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On desired evenings of the workshop, Stephanie will show students her “Spiny Knotting” technique and several other beading techniques that will help students use their lampwork beads, pendants and buttons in creative ways. “Spiny Knotting” uses fibers to bind beads and treasures into bracelets and necklaces. Students will also explore new designs for earrings using fibers. The materials and methods provide an opportunity for self-expression—there is no pattern to follow, the beads can vary in size, color and shape. Each student in the class creates jewelry different from the others’. The unusual materials and larger bead sizes (a nice change from the intricate “seed bead” work) seem to level the playing field for novices and long-time beaders. Most students will complete the projects in class.
Her unique approach to glass beadmaking and contemporary jewelry design has led her to teach at craft schools and glass studios around the world. She has lectured at many conferences and societies, such as the Bead Society of Greater New York and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers 2003, 2006 and 2008 annual Gatherings. Stephanie has sold her own work in many well-respected venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s annual Craft Show and SOFA, both Chicago and New York.
Stephanie’s jewelry and beads have been spotlighted in the pages of many publications including The History of Beads, The Washington Post, Contemporary Lampworking, and her own book, Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads, published in March of 2008 by Interweave Press.
Stephanie will be teaching her class using Bullseye glass this year. We’ll explore the extraordinary Bullseye Glass color palette by making beads and buttons with Bullseye's juicy rainbow of colors. Stephanie will show students how Bullseye glass differs from 104, its many advantages and few disadvantages. We'll see how the working properties of Bullseye make it ideal for sculptural work, stringer decoration, encasing and beyond. We’ll start by making many little beads, buttons, cabochons and components and experiment by fusing small tiles, laying out patterns with components on sheet glass… and maybe make some larger pieces too. We’ll continue to explore all the amazing sculptural possibilities by making components for jewelry with numerous “loops” for hanging parts, to expand students’ jewelry universe.
Students will get Stephanie's Bullseye Cheat Sheet, describing each color’s working properties and quirks, and they'll benefit from Stephanie's 12 years of working with and adoring Bullseye.
Stephanie is from a family of artists and collectors and has been making jewelry since she was a child. She loves to spend time in her garden, combining different colors and textures, whether beady or floral. While she works in many media, her jewelry incorporates a mixture of her own lampwork beads, vintage glass, ethnic beads, natural materials and fibers.
She teaches her beadmaking and jewelry techniques all over the world, and her book "Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads", published by Interweave Press, is a popular resource for jewelry designers.