Kerry BogertKerry Bogert
Kerry Bogert is a book writing, wire working, bead making, blogging, Mom of three from Webster, NY. Her work ranges from bold and playful to smart and sophisticated. She has written tutorials for numerous beading magazines including Step By Step Wire Jewelry, Stringing, Creative Jewelry, Bead Style, Bead & Button, and more. You can find her work as a contributing artist in Denise Peck's Wire Style and 101 Wire Earrings, as well as Jane Dickerson's Chain Style. Totally Twisted: Innovative Wirework + Art Glass Jewelry is her first solo book and she couldn't be more excited to share it her skills with you through her classes!




Diane CookDiane Cook
Diane has created art since she was 6 years old, but it wasn’t until 5 years ago, after attending her first Art & Soul in Hampton, Virginia, did the artistic life she yearned for suddenly begin. That’s when she discovered dreams really do come true…as now, she is living it! Her love for using vintage jewelry, especially vintage rhinestones in her designs, has become an ever constant source of inspiration. When not teaching and designing jewelry, her love for photography constantly keep her preoccupied.

Diane has been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Artful Blogging, Somerset Memories, Jewelry Affaire, Marie, and Jewelry the zine. She was honored to be a guest curator for, sharing her story of how Art Saves, in May, 2010. Retiring from a financial career at the end of 2010, Diane is now making art full time, designing jewelry and sharing her love for teaching. Diane teaches for local art guilds, and has taught at Adorn Me, Gilding the Lily in Fullerton, California, and Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona. She sells her jewelry at the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas, and several other juried art shows throughout Texas.


Christine DammChristine Damm

Christine Damm can't remember a time in her life when she was not drawing or sewing or doing something with her hands. She has been a potter, a dressmaker, a textile designer, a graphics artist.

Christine is a storyteller and for her, as our lives tell a story, so does our art.  Her way of making art is influenced by ethnic, tribal, and folk art, and is layered and complex. She began working seriously in polymer clay five years ago and feels it is the most versatile, colorful and technically flexible art material she's ever worked in.

Christine studied art at New York University and The School for American Craftsmen at R.I.T. Her clothing designs have been sold in San Francisco and New York City. Her polymer clay jewelry has been seen in Stringing Magazine and Belle Armoire Jewelry, in The Missing Link, Polymer Arts Magazine and Polymer Clay: Global Perspectives and frequently on the Polymer Clay Daily blog. She is returning to teaching for her 4th year at this year's ArtBliss retreat in September 2014 and is excited to be sharing her newest techniques with ArtBliss students. Visit her website at

Robert DancikRobert Dancik
Robert Dancik holds a Masters degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University, and a BA in fine art from Adelphi University. He has been an artist/teacher for more than 30 years and is presently an adjunct professor of education at Pace University. Robert has taught people from kindergarten to graduate school while exhibiting his jewelry and sculpture in museums and galleries across the US and in Europe, Japan, and Australia. He teaches workshops at art centers in the US and abroad including Penland, NC; Arrowmont, TN; Metalwerx, MA; Touchstone Center for Crafts, PA; Victoria College of Art, Australia; Brookfield Craft Center, CT; and Mid Cornwall School of Jewelry (UK) to name a few.

His work is in numerous collections including the Wustum Museum of Art, Boeringer-Ingleheim International, Schamberger International, Mitsubishi International, Japan and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. He has artwork published in many books including, in the Lark series, “500 Pendants”, “500 handmade Books and “1000 Rings”. Other books his work is featured in are PMC Decade, Fine Art of the Tin Can, The Art of Resin Jewelry, Zilver Klei (Denmark),  and Creative Metal Clay Jewelry.  He has written articles and published his artwork in numerous magazines including Niche, Art Jewelry, Lapidary Journal and Perspectives among others.

Robert is the originator of Faux Bone™, a new, wonderful material for artists involved in jewelry, artist’s books, sculpture, and many other artistic disciplines.  His book Amulets and Talismans: Techniques for Making Meaningful Jewelry is published by Northlight Books. He lives in Connecticut, teaches around the world, is an avid cook (I didn’t say good) and collector of toys, maps, and compasses.

