Bead Bazaar 2017 Starts Tomorrow!!!

I’m not quite ready yet, but the Bead Bazaar show and sale are happening tomorrow and Sunday at the Scottish Rite Temple in Mission Valley.  I’ve been working in the studio non-stop, except for food breaks and sleep (ok, and the occasional shower).  I’ve got some new work to show that makes me happy:

Moonlit mountain pendant Sedona earrings Blue treasure necklace

There’s still much to do before I sleep!!!  I hope I’ll get to see you there!!!  Hours are 10 to 6 on Saturday, and 10 to 5 on Sunday.  There’s plenty of parking.

I’ve tried to insert a copy of the Bead Bazaar flyer here but my computer skills failed me once again.  I’ve posted a copy on my Facebook page.  If you can figure out how to copy it out, bring it with you to get $2 off the $5 admission fee.  It’s a great show with lots of other vendors who sell jewelry components (stones, glass beads, metalwork, pearls) along with folks like me who show and sell finished jewelry.  If you knit, I believe there’s going to be a special vendor to help you add to your collection.





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It’s Party Time


For many years, my friends Vanessa Backer, Susan Blessinger and I had an annual show and sale in the month of November.  For various reasons, we took a 7 year break but are together again at last!!!  Our new venue is in Spanish Village in San Diego’s Balboa Park, specifically in Gallery 21.

Our Grand Opening happened last Saturday.  We had a blast.  We’re very proud of the way the gallery looks and excited about the new work we have to share.

Our show runs until Monday, May 29.  We’re there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AND, we’ve decided to host a Wine Reception on Sunday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.  You’re invited!!!  Please come if you can to share a libation and see what we’ve been doing.  We hope to see you there!!!

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Additions to Class Schedule

I always feel triumphant when I manage to update my teaching schedule on my website, especially given my minimal computer skills.

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Please check out my upcoming workshops at  I’m excited about sharing post-firing bezel setting techniques on silver metal clay (soldering!), texturing and riveting techniques on copper bracelets adorned with silver metal clay (rolling mill!), and techniques for making and embellishing torc bracelets in Goldie Bronze metal clay (using an extruder!).

If you’d like to register for a class, please email me at  Hoping to see you soon!!!

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Just Finished

Jonna-ACS Pendant with Labadorite cabachon-3603-72r2cc

I had the best time at the Tucson gem shows this year with my friend Pat Weilbacher.  Among other things, I found some fabulous cabochons.  I just finished this piece using one of my new labradorite cabs.  I’m getting ready to teach workshops that involve soldering fine silver bezels onto silver metal clay.  Very excited about sharing this method of bringing color into my work!!!

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Getting Creative in the New Year

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I’m delighted to announce that I’ve posted workshops for the next few months on my website,  Just push the “Class Schedule” button on my home page for more information.  I hope the new year brings you all many blessings as all of you have brought me much joy!!!

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New Classes, New Work

I’m delighted to have finalized and posted my class schedule for the remainder of 2016.

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I just finished teaching my first cuff class that combined copper sheet metal with silver metal clay embellishments.  We used rivets to attach the silver pieces to the cuff.  The photos above were taken by Steve Rossman and show my most recent cuffs.  My students produced gorgeous work and enjoyed the process.  I’m looking forward to teaching this workshop again at the end of the month at Pat Weilbacher’s studio in Arroyo Grande, CA.

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Not a Minute Too Soon

I love teaching classes for so many reasons, the main one being that I get to be in company with wonderful students who inspire me and make every day brighter.  Teaching also challenges me to develop new projects and explore technical issues in more depth.

I’m very pleased with the new project I’ll be teaching this coming weekend, May 14 & 15, 2016.  We’ll be working with Goldie Bronze, making beautiful pendants that can be worn for any occasion, from the ballroom to the grocery store.  I’m more likely to be found in the latter arena, especially when my husband is out of town on a photo assignment.

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We will explore making round and square tubing, building hinges, prong setting stones that can’t go in the kiln , pearl setting, flush settings stones that can be fired, and various approaches to finishing techniques.

The class size for this workshop is restricted to 6 students.  Four spots have been filled, so let me know as soon as you can if you’d like to participate.  My email address is

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