadwork, Bead & Button Magazines, Artisan Jewelry Times and Perlen Poesie. Her piece Star Light Star Bright appears in the Lark publication Showcase 500 Necklaces! Diane lives with her husband Bill in the Northern Virginia area in a small town called Nokesville, which is outside of Manassas.

Helen Driggs
Collingswood, New Jersey
Vintage Heart Jewelry

Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and extensive video library make her a popular and sought-after instructor on the show circuit. Her book, The Jewelry Maker’s Field Guide was published in 2013. Helen holds a BFA from Moore College of Art, and is very active on social media: Instagram: HDriggs_Fabricationista Twitter: fabricationista Blog:

Cheryl Erickson
West Des Moines, Iowa
Artistic Bead Inc.

Cheryl Erickson is a professional bead artist and bead instructor whose work has won awards and has been featured in books and magazines. Cheryl taught herself how to bead on a loom when she was a child and never looked back. While her true love is seed beads, the seemingly never ending supply of new styles, shapes, colors and textures of beads has opened so many new avenues of designing that is more fun, challenging and interesting. The future of seed beads and related beads looks bright and promises to continue to reach new horizons. Cheryl has taught over 20 years at shows, stores, and bead societies across the country, as well as in her own store. Cheryl manages a bead store, Artistic Bead, Inc., in West Des Moines, Iowa. Cheryl is also on Facebook and Pinterest. Cheryl manages a website that features a full line of kits and instructions to share her passion of teaching bead weaving:

Kristi Evenson
Roseville, Minnesota

Kristi Evenson owns and operates CB&CO, specializing in handmade sterling silver and copper jewelry and components. She earned a BFA in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After working in the residential design field for 12 years, Kristi yearned for something different. Over time, her interest in jewelry grew and she began spending all of her time creating. Purchasing a kiln and a torch, Kristi set up a home studio and started working on her jewelry full-time. 19 years later, she now produces lampwork beads, metal components, and larger one-of-a-kind creations. Today, she participates in shows and teaches workshops around the country.

Kaska Firor
Cincinnati, Ohio
Designs by Kaska

Kaska Firor has been working with wire for the past 16 years. She is a recipient of many awards for her intricately woven jewelry. Kaska’s work has been published in several books and trade magazines such as Art Jewelry, Step-By-Step Wire and Bead Style. Her book, Freeform Wire Woven Jewelry, was released in November 2013. Kaska believes that teaching is an essential part of the art-making experience. She travels throughout the US teaching workshops at national shows, jewelry and bead societies, and jewelry schools. You can see Kaska’s work and her workshop schedule at and  

Phyllis Flora
Canton, Massachusetts
pflora metal arts

Phyllis Flora has been creating jewelry for over a decade. In 2010, she walked away from a successful law practice to pursue her art. She is now a working artist, honing her craft full time at pflora metal arts studio. She sells her pieces through boutiques, museum stores, online, and at art shows. Her keen eye for color and superb attention to detail yield unique, eye-catching wearable art. As an instructor, Phyllis delights in passing on her knowledge and skills to others and is known for her preparation and patience. She has taught hundreds of classes at her own shop, at bead societies and at national shows.

Pamela Garbig
Hernando, Florida
The Beaded Garden

Pamela Garbig is an artist with years of experience painting on various surfaces who is now painting with beads. She is a bead store owner and instructor who teaches bead embroidery at her own store and regional retreats. She first began bead embroidery as a teenager to decorate her clothing. Over 18 years of experience as a professional artist and judge of art shows.

Sulie Girardi
Vienna, Austria
Vienna Impressions

Sulie Girardi was born in Chicago, but has lived in Vienna, Austria, for the last 25 years. She owns and operates Vienna Impressions, Austria's largest source for rubber stamping and other crafting supplies. She has attained the Silver Metal Clay Diploma from the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, as well as the Art Clay 1, 2 and instructor certifications. Her work has been published in several publications in Europe and the US. Sulie teaches frequent classes in various techniques, both in her own studio and as a guest instructor. In 2017, she won a Gold Medal in the Fire Mountain "Metals" competition.

Michelle Gowland
Bradenton, Florida
The Rolling Beadweaver

The Rolling Beadweaver - Nomad, Beader, Gypsy! You’ve seen her work in Beadwork magazine, on their blog, on social media, and on her website. Now you can take a class with Michelle in person! Michelle has 30 years of beading experience with 10 years of publishing her designs. She brings a wealth of beading knowledge, tips, and tricks to her dynamic classes - and gives you multiple options with her patterns to bring your beadwork & knowledge to the next level. Her patterns are packed with full color step by step instructions, multiple ways to use the pattern, and are written to sound as if she is right there with you! The Rolling Beadweaver doesn’t stay put in one place for long, so be sure to take your chance this summer during her rare trip to Pennsylvania just for this show!

