Internationally known, Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is a diehard rockhound, lapidary, and a full-time wire jewelry artist, instructor, and author; with a background in the fine arts, cloisonné, and repoussé prior to making wire jewelry. With more than 45 years of combined experience, Dale uses absolutely no solder or glue in her traditional wire jewelry designs and teaches how at jewelry-making events around North America, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, and Switzerland. Her award-winning work is sold in galleries and gift shops and has appeared in many printed publications. Author of numerous magazine and Internet articles and the bestselling book, “Wirework: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping”, Dale has made many different series of instructional DVDs; has many free tutorials on YouTube, has appeared on the PBS broadcast show ‘Beads, Baubles & Jewels’; is a member of the Beadalon Design Team and a representative for Euro Tool. Dale has also worked as an instructor and live presenter for Jewelry Television.
Engibe Walker began beading around 1993 and is self taught. She specializes in peyote (which she LOVES) and does several other stitches. Best know for her bead embroidery works of art, she has participated in local Pow Wows and other local shows. Many examples are in the shop for sale that she has done for missing and/or murdered indigenous women. She teaches many fabulous projects at the shop. We all want to be Engibe when we grow up in our beading lives!!
Amy Luviano started beading at age 18 when she was given some handmade clay beads which made her first lovely necklace and it went on from there. Picking up skills on her own by looking at pictures, she could make just about everything. She actually learned Kumihimo at Bead-Therapy, but otherwise is mostly self-taught. At Bead-Therapy she teaches a varity of chain/leather/beads in multiple styles and is one of our most popular instructors.
Pat Davis grew up in Chicago, joined the Marine Corp. because jobs were scarce in her field after college and was stationed at Cherry Point, NC. She attended ceramic classes there for fun and then made and sold ceramics at craft fairs in/near Irvine California while stationed there. She then moved here and got into making jewelry at 5PM one day when her sister (from out of town) was visiting and they made a wild run to Michael's so Pat could learn how to make jewelry.
Pat has been doing Polymer Clay for over 4 years and makes and sells her pieces at the Chattanooga Market and Christmas Holiday Market where you can visit and see her works of art.
Dina Rogers grew up in chicago, but started making jewelry while her husband was stationed in Hawaii in the 90's starting with basic stringing. She then started teaching whoever wanted to learn in North Carolina, Tennessee and California where she corrupted her sister with the bead fever. She's done theraputic beading to women involved in domestic violence. She eventually evolved to make chainmaille, viking knit and leather work (dying, stamping, braiding and other leatherwork).
Nancy Collins inspiration comes from texture; natural stones; pearls with unique luster, color and shape; nature; and anything related to the sea – underwater, by the shore, or on the surface. She is motivated to create for women who have multi-faceted lives and make subtle or bold statements with unique jewelry, expressing individuality from ballgame to boardroom and anywhere the evening takes them.
Precious Metal Clay is a staple in her creations, providing opportunities for textures and hand carving unavailable with silversmithing techniques. Her journey began with a private class from Bernadette Deneau in Miami, followed by some online classes, a hand carving class with Holly Ginsberg, and Level II PMC Certification obtained at William Holland School.
Tracy Beamon started metal stamping two and a half years ago when trying to find ways to give personalized gifts. She is self trained in stamping. Tracy also does silversmithing with work and studied in Atlanta at Atlanta Artworx. She is a vendor with Chattanooga Market and loves traveling to different markets.
Emma Rodriguez grew up in Venezuela and came to the states via Puerto Rico and started bead weaving a few years ago in a class taught by Engibe (her mentor and inspiration) and progressed to making her own patterns and designs. Now she is outbeading most of us at the shop (I would say we would be embarrassed, but we are proud of her!)