lnstructor Biographies (Last Name) D - M

Please take time to look at each instructor's class description so you will be sure what materials and skills the class covers. Not all classes or instructors in a subject cover the same materials, skills, or techniques.


 

imageMary Dales

 Mary has been a jewelry crafter for many years and a participant at William Holland since 2007. As a retired music teacher, the combination of artist and instructor gives her a unique prospective of the teacher-student relationship. She and her husband Allen live in Avinger, TX and travel in their motorhome to hunt rocks, prospect for gold and sell jewelry. They have participated in juried art shows in Arizona, Montana, Utah and other states where they traveled. Mary enjoys learning from other artists, sharing her enthusiasm for stones and wearing the beautiful jewelry created from her finds.

 

 



imagePat Davis

 Pat is a multi-faceted crafter whose interests cover a wide spectrum, including cabbing, silversmithing, channel work, enameling, wirework, lampwork beads, gourd art and some of the textile arts such as knitting and  crochet.  She  has been cutting cabochons since 1996.  She  honed  her lapidary skills at the Suncoast Gem and Mineral Society, where she continues to teach and help supervise the shop. Pat has taught at William Holland since 2011. She also teaches workshops for SFMS. She used to cut every stone she could get her hands on; today she applies a more stringent set of criteria for selecting rough to  produce  stones truly worth the time and effort it takes to cut en cabochon.


 

 


imageSandi Davis

Sandi, a retired RN, was turned on to polymer clay in 2007 by her sister, Ruth Loftin {who is also an instructor for William Holland). Sandi's favorite artist, Christi Frieson, inspires her art; she finds Ms. Frieson delightful, her books are just great and she makes working with polymer clay a fun, no fail effort. Sandi believes that each  one of us  has the ability to create beautiful art and, although she loves all kinds of art, has found polymer clay one of the easiest mediums to work. She is a "just dive in and do it person," learning by trial and error  and feels that, by encouraging  this attitude in yourself, there are no limits to what you can achieve. She hopes that her classes will provide lots of fun, creativity and, above all else, an opportunity  to  find  the artist within yourself.


 
 

imageAddy De Pietro

Addy has been teaching at William Holland since  1991 while owning a full service lapidary rock shop that specialized in beading materials, stained glass, lapidary supplies and machines. Addy and her husband, Joe, won the AFMS national Each One Teach One award in 1989 when they were workshop directors for their local Gem and Mineral Club. She is a retired special education teacher  who has been beading since 1973 and fusing glass since 1992, when she began making accent pieces for her beading projects. She introduced the first Glass Fusing classes at William Holland in 1997. She has taught classes at her Rock Shop in Avon Park, FL and her club's workshop since 1988 and for the SFMS at William Holland and Wildacres since 1992. Addy has her GIA certification in Pearl and Bead Design.

Addy De Pietro


 
 

imageJoe De Pietro

Joe has been casting since 1988 when he took his first casting class at William Holland from Bob Raber. He has since learned from Roger Moore, Earl Spiegle, Vi Hicks, Howard Siegel and Terry Higley. He also took classes at Stewarts Jewelers School in Jupiter, FL. He has been teaching casting at William Holland for at least ten years. Joe has been doing lapidary work since 1974. He has  taught cabochons and opal cutting at his Rock  Shop  in Avon Park, FL and at his local gem club workshop, where he was workshop director in 1988. Joe and his wife won the AFMS Each One Teach One award in 1989. He has been teaching at William Holland since 1992, but has specialized in opal cutting and casting since  1998 at William  Holland and for the SFMS. Joe personally developed Opal Cure, a simple method of healing cracks in opals and other soft stones.

Joe De Pietro


 
 

imageMaggie English

Maggie has been involved with lapidary and metalsmithing for years. She has taken classes in metalsmithing at Murray State University and William Holland. When she was introduced to Chainmaille classes at William Holland taught by Chuck Bruce and John Fetvedt, she knew she had found her niche; something she really liked doing. She took what she learned from them and put it to good use, along with putting her own twist on chains, making each one different. Maggie is a member of the Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society and currently enrolled in GIA classes.

