With a lifelong appreciation for the arts, Connie has created artwork in many mediums, but when she discovered seed beads, she knew they were her passion. She is forever fascinated with the variety of tiny seed beads and timeless off-loom weaving techniques she uses to create her one-of a-kind sculptural vessels and jewelry pieces. Always intrigued with the variety of structures and forms she can create, Connie cannot wait to learn a new stitch or discover new variations on favorites. Excited to share her knowledge with others, she started teaching in 1999 and currently teaches at the LH Bead Gallery in Panama City on a regular basis. She has taught nationally for Interweave Press Beadfest shows, and in 2015, traveled to Okinawa, Japan to teach four classes. She started teaching bead weaving at William Holland in 2012, and in 2013 added a class in kumihimo. Connie has won numerous awards at juried art shows and competitions throughout the southeastern US, including several Best-in-Shows. One piece traveled to Japan with the TOHO bead company; another was purchased by the Swarovski Crystal Company; yet another piece was put on display for ISGB at the Bead and Button Show. Connie's work is currently displayed in three galleries in the Southeast and she sells her work at numerous juried art shows. See her work and upcoming class projects at: www.ceejaycreations.com
Janet Pace first came to William Holland in 2000 to take a wire class at the urging of her sister, Dianne Brooks, who is also an instructor at William Holland, and has been attending ever since. With a degree in Clothing and Textiles, she began designing and publishing patterns for making Battenberg Lace and smocking for women in 1986. When she discovered the knitting machine in 1991, she began designing patterns and teaching at knitting seminars around the country. In 2001, Janet started teaching jewelry classes across the state of Arkansas at various bead shops and invitational venues. Topics included wire, PMC, cold connections, silver soldering, Viking knit and chainmaille. Her latest, and most fun, adventure has been flame painting on copper: the precise placement of colors and patterns using different temperatures of torch flame. See examples at: http://www.janetpacedesigns.com
Becky is the owner of Naturally, a wholesale and retail company specializing in semi-precious stone jewelry to compliment the wardrobe. In 1985, she started expanding her background in apparel, exploring jewelry design and production. She started teaching at William Holland in 1997. She also teaches private and group classes in her personal studio and is a regular instructor for Beads by Design in Marietta, GA, Cobb County Senior Services, and
the Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society, where she also serves as a trustee, class coordinator and dealer chair for the annual gem and mineral show. She has taught for Beadfest, sponsored by Lapidary Journal and Step-by-Step magazine, and has been published in Bead and Button magazine where her kumihimo with beads design Simple Exchange was chosen for the Best Of 2009 hardback book. Her jewelry can be found in several galleries in Georgia and North Carolina. Find her online at: www.beckypatellisjewelrydesigns.com or https://www.facebook.com//Becky-Patellis-Jewelry-Designs-358314032491?fref=ts
Judy's art career began in the 1980s with painting. Love of color brought her to stained glass. Intrigued by kaleidoscopes, it soon became her second passion. From there, she started fusing scrap glass in a microwave kiln, which led to wire wrap as a medium to use the glass in jewelry designs. Since 1993, wire art has consumed a good portion of her time. In 2000, Judy began classes at William Holland, taking numerous classes, and in 2001, she began lampwork classes. Since that time, she has taken several workshops and courses from many instructors, devoting most of her time to glass beads. Judy has been producing and selling at art galleries and craft festivals throughout the Southeast since 1987.
Ed is a master goldsmith and has a commercial art degree. He is a graduate of Bowman Tech in Jewelry Repair and has SFMS and AFMS Master Level Jewelry certifications. Ed is past president of Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society and has thirty years' experience in jewelry repair. He has been a private instructor in goldsmithing, silversmithing, manufacturing, stone setting, repousse, faceting, mineral identification and jewelry design.
Vickie recognized her interest in education while attended Georgia State University. She completed an apprenticeship with a German goldsmith in the Atlanta area and started teaching jewelry making in 1995. She has taught beginning silver for the EFMLS and the SFMS and Advanced Silver for the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. In 1997, Vickie began teaching at William Holland. She continues to teach workshops around the country and privately in her own studio in Georgia. Vickie is an accomplished lapidarist, using her own stones in combination with gold and silver to design and create her unique jewelry. Vickie is a member, past president, and past vice president of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, as well as a past president of the Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society. She continues adding to her knowledge by attending workshops with many well-known artists including, Harold O'Connor, John Cogswell, Jean Stark, Marne Ryan, Jayne Redman, Cynthia Eid, Betty Helen Longhi, Michael Boyd, Julia Woodman, Helen Blythe Hart and Marilynn Nicholson, to name a few. She enjoys learning new techniques and passing on what she learns to her students.
Cindy began working with stained glass in 1985, and was content until she found the excitement of playing with hot glass. She began bead stringing about twenty-five years ago using natural stone beads. In 1999, her husband showed her an online auction for handmade lampwork beads and she was hooked. After buying lampwork beads from very talented glass artists for several years, she decided to try it herself. Cindy took her first bead making class in 2001 and has studied with several very talented artists since that time.
