Instructors

Bead Fest Santa Fe is proud to welcome a lineup of professional artists who will be leading hands-on workshops and providing you with one-on-one instruction.

Janet Alexander

Janet Alexander

Janet has over 40 years’ experience in jewelry metal arts as a bench jeweler, designer, and instructor. She has a BFA in metals from the University of North Texas. Janet has taught at Bead & Button, Interweave Bead Fest TX, AdornMe Houston, and many other venues. She also appeared HGTV Crafters Coast to Coast

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Marcia Balonis

Marcia Balonis

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

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Sally Battis

Sally Battis

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

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Ed and Martha Biggar

Ed and Martha Biggar

Between the two, Ed and Martha Biggar have over 40 years glass experience and over 20 years with metal clay.  They exhibit and teach nationally and at home, and believe good teachers can make the difference for any student.  They live in southwest Virginia with their herd of horses, mules, and donkeys.

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Marti Brown

Marti Brown

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

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Candie Cooper

Candie Cooper

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

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Kaska Firor

Kaska Firor

Kaska began designing and making wire jewelry in 2001.  Originally a traditional wire-wrapping artist, in recent years she shifted her focus to working with wire techniques borrowed from basket-weaving and textile arts, including weaving, looping, stitching, coiling and others. Kaska displays and sells her jewelry at art shows in the Midwest where she has won numerous awards. Her work has been published in Art Jewelry and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines. Her first book, Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry, was released in November, 2013. Kaska teaches locally at her studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and at national shows including Bead Fest and Bead and Button.  She believes that well designed projects together with fun and supportive class environment are a key to successful learning.

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Jeff Fulkerson

Jeff Fulkerson

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

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Yin Guang

Yin Guang

Yin Guang graduated from medical school in China 30 years ago. 30 years later, She is a jewelry designer, a beads store owner, wife and mom (raised two lovely kids). She did not end up becoming a doctor in the U.S., but she still loves to use her hands, play with beads, and work with colors. She especially loves to share the technical aspects of beading with all bead lovers!

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Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton

Karen has been a metal smith/jeweler for 30 years. She started working in Polymer Clay 10 years ago adapting the medium to fit with copper. She has created bracelet blanks, box forms and domes for shapes, all made of copper. I am also the manufacturer /designer of The Clay Punch used in Polymer and Metal Clays.

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Steven James

Steven James

Steven James, a refugee from one of the nation's flyover states spent his childhood breaking his art teacher's rules by 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.

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Heidi Kummli

Heidi Kummli

Heidi has been beading for over 35 years. Bead embroidery her main focus, she has recently been making epoxy clay center pieces to incorporate into her work making each piece more unique. Heidi has written two books the first with bead artist Sherry Serafini The Art of Bead Embroidery; her second book The Spirit of Bead Embroidery is closer to her heart and is a reflection of her world. Being close to nature and true self. She has been teaching for the last 10 years and enjoy sharing her beadwork and design skills to my students.

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Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee is a self-taught metalsmith and author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Making Metal Jewelry, Alpha Books. She has been bringing dreams to life in metal since 1998. Nancy manages her own gallery, working studio, and small classroom. She has earned an Indiana Artisan Designation for her jewelry, an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Award, and numerous Indiana State Fair Professional Artist Division awards. Her association as a student at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, led to a month-long Studio Assistantship in 2010 and she served as Instructors Assistant to John Cogswell in a teapot fabrication workshop in 2012. Nancy is President and Founder of Indy Metalsmith Guild, President of the Indianapolis Downtown Artist and Dealers Association (IDADA), is past Vice President of the acclaimed TURF Super Bowl Exhibition, and is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

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Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer

Susan's work is built from a unique combination of art school, metalsmithing, extensive cultural research, creating and repairing ethnographic adornment and a strong fashion background. Her work or Expressive Adornment, is a unique voice in the industry. She built Talismans, Prayer boxes and Amulets for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years.

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Donna Lewis

Donna Lewis

Donna is an award winning metal clay artist who has twice been a Saul Bell Award finalist.Her work has been included in several publications by Lark Books, Brynmorgen Press, and Wardel Publications. She offers workshops at Bead and Button Show, ART Unraveled, Adorn Me!, Sonoma Glass Bead Festival, Bead Fest Santa Fe, and Bead Fest Texas. Donna grew up in Milwaukee, WI and now lives in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds BFAs in Art and Telecommunications from Mount Mary College. Donna invented the LiL BeLLA humidifier which has eased the work stress for many metal clay artists around the world.

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Sara Lukkonen

Sara Lukkonen

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

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Jeannine Mankins

Jeannine Mankins

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

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Debora Mauser

Debora Mauser

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

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Anne Mitchell

Anne Mitchell

Anne started her creative career over 25 years ago as a professional lighting designer. Looking for another outlet for her artistic energies, Anne began teaching chain making and metal working approximately 13 years ago for just pure enjoyment. During those years, Anne found that the creative outlet provided by teaching as well as a consistent demand for her classes was too alluring to deny. Leaving lighting behind in 2003, Anne is now a full-time designer, teacher, and author.

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Kieu Pham Gray

Kieu Pham Gray

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

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Sue Ripsch

Sue Ripsch

Sue is a chain maille artist, designer and author who teaches chain maille classes around the country. She has taught at many Bead Fest Shows and at Bead and Button shows. Sue is the author of two chain maille books and will publish a third in 2015. She has written clear and beautifully illustrated instructions for over 150 chain maille weaves. Sue likes to teach students from all levels of chain maille experience. Please join Sue in a class or two.

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Richard Salley

Richard Salley

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

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Eva Sherman

Eva Sherman

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

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Gail Stouffer

Gail Stouffer

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

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Jackie Truty

Jackie Truty

Jackie has been working in Art Clay Silver for over 15 years, and has been the President and owner of Art Clay World USA for over 13 years. She is a certified Master Instructor in Art Clay Silver, and is also a certified New Mokume Gane instructor. Jackie has taught Art Clay nationally and internationally and has published 2 books on silver clay through F & W publications.

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Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson is a designer, maker and instructor who lives and works in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio. In 2012, she walked away from 25 years in administration and small business management to focus on living a more creative life. She and her husband now operate The Makery, a working and teaching studio in Bulverde, Texas, where she offers workshops in metals, enamels and jewelry-making. Her passion is creating unique, wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using unusual stones, while her explorations in mixed media and photography allow her to indulge her love of paper and journals. In addition to teaching at The Makery, Francesca hosts an annual metals retreat at Sage Hill Inn in Kyle, Texas and teaches nationally at venues including BeadFest, Glass Craft Expo, Adorn Me!, and the annual Tucson Gem Shows. She is also a Level 1 Certified Art Clay Instructor.

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Margo Yee

Margo Yee

Margo's bead work has won prizes and ribbons, been in magazines and a book, and has been in several galleries. Margo loves teaching and has taught at several Albuquerque Bead shops, as well as the Tokay Gallery in Roswell. As an artist, she encourages students to veer off the class directions when they find a path they want to explore.

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Gwen Youngblood

Gwen Youngblood

As a jewelry designer, Gwen explored a variety of media until she discovered Wire, Metal and Fire. They inspire her creativity and fuel her passion for teaching. Whether teaching in her studio, or as a guest instructor at local/regional studios, or as an instructor at national venues, Gwen loves the interaction and camaraderie of the classroom. Her mission is to make metal working techniques accessible to everyone, so that students learn more than they expected, and have fun doing it. Students can expect Gwen to share her knowledge and creativity freely, with a dash of humor and lots of caring patience. Please visit www.metalartlab.com.

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