Maggie English


 
 

imageNancy English

Nancy is a retired nursing professor. She is an enthusiastic teacher, creative jewelry designer and values creative workmanship. Nancy and her daughter have been involved in lapidary and metalsmithing for many years. She has attended design and manufacturing workshops at William Holland and Western Kentucky University, as well as in Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA and Louisville, KY. Nancy has taught creative silversmithing in Nashville, TN; Bowling Green; Cadiz, KY and at William Holland. She is a member of the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society and Kyana Geological Society. She has taught silversmithing at Wildacres for the AFMS. As an active silversmith, she maintains a private workshop.

Nancy English


 

 

imageGail Ferguson

Gail is a pioneering artist, working in both stonecutting and silver mountings. Trained in all levels of silversmithing, she has taken classes from Mack Thornton and Ralph Giehls, both of whom have extensive history in designing and producing Southwestern style jewelry. In addition, she has attended several silversmithing classes at William Holland in silver fabrication, stonecutting and casting. Her work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals and museums around Indiana, Arizona and North Carolina. The Fayetteville Art Council, Gallery 13 in Fayetteville, William Holland and the Prescott, AZ Veteran's Affairs hospital have also exhibited her work. Her awards include a first place in the Indiana State Fair Professional Division (2004), a second place at the Indiana State Fair (2005) and a second place with the Disabled Veterans Display in Prescott (2007). She also won first place in Metalsmithing/Metalworking and Jewelry at the North Carolina State Fair in 2011 and 2012 and took first place in the Moore County Fair, Cumberland County Fair and Hokle County Fair in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She has taught cabochons, channel inlay, silversmithing and simple intarsia for her local gem and mineral clubs. Gail is currently a member of the SFMS and provides several volunteer hours teaching and promoting lapidary and jewelry making every year. It is a pleasure to watch students grow in their skills and advance in the lapidary arts.

 
 

 


imageMarji Ferrell

Marji began artistic life as an art major in college, but decided that being a "starving artist" was not such a good idea, so she returned to college and became a nurse. She never gave up her love of art, however, and began taking stained glass lessons in the 1970s. Shortly after, she  started taking jewelry lessons and was hooked.  After moving to Florida, Marji opened a stained glass studio in Sarasota and in her spare time continued taking jewelry classes. In 2003, Marji and her husband relocated to Murphy, NC - just then miles from William Holland. Now retired, Marji is able to devote herself to the design and fabrication of custom jewelry and passing along her knowledge to others

Marji Ferrell

 
 

imageJohn Fetvedt

John, who retired from IBM in 2005, was  introduced  to chain making in 2003 at William Holland, and has since  done extensive research on weave patterns. Several of his projects were published in the Lark book, Chain Mail Jewelry: Contemporary Designs from Classic Techniques, by Terry Taylor and Dylan Whyte {ISBN 1-57990-723-7). Art Jewelry and Wirework magazines have published many of his other projects. John began working with electroetching  in 2010, with the goal of eliminating the caustic mordants normally used for etching metals and simplifying the electroetching process to make it safer for the home studio. Electroetching is much better for both the health and safety of   the   artist,   and   on  the   environment,   than chemical etching. John also teaches chain making and electroetching  at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, WI and the  Crafts Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. John's mentors have included Mary Ann Scherr, Blaine  Lewis, Charles Lewton-Brain,  Thomas  Mann  and  Betty  Helen Longhi. He can be contacted at: http://www.bijoux-de-terre.com/

John Fetvedt


 
 

imageBarbara Fields

Barbara began her adventure in silversmithing in 2005, in Nashville, TN thanks to the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineralogical Society. They offer classes in stone cutting, cabochons and silversmithing. She started with a lapidary class and quickly moved into a silver jewelry class. Will "Smitty" Smith was her instructor, and has been her mentor ever since. After she advanced in skill, and the demand had increased, she was asked to be an instructor. Barbara has taken Silver classes with several instructors at William Holland through the years, and has dabbled in many other aspects in jewelry and other artistic pursuits. Her classes  are structured for the beginning student, building their skills to pursue their endeavors after the class has ended. She prefers keeping everyone on the same projects, so that everyone can learn from each other's experience, until they are confident enough to work independently on their own projects.

