Meet the Teachers
You'll have a chance to meet the teachers Thursday night at the dessert and beverage reception, but read a little about them here first!
Unusual objects and shapes become part of a new story as Sherry stitches beads and gemstones, one at a time, to a felt like base. Most pieces are born spontaneously as the beads and Sherry’s imagination dictate the design. She seldom works from sketches. Sherry finds this meditative form of art to be a rich counterpoint to a society full of instant gratification. Some pieces take a year to complete. Each is unique.
Sherry was raised in a military family, moving every few years. She credits that nomadic lifestyle with giving her an adventurous and uninhibited approach to her work.
Sherry was voted one of the top 10 instructors in the United States by Bead & Button magazine. She lectures and teaches throughout the U.S. and has won numerous awards for excellence in design, including Saul Bell Outstanding Jewelry Design Award, Bead International 2006, People’s Choice Bead Dreams, Runner Up Best in Show Bead Dreams, Kennedy Best of Nationally. She has been published and has written articles for several well-known magazines. Her work has been featured on the covers of trade magazines and catalogs and is the co-author of the Art of Bead Embroidery with artist and dear friend Heidi Kummli and Sensational Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini
Sherry’s beaded art is known internationally and is owned and worn by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, and singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Her beadwork has been seen at fashion week in Milan by the artists who commission her.
Melissa G Shippee is a published beadwork designer who teaches workshops internationally, contributes regularly to books and magazines, and illustrates diagrams for other instructors. She studied physics and art in college but turned her attention to beads when motherhood changed the direction of her life.
Her publications and contributions include two full-length instructional beading books called Beautiful Beadwork from Nature and I Can Herringbone, as well as projects in Beadwork Magazine, Bead & Button Magazine, Bead Star Magazine, Perlen Poesie, and Beading All Stars.
Melissa has been a Beadwork Magazine Designer of the Year and a Starman Trendsetter, and also won awards for her bead artistry. To view more of Melissa's designs, visit www.mgsdesigns.net.
Betty Stephan’s beading classes are focused on learning but, at the same time, relaxed and a lot of fun! Her years of beading experience and the detailed, illustrated instructions provide the guidance needed to finish her beautiful class projects.
Betty has won numerous international awards for her bead embroidery and has been published in several books and publications. She also teaches nationally and exhibits at Fine Craft shows throughout the year.
When not teaching or designing jewelry in her western New York studio, Betty and her husband travel around the country in their RV – fully equipped to bead as she goes!
“Nature, the elements, cultures and life inspire me. My passion is to create jewelry that invokes energy, peace and healing to the wearer. This is how I express my inner being. I bead how I live my life…lightly dusted with form.”
Holly’s woodland home is in King George, Virginia with her husband Bob. She has two grown, free-spirited sons. She has been beading for over twenty years; her hidden talent for bead embroidery emerged with help from Heidi Kummli in 2014. Holly’s eclectic designs are indicative of her “out of the box” thinking. Holly teaches private and group bead embroidery workshops in her home studio and online through Zoom. She also leads workshops regularly at a bead store near her home.
See her work at HollyBean.com
Monte is proficient in many mediums. Along with beadweaving and bead embroidery, she works with precious metal clay, metal smithing and Pebeo paints.