Kieu Pham Gray
Peninsula, Ohio
Kieu Pham Gray has been creating jewelry for over 15 years. She started from the need to “look the part” while working in retail management for Neiman Marcus. Making jewelry for herself and friends, her jewelry line was created. Since then she has sold to over 30 stores in 10 states and participated in numerous juried art shows. Together with her husband, Andy, they run, where they work to provide industry with specialty goods. In an effort to share her passion and knowledge for the jewelry industry, Kieu teaches a wide range of classes throughout the US and has also authored a how to book (Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections) in 2014. Detailed instruction and personal attention has been the key to success with her students.

Cindy Grayson
Palm Coast, Florida
Made You Look Design

Cindy Grayson obtained her BFA in 2001 and is a graphic designer by trade. In 2016, while working part time at Michael’s Arts and Crafts, she stumbled upon a kumihimo book and realized there was an elevated level of sophistication to the kumihimo pattern process that involved detailed planning and mathematics. As an artist that naturally uses both sides of her brain, Cindy was hooked. From day one she kept a Kumihimo beading journal where she recorded exact specifications of each project, the bead sizes, how the different bead sizes fit together, the different cord and bead placements to get desired results, successes, failures and refinements. Out of necessity, she created a bead layout board with eight runways to assist in visually planning and designing bead layouts. It also helped her to perfectly count out the various different bead types, which is paramount in obtaining a successful design. She spent a month developing an eight class series that covers all the basic skills and Kumihimo braiding techniques. She wanted her students to be able to look at a piece of Kumihimo jewelry and be able to decode and recreate it just by looking at it. As a result, her invention, The Bead Runway™ (Patent Pending) is now an official star and basis of her students’ studies in her Contemporary Beaded Kumihimo Class Series © 2017, an eight class series that begins with kumihimo basics and adds necessary skills cumulatively with each class project, ending with each student using their knowledge obtained to make a kumihimo pattern of their own, using the beads of their choice.

Pamela Hawkins
Colorado Springs, Colorado
PH Designs

Pamela Hawkins has been devoted to art and education for most of her life. Beading evolved as her main hobby after taking part in a basic earring class over 35 years ago. Lampwork, mixed media jewelry, wirework and bead embroidery is where it all started. After being exposed to many different beading and jewelry techniques, creating and teaching is where she finds the most joy.

Steven James
San Francisco, California
Macaroni & Glitter

Steven James, spent his childhood breaking his art teacher’s rules and coloring outside the lines, peeling the wrapper off crayons and making glue skin in the palm of his hand. Now that he is older, wiser and craftier, he still wants to break the rules, but he needs you to join in the fun. Put aside the responsibilities of your life and get back the creative connections you made as an 8-year-old. A full-time elementary school teacher, who has made appearances on the DIY and HGTV networks, he loves taking a break from his own routine and spending a few hours with adults who will hopefully avoid picking noses, scabs or fights, and focus on being as creative and inspired as possible. Long considered the alleged love child of Martha Stewart and Christopher Lowell, his published work has appeared in magazines such as ReadyMade and Bead Style and books from Lark and Kalmbach. He has spread his love of handmade by developing craft ideas for TiVo, the Gap, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as various websites. He lives by the mantra “What are you gonna make today?” and hopes to spark creativity in everyone he meets through a series of classes he teaches around the world.

Amy Katz
Fairfax Station, Virginia
Bead Journey

Amy Katz has been part of the world of seed beads since 1993 as a student, teacher and designer. Her admiration for high-end jewelry pieces is her inspiration. As her commitment to her own designs grew, Amy made the decision to give them a fine jewelry look using seed beads, crystals, pearls and other elegant materials. Using imagination, this vision has come to life as her signature style. Amy is a national teacher with a passion for sharing her love of the work. She is also the co-author of Beading Across America and author of Seed Bead Chic.

Susan Lenart Kazmer
Cleveland, Ohio
Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer has always been an artist and jewelry is her art form, whether it is sculptural or wearable, it doesn’t matter. In jewelry, she has been an educator, built for museums and now, is back to fashion. Susan is currently building large statement jewelry for Hollywood, Vogue and Elle magazine, and her jewelry was invited to 2018 Milan Fashion Week and won an award by Italian Vogue. Susan’s work is upcoming in British Vogue and being used by a stylist in April for a music festival called, Coachella. “Education and fashion is what I do. My work is real. It is energetic, sometimes figurative and always about real life. I am a builder of Talsimans and relics.”