 

imageKaska Firor

Kaska is an award winning jewelry artist who has been designing and crafting wire jewelry since 2001. Originally a traditional wire wrapping artist, in recent years she has shifted her focus to more innovative wire techniques including those borrowed from basket weaving and textile arts. The intricate and visually complex patterns of the weaves were what originally attracted Kaska to wire weaving and her fascination with the art continues as she discovers more complex and challenging ways of combining and modifying techniques and more inventive ways of incorporating stones, beads and other elements into her woven designs. She displays and sells her jewelry at art shows in the Midwest where she has won numerous awards. Her work has been published in several trade magazines such as Art Jewelry magazine, Step-By-Step Wire and Bead Style. Her first book, Freeform Wire Woven Jewelry, was released in November 2013. Kaska enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She teaches jewelry classes throughout the US at private studios, bead shops and jewelry schools, as well as at national shows such as Bead and Button and BeadFest. She believes that strong foundations are the key to successful design. In her classes, she emphasizes proper technique and attention to detail, challenging her students with projects designed to increase their skill level. For additional information, visit Kaska's website: www.designsbykaska.com or www.facebook.com/designsbykaska

Kaska Firor


 
 

 
 

imageScott Forward PG

Scott graduated with an MS from the University of Georgia, and has had a lifelong interest in geology. His love of geology, plus many years of owning his own environmental geology consulting business, evidences his expertise in mineralogy. He is a registered geologist and an Internationally Certified Professional in Erosion and Sedimentation Control. These experiences,  coupled  with his remarkable management skills and years of service in the Air Force and Navy, make him just the kind of instructor to teach the ins and outs of gem and mineral identification.

 


 
 

imageLorraine Garcia

Lorraine is a self-taught basket weaver from Ocala, FL. She started out teaching at William Holland in 1992, helping her husband Nestor in his classes. Lorraine is a famous award  winner with many ribbons; her baskets are known all over  the United States and the world. Lorraine's baskets have  been sent to France, China, Germany and Italy, as well   as many places in the United States. Paula Dean owns four of Lorraine's baskets.

 


imageBarbara Green

Barbara began making seed bead jewelry in 1994, after taking a class in a San Diego bead store. She entered her first arts and crafts show in 1998; she has been selling her work ever since. Barbara has discovered a love for passing on her skills teaching at William Holland, SFMS workshops and locally in Greenville, SC. She participates every year in the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council Open Studio. Her work is displayed in several area galleries.

Barbara Green


 
 

imageMarsha Harmon

Marsha was raised in a rockhound family  where  locating and identifying rocks and minerals was done on a full­ time/vacation-time/anytime basis. She retired from  the United States Navy as an instructor,  retired  from  health care and is now available to teach Mineral Identification at the William Holland. Marsha has been the Field Trip Coordinator for the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society in Franklin, NC for the last couple of years. Her knowledge of regional rock and mineral locations, tied to her teaching history, provides an exceptional experience for students wanting to learn all about Mineral Identification.


 
 

imageMaggie Huber

Maggie is a professional photojournalist and photographer working in Louisville, KY. She has a degree from Western Kentucky University in Photojournalism and has taught photography in Louisville and New York City. Her clients include the Courier-Journal, THIS...is Louisville, Yelp!, The Kentucky College of Art and Design, Purina, VH-1, and Lucky magazine, to name a few. She loves cutting rocks, making jewelry and her sweet Shar Pei pup, Ozzie.

 


 
 

imageJerri Heer

Jerri has been making gem trees since 1995. She fell into rockhounding and lapidary arts in the process of homeschooling her four children. The family joined the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club and learned rock collecting, cabbing, soapstone carving, gem  trees  and many other lapidary arts together. Jerri took making gem trees to a new level, designing her own styles and patterns and developing her own techniques. She has taught beginning and advanced gem tree classes for the Michigan Geological and Gemcraft Society Rockhound Seminars for several years. She has entered competitive exhibits of her trees at the regional and national level, winning a first place ribbon in the Rocky Mountain Federation and a trophy in  the American Federation. Her entries in the Florida State Fair and Plant City Strawberry Festival  have  earned multiple First Place and Grand Champion ribbons. Jerri relocated to Florida in 2010, and is a member of four rock clubs (so far).

