Meet the Teachers and Get Inspired!

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Ilysa Ginsburg & Kira Slye

We are your hosts! We provide Live streaming video classes throughout the year, and each of us also provide a recorded class. The contents of our classes are intended to round-out the year and provide you with easy-to-create stunning wearable art in our favorite techniques. We are the authors of Polymer Clay Art Jewelry- and although we use polymer clay as a jewelry making tool, we cover many mixed-media topics in our creations.

Laurie Mika

Over the last two decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic work has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile and found objects. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats at home and around the world.

Crowned Amulet

Cat Kerr

Cat Kerr is a mixed media artist that lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children.Her work has been featured in numerous Stampington publications. She teaches on-line and at national retreats around the country.

Mixed Media House pendants

Csilla Papp

I was born and raised in Hungary, Europe. I studied cinematography and literature at school but we moved to England where I’ve lived for many years with my husband and two beautiful daughters Hanna and Emma.
Moving to England, being on my own with my children a lot of the time, I started beading for something very interesting to do, keeping myself occupied. I’ve always had beads since I was a child; in my early age I have made a lot of animal figures and Christmas decorations using them and in January 2011 I made my first „notable” beaded creations using peyote stitch, and then I slowly learnt everything. I tried beadweaving and bead embroidery, and although I loved them both, something was missing. Then I came across with Soutache and immediately felt that I must try this technique. I learned almost everything by myself. I bought my first soutache braids and slowly, trying to figure out the steps and practicing I have progressed to more difficult projects. Of course, at first I felt and thought that even four hands would not be enough, but I didn’t give up. I love the unique components, the youthful, vibrant styles.
My work has been published on Digital Beading Magazines and Beads and Beyond Magazines. My book will be published on February 2016. I teach across the UK and I write and sell tutorials and finished jewelry on the Internet. However I think I’m just in the beginning of my bead journey.


Erika Sandor

I am a jewelry designer, a writer and a passionate traveler and adventurer.
A gypsy spirit: longing to see all the close and distant corners of the world and transform the impressions into beaded and written memories.
At the age of 29 I sold my successful bead-shop, the first (and best 🙂 in Slovakia. I returned to my roots – art, creativity and traveling. A hobby to fill my evenings while preparing for my masters exams from literature, linguistics and the philosophy of art, and a three week long adventure in India managed to change my world view forever. I strongly believe, that by deciding to pursue my dreams and turning my life upside down the best part of it is just beginning.
I make one-of-a-kind, high quality art jewelry – every one of them with a special story and easy-to-folow tutorials for both beginner and advanced beaders.
All the necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and headpieces are inspired by foreign cultures, special places, persons, feelings and much more.
Every piece has a different story, but all of them have the same message: enjoy being yourself!

Beaded Beads Anoinette Earrings

Jen Cushman

Jen Cushman is a mixed-media artist, author, instructor and columnist. Her work has been widely published in national art and jewelry magazines, and she currently writes a DIY column called "The Mixed Media Metalsmith" for Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. She is the author of two jewelry books, and she travels the country teaching collage, assemblage and jewelry making techniques. She's also the Education Director for ICE Resin.

Double Sided Resin bezels

Amy Davison

Amy Davison brings a unique presence to the world of polymer clay and mixed media.
Her work sells at the Boston MFA Store, 1 Jane Boutique / Susan Harf, fashion shows, and commissions. The pieces cross fashion, craft, and fine art with a painterly quality.
She has planned workshops with Buffalo State University, Nazareth College, Everson Art Museum, and Boston MFA. Recent publications include IPCA Polymergence Newsletter, Rochester Woman Magazine and Blurb Catalogue.

With an MFA in hand from Tyler/Temple University, she began a 4 year venture as a jewelry and plastics instructor at Syracuse University, then RIT; there, she instructed students how to transform the medium of plastics and metals into innovative pieces of art.  Though expecting to continue in academia, she was prompted for a change.  Gaining momentum to move to the next step, she accepted a position in the corporate plastic sales market, which eventually led to working for Xerox.  Although a corporate setting seems like the opposite of working in the arts, in many ways business has the same opportunities for creativity and innovation. She found herself using skills, but the creativity flowed into more a more technical arena.

Twenty years later, with a son off to college, the urge to change, grow and reinvent resurfaced.  A passion to create propelled her to take a leap from corporate back to studio art and into a new/old career. Since 2012 there has been continual expansion and adjustments, with aspiration to push creative limits from a deeper place.

Designing Mixed Media Multiples

Marissa Agnew

I opened Sweethearts and Crafts to harness my creative notions. I have never been able to draw so I grew up thinking that the art gene skipped over me.  Fortunately I discovered origami and then quilling, allowing me to realize that I didn't have to be artsy...I could be crafty!  Most of my work employs an ancient art form called quilling. It is the curling, twisting, and otherwise manipulating strips of paper to create intricate art pieces and, in my case, jewelry and ornaments. Being made from paper, everything is eco-friendly and super lightweight. But it is also sturdy and water resistant, as I hand paint each piece, each nook and cranny with a protective water based sealant. I love doing custom orders and have learned that my craft is only limited by my imagination...or yours.