Mary Lowe Lukacs
Houston, Texas
BeJeweled Glassworks

Mary Lowe Lukacs has been a professional jewelry designer for 30 years, with several successful lines represented in fine galleries nationwide. She has been published in Beadwork and other magazines and taught her Beaded Wirework Fantasy Jewelry designs at several venues. She recently debuted her new Fantasy Flowers Collection featuring her own lampwork glass wired florals using the same innovative techniques she is excited to teach at Bead Fest.

Sara Lukkonen
Duluth, Minnesota
C-Koop Beads

Sara Lukkonen has been torch enameling for over 40 years and her company, C-Koop Beads, makes enameled components for the bead world. Sara has been teaching nationally for over 10 years at shows, in bead stores and out of mysStudio in northern Minnesota.

Sandra Lupo
Lincroft, New Jersey
Sand’s Stones

Sandra is a jewelry designer, instructor and inventor. Sandra taught at the very first years of Bead Fest in Philadelphia. She has contributed beadwork, wirework and metalwork designs to print, online publications and online videos. She is a Swarovski Authorized Instructor and inventor of the Conetastic™, an essential tool for jewelry-making.

Annette Mackrel
Woodstock, New York
A Passion For Beads

Annette's earliest memories are of making things with her hands. The love to create and adorn has always been an integral part of her life and she takes great pleasure in generating connections between beauty and wearability in her jewelry, as well as in combining playful elegance with simplicity. Beads, with their vast multitude of colors and textures and their rich history that stretches through millennia, were an instant love affair. Annette approaches all projects with a beginner's mind. By carefully arranging and rearranging the individual components she aims to create artwork that is beautiful and functional at the same time.

Scott Mason
Randolph, Massachusetts
pflora metal arts

Scott Mason is an accomplished jewelry artist and experienced instructor. Scott brings a unique perspective and adventuresome spirit to jewelry making and shares those characteristics with his students. Scott is interested in all aspects of jewelry making, with a passion for wire work, silversmithing, and nearly every tool he’s ever encountered.

Debora Mauser
Todd, North Carolina
Debora Mauser Designs

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

Roxan O’Brien
Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania
Designs by Roxan O’Brien

Roxan O’Brien is a self-taught bead artist, whose work has been awarded juried status by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the first ever awarded in the medium of bead embroidery. She has over twenty-five years of experience in jewelry making, with a background in oil painting, silversmithing, enameling, colored pencil on metal, and chasing and repousse. Her style, elegant with bold use of color and texture, in a most wearable design, makes Roxan one of the leading artists in her field. Roxan studied jewelry design and metal-work at Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pennsylvania. She shares her knowledge and passion for her craft, as the founder of the Central PA Bead and Jewelry Society, a nonprofit organization, with many local jewelry artists, where they can find workshops, classes, and support for their craft. She has produced her first book Colored Pencil on Copper Jewelry in 2017. 


Patricia Parker
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Rose Blu Beads

Patricia Parker is an award winning seed bead artist. Her work has been included in Beadwork, Bead & Button and Belle Armoire Jewelry magazines. She is also a board member of The Bead Society of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Leslie Pope
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Twisted Sistah Beads, The BeadSmith

Leslie Pope, or you may know her better as “Twisted Sistah,” has a passion for beads and fibers that she loves to share with others. As a fashion design major at Drexel University, she managed to work beads into most of her creations, including her senior design collection of beaded knitwear which won her the J.W. Smith Most Saleable Daywear Award. Leslie became Twisted Sistah when she opened her traveling/web-based bead business in 2002 and hasn’t looked back since. Her business is devoted to beads and fibers, and offers a wide range of seed beads, threads and supplies that support the creation of beaded wearable art. As Twisted Sistah, Leslie has exhibited and taught various classes up and down the East Coast. Leslie’s beaded creations have been featured in various magazines and books. You can also find her kits and tutorials on,, and in the BeadSmith online library of patterns. Leslie is currently the Creative Designer at the BeadSmith, a global wholesaler of beads and jewelry-making supplies. As part of her job and as a member of the BeadSmith Inspiration Squad, she gets to design with all the new beads so she can inspire the beading universe.