Jerri Heer

 

 

imageJoan Huck

Dr. Joan, as her students often call her, received her doctorate in 1992 in Human Resource Development from VPI. She then ran a successful management training and consulting business focusing on TQM for over twenty years. In addition, she was a management  professor  at  UMUC and the primary designer for their web-based management courses. While she used her creativity in the past  to  improve organizations, now she channels it into jewelry making. After retiring in 2008, she began teaching herself wire and other types of jewelry making. Then in 2011, she discovered William Holland and the rest is history. She has attended several times a year ever since and has taken multiple classes in silver, flame work glass, polymer clay, enameling and cold connections. In addition to taking classes at William Holland, she has had  classes  with almost all of the well-known polymer clay artists.  She  is now considered a multimedia jewelry artist, often combining several media to make jewelry. Joan teaches jewelry  making classes locally and is a member of GAPCG and BRPCG (polymer clay guilds} and WESCAGEM (a gem society) in Greenville, SC. Her jewelry is sold  in  several local shops and at a number of festivals each year.

 

 

imageMarilyn Jobe

Marilyn started her creative art life as a Tole painter. After twenty-five years, and carpel tunnel, she delved into glass, lampworking and art fusing, which led her to silversmithing and wire wrapping. Presently her main area of work is polymer clay.

 

 

imageDot Kasper

Dot has a true love of beads and their history. She is fascinated by the personality of each gemstone, and loves shopping for the unusual. She enjoys sharing this enthusiasm with her students and family. Dot has taught workshops for SFMS at Wildacres, Elderhostel groups, Cobb Gem and Mineral Society, and, her favorite place, William Holland.

Dot Kasper

 


 
 

imageCheryl Kasper

Cheryl grew up in a rockhounding family and first took faceting at Wildacres when she was fifteen. At William Holland, she has taken silversmithing, gem identification, soapstone carving, lampwork beads,  beading,  stained glass, casting, chains and opals. Following in her father's footsteps, Cheryl has a passion for this mysterious and exciting stone. She has been working with opal since about 2000. A true "opalholic" (and a Libra), she went to the Australian outback in 2007 to mine for  opals  in  Cooper Pedy and Lightning Ridge where she studied opal carving from Daniela L'Abbate. She specializes in black opal and fossilized opal.

Cheryl Kasper
 
 

imageJudy & Lawrence Kelly 

Judy has been lampworking for over ten years. She has studied with Corina Tettinger, Kim Field, Sally Sara LaGrande, Rocio Bearer, Beth Olson, Andrea Guarino­ Slemmons, Lance Mc Rorie, Maureen Buckely Mc Rorie and many others, including instructors at William Holland. Every year she takes additional classes to get exposure to new techniques. Mrs. Kelly actively tries to include her background in clay sculpting into her glasswork. She brings new techniques to her classes with a desire to teach a greater understanding of where to work designs in the  flame. Her husband Laurence co-teaches with her, giving students an understanding  of cold working  their lampwork to get the best possible results. He also helps students stay on the torch by supplying mandrels ready for use, including the specialty mandrels. Laurence is always ready to help finish student creations into useable, wearable art. Mrs.  Kelly also teaches kumihimo, incorporating her lampwork, daggers and other works of art she considers worthy. Judy  is pursuing recognition as a certified Kumihimo Teaching Instructor, a new certification currently under development. As an added bonus for those who are interested, she can include bead crochet into her kumihimo class. Mrs. Kelly spends her winters taking classes around the globe in kumihimo and lampwork. If there is something she wants to learn, she will find who can share the knowledge.

Judy & Lawrence Kelly
 
 

imageRenee Kelly

Renee began her jewelry career in 1971, managing a bead shop in Binghamton, NY. Over the past forty-three years, she has participated in numerous craft and fine art shows  up and down the East Coast, taking several awards for her original work. She has been an instructor at William Holland for ten years and has taught in several other venues. Some of her skills include glass fusing, enameling, lampworking, cold connections and chainmaille. She has brought it all together for a successful jewelry career. Renee greatly enjoys teaching and showing students that they, too, can obtain great jewelry skills.

