lnstructor Biographies (Last Name) T- Z

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.


imageCarlos "Carl" Talbott

Carl is into his fifth year teaching opals, having served an apprenticeship under Sarah Lee Boyce. He has lectured on opals at several gem and mineral clubs in the Southeast and works out of his home studio, cutting and  carving  opals, jadeite and other sundry stones. Carl and wife  Denise live near Murphy, NC. They keep honeybees and grow wine grapes, blueberries, and assorted fruit trees. He earned his Doctor of Science in Operations Research in 1986 from the George Washington University. Carl retired from military service after twenty years with the USAF in 1988, worked ten years for M&M/Mars out of their Chicago candy factory in the field of machinery reliability, and then began a consulting practice in machinery health monitoring working for several companies, including Barrick Goldstrike and Enron Inc.


imageAlfred Taylor

Alfred has been in love with the arts from a very young  age - graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts. He was a District Manager with Paul Harris Stores for seven years, and then worked in Store Management at Target for fifteen years. After leaving retail, he worked as a general manager, a personal trainer and an aerobics instructor for eighteen years before retiring. Currently, he is a personal trainer, teaching Pilates and extreme core.  Alfred owns Aba-creation, a working art gallery focused on his love of stained glass and wire wrap jewelry and his wife and daughter's love of basketry and pottery. He is currently the Chair of Shelby Arts Fest and is a past president of the Shelby Art Guild and Art Alliance, as well as the Shelby County Art Council. He won the Best of the Best Artist in Shelby County in 2015 and 2016, as well as receiving the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce's John A Hartnett Sr. Business Person of the Year Award in 2013. Mr. Taylor's love of designing and creating stained glass has been shaped   by   his   work   with   Roger   Billings.  After  being introduced to wire wrapping while working with Virginia Tutterow, and attending William Holland for several years, Alfred has expanded his interest and talents into the art of making wire jewelry as well.

Alfred Taylor

imageGail Thompson

After spying some beautiful beads which she wanted to make into a bracelet, Gail's love affair  with  creating beautiful jewelry began. Gail has taken silver classes from Doc Tompson, as well as from Don and Ann Monroe. She has also taken PMC classes with Mary Ann and  Ken  Devos. She is a certified Level 1-2-3 PMC and has taken silver classes with Doris King in Tucson, AZ.. Gail teaches silver, beading and PMC classes in Tucson. She has continued to develop her artistic skills by taking private classes as well as other classes at William Holland. Gail will be teaching alongside Marji Ferrell in silversmithing.


imageRobert "Doc" Tompson

Retired from medical practice of general surgery in 1993, Doc began silver and lapidary in the early 1970s  with  private lessons. He took classes at seminars, and later at William Holland. He has been teaching since 2004.


Robert "Doc" Tompson

imageJanet & Joe Trosino

Janet is a retired math teacher, having taught for thirty-five years at the middle school, high school and college levels. She came to William Holland with her family {husband, mother and daughter) in 2001 to learn how to make the gorgeous jewelry she bought at gem shows. She took wire wrapping for four or five years, and PMC, but fell in love  with chainmaille in 2006. She has taken classes from John Runkle, Dee and Bill Conybear, John Fetvedt and Howard Siegel. Encouraged by friends who bought her jewelry, she now sells at gem shows in Rochester and Buffalo, NY and gives private lessons at her home. Joe cuts all the jump rings, making it possible for Janet to concentrate on the chainmaille patterns.


imageEdward Trubenbach

Mr. Trubenbach started out as a rockhound in 2007. He learned about William Holland during one of many trips to Franklin, NC. It looked very interesting, so in July 2011 he attended a Faceting I class taught by David Lanser. He cut two stones that week. While there, he ordered a Graves Mark IV machine. In the three years since, he has cut over three-hundred and fifty stones: round, oval,  emerald  cut and marquise. With the help of GemCad, he has designed nineteen stones. Edward is the president of the Southwest Florida Gem, Mineral and Fossil Club.


imageDiane Walker

Diane has been a member of the Tennessee Valley Rock and Mineral Club since it was founded. She grew up with  the  hobby.  Through  an  interest  in  medieval  history, she learned  to carve  soapstone  into  molds  to cast pewter.  She incorporates this technique into her class, along with bas-relief and 3D carvings. She has been teaching at William Holland since 1999.

Diane Walker


imageRandy Walker

Randy learned faceting at William Holland in 1988, and has been teaching at William Holland since 2000. He is an active member of the Faceter's Digest and the Gemking Discussion Group {both are internet faceting lists), and of the Tennessee Valley Rock and Mineral Club.


imageDavid Wayment

David began his artistic life behind a camera before adding other media to his repertory. He has taught metalsmithing, stained glass, fused glass and wirework at his store for over fourteen years. David has studied silver under Ann and Don Monroe, Dan Haga, Jim Richardson, Alan Jewell and Jeff Sheer at SFMS workshops at both Wildacres and William Holland. He taught Precious Metal Clay at William Holland for the SFMS. David enjoys teaching technique classes, trouble-shooting students problems in class and combining lapidary with silver in channel inlay pieces.


imageJohn Wild

John was inspired to become involved in the lapidary world by his wife Judi, also an instructor at William Holland. After several years of accompanying her to the School, he eventually took a class in cabochons and was  instantly bitten by the bug. John is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Accounting. He lives in Birmingham where his company supplies nylon webbings, cords and other components to the textile industry. In addition to cabochons, he enjoys silversmithing and learning other lapidary skills. He makes cabs for his wife, Judi, to use in her wire  wrapping designs and sells his designs at  various  rock, gem and jewelry shows. He is a member of the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society and serves as Vice President.


imageJudi Wild

Judi, always the consummate crafter and eager  to learn new skills, started wire wrapping in 2007. She has attended William Holland twice a year since and sought additional classes to further refine her wire wrapping techniques. Judi has trained with some of the best wire artists at William Holland including Sue Rowand, Diane Mason and Dawn Thornton. She has also taken a number of chain and silver classes with John Fetvedt, Howard Siegel,  Case  Leeser and Jim Richardson. Since 2008, Judi has been teaching at local bead stores, bead shows and all-day retreats, as well as providing numerous programs for her local bead society. She is the co-founder and past-president of the Greater Birmingham Bead Society and a member of the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society. Judi and her husband, John,  a Cabochon Instructor, live in Birmingham, AL.


imageRich Williams

Rich has been doing scrimshaw since 1983. He enjoys combining woodwork and silversmithing into a final piece. He has taught, lectured and demonstrated in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, California and Tennessee. He has appeared on local television, and his work has been featured in the National Engraver's Journal. Rich is perpetually fascinated with the history of scrimshaw, and believes strongly in keeping this original American art form alive. He enjoys teaching at William Holland because, as volunteers, the instructors are focused solely on the joy of sharing their knowledge and skills with their students. Rich has been teaching at William Holland since 2004.

Rich Williams



imageGeorgia Van Zyle

Georgia is retired from a thirty-seven year  career  teaching special needs students. She has loved using her hands to create things ever since childhood. In 2007, she learned about William Holland from Kim St. Jean and she has been taking lampwork and other classes there ever since. Over that time, making lampwork beads has become Georgia's preferred art form, leading her to first assist in several classes at William Holland, and now to instructing her own classes. Her work has been published in Soda Lime Times, an e-magazine for lampworkers, and Reactive Twisties + Mu"ini, an e-book. She sells her work locally and is a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. Georgia thanks her instructors at William Holland for helping her  get  to  this point of sharing her love of making lampwork beads with others.