Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bringing the World to Our Classroom
2016 Visiting Instructors

BeadFX is very fortunate to be able to attract high-calibre instructors to teach in our store. This coming year we will have several instructors with specialties in various jewellery-making mediums including lampworking, beadwork and metalwork. While we haven't yet arranged all of the details as yet (projects, costs, etc.) we do have the dates when the instructor are coming. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us! Details about the classes will be up on our website as quickly as possible.

Kim Fields - lampworking
Sculptural Bird Beads
Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10


Kim Fields began making glass beads in 1999 after an introductory lampworking course lead her to the book, “Making Glass Beads,” by Cindy Jenkins. She attributes her bead making skills to a number of great and renowned teachers, including Sage and Tom Holland, Leah Fairbanks, Loren Stump, and several other accomplished bead makers.

Nature has always inspired her creativity and is the primary influence for her beads. Lampworking has brought Kim tremendous joy, and she continues to explore new techniques in order to evolve as a bead maker. Kim teaches bead making, and her beads can be seen at numerous shows, galleries, and online at www.northfiredesigns.com. She lives in Metamora, Michigan, with her husband, Stu, and their Scottish terrier, Rosie.

Robyn Cornelius - metalwork
May 6, 7, 8

Canadian instructor Robyn Cornelius has a degree in Fine Arts – majoring in Jewelry and Metals – and believes in taking as many classes with as many teachers as possible to continue growing in her art field. She has her own custom design studio in Edmonton, Alberta, called Little Rock Jewelry Studio.

Robyn’s method of teaching enables her students to “jump right in” and not be afraid to wander creatively in metalwork. She is constantly stretching herself as an artist and brings that creative energy into the classroom. 


Amee K. Sweet-McNamara  - soutache and bead embroidery
May 13, 14, 15

Amee K. Sweet-McNamara uses Soutache and Bead Embroidery to create textile jewelry with sinuous, organic shapes in brilliant hues. She takes her inspiration from all things color-saturated. Mucha posters, Venetian glass, Renaissance paintings, and Hollywood dance-costumes have all, at one time or another, influenced her creations. Formally educated in both, Interior Design and Fine Art, McNamara is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She teaches out of her studio in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and venues across the country including The Craft Center at the LNHC headquarters in Concord, New Hampshire.

Why is her business called "Amee Runs with Scissors?" Because it sounds a lot sexier than "Amee Eats Paste."


Carolyn Cave - beadwork
August 19, 20, 21

A self-taught bead artist living in Alberta,  Carolyn enjoys the endless creativity derived from stringing and stitching “little, round, shiny things with holes in them”. This is both a frustrating and exhilarating way to fill in the spare moments of her very full days as a wife, mother of three young ladies, and musician. Creativity has always played a large role in her life, from sewing clothes for Barbie at a young age, to experimenting with a wide variety of arts and crafts; from earning a Degree in Music and playing several instruments, to making jewelry. Her creations are inspired by a wide variety of things – the colors and shapes of the natural world, works of vintage and antique beaded art, the encouraging comments of her family, and the many hours spent “composing” with needle, beads and thread.

Her work has been published in “BeadandButton” and “Beadwork” magazines, and she has been a winner in multiple categories of BeadStar every year since 2011. Carolyn is also the author of the recently released book "Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads", published by Kalmbach. You can see some of Carolyn’s work on her Facebook page, Lady Beadle Designs.  


Jean Power - beadwork
September 23, 24, 25

We are very excited to welcome back this popular instructor for a third time! Jean Power is an award-winning jewellery designer, writer and teacher based in London, England. She first began making jewellery in 2001, having already spent many years painting as well as exploring different aspects of fibre and textile arts. While she continues some of these interests, beading, wirework and chain maille are her main love and she tries to use them in conjunction with her other interests.


Hannah Rosner - lampworking and beadwork
October 14, 15, 16

Hannah has been lampworking since 1992 and beadweaving since 1986. She holds a MFA from The Ohio State University in theatrical design. She began teaching both lampworking and beadweaving in 2000 and has taught at bead stores and bead societies across the US.

Hannah was a semifinalist in the lampwork category for BeadDreams 2009, and won a second place award for her bead embroidered collarpiece in the Treasures of Toho 2009 Contest. The Treasures of Toho necklace can be seen in the February 2010 issue of Bead&Button magazine. In 2011, her Neptune's Tail Necklace won third place in the Bead and Jewelry category at the Vegas Craft Expo. In 2012, she took First Place in the Advanced Sculptural Division in the Treasures of Toho Contest for her Gaea's Glass Slipper. You can see the shoe in the December 2012 issue of Bead&Button magazine.

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