Marlene Quigley
Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania

For over 30 years Marlene Quigley has been creating wearable pieces of art, first as a hobby and then she took the plunge and started to sell her work in boutiques and art shows. At first she sold privately and then via Etsy, now you can find her work in boutiques and in her own online store, In recent years, Marlene has fallen in love with enameling over metal and seeing all the colors and design opportunities this medium allows. Experimenting is important to her, and she is not afraid of trying something new and failing because she has succeeded in trying. Marlene strives to continue the journey and grow in her craft, looking for opportunities to learn and teach her passion which is important to her soul. She likes to see people experience that "AHA" moment when they have connected with the creative side of their brain. Marlene is honored to have been published in several design publications including Artist Jewelry Times, Step by Step Wire, Belle Armorie Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire. Some of her work has also been featured in Beth Katz Stone’s beading books. Marlene enjoys selling her work in boutiques and online shops, and has recently been teaching private workshops and studio classes out of Jean Van Brederode’s Charmed I’m Sure Studio in Mechanicsburg,Pennsylvania. To see more of my work you can visit my online store at or contact me via Facebook: 

Kate Richbourg
San Mateo, California
Kate Richbourg Jewelry

Simply put, Kate Richbourg loves jewelry. She loves to teach it. She loves to make it. She loves to wear it. Teaching and designing jewelry since 1992, she teaches at national shows, bead societies and bead shops and is published in a variety of jewelry magazines and is the author of the popular blog “We Can Make That at Home.” She has also appeared on several episodes of the DIY and HGTV network shows DIY Jewelry and Craft Lab. Kate is the author of two bestselling books Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing Made Easy from Interweave Press.

Leslie Rogalski
Havertown, Pennsylvannia
Sleepless Beader

Leslie Rogalski is the creative director for the BeadSmith and a BeadSmith Inspiration Squad designer. Over the years she has been the editor-in-chief of a bead magazine, an online editor, and a technical editor. Widely recognized for appearances on TV and online videos, Leslie teaches nationally, sells her original kits on her website, and is a frequent vendor at local craft shows. She is also a Master Artisan member of the Haverford chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. To see more of her work, visit and

Nancy Sacco
Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
Nancy’s Fancies Jewelry

Originally from Maryland, Nancy has lived most of her adult life in Pennsylvania, where she currently resides in Shrewsbury. She is retired from McCormick & Company and started work in earnest on her real passion of creating jewelry. Her workshop is in her home, where she also enjoys teaching her art. Making jewelry has been a passion of Nancy’s for years, and over time she discovered she especially loved working with sterling and fine silver and beautiful gemstones. Nancy teaches at venues throughout the United States and is a juried member of the Yellow Breeches Craft Guild of Pennsylvania and a member of the Central Pennsylvania Bead and Jewelry Society.

Marla Salezze
Venice, Florida
Beaded By Marla

Marla Salezze is a jewelry designer and teacher of bead weaving. Her original beadwork designs have been published numerous times in Bead & Button, Beadwork, Beading Daily, Step by Step Wire and Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazines. She is currently writing a bead weaving book for Kalmbach Publishing, which will be available in Fall 2018. She teaches bead weaving classes, workshops and retreats across the country and has previously taught at the To Bead True Blue Show in Tucson, AZ, the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, WI, and Bead Fest in Philadelphia, PA. Marla is on the Nunn Design Innovations Team and a member of the Bead Society of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Florida West Coast Bead Society. Contact her, purchase kits for her projects and follow her beading journey at

Richard Salley
Rio Vista, California
Richard Salley Art

Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to 'found object jewelry' after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002. Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry. His work has been featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry Art Jewelry and Jewelry Artist magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book Making Connections, Steel Wire Jewelry by Brenda Schweder, Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell and Metal Style by Karen Dougherty. Richard and his wife, Jane, live in Rio Vista, CA.

Eva Sherman
Lakewood, Ohio
Grand River Bead Studio

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

Mary Soucy
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Bead Me a Story

Mary Soucy, of Bead Me A Story, creates unique chain maille items in mixed media from her Glen Burnie, Maryland studio in the suburbs of Baltimore. Originally a seed bead and polymer clay artist, she finds new ways to use beads, rhinestones, rubber and metal in her chain maille items. As a chain maille supplier, it offers Mary the opportunity to experiment with a lot of different items to see if they can be worked into her chain maille designs. Mary creates everything from whimsical and colorful flowers from rubber and acrylic to elegant rhinestone creations. Basically, she is someone who has a hard time thinking inside the box. In addition to making jewelry and selling supplies, Mary enjoys teaching at her local Maryland bead store, Bead Soup, as well as at other east coast bead stores for one day or weekend events. Her projects have been featured in special editions of Jewelry Stringing as well as Step by Step Wire magazine.

