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Bead&Button Show Workshops & Classes

About the Workshops and Camp Sessions

Camp sessions with Marcia DeCoster (beading) and Robyn Cornelius (metalwork) commence on Wednesday, May 28 and run through Saturday, May 31. These innovative classes entail six hours of project time and three hours of open studio time in the evenings.

This year from Sunday, June 1, through Saturday, June 7, we are offering six Master Classes (with instruction from Andy Cooperman, Linda Darty, Celie Fago, Adrienne Gaskell, June Huber, and Kristen Frantzen Orr), Fundamentals in Techniques sessions, and more than 100 intensive Workshops for beginner to advanced jewelry makers. Master Classes, Fundamentals, and workshops vary in number of days, so please check the individual sessions.

We’ve scheduled all of our workshops with longer hours than our general classes to give teachers more time to cover a variety of techniques or to focus on an advanced or complex technique. Workshops typically have fewer students in each session than our regular classes giving teachers more time to spend with each student.

General Education Classes

From Wednesday, June 4, to Monday, June 9, students can choose from more than 600 general education classes. These classes run from three to six hours, allowing students to sample an assortment of subjects and still have time to shop. Longer classes include a break for shopping and lunch. Check the start and end times of your classes; they vary by the day of the week – and don’t forget our Encore performances with Laura McCabe and Chris Mode, Monday, June 9.

Encore Classes – Monday, June 9

Two encore classes will be featured in 2014: an encore in beading with Laura McCabe, and a metal encore with Michael David Sturlin.

Skill levels for all classes other than lampworking:

All skill levels: Open to anyone.
Beginner: Not proficient with this type of work.
Intermediate: Has basic knowledge of the technique; is ready to learn stitch or skill variations.
Advanced: Has completed several projects using these techniques; is ready for a creative or technical challenge.

Skill levels for lampworking classes: Pay very close attention to the levels of lampworking and only register for those matching your skill and experience level.

Beginner: Student has no prior experience working hot glass.
Advanced Beginner: Student has had an introductory class in hot-glass bead making on either a hot-head or dual-fuel torch and can make basic beads.
Intermediate: Student has experience in class and outside of class on a dual-fuel torch. Student should be able to readily form beads, and be able to work with stringers, as well as other simple decorating techniques.
Advanced: Student has considerable experience on a dual-fuel torch and can comfortably form a variety of bead shapes. Student should have an understanding of how to keep a form while decorating a bead and should be able to make stringers and apply them in a consistent manner.


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