Master classes at the Bead&Button Show

Posted by Julia Gerlach
on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Connie Whittaker in June Huber's class.

Adrienne Gaskell's kumihimo classroom.

Kumihimo necklace with feathers.

Kristen Frantzen Orr working with her torch.

Andy Cooperman sharing his design insights.

Frank Scott at his torch.

The Bead&Button Show 2014 is under way, and this past Sunday, the Master Classes got off to a great start. Here are a few pictures so you can see just some of the fun beady happenings!

Bead&Button associate editor Connie Whittaker is happy as a clam in June Huber’s “Architectural Inspiration in Bead Design.” Students are learning to create all sorts of forms, plus June led the group in creating collaborative color palettes. And June’s display of jewelry is fab, of course!  

Entering kumihimo diva Adrienne Gaskell’s classroom was a real treat because of the gentle clinking sound of the wooden bobbins bouncing on the marudai. I love that sound! Adrienne has a great lineup of projects she’s teaching, including these gorgeous necklaces with feathers (which are worked directly into the braid – they’re not added afterward!)

The students in metal clay master Celie Fago’s class were hard at work making lockets and hinged boxes. Celie had a host of returning students and I’m told there are some who wouldn’t miss one of her classes.

If you’re familiar with Kristen Frantzen Orr’s work, you know how gorgeous it is. Her floral beads are absolutely to die for! When I stopped in, Kristen was giving a demo on creating two beads simultaneously, which she said is a good skill to learn before making the large beads she’s known for.

Goldsmith Andy Cooperman was busy sharing his design insights with his students to get them started on a “Personal Project in Zengineering.” Andy is a very funny guy, so besides being an incredibly generous teacher and skilled designer, he really keeps his crowd laughing.

Frank Scott was also around on Sunday, teaching his lampworking fundamentals class. These beginner and near-beginner glass bead makers were busy making stringer when I got there and had just started working on a masked dot bead when I left just awhile later. Frank was really keeping them hopping!

There are hundreds more classes going on or beginning soon and the mind-boggling Bead&Jewelry Marketplace opens tomorrow! I’m excited to see what the Show vendors have in store for us this year!

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