Tracy lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and has been teaching for over 20 years, specializing in wire and metal jewelry designs. She has taught from Alaska to Florida, on many Bead Cruise trips, even in Italy! Her goal as an instructor is to guide her students into making not only beautiful, but functional and structurally sound jewelry that they can be proud to wear.
Tracy has written a book: Making Wire and Bead Jewelry and a couple DVDs for Interweave: Kitchen Table Metalsmithing: Make Metal Jewelry with Heavy-gauge Wire and Kitchen Table Metalsmithing: Make Metal Jewelry with Tubing
Over the past 22 years Beverly has become an expert at a variety of beading techniques which she quickly translated into her own design sensibility. She has been teaching and sharing her bead knowledge for over 18 years. This Beverly's 11th year of teaching with the Bead Cruise. Over the years she taught her original designs at bead retreats and classes throughout the South. For 5 years she was facilitator of the New Orleans Bead Bead Society. Her work has also been published in national bead magazines and books. You can find more of her designs and patterns in her etsy shop and her website www.noeasybeads.com.
Heather Powers has been organizing the Bead Cruise for over 10 years! She is the busy beadmaker and jewelry designer behind Humblebeads. Creating and selling for over 20 years, Heather also teaches across the country and hosts retreats. She sells her beads around the world and at Bead & Button and BeadFest. Heather is the author of Jewelry Designers from Nature. Her next book, Beautiful Elements will be out in December and her 3rd book Beadmaking Lab will be out in June 2016. You can also find Heather's Color Canvas column in each issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry. See more of Heather's work at www.humblebeads.com.
Beki Haley has been in love with beads for over 40 years now. She was introduced to the amazing art form of seed bead weaving her Grandmother when she was a child. That early start in exploring the intricacies and fine detail that can be attained with seed beads has stayed with Beki throughout her life. Even as a young teen, Beki loved teaching others all the beautiful things that can be created with beads. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in several different venues from large auditorium settings to intimate one-on-one classes.
Training as a classic silversmith at a young age gave Beki an appreciation and understanding of the art and beauty of jewelry design. Beki uses those formal skills to teach the technical aspects of jewelry design. In her classes, the students learn the importance of attention to detail and craftsmanship while exploring their natural creativity. Her love and beads led Beki to opener own bead store, Out on A Whim, in 1986. With her husband, four children, several animals, and days filled with beads, Beki's life is complete. Visit Beki's site for more information: www.whimbeads.com.
Kerry Bogert has been in creative arts for more than a dozen years. Her primarily focus has always been colorfully combining metal and glass with a side love for fiber arts -- she yarn stash is almost as big as her bead stash. She is the author of Totally Twisted and Rustic Wrappings. The majority of her days are spent developing books with authors at Interweave while yearning for more torch and jewelry time. Visit her online at kabsconcepts.com