Robyn Cornelius has a degree in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design – majoring in Jewelry and Metals. She has her own custom design studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, called Little Rock Jewelry Studio making art jewellery and fine jewellery. She has worked as a silversmith/goldsmith for over sixteen years. She teaches classes all over Canada and the United States.
Her work is a collection of jewellery that is sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes.
My name is Andrea Haukedal and I have been in the jewellery industry since 2009. My career began as a hobby after I attended an introductory silversmithing class.
After some practice, I was employed as a bench jeweller at Bedrock Supply doing routine repair work. In the meantime I began instructing at Bedrock as well.
I express my art in my personal line of work bearing the name Peanut Gallery Jewelery. I use traditional metal working techniques with modern applications.
I feel very fortunate to have had a background that includes repair work,
instruction, and the operation of my own art jewellery company; it has made me a well rounded jeweler and I have learned and continue to learn the most by teaching my students. It is my hope that you come to class with an open mind and learn many new things, as well as find joy in the process. See you in the studio!
Cynthia MacDonald is a local glass bead artist from Edmonton , Alberta. She has been involved with glass bead making since 2006. She has taken many classes from national and international glass artists.
Cynthia currently works out of Bedrock Supply in Edmonton and teaches glass bead making classes in their studio. She is passionate about all things glass and enjoys creating unique glass art.
My name is Sina Mikhaiel, I started crafting and making jewellery as a hobby while I was in university. I would buy vintage jewellery from thrift stores and pawn shops and break it apart and create new pieces.
Fast forward 5 years and I am a self taught metalsmith and lapidary artist. I learned everything I know from watching
Youtube videos and reading about traditional silversmithing techniques.
My style is greatly influenced by nature and organic textures such as leaves, water, and stones. I’d love to see you at my next class!
Deb Karash brings color to metal using a technique more often used on paper. She creates beautiful jewelry by drawing on metal with Prismacolor pencils. A fascination with color and texture informs her work; both geometric and botanical, with the occasional branching off into whimsical robots and rockets.
While her subject matter may change, her unusual technique remains consistent. It is her bold use of color and her application technique that drives students around the world to seek her out as a teacher. Why does Deb choose to draw on metal?
“Jewelry is about intimacy and connection. It has a history of marking special moments in time and it is one of the rare art forms that we carry out in the world with us. We use it to tell the outside world something about ourselves.”
Through teaching she delights in sharing her skills and bringing students together to learn and to share their own skills and stories. For her, teaching is more than just imparting information. “There is a joy in giving a student that ‘aha’ moment when something really changes for them,” she says, “I love guiding their skills to the next level.”
“My creative process is time consuming but drawing on metal provides a surface that is unique and can’t be achieved any other way. Colored pencil drawing allows me to blend colors and create patterns that are uniquely mine. Jewelry combines so many components that I love: fashion, ornament, art, texture, color, and structure.”
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Wire Wrapping Instructor
Jacquie’s love of beading was ignited at a very early age watching her mother bead moccasins for both her and her doll. She still cherishes her mother’s beading kit, complete with a bundle of sinew.
All things handcrafted were a foundational part of her childhood with both of her grandmothers, great grandmother and mother being avid and highly talented seamstresses. Quilting, knitting, crocheting and embroidery work were also pursued with wares being sold at the local Farmer’s Market.
About twenty years ago, thanks to the internet, Jacquie caught her first glimpse of lampwork beads and a new love began. Using how to books from the public library she learned the techniques needed to combine her love of beads and crystals into various forms of jewellery. Jacquie has been a vendor at many markets in the past ten years and currently teaches the Beginner Wire Wrapping class at Bedrock Supply.
Loralei began crating at a very young age. It all started with making clothes and furniture for her Barbies. Over the years she has expanded her crafting interests to include needlework, sewing, quilting, papercrafts,and jewelry making.
She has been busy teaching papercrafts and card making for the last 20 years and is a member of the Pretty Mean Stampers (PMS) group. Since joining the staff at Bedrock Supply she has expanded her jewellery making skills to include silversmithing and enamelling.
Murewa Falemi is a beaded jewelry maker and enjoys teaching others how to make beaded jewelry and had their unique touch to it. She has been teaching for the last 5 years.
Murewa's current work centers on seed beads based jewelry with crystals, semi precious stones and leather.
She draws inspiration from nature and history and fascinated by the beautiful pieces of jewelry created by other people, especially from her students.
Tools I love working with:
Size 10 Beading Needle
Beading thread- prefer Fireline
Bead on it beading boards
Round and flat nose pliers
Hi! I’m Zeina Haddad and I run a little jewellery shop called Studio Zed. My love for jewellery started as a teenager. I learned how to macrame and started making bracelets, anklets and necklaces with hemp. I loved using different beads and any random thing I could use in my creations.
I took my first silversmithing class about 15 years ago. I loved it from the beginning but didn’t continue on after that first class. About 2 years ago, I immersed myself in it. I started building a little home studio in my basement. I’ve taken most of my classes at Bedrock. The instructors all have so much knowledge and experience. I love taking classes from all of them. They all have a different style and different tips and tricks to share with you.
I also do lapidary. I’m part of the Edmonton Tumblewood Lapidary Club. I love nature and rocks. Cutting and polishing my own cabochons makes the whole process extra special. I love using different materials and trying new things all the time so I have a pretty big variety of styles of jewellery that I make. I look forward to creating some cool and unique pieces with you at Bedrock!!