Carlos has been working with jadeite since childhood. He has developed his own business in Guatemala, and today competes as one of the country's major jade producers. Bill Smith, a former William Holland instructor, has known and worked with Carlos' business for several years.
Jim started making jewelry in 1977, which led him to many jobs in the jewelry industry. From being a polisher in a silver jewelry manufacturing facility, to years as a bench jeweler, Jim has kept learning new skills and perfecting old ones. Throughout the 1980s, his interest led him to study with a series of modern masters and innovators in the jewelry and blacksmithing fields. In 1995, Jim earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Even before earning his degree, he has been supporting himself for years working within his chosen craft. Jim's love of teaching reflects clearly in the work of his students. His innovative teaching style, wealth of knowledge and enthusiastic approach make his classes fun and richly informative. Currently, Jim lives and works near Athens, GA, where he makes jewelry for private clients and does occasional shows. His interests include ancient metalsmithing techniques, innovative modern tools and traditional blacksmithing.
Bill is a native of Atlanta, GA, and moved to Spring City, TN in 2004. He has been involved in lapidary since 1972: cabbing for thirty-seven years, faceting for thirty-five and silversmithing for thirty-four. Bill worked re-cutting stones, teaching silversmithing and doing silver repairs for Cohen Company Jewelry in Doraville, GA off and on for twelve years. In 2003, he taught two large classes in Tanzania, one on cabochons and another on faceting.
Paul has been a rock fan since boyhood, although he did not get serious with cabbing did until his retirement sixteen years ago. His work in cabochons has been inspired by many of William Holland's masters through various (and repeated) courses in cabochons, opals, intarsia, channel inlay and more. His pieces are displayed at the Hall House Gallery of Fine Art in Dahlonega, GA and occasional area shows and festivals. He also takes special commissions from time to time. Eager to share his joy of working with stone, Paul has taught at William Holland for about ten years.
Rowan has been a member of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Virginia Peninsula since the mid-1970s and is now a charter member. She has also been a member of the Kingsport Gem and Mineral Society of Kingsport, TN since 2007. She teaches one-on-one classes in the area. As a featured artist, one of Rowan's designs was published in the September 2002 issue of Wire Artist magazine, and was even feathered on the cover. She was also featured in the December 2003/February 2004 issue. Rowan also cuts cabochons, creating many of the stones she uses in her designs. She has been teaching wire at William Holland since 1998.
Sue began conducting classes at William Holland in 1994, and has taught every year since. She has participated in many craft shows. For many years, she has successfully sold her handcrafted wire jewelry at retail. Sue has been accepted as a teacher and demonstrator at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL.
Richard has a degree in electrical engineering and has taught high school math for twenty-eight years. With the summers off, most of his time was spent rockhounding out West. He was president of the Thames Valley Rockhounds for five years, and presented many lectures to his and other rock clubs. He is an active member in five rock clubs in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has taught classes at Wild Acres and has been teaching at William Holland since 2010. Richard has been attending William Holland since 2002 and has taken many classes.
Gene started making jewelry as a hobby in 2003. A victim of Hurricane Katrina, the few items he was able to save were his wire making tools and supplies. He moved to Vicksburg, MS in 2006, where he took a position as a wire artist and jewelry designer for a major company. Gene has published four instructional DVDs: Interchangeable Cabochon Pendants Vol. I and II, Interchangeable Bead Pendant Vol. I, and Adjustable Wire Wrapped Bracelet Vol.
1. Now that Gene is retired, he teaches at William Holland, as well as offering classes privately at his home studio and at his studio in Huntsville, AL.
Jenny is a self-taught bead weaver and has been fascinated by beads her whole life. She became serious about beading about twenty-five years ago. Whether designing, beading or teaching others, there is always a unique new design in the works. She was a finalist in Beadwork's Embellished Shoe Show, with her Butterfly World pump. This piece is representative of her love of color and texture. She has always been attracted to beads, although it really grew into a passion the first time she saw the book Those Bad Bad Beads by Virginia Blakelock. Reading Blakelock's work, she knew that, eventually, she wanted to be able to create her own works of art. The more difficult the piece, the more she enjoys it. You can find her teaching at the Down the Street Bead shows and at the Great Bead Escape Retreat. Teaching lets her share her love and passion for beading with others. She has developed a line of kits and patterns that address all levels of skill. Whether a beginner or an experienced beader, you will find her kits well written with easy to follow directions.
Tom earned his Leatherworking merit badge when he was a Boy Scout on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout and working with leather has remained one of his life-long hobbies. Before retiring to Dahlonega, GA with his wife Karen in 2011, Tom served the Boy Scouts of America for thirty-seven years as an executive director in eight different councils. Tom has also served as the Scouting director for US Forces and their families in southern Germany. Currently, both Tom and his wife participate in fourteen art shows in northern Georgia and Tom teaches leatherworking at five different venues, including William Holland and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.