Ronda Stevens
Jacksonville, Florida
Twists n Turns

Ronda has been designing jewelry since 2002 and teaching wire wrap design classes in the Southeast since 2006. She specializes in traditional wire wrap design and loves to see her students succeed in her classes. She travels throughout the country and can be found teaching at local bead stores and bead shows as well as Bead Fest, Bead & Button, and The Tucson Gem Shows. She is co-owner of the annual Great Bead Escape Retreat which began introducing attendees to the world of jewelry art in 2011. She released her first book, The Art of Wire Wrap Design in October 2013 and her second book, The Art of Wire Wrap Design II, in July 2016.

Maggie Thompson
Norwood Yng, Minnesota
Maggie T Designs

Maggie Thompson discovered beading about 25 years ago and fell in love with it! Four years ago she turned this passion into her business, Maggie T Designs. Her original designs have been featured in both classes & beading kits at Beadville USA in Chaska, Minnesota, where she teach classes. She’s also taught kumihimo classes at the SE Bead Society in Rochester, Minnesota and at the April 2015 UMBS "Demo & Do" event. In February 2015 Interweave Press published her first ebook Kumihimo Made Easy. Maggie’s second ebook Elegant Kumihimo was published October 15, 2015. She is a member of the Upper Midwest Bead Society (UMBS) and serves on the Board of Directors as Membership Representative for 2015, 2016 & 2017.Over the past 2 years she's developed "My Kumi Stand" a portable kumihimo stand in a case (patent pending) which can also be purchased in her Etsy shop.

Jan Van Bibber
Freeland, Maryland
Jan Van Bibber graduated from Maryland Institute of Art (MICA), has a teaching degree from Towson State University, and has completed graduate studies at MICA. She taught elementary art for 32 years at Carroll Co. Public Schools and youth programs part time at MICA. As a regional landscape painter, Jan was represented by Bendann Gallery in Towson- Baltimore and Main Street Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, for a number of years. She loved working with metals and, after an hiatus, she has returned to it with great enthusiasm, and has now been making metal jewelry for the past few years.

Jean Van Brederode
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Charmed I’m Sure Studio

Jean Van Brederode was trained as a teacher, but art has always been a part of her life. She feels fortunate to have found an art form, enameling, and also making mixed-media jewelry, that brings excitement into her life each and every day. Her work is always changing, always a surprise! Having been seduced, empowered, enriched, & invigorated by metals & glass, she happily dedicates herself to creating and teaching others the joys of enameling! Jean’s work has been featured in 500 Art Necklaces, Steampunk Magazine, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Green Craft Magazine. When she’s not teaching workshops or hosting other instructors at Charmed I’m Sure Studio in south-central Pennsylvania, she tends to two Etsy shops: Enamel Warehouse -, and Charmed I’m Sure Studio -

Leslie Venturoso
Delray Beach, Florida
Leslie V Designs

Leslie Venturoso entered a bead shop 17 years ago with the intent to fix a necklace and discovered bead weaving. The necklace was never fixed and the rest they say is history! Let's just say she's never met a bead she didn't like! For the past three years she worked as a designer and instructor for Crystal Creations Bead Institute/Beads Gone Wild in West Palm Beach, Florida. Many of her designs continue to be sold as kits and tutorials by Beads Gone Wild. For her second act, she has ventured out on her own in order to establish herself in the beading universe. This past fall, one of her designs, Art Deco-dence Cuff was featured in the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine. Her work has also been featured in Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Vol. 1. She's been a guest teacher for the Bead Society of the Palm Beaches and other local craft groups. She loves to share her knowledge and love for bead weaving and bead embroidery with fellow enthusiasts. Her students love her patience and upbeat attitude. She likes to say she has chosen to create with beads, but we think the beads chose her! What began as an innocent hobby has become her meditative and creative outlet. She uses a variety of off-loom bead weaving techniques to create beautiful and unique wearable jewelry. As Leslie works, she always explore the “what if.” Her open-ended approach yields many different designs—sometimes unidentified beaded objects—but more often magnificent finished pieces. It gives her the freedom to always experiment with color, shape and texture.

Agnieszka Watts
Lemont, Illinois
Agnesse Artistry

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

Shae Wilhite
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sweet Beads

Shae Wilhite is a designer and beading teacher from Las Vegas, where she owns Sweet Beads. Her designs have appeared in major publications like Beadwork magazine, as well as on television and on the red carpet at movie premieres.

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