Vicki's love of beading began when a friend invited Vicki to bead
with her. Burdened with a stressful job involving instructional
design, Vicki appreciated the chance to nurture her creative side.
However, Vicki knew 40 minutes into the workshop that she would
be teaching it! She had found a delightful way to use her instructional
skills and develop her creativity at the same time. As she learned
different beading techniques, she started devising ways to put the
steps into a teaching environment. She has particularly enjoyed
seeing, with just a few simple instructions, how creative people
can be. Vicki's true beading joy is working with color, and she
has found some of her favorite color combinations from beads simply
lying next to each other in a bag. Vicki's other passions include
tennis and dancing, but she has found that teaching jewelry-making
allows her to feed her need for truly connecting with people. She
honors the vulnerability that students feel when first tackling
a project, and she appreciates their willingness to learn, to try
something new, and their feelings of accomplishment after finishing
their jewelry. Vicki is also the owner and manager of Bead Inspirations,
and she relishes being able to create a safe space for people to
explore their creativity.
Carol has been beading and working with wire for about 10 years.
She recently began selling her work at Bay Area art shows. Her current
love is seed beads because of the myriad number of possibilities
they offer for color, light reflection and texture. Carol particularly
enjoys teaching basic introduction courses and seeing the wonderful
creations her students make! In "real life," she has been
a human resources exec and she currently works part-time as a human
resources consultant and lives in Oakland with her beloved family
- a man, a dog, a cat, and a koi.
a class with Carol!
Lydia was first drawn to beads when she witnessed her mother using
seed beads in a needlework project almost two decades ago. Once
she learned that there were unlimited possibilities to working with
beads, she was hooked! Her true passion is wire & bead jewelry,
be it by creating chain maille jewelry, wire-wrapping beads, or
riveting charms & found objects to metal blanks. Her love of
teaching stemmed from wonderful experiences teaching college courses
at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Once she obtained
her degree, Lydia knew she wanted to continue teaching; she jumped
at the chance to be a jewelry-making instructor and soon began teaching
a variety of classes here at Bead Inspirations. Lydia is also Assistant
Manager and Class Coordinator here at the shop.
a class with Lydia!
Steven inspires students with a unique approach to jewelry-making:
"Don't be afraid to experiment and stretch yourself creatively."
In addition to jewelry design, he educates the masses on the do-it-yourself
approach to living with appearances on the HGTV and the DIY networks.
An elementary school teacher by day, Steven is also a project designer
for Lark Books, and his independent work has appeared in several
publications including ReadyMade, BeadStyle, BeadUnique and BudgetLiving,
as well as various newspapers and websites around the country.
a class with Steven!
Iris's longtime love of the arts definitely shows through in her
inspiring workshops. From studying glass work, painting & drawing
to creating gorgeous pieces of wearable art, Iris continues to expand
her creative endeavors through teaching. In addition to hot and
cold jewelry-making workshops, Iris features online "distance
learning" classes through Sandkühler Studio. In addition to
teaching throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Iris has also taught
workshops in Alaska, Illinois, Ohio and Hawaii and held the position
of Fine Arts Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University.
Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Japan and even the White
House! She recently published her first book, Wire & Fused
Jewelry: Techniques from the Sandkühler Studio, available through
our retail store.
a class with Iris!
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