As a little girl I was entranced by my dollhouse, everything in minature. At age 15 I began stitching seedbeads into jewelry and decorative objects. My interests have ranged from my first love of seedbeads to stringing, wire and cold connection metal-smithing. 

I explore new ideas and am driven by the classroom experience. Together we can share the experience of making jewelry that is directed through my favorite techniques and designs but are reflective of each individual student's individual style and inspiration. You can view my current work and email me directly by visiting my jewelry blog: Lisa's Kitchen Sink.


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Mary is a fiber artist and jewelry artist who teaches internationally and across the US. Mary instructs at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead & Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools and private Guilds. She has authored and illustrated 3 books, Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet, Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop: Combining Sheet, Clay, Mesh, Wire & More, Heat, Color, Set & Fire, and Fabulous Woven Jewelry all published by Lark/Sterling.

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 Craft Report.


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I began beading about 25 years ago in my previous life as a geologist in Texas. My love of rocks and minerals drew me to semi-precious beads. I started with stringing and pearl knotting all the wonderful Earth materials together. For a few years beads faded from my life due to a career change to teaching, family obligations, and a move to CA. Then a friend from Texas came to visit and she brought a bead project she was working on with her. I loved the look of the tiny seed beads she was working with. We has to find a bead store and SOON! It was all over then, my obsession with beads, color and all the patterns they form was rekindled.

My love is off-loom seed bead weaving. My professional background is in science and teaching and both of these disciplines guide me as a beader and a bead teacher. I am always wanting to discover what happens if I do this or that with beads. And I love teaching and encouraging my students to try new things or new color combinations. When I teach a class, I am teaching you a technique or my vision of a design, but what I really want is for you to take it and change it so that it is your own vision.


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Colin was first introduced to the joys of beading at the age of 13. She has studied metalsmithing and glass bead making, and has earned a certificate for pearl and bead stringing through the Gemological Institute of America. After teaching herself how to do basic wire wrapping, she became fascinated with all things wire. Though the art of making chain has become her newest passion, Colin's love will always be for beads and she loves to incorporate them into her chain creations.

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15 years ago I walked into a bead store. Since then my life has been taken over by beads, silver, PMC, tools, teaching and enjoying the creative process. I love to teach, passing on the unique pleasure I get from making beaded jewelry. Teaching is fascinating, watching the effect your words and actions have on another person. Following students efforts and seeing the creative process happen is so exciting. I'm constantly learning from students, finding new ways to explain or demonstrate a technique. 

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Anat has loved and made jewelry since she was a little girl in Los Angeles. Beginning at age 7 she was beading and doing wire work, and at age 12 she started studying with artists and craftsman, apprenticing as a metalsmith and learning how to create fine beadwork. Anat has exhibited and sold her work all over the US and Canada, including an exhibit as a featured artist at the Oakland Museum of Art Collector's Gallery. She has taught in the SF Bay Area for many years.

Anat teaches beadwork and wirework, enameling and metalsmithing classes at bead stores and bead festivals across the country.

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