Renee Kelly


 
 

imageKathy Kinev GG FGA BFA

Kathryn has been in the jewelry industry for thirty-five  years. She has been president and owner of Jewel Creations Inc. for thirty-three years, and continues with the company to the present day. She is a jeweler, appraiser and gemologist.  Her  credentials  include  being  a fellow  of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, a Graduate Gemologist, certification from the Gemological Institute of America, and earning a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from  Georgia State University. She is a Master Valuer Appraiser and a Senior Member of National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. She is a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and a consultant to the museum on ancient metalsmithing. Kathy has written various articles on jewelry that have been published throughout the jewelry trade. She is a guest lecturer at Emory University, as well as teaching classes at Chastain Arts Center and SWEST INC. In addition, she has taught granulation workshops and gem identification to many organizations. She has won the AGTA Spectrum Award Platinum Honors for Bridal Wear and AGTA Spectrum Award for Best Use of Platinum and Color.


 
 

imageSena King

Sena was born in St. Petersburg, FL and raised  in  the sunny South, with parents of an artistic bent. She was encouraged to try an art class in seventh grade and, when she squished her fingers through that wet clay, she knew  she was meant to be an artist. During the years following, Sena was exposed to many artistic mediums, but nothing spoke to her. However, upon retiring from a lifelong career as an insurance agent, she was longing for that  one  medium that would be "it" for her. As fate would have it, a friend enrolled her in a class about gourds. Five days later, she was "hooked, line and sinkered" (as her charter boat captain dad would say). Those who know her will tell you, she has not slowed down since. As an award winning gourd artist, her creations have been in galleries in both  Florida and North Carolina. It is her mission to introduce people to the wonders of this humble vessel. Sena says, "The possibilities are as endless as your imagination." You can create a vase, a necklace, a  portrait,  a scene;  whatever your mind can imagine can be translated  onto the    waiting shell of a gourd. Just open your mind and let your fingers  fly; with ArtGourds, all things are possible. Her credo: "develop your skill and all else will follow."

Sena King

 
 

imageJack King

Jack lives in Cornelius, NC. Since the age of twelve, Jack has been a rockhound, spending every available weekend climbing the hills around Spruce Pine and Franklin, NC. His dad made his first tumbler out of a fifty-five gallon steel drum. His first gem-cutting machine was a B&I Gem Maker from Sears. Jack has attended classes at Wildacres and William Holland, and has been a private student of Sarah Lee Boyce for years. Although his primary passion is cutting picture jaspers, stones with inclusions and druzy stones, he loves cutting any material into cabochons. He prefers to cut freeform stones that his wife, Kathy, wire wraps. Jack started teaching for William Holland in 2008.

 

 

 

imageMicah Kirby

With a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Furniture Design and Sculpture from Indiana University Herron School or Art and Design, Micah pursues his love of art, found objects and sculptural elements as he designs and makes unique contemporary furniture, jewelry and sculptures. He has training in cabochons, advanced chain making, cold connections, design, fold forming, inlay and silver fabrication. He has spent the last year working as a studio assistant at Chuck Bruce Designs, and has participated in Midwestern regional art fairs and local commissioned furniture projects. He exhibits his work in Indianapolis galleries, has been published in House Trends magazine and has a permanent installation at the Indiana University Office for International Affairs. He is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the City of Bra Festival of Learn Shops.


 
 

 

imageAlma Lambert

Alma is a native of Asheville, NC. She has been weaving baskets since 1987, and designing them since 1995. She specializes in twill and eclectic designs that showcase color and weave variation. She has designed and written patterns for more than one hundred baskets. She has taught at the North Carolina Basketweavers Association and Indiana Conventions. She has taught all levels of basket weaving at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Bevard College, Greenville Hospital Craft Program and Arrowmont Craft School. Currently, she is holding private classes in her own studio. She served on the MCBA Board as editor of The Readers' Report for fourteen years. In 1998, she was convention coordinator. She has been the president of the Blue Ridge Basketmakers since 1996. Alma is past president of the North Carolina Basketweavers Association, which has over one thousand members. In 1996, Alma studied basket weaving with Lyn Siler, who has written and published many basketry books. Recently, Alma wove a basket as a thank-you gift for Cokie Roberts. Her greatest pleasure is sharing her knowledge of basketry.