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Stacie FlorerStacie Florer
“As a nomad for the majority of my adult life, I have picked up most of my knowledge about jewelry fabrication from full-time artists around the world making their living doing what they love. While living in Singapore in 2005, noted contemporary artist Chankerk taught me how to really  ’see’ shape and form. While living in Tennessee, portrait artist Mia Bergeron showed me how to observe people so that I could understand how jewelry is an extension of their personality. In North Carolina, jeweler and lapidary artist John Beirle taught me how to use tools and stones as extensions of my hands and imagination.  My life as a working artist is all about collaboration, and that is what excites me about teaching what I have learned with others on their own creative journey.”

Stacie currently works from her home studio in East Tennessee, where she fabricates  Soul to Substance jewelry for commission, wholesale, boutique and online sales. She was the featured artist at the Arkansas State Capital in 2010, along with being the Marketing Chairwoman for 2 years at one of the oldest cooperative art galleries in the nation, In-town Gallery. She has taught at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in East Tennessee, helping to educate and promote Appalachian artists and offers one-on-one metalsmith classes in her studio. She is currently working on a wire hoop tutorial that will be published in August, 2012.   



Stephanie LeeStephanie Lee
As a plaster-smith, paint-smith, and metal-smith, my mixed media work is most inspired by nature and its melodic effects on the human spirit with my intention being to conjure simple and organic offerings to viewers.  I am committed to reinventing common, everyday materials into something artful, expressive, lighthearted and spiritually stimulating all at once. I have offered creative instruction both nationally and internationally and have had my work featured in numerous publications. I am also the author of Semi-Precious Salvage: Creating Found Art Jewelry (Northlight Publications, 2008) as well as the co-author (with Judy Wise) of a plaster focused book which will be released in May 2011 (Northlight Publications, 2011).



Melissa Manley

Melissa Manley
I’m lucky enough to live and work in southeastern North Carolina a few miles from Wrightsville Beach. I first earned a BA in studio arts at the University of NC Wilmington and then proceeded to dabble in many art forms over the next 16 years.  In 2003 I returned to graduate school. I feel privileged to have entered East Carolina University and to have studied under both Robert Ebendorf one of the icons of found object, and author and reknowned enamellist Linda Darty. In 2006 I earned an MFA in metal design. I currently teach metals at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. Teaching and making, keeping up with my teenage musician daughter Meredith, and kayaking with my partner Robert Smith keep me VERY busy! 



Deryn Mentock

Deryn Mentock
Deryn Mentock has been passionate about art, especially jewelry design, for as long as she can remember. Her designs mingle unique, worn and well-loved finds, religious pieces and faceted, semi-precious stones as well as one-of-a-kind handmade elements, combined in unexpected ways. She prefers the look and feel of vintage, unusual and found objects and delights in blending these treasures into her work.  Each composition, infused with color and texture, reveals an intuitive message of faith conveyed through the artist’s hands.

She enjoys teaching nationally and is a design team member for Objects and Elements.  Her artwork has been featured in several books including Mixed Emulsions by Angela Cartwright, Exhibition 36 by Susan Tuttle, Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media by LK Ludwig and, most recently, Mixed Media Dollhouses by Tally Oliveau and Julie Molina. You can also find her work in many articles and publications, including Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Belle Armoire, Art Doll Quarterly, Stampington's Gallery, Somerset Studio, Correspondence Art and Stampington's book Artist Trading Cards.




Jessica PapkeJessica Papke
Jessica Papke graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University's College of Design with a bachelor's degree in Art & Design. Largely self-taught in the realm of metal, Jessica rounded out her college curriculum after graduation by attending independent metalsmithing classes at Penland School of Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School.

She is currently the sole proprietress behind "Rosy Revolver", an unflinching line of jewelry handbuilt for women who appreciate silver, stone, and the strength of the female spirit. In addition to jewelry making, her passions include history, literature, shooting, writing and graphic design. Jessica's most recent venture has been to enter the art retreat/workhop area as an assistant/collaborator with jewelry artist Richard Salley. Jessica's work has been featured in several small North Carolina galleries, as well as published in SavorNC Magazine. Jessica resides in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with her son and two dogs.