Brenda began her career as the creative director for an advertising agency. After twenty-five years in advertising, she easily transitioned from graphic arts to innovative jewelry design, immediately finding favor and recognition from jewelry industry peers, organizations, high-end jewelers and clients. Her work, which has been exhibited across the globe, is influenced by a myriad of thoughts, symbols and unique materials that fuse sculptural design with concept. She creates wearable art that captures the natural beauty of materials. Recently her Pearls and Lace in Space garnered first place in design at the International Pearl Design Competition. The Cultured Pearl Association of America was so impressed with her talent that they commissioned a film of her design process for inclusion in their pearl farm to finished piece documentary. Brenda gained mainstream recognition when celebrity stylist Michael O'Connor featured her Celebration earrings at the Academy Awards, the Emmys and on Los Angeles television. Her work has been in the Smithsonian, the Forbes Gallery in NYC and Promenade magazine. Brenda has her F&PA in Design from Kent State University and her EMBA from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of AGTA, CPAA, SNAG, WJA, MJSA, GIA, FSG, Georgia
Goldsmith Group, the Gem and Mineral Society and sits on the board for the Kennesaw State University School of Visual Arts and the Acworth Cultural Arts Center.
Following ten years as a public school teacher, Kim combined her love of teaching with her creative talents and began teaching jewelry classes. Mostly self-taught, but with silversmithing mentorship from Dan Haga along the way,she now has been teaching jewelry classes for nearly twenty years. She is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer. Kim has been published in numerous magazines and books. She has appeared on several beading and craft television programs, and has written three books: Mixed Metal Mania, Metal Magic and Colorful Wired Jewelry. Kim was elected one of the Top Ten Instructors in the country by the attendees and staff of the Bead and Button show. She currently has videos available for on-line viewing at beaducation.com, interweave.com and youtube.com. Kim has also filmed over twenty stone setting DVDs for wirejewelry.com. Norm followed Kim in the jewelry arts after a twenty-five year career in textile management, and now travels with her assisting in the classroom. Their home base is in Myrtle Beach, SC, where they teach at their studio, Studio St. Jean. They can also be found teaching across the country at various clubs, guilds, bead shows and art shows. Contact them at: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Stafford lives in Columbus, GA. She shares a studio with her sister and mother, where they teach year round. She also teaches chainmaille and silversmithing at the Britt David Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, GA and filigree classes for the SFMS. Shannon is a relative newcomer to the art of jewelry making. She started with a chainmail class at William Holland in 2007, finding out that she had a natural talent for looking at a weave and understanding how it went together. She continued her education in her newfound passion with lapidary, cold connection and silversmithing classes at William Holland. She became fascinated with filigree after purchasing Victoria Lansford's video on the subject. She has since taken several classes with Victoria at the Spruill Center in Atlanta, GA. Shannon produces large, bold and complicated pieces that make an impression, even from across the room.
Jan has a diverse arts background that includes classical piano, interior design, painting, textile creations and ultimately jewelry design. She has been featured in Southern Distinction, Step-By-Step Wire Jewelry and Bead and Button magazines. She lives in Winter Garden, FL and has been teaching wire jewelry for seventeen years at many locations including Wrapsody Jewelry Studio (Winter Garden, FL), William Holland, Creative Journeys (Buford, GA), the University of Georgia Continuing Education, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Athens Technical College-Department of Continuing Education, Ann Peden Studio (Watkinsville, GA), John C. Campbell Folk School and Wildacres Retreat (Little Switzerland, NC). Jan attained degrees in early childhood education, special education and educational administration from the University of Central Florida, Brenau University and the University of Georgia. She retired with a thirty-six year career as a professional educator and refined trainer, and now melds her teaching expertise, intuition and distinctive design talents to provide an optimal training environment to grow beginning or intermediate students into advanced creators of artistic wire jewelry. Her classes are an entertaining, educational experience, which gives students wire wrapping and design skills, as well as beautiful creations, to take with them at the end of each course. She displays her designs at: www.wrapsodyjewelry.com
Stacey was introduced to polymer clay several years ago by her mother, Marilyn Jobe. She not only trained with her mother, but also became her teaching assistant. Stacey began coming to William Holland several years ago, and has enjoyed taking polymer clay classes with both Carolyn Stearns and Barbara McGuire.
Joan has compiled over twenty-five years of teaching experience in basket weaving and various other arts and crafts, including gourd creations, decorative painting, netted gem necklaces and painting custom clothing designs. Her basket specialties include the weaving styles of Appalachia and the Cherokee, antler baskets, flat bottom baskets and rib baskets, as well as the use of naturals, wood bases, twills, and pine needles, to name a few. Joan has traveled extensively through the South and Midwest teaching classes. Currently, she teaches classes at William Holland, John C. Campbell Folk School and in her private studio. Joan's teaching capabilities allow her to make the brand new student feel as comfortable as the intermediate or advanced in creating new or custom baskets.