Sunday, October 6
9:30am - 12:30pm
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ANCIENT BEAD CONFERENCE WORKSHOP
Brazee is thrilled to welcome Stephanie Sersich as Visiting Artist and co-founder of Brazee's first Ancient Bead Conference! Jump right in to expand your jewelry-making and assembly skills in this one-of-a-kind workshop with Stephanie Sersich!
Bring something special to your jewelry designs with fresh, fiber elements. Whether you’re a bead collector or flameworker, whether you like shiny beads or pitted, old, ethnic ones, incorporating fibers can add interest and fun. Stephanie will lead students through making tassels, pompoms and silk-wrapped beads. She’ll show historical examples, across several cultures, of how fiber elements were used. And she’ll go over modern examples of fibrous components and how we’ll add them to the jewelry we design. She’ll share her best sources for beads, findings and interesting fibers. No beading experience necessary!
Mixed media materials included. Students should bring their individual sewing scissors, notebook & pencil, wire cutters, round nose pliers.
This is not a flameworking class, but a one-of-a-kind jewelry assembly and techniques workshop!
Students must wear closed-toed shoes in the studio.
Cancellation Policy: Please be sure you can attend class at time of registration. 24 hour notice required to keep payment as CREDIT to be used towards another class. All sales final, no refunds.
Stephanie Sersich is from a family of artists and collectors and has been making jewelry since she was a child. She challenges herself by using both the old and the new together. Whether shiny or pitted, glass or fiber, she strives to incorporate multiple elements into her work that give it depth, color, and texture. She has been making her own glass beads for over twenty years and they are the focal point of all of her jewelry designs. For inspiration she draws on varied sources, including textiles, ancient art and the natural world.
Her unique approach to glass bead-making and contemporary jewelry design has led her to teach at craft schools and glass studios around the world. She’s lectured at many conferences and societies, such as the Bead Society of Greater New York and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers 2003, 2006, 2008, 2014 and 2016 annual Gatherings. She has sold her own work in many well-respected venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s annual Craft Show and SOFA, both Chicago and New York.
Stephanie’s jewelry and beads have been spotlighted in the pages of many publications including The History of Beads, The Washington Post, Contemporary Lampworking, and her own book, Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads, published in March of 2008 by Interweave Press.
To see more of Stephanie's work, visit sssbeads.com