 
 

imageJulia Larson

Julia has been working in glass since the early 1980s, starting first with stained glass. She has  studied  with various instructors including Vickie Payne, through whom she is a certified instructor. She became interested in fusing in the 1990s, taking classes with nationally known glass artists Lisa Vogt and, more recently, Tanya Veit. Julia has been teaching both stained and fused glass for about  twenty years. She teaches for the city of St. Petersburg, FL and for William Holland; she previously taught for the SFMS at both William Holland and Wildacres. Julia is a member of the Pinellas Geological Society and the Suncoast Gem and Mineral Society. When she is not teaching or in her home studio, she enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

 
 

imageLorna Larson

Lorna, a retired RN with a doctorate in nursing, began beading commercially in 1976. She began teaching bead stringing and knotting in 1978, and continues to update her skills. Economics and esthetics drove her to learn how to dye her own threads, as commercially dyed threads frequently did not match the beads. She also began to fabricate her clasps and some findings for her creations in order to keep as much of her work handcrafted as possible. She began teaching at William Holland in 1997.

Lorna Larson

 

imageSamantha Lazzaro

Samantha has been beading since her teens. She began working with glass and metal when she moved to Florida. Besides being self-taught, she has taken many classes at William Holland and has assisted Renee Kelly in her enameling class. Always experimenting, Samantha has created techniques original to her art.

Samantha Lazzaro
 
 

imageBetsy Lehndorff

During the recession of 2007, Betsy took several silversmithing classes and began soldering settings and cutting gemstones in her apartment kitchen. By 2010, she was writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and quickly developed a reputation for innovative designs and techniques. Her pearl carving class is the result of an article she wrote for the magazine in April 2016, when she wondered what could be done at a jeweler's bench that would produce results never seen before. She has taught students in Michigan and Colorado, and has sold  her carved pearls through galleries for hundreds of dollars.


 

 

imageCase Leeser

Ms. Leeser is a member of Midwest Metalsmiths, Southeast Gem and Mineralogical Society, Society of North American Goldsmiths and is one of the founding members of the Palmyra Area Arts League. Case owns and operates jCASEworks Studio, as a licensed jeweler with degrees in design and diamond setting. She creates custom jewelry, primarily in silver and gold, from her studio in Taylor, MO. She shows, and sells, her work from her store and in various galleries. Among her pieces are many intricate works of chainmaille. Case has completed art courses at Morningside College, Quincy University, Culver-Stockton College, Maryville University and Glasshopper Studio. She is also a graduate of Gem City College School of Horology and Jewelry Design, receiving her bench jeweler's degree. A retired private school librarian and college archivist, Case lives on a Missouri cattle ranch with her husband John, several cats, horses and one very large dog. Her work may be seen at: jcaseworksjewelry.com


 

 


imagePat Lillie

Pat has been interested in different 20 and 30 art forms since she can remember. She received her BA of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of South Alabama, and a second degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She has taught art classes in a classroom setting, as well as one-on-one and worked for a creative design firm in Marietta, GA until 2007. While visiting her parents in 2000, her father introduced her to lapidary and metalsmithing; her interest sparked, she has gone one to take numerous classes in  metalsmithing, casting and stonecutting with instructors such as Victoria Landsford, Jayne Redman and Julia Woodman. She counts herself fortunate to have been able to  attend  annual classes at William Holland as well, pursuing her love of the arts with classes in intarsia, faceting, PMC, chainmaille and lampwork beads. She loves working with sterling and fine silver and cuts her own stones for her own one-of-a-kind jewelry designs, as well as learning new techniques and ideas to pass along to others.