Stephanie RubianoStephanie Rubiano
Stephanie Jones Rubiano is a native Austinite who graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M at Galveston with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She worked as an environmental scientist for a major drilling company in Houston, TX for five years after that. Therefore, it stands to reason that she has now chosen art as her career path. She is a mixed-media artist who creates dimensional works within shadow boxes using a variety of uncommon objects. Her love of nature and fascination with Victorian photography is apparent through her combination of antique photographs and real butterfly or moth wings collected from sustainable sources. Bits of vintage text illustrate her irreverence for straight-laced Victorian society and lend a whimsical air to her pieces. Stephanie’s inner science geek is assuaged by writing the scientific name of each butterfly or moth specimen on the back of the box next to her signature. Stephanie teaches sold-out workshops at national art retreats and has had work in past mediums shown in galleries and boutiques across the United States. She is also an emerging artist on the art festival scene. In October of 2008 she participated in her first nationally-ranked art festival, the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX and placed 2nd overall out of 300 national artists. Her work has graced the covers of magazines and books as well as been the subject of articles and how-to projects.



Jane SalleyJane Salley
Known for her bold and whimsical style, Jane Salley has been creating art for as long as she can remember. At an early age she was fascinated by fashion, decorating and jewelry.

In recent years Jane has has been following her passion to create beautiful things. Returning to her love of personal adornment she became a Precious Metal Clay instructor, receiving her PMC Certification under Master Jeweler Tim McCreight. Her PMC creation were recently exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California. In addition, she is a member of the design team for jewelry artist Susan Lenart-Kazmer.

While her main focus these days is jewelry, her fashions can be seen in Altered Couture and Haute Handbags Magazines.  Jane enjoys teaching and fanning the creative spark she believes is in everyone. She shares her creative life with her husband, Richard Salley, and her art dog DaeTzi in their new hometown of Santa Fe, NM.


Richard SalleyRichard Salley
I have recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to my art and teaching workshops around the country. I consider myself not so much a jeweler but rather a ‘maker of stuff’. My interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry. I prefer to work with alternative materials and non-traditional techniques when creating art. My work has been featured in Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Artist magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book Making Connections, Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art by D. Maurer-Mathison, Exhibition 36 by Susan Tuttle and Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller.



Erin SiegelErin Siegel
Erin loves creating chic, everyday jewelry with rustic, organic materials such as antiqued metals, gemstones and fibers. For the past 7 years, she has been a dedicated jewelry designer and beading instructor with a passion for sharing her knowledge, experience and ideas. Erin is Co-Author of the book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords published by Interweave Press due out in the Spring of 2012. She is also a regular project contributor for Stringing Magazine. Erin plans to focus on teaching classes, developing tutorials and designing jewelry for publications in the coming year. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Josh, daughter, Nora and their two cats, Lala and Sophie. Visit Erin’s website:


Lesley VenableLesley Venable
Lesley is a self taught mixed media, collage, assemblage artist who lives in Roanoke, Virginia with her husband and their furry family which includes three dogs and two cats. She has taught at Art Is You, Art & Soul in both Virginia and Oregon and Artiscape in Ohio. She is currently scheduled to teach in 2010 at Art & Soul Hampton; Kecia Deveney’s Lemoncholy’s Studio in New Jersey and at Art Is You in Connecticut. She also has online classes scheduled at My Creative Classroom and has begun “The Art of Altering”, a NING group, that offers free vintage images as well as online classes which will begin the Summer of 2010. She has begun adding classes to her 2011 schedule which will include trips to Colorado (KC Willis’ Studio Retreats), Virginia and New Jersey.

Her artwork has been published in the Artitude Zine, Somerset Gallery 2008 and Somerset Weddings 4. She is a co-author of Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts Volume I and a contributing artist in Volume II. Two of Lesley’s fabric collages have also been chosen to appear in this summer’s issue of Sew Somerset.



Lesley VenableMary Hettmansperger
Mary Hettmansperger is a fiber and jewelry artist who has been exhibiting and teaching across the U.S. and abroad for 30 years. SOFA, Bead&Button Show, national and regional fiber conferences, basketry and beading conferences, art and craft schools, private guilds, galleries, and art shows are some of the venues to which she lends her instruction and art work. Mary has authored and illustrated four books “Fabulous Woven jewelry,” “Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet” and “Mixed Metal Jewelry workshop”, “Heat, Color, Set and Fire”, all published by Lark/Sterling. Mary has also done several instructional DVD’s – published by Interweave. Her art work and designs have been published in numerous books, including “500 Baskets,” “Fiber Arts Design Book 7,” “The Gourd Book,” “Fabulous Found Object Jewelry,” “Teapots - Makers and Collectors,” “Beading with Crystals,” “Creative Beading Volume 2,” and others. She does segments for the PBS programs “Beads, Baubles and Jewels” and “Quilting Art,” and she has had her work published in numerous magazines and publications.


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