Creative Quilling

Nadja Shields

I have been doing micro macrame for the past 5 years although I have been involved in arts and crafts since I was a little girl. My love for macrame started with beaded neckpieces I saw in Swaziland which fascinated me. I then started researching micro macrame and was instantly addicted. I have been teaching and creating classes and tutorials for over a year and truly enjoy passing on the skills and techniques used in this wonderful art.

Micro Macrame

Nicole Hanna

I began crafting jewelry more than a decade ago, but have had a passion for creative endeavors that extends further into my youth, often decorated with sketches and poetry and, most recently, photography.
I discovered wire wrapping in 2007, when attending a local fair, and fell in love with the versatility and intrinsic beauty of the medium. My wire work is often inspired by the artistic mass of hobbies which occupy my day, most notably, nature photography. My goal is that each piece I create carries with it the undulating movements of nature and the serenity it represents. I am a wife and mother of two who currently works from home, managing my full-time jewelry business and part-time photographic and poetic passions.

Wire Wrapped Cabochon

Olga Poltavets

I am a self-taught mixed media artist, who loves to work with polymer clay, to make bead crochet jewelry, and to paint on silk. I grew up in Russia and now live in Mid-Michigan.
Although I have a degree in science, I have always had a passion for creating things, and when my family moved to the United States, I devoted myself to graphic design. I have been a freelance graphic designer for seven years. During that time, I worked with many talented people all over the world, and some of them inspired me to start painting on silk and to create jewelry using polymer clay and seed beads.
My grandmother taught me how to crochet more than twenty years ago, and since then I have made a lot of doilies, scarves, hats, and blankets, but I really fell in love with bead crochet necklaces when I tried to make one, following the instruction written on one of the Russian craft forums. Since that day, I was hooked on beads and I always have a bead crochet necklace in progress in my handbag. I love to experiment with colors and bead shapes, to create new patterns and enjoy sharing my discoveries with others.

Crocheted Ropes

Pandora Salgado

Pandora has been designing jewelry for over 30 years. She began incorporating polymer clay into her designs in 2010 and has since become a full time polymer clay artist and instructor. Her column, My Way, appears in Polymer Cafe magazine. In addition to the Art Jewelry Adventure, Pandora teaches on Youtube and at Her videos have been seen in 146 countries.

Steampunk mixed media Cuffs

Tammi Sloan

Seattle area artist Tammi Sloan loves working with metal.  She attributes her love of creating to her father, who can make anything.  She has studied with several world-reknowned metal smiths and enamelists since 2008.  In 2010, she became a PMC Certified Artist/Instructor.  She shares her love of making art jewelry with students the world over through her online tutorials and classes at Blueschool Arts.

Torch Fired Enamel

Tina Holden

Tina began her journey with Fimo in 1989 while visiting family in Germany. Since then she's made bead, wire and polymer clay work her full-time profession, designing, innovating, teaching and creating. Tina's work is found globally including Canada, the US, the UK and Germany. Tina's written tutorials for several magazines, including PolymerCAFE, Jewelry Crafts, Step by Step Wire" but mainly focuses on freelance and sells through Etsy and some other venues.

Kumihimo, Beads & Clay

Shari Replogle

Shari Replogle is a full time mixed media artist. She has taught metal technique workshops  for 14 years both live and online. For the last few years she has shared her love for encaustic through workshops, and her YouTube channel with the "Wax on Wednesdays!"video series. Shari has written "how to " articles for Belle Armoire Jewelry, Belle Armoire, Primology, Somerset Studio, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, Somerset Gallery, and Art Doll Quarterly magazines.

Etched Encaustic pendants

Lisa Bluhm

Lisa has been a creative person all of her life. She loves to work with metals and mixed media finding ways to turn found things into amazing things. She has 2 published books on soldering and has owned her own company selling soldering products called Simply Swank. Lisa has traveled all over the nation teaching and sharing her passion of the art of soldering. Lisa is also a fitness instructor and owner of b.Fit-b.Fab group fitness studio and is a counter manager for Bare Minerals. In her spare time... wait she has no spare time! She is a wife and a mother to 2 sons.

Soldered Flower Ring

Brooke Bock

An artist and designer of jewelry, home decor, storage solutions and primitive art for the garden and home.  She loves to take something common and experiment to help it to become something new. Polymer clay, metal, wire and fibers are among some of her favorite materials.

Stamped Tin Pendant Necklace

Barbara McGuire

Barbara has been working in polymer for over 25 years.  She makes outline and shape stamps, molds, templates, transfer images, texture sheets and tutorials  that aid artists working in polymer, metal, and ceramic clays. Barbara has written over 10 instructional books and appeared frequently on televised segments of craft instruction with Carol Duvall and WLOS Crafty Corner.  Barbara’s home studio is located in the Appalachia Mountains near Asheville NC, were she teaches at select galleries, stores, craft schools and by request.

Torch Fired Silver Clay

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