 
 

imageCassie Loftin

Cassie is a middle school language arts teacher. She currently teaches sixth grade in Burke County, which is located in Waynesboro. She has been making jewelry for over fourteen years and loves sharing her knowledge with others. Every year she adds new projects to her class, as she learns new techniques. She has been teaching at William Holland for seven years.

Cassie Loftin

 

 

imageDiane Mason

Diane began her career in 1999 by attending William Holland. She continues to upgrade her skills by attending classes and is an active member of the Franklin Gem and Mineral Club, Southern Appalachian Artists Guild and Blue Ridge Artists Association. After retiring in 2014 as a veteran critical care nurse specialist, Diane and her husband moved to Young Harris to be closer to the mountains they love, and get serious with their rockhounding. Diane and Jerry travel each fall, selling their jewelry at juried festivals in several states. This gives Diane valuable insight into public sales, which she passes along to students during her classes. Because of her background in teaching, Diane believes that students should know why each step is necessary, so she teaches wire theory, as well as using a structured, hands­ on, step-by-step approach. She began teaching at William Holland in 2003, and continues today. She also teaches for gem and mineral clubs in six states and at her home studio. In 2014, Diane began doing specialty wrapping for Ruby City Gems in Franklin, NC. Diane's favorite class is the one she is currently teaching. Whether it is Wire I, Wire II, Wire Ill: Bracelets or Wire Sculpture, she will always tell you that she learns something with every class. Diane can be contacted at: 706-379-1718(home), 843-621-0003(cel/) or via email at: jimndee43@gmail.com


 

 

imageJerry Mason

After retiring from Lucent Technologies in 1989, and IBM in 1995, as an electronics engineer, Jerry began his rockhound life in earnest. In 1999, he started taking classes at William Holland. He continues upgrading his skills to this day, taking classes in faceting, intarsia, cabochons and silver. Jerry began teaching at William Holland in 2003, first co-teaching mineral identification with his wife Diane, then offering cabochon class of his own. Jerry has also taught in his own workshop, for the SFMS and for several gem and mineral clubs. In 2016, he resumed co-teaching Mineral Identification, now with Marsha Harmon. Jerry and Diane travel often, doing juried shows each year in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. He is a member of the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild, Blue Ridge Artists Association and the Franklin North Carolina Gem and Mineral Club. After Diane retired in 2014, they closed their studio in Chesterfield, SC and moved to Young Harris to be closer to the mountains they love. In 2015, Jerry and his wife opened a new studio, rock shop and gallery and resumed giving private lessons while continuing to teach publically. Whether teaching basic cabbing, advanced cabochons or mineral identification, Jerry's core belief is for a class to produce quality work, not quantity. Jerry can be contacted at: 706-379-1718(home), 843-621-0003(cell) or via email at: jimndee43@gmail.com


 
 

imageDebora Mauser

Mostly self-taught, Debora has been creating jewelry for over ten years, and teaching nationally for the past four. While wire is her first love, Debora's work is far removed from the traditional square wrap that many people are familiar with. She incorporates stones, enamel and metal in a very contemporary fashion that makes her work unique. Debora's classes are fun, stress free and packed  with  useful knowledge.

Debora Mauser


 

 

imageBarbara McGuire

Barbara is a multifaceted artist and author whose love of teaching has expanded into a career of product development. She makes deeply etched texture stamps, template patterns and radial marking tools that aid artists with incorporating elements and principles of design into their work. She is well known for her work in polymer, metal clay and encaustic painting. Barbara has written over ten instructional books and has appeared frequently as a guest artist on televised broadcasts including the Carol Duval Show (HGTV), WLOS in Asheville (ABC) and JTV (Jewelry Television). She lives in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, NC and enjoys teaching locally and raising golden retrievers.

Barbara McGuire


 


imageRebecca McNairy

After working for retailers such as Gem Collection, Delmas Diamonds and Treasure Hut, Rebecca has refocused on her own business and works as a Jewelry Contractor for stores in and around Tallahassee, FL. You can find her most weeks operating out of Sudden Service; a Jewelry and Watch Repair kiosk in the Governors Square Mall. Rebecca has traveled throughout the southeast teaching various silversmithing workshops. Rebecca was an instructor at FSU in Tallahassee, FL for six years as a Jewelry instructor covering beginning to advanced techniques. She was a member of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, northwest chapter and served as its President for a year. Rebecca carves in many different media for large and small sculptural casting. Rebecca works in gold, silver and other media for custom designs and repairs.