David Swojanovksi is a stone carver in Edmonton, AB Canada. He has been working with stone for 18 years beginning working in stone quarries, moving onto Lapidary stone cutting and finally Soapstone Carving.
Dave carves a large variety wildlife concentrating on Canadian animals. Using a hand carving approach, David lets the stones natural color, marking and veins guide him into which animal it should be. In this manner the pieces that David carves seem to not only have a life of their own but the stone itself is the real draw to the carving.
My name is Carrie and I’m the Metalsmith behind the bench at Two Carrots Studio.
Working silver, copper, and bronze, I create modern elegant pieces with form and texture in mind.
I have been exploring different textures to add to my metal work, using found objects, paper, steel plates, and chasing tools. A hammer and a punch, or a pass through the rolling mill add textures that transform a simple classic piece into a subtly complex and tactile adornment.
I find silversmithing to be the perfect
combination of right and left brain thinking; art and science, engineering and physics, and just a little bit of alchemy that results in beautiful pieces of wearable art.
It’s been almost 7 years since I’ve started metal stamping! I’m always learning and
trying new things, so I’ve started adding metalsmithing to my repertoire too. I love
helping students make custom items for themselves and their loved ones. There is
a ridiculous collection of stamps for you to use in my class.
I’ve got my own jewellery business and Etsy store where i sell all the awesome
things in my shop called Anurain Designs. Come check out all that I sell at anurian.
Because i like to eat, sleep, and breathe jewellery and gemstones, I also work
at Bedrock Supply of course. Geeky to the core, I collect rocks, study biology and make animal friends, read everything, and play video games in my leisure time.
Come on down to the store and do some metal stamping with me!
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Milt Fischbein is an independent jewellery artist and educator. He discovered his love of working with precious metals about 25 years ago. Over the last few years, Milt has developed an interest in the art of filigree. He has expanded his skills in filigree design and fabrication by participating in workshops with a diverse range of well known filigree artists.
Milt’s filigree collection is based on techniques developed by craftsmen more
than a thousand years ago. He has been fine tuning these ancient techniques
in his Calgary, Alberta studio, to create a body of contemporary silver and gold
filigree jewellery. Milt is one of only a handful of metal artists in North America
whose studio practice focuses on the design and fabrication of filigree.
Milt has been passing on his knowledge of filigree through workshops and lectures. He is a member of the Alberta Craft Council. His works have been published in Edmonton’s Where Magazine and Alberta Craft Magazine. A write up on his studio was featured in the July 2017 issue of the MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America) Journal.
My name is Maureen Lux. There are many years of crafting under my belt. I began Silversmithing Level one at Bedrock. This led to Level 2, and LOTS of other courses. Between Bedrock Supply ,and Beadworks (no longer open) there was a lot of learning going on. A lot of beads being bought. So much fun!
I started doing Viking knit while spending many hours at the UofA Hospital. While my husband was on Dialysis, his further Transplant and other health issues surfaced.
I began teaching Viking Knit to small groups at the bead shop and taught there until it closed. Recently the instructor who taught Viking Knit at Bedrock retired and I was asked to step in.
What I know is when we do something positive we want to share it!
I am looking forward to teaching some beginner wire workshops as well.
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When Helen started working at bedrock supply in 2012 she didn’t know very much about jewellery making. Her mother was shopping in the store one day and saw that they were hiring so she told Helen to apply.
A couple weeks later she got a call to come in for an interview and started work the next day. Once she settled in a bit, Helen started to take some classes so she would know more about the products the store sold. One particular class really caught her eye, Byzantine chainmaille. Since then she has been exploring the world of chainmaille in all its forms, but mostly jewellery related and smaller projects.
For the last few years Helen has been teaching various chainmaille patterns and introducing more people to the ancient craft. But that’s not all! She also does wire wrapping, mostly on raw stones and crystals, and teaches others how to take their favourite stones and turn them into a beautiful new piece of jewellery. Currently, Helen is in university and only works part-time on miscellaneous projects and teaches classes.
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Hi. My name is Rachel Key and I love making jewelry. I love everything from basic bead-stringing to more complicated silversmithing projects. I started making my own jewelry when I was 13 years old from bags of old jewelry I was gifted from the Salvation Army. Later, I took Silversmithing classes at City Arts Centre and have been metal smithing ever since.
I teach beginning bead stringing and basic wire wrapping. Come and have fun as we explore the fundamentals of jewelry making together.
Wire Wrapping Instructor
My passion for fashion began as a little girl. One of the things my mother taught me was how to sew. In my teens I became interested in making fashionable clothing.
I completed a 3-year Fashion Design program at Ryerson, in Toronto. At that time I was in charge of the jewelry at fashion shows. That spiked my interest in making jewelry. After 20 years of creating jewelry, to go with every outfit that I owned, I created a website to show off my creations. A friend suggested I name it GlamNGlitter Eclectic Jewelry, which I did.
In 2005 my husband and I became snowbirds, traveling to the USA for 5.5 months a year and I volunteered to teach. I taught many of the crafts that I had learned over the years, including stained glass work, pottery, pine needle basket weaving and more. But the one that I have continued with is jewelry making. In my classes we have learned how to make beads using paper, porcelain/pottery, polymer clay, fused glass and more. The techniques I have taught include: Kumihimo, Viking knit bracelets, Loom beaded bracelets, Beaded cabochons and many forms of Wire wrapping. I have enjoyed every minute sharing what I have learned and look forward to meeting new people at my wire wrapping classes at Bedrock.