Previous Speakers


October - Melanie Potter
Melanie Potter is an artist/designer teaching unique off-loom seed bead jewelry designs. She is to be aMaster Teacher at the Bead and Button Show 2016.Melanie is also a graphic artist and she professionally illustrates and lays out all her instructions. She was named Designer of the Year 2010 for Beadwork magazine. She also presents Beads on the Vine, a yearly beading experience offered on the California central coast See more about Melanie at Her talk will be about the habits she uses in creating symmetry between the demands of creating new design work with her beads while devoting time to her family and friends. She will emphasize her commitment to “meat and potatoes” activities such as exercise and the invaluable habit of cultivating “margin” in her schedule for spontaneous moments. Join Melanie in this presentation that is relevant to cultivating creativity that feels natural to you.


Joyce Scott
Laura McCabe
David Chatt


David Horste
Virginia Blakelock
Sherry Serafini
Leah Fairbanks
Mary Hettmansperger


Larry Scott (A Defense of Patterns )
Nancy Bonnema (Metal Smith)
Kendra Bruno
Huib Peterson
Cynthia Rutledge


Maggie Maggio (Color Theory and Polymer Jewelry)
David Horste (Jet Jewelry)
Marilyn Moore (Wire Jewelry & Baskets)
Beading Across America book signing with Carol Perrenoud & Virginia Blakelock (Oregon) and Beverly Ash Gilbert (Washington)
Stephanie Eddy
Marcia DeCoster
Cynthia Toops & Dan Adams (New Work & Old Favorites)


 Jocelyn Howells (Buttons)
Rachanee Clovis(Vintage Bags)
Jean Campbell
Kit Evans & Jessica Hogan (Hilltop Artists of Tacoma, WA )
Tina Koyama (Japan's Seed Bead Industry)
Zena McCoy (Natural Materials for Handcrafted Jewelry)
Laura Leonard (Beaded Caricatures)


Earl Allen (Jewelry Industry)
Greg Hanson (Lampworked Paperweight Buttons)
Scott Schuldt
Blake Perlingieri
Robin Atkins
Ann Severine (The Culture and Beadwork of Saraguro Women