 

 

imageRon Miller

Ron lives in Lima, OH where he has a studio and teaches classes. He started teaching wire classes in April 2009. He has since taught classes at bead shops in Ohio,  Indiana and Michigan. He has also taught adult classes at Apollo Career Center, a county joint vocational school. Ron started teaching wire at William Holland in July 2010. He has taken classes in wire wrapping from Ruth Ann Moore and John Darlin. He also had twenty-two three-hour sessions in wire wrapping at Dayton's River Bend Arts Center in  Dayton, OH, and various one-day classes at bead shops. Ron  retired July 1, 2007 from the City of Lima's Data Systems Group where he worked as an electronics technician.


 

 

imageVaughn Millner

Vaughn Millner is a jewelry artist who works primarily in metal fabrication. As a former college professor, she applies her love of teaching to jewelry instruction. Vaughn's contemporary jewelry is a synthesis of her positive life perspectives and her attention to detail. Devoted to wellness, she values the creative process, as well as the serenity and vibrancy it brings to life. She draws inspiration from nature and the southern delta where she lives. Vaughn combines a myriad of techniques to fabricate one-of-a-kind art jewelry, usually in sterling silver. She embellishes pieces with other metal and color expressed in gemstones, enamels, stones and patinas. Vaughn is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Florida Society of Goldsmiths and the Georgia Goldsmith Guild. Vaughn owns and operates Vaughn Millner Jewelry. Samples of her work can be viewed at: vaughnmillner.com


 

 


imageTom Mitchell

Tom is a founding member and two-time past president of his local gem and mineral club in central Florida.  He  recently took on two new positions: one as Assistant Florida State Director for the SFMS and the other as President of the Tomeka Faceters Guild located in Palm Coast, FL. He recently completed a book on faceting for beginners called Faceting 1: Learn the Fine Art of Gem Faceting, It's Easy. It  not only takes you through the process of cutting your first stone,  but also has a glossary  of terms  and  definitions,  a brief history of faceting, descriptions of the various facets found on a stone, and a section on how to read a faceting diagram. Additionally, it includes a number of  tables showing the difference between scratch (Mohs) hardness and absolute hardness; tables listing the refractive index of commonly faceted stones, polishing media and what minerals the media works best on; a bibliography of books available; and a listing of web site resources. Much of this information is not found in any other book on faceting. This book is one of the resources covered by the lab fee when you take his class.


 
 

imageKathy Morris

Kathy was raised in Delaware and continued to live there until 1999, when her husband, John, was transferred to Greenville, NC. Her interest in jewelry making began when she took her first seed beading class at Tryon Art Center in 2000. In 2002, she took her first wire wrapping class at William Holland. She returned to William Holland for two more classes the following year. That same year, she  started teaching wire wrapping. In 2009, John and Kathy finally moved to Hiawassee, GA to be closer to William Holland. As of 2010, Kathy has retired from teaching wire and is now teaching chain and seed beading. Kathy was  the 2009 director for the SFMS Workshop held at William Holland. She was also Director for the Wildacres Workshop in 2007 and 2008. In 2011 and 2012, Kathy was the Education Chairman and Bulletin Chairman for the SFMS. She also teaches at the Senior Center in Hiawassee, GA. Kathy is constantly taking classes in order to learn new techniques, improve her skills and add to her teaching abilities.

Kathy Morris
 
 

imageDione Outlaw

Dione is an award winning jewelry and glass bead artist. She has won many awards in fine art shows in Florida, including two Best-in-Show Awards. She has been teaching wire and jewelry making at William Holland since 1994 and lampwork glass bead making since 2001. Her jewelry and beads reflect her love of nature. She has taken classes  from  well-known  artists  like  Pam  Dugger,  Brad Pearson,

Dione Outlaw


 

 

 

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