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Tucson Gem Show
by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com
Wire Jewelry Resource January 14, 2015
Tucson Gem Show
If you’ve never been to Tucson during the Gem show, you are in for a real treat! From beautiful high end finished jewelry to giant crystal sculptures, you’ll always be surprised at the wonderful finds. Today I wanted to give you just a little bit of a sneak peak into some of the things you might see!
This year, our sister company JewelryTools.com has an amazing group of teachers lined up for our classes at JOGS. If you haven’t had a chance to go take a class – don’t wait! Get your registration in today and come and visit us at JOGS!
Mark Your Calendar for January 29 – February 9,
Let me introduce you to three of our Instructors:
Featured Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
I love jewelry, color, pattern, and design. It is thrilling to create something new that others love too. And I truly enjoy breaking down something complex into an easy-to-learn sequence that I can share with others, both in print and in the classroom. During the past 13 years I have developed my beading and chain mail skills with energy and enthusiasm and created beadwork and chain mail kits with step-by-step instructions that really work.
I know that the kits have quality instructions because of positive feedback from my students and from customers who buy my kits in classes, at shows and from my online store. I regularly teach classes in bead stores in Toronto, Ontario, and at bead shows and retreats across Canada, in Texas, Tucson AZ and at Bead&Button in Milwaukee WI. In 2007 I was “Folk Artist in Residence – Beadwork” at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener. I set up a series of lectures, seminars, and demonstrations throughout the year. There was also a gallery exhibit of beadwork that featured my work and included the contemporary and historical work of several other artists. The residency resulted in several articles in the local media.
I later completed a beadwork commission for the museum, and some of my work is sold in the museum gift shop. I have published projects available online at Beading Times, Bead Bugle, All Free Jewelry, and The Beading Gem’s Journal. Some of my kits are sold online through The Jewelry Professor and Beadfx. The Fall 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread published a multi-page Artist Profile of my work. Most of my time at present is directed to the creation of new chain mail projects.
I am currently working on several new designs that will be ready as kits and for teaching at the fall and winter shows. I have well over a hundred active chain mail kits available.
Click Below to explore a few of Marilyn’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:
Featured Instructor: Melody MacDuffee
Mel began her jewelry-making career as a crocheter. Now a confirmed wire-worker, she catches her crochet aesthetic leaking over into her newer medium with a fair amount of frequency (with her permission). The author of three books (including Lacy Wire Jewelry, Kalmbach, 2010), with a fourth book due out in May of 2015, Mel has taught all over the U.S. and as far away as Morocco and West Africa. She strongly believes that learning in general, and jewelry classes in particular, should be fun. Hence, her teaching style is laid back, and stress has been advised that it will be denied entrance to her classrooms.
Mel is also the co-founder and director of Soul of Somanya, a small non-profit that provides paid training and steady work at a living wage to at-risk young adult artisans in the Krobo region of Ghana in West Africa (www.soulofsomanya.net).
Click below to explore Melody’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:
Featured Instructor: Meredith Arnold
Meredith Arnold, Comedian Artist/Designer/instructor/ (aka Slash Artist), is a professional artist specializing in mixed media and jewelry arts. Her metal, metal clay, and polymer clay work has been published in books and magazines, presented on television and included in exhibitions around the world.
Combining different materials is an intriguing challenge and presents a wider range of possibilities for the expression that Meredith is seeking to produce. She finds that bringing metal, paint, metal clay, polymer clay, fiber, paper and textiles together provides an adventure into the uncomfortable unknown and expands awareness in every direction.
Currently Meredith teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers in the Seattle area, around the U.S. and Europe and has various appearances on the PBS show ‘Beads, Baubles and Jewels’ and the Edmonds Community College cable channels. As the Director of ArtWorks in Edmonds, a community art center, she has the privilege of mentoring other artists as her “day job”.
Click below to explore Meredith’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:
We are lucky to have Marilyn, Melody and Meredith as JewelryTools.com instructors this year at the JOGS show from January 29th – Feb. 9th in Tucson, Arizona!
CLICK HERE to view our class schedule either by date or by Instructor. You may register for as many classes as you would like all on the same order.
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See you in Tucson!