Meet the Teachers

Charlene Abrams

Charlene Abrams has had a lifelong fascination with color and texture, and seed beading is one of the media in which she delights in exploring shapes and shades, texture and tone. Others include knitting, spinning and dyeing. Her inspiration has no single source, arising from the beads themselves, paintings, fabric prints, costume jewelry - the list is endless. She teaches regularly at Lady Bug Beads and local guilds, and also enjoys teaching trips around the country at bead shows (Bead Fest Philadelphia, Bead Fest Miami, Bead Fest Santa Fe, Bead Fest Portland, Puget Sound Bead Festival), as well as private teaching engagements (for bead shops or groups).

Kathryn Bowman

A life long artist, Kathryn now lives as a full time jewelry artist. She is creating jewelry all of the time. From that jewelry many classes are created; beading kits and patterns evolve; and articles are developed. She loves sharing her knowledge about making jewelry and has found teaching and writing to be a very rewarding part of her artist life. Kathryn bead-weaves, wire-wraps and is a metalsmith. This may seem schizophrenic, but it all comes together for an harmonious whole. She has a lot going on: teaching, writing, supplying boutiques and galleries, an active web presence, bead shows, and art fairs. She has published twelve articles in various bead magazines. Check out Kathryn’s web site at www.1beadweaver.com.

Carol Dickson

Carol Dickson has been married 50 years this year ( yes to the same man). They have two daughters and two sons (in-law) and three wonderful, beautiful grandchildren, 2 boys and a granddaughter. They spend most of their free time with family and the grandchildren’s activities. She is retired and waiting to be bored, but so far that hasn’t happened.

She is a self-taught jewelry artist. She has hard time using that term but is coming to grips that others see her as an artist. She has had some metalsmithing classes which sparked her love for meta, especially copper. She loves to hit, hammer, make holes, etch and shape it into a piece of wearable art. She is not the “perfect” wire wrapper nor does she always do things the traditional way. She wants to keep the process simple. Her favorite metal is copper because its inexpensive for her and her students but it takes her creativity well. She likes to think of the pieces her students make in class as “learning pieces.” She has been teaching for about three years. She loves to meet so many lovely people who get so excited about learning something new. She is delighted to see their faces when the “AH HA!” moment comes with “I did it!” Her class motto is, “This is suppose to be fun.” She likes the students to feel relaxed and not stressed or uptight. She believes everyone has the creativity and she is here to help it bloom.

Kieu Pham Gray

Kieu Pham Gray has been creating jewelry for over 15years. After years of ups and downs in the industry she founded Bead Q! a Cleveland based bead store. Kieu not only teaches at her stores but also in the midwest and local art centers. Her love for jewelry design drives her to share her skills with others.

Heidi Sever

Glass Artist & Jewelry Designer

3240 N 19th Street St Louis MO 63107 314-406-8939 heidi_sever@yahoo.com www.heidisever.com
I manipulate molten glass to sculpt integral design elements for my richly colored and wearable art; always striving to create glass elements and jewelry that reveal more and more visual treasures over time.
I live in St. Louis, Missouri, with my husband, two dogs and lots and lots of glass! Using a torch in my home studio, I melt and manipulate glass to create integral design elements for my jewelry, annealing each component in a digital kiln to make them as strong and enduring as they are beautiful. I use all sorts of colors and types of glass and often incorporate silver, gold or palladium leaf or cubic zirconia for additional layers of visual interest. I make glass twists, branches, abstract sculptures, animals, beads, hollow beads, buttons, pendants and vessels...or whatever inspires me as I sit down at my torch.
It is really exciting when I get to take my glass creations to the next level by crafting them into richly colored wearable designs. My favorite pieces combine many contrasting textures, colors and shapes. I strive to create glass elements and jewelry that reveal more and more visual treasures and details to the wearer over time.
I was recently honored with juried member status through the Best of Missouri Hands. And early last fall, I was pictured on the front of the lifestyle section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. I was one of three St. Louis artists featured in an extensive article, “Artists' Muse Starts a Creative Journey.”
When I am not melting glass, I am working alongside my husband to complete the restoration of our historic home. When we bought the house in 2008, it only had three walls and cost $1,000. Today, it is a beautiful home with all four walls intact. You can follow our progress online at www.3walls.net.
My jewelry is available at art fairs throughout the year, through a few galleries and shops, via my website and direct from my studio. Pieces range from $29 to $790. I teach jewelry techniques and art business classes to share what I’ve learned with others. More information is available on my website, www.heidisever.com.

Howard Siegel

Howard Siegel has been taking classes at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts since 1994. He has been actively working in lapidary arts, silversmithing and chain making. Howard taught Lost Wax Casting at the William Holland School from 1997 through 2007 and has taught Advanced Chain Making there since 1999. He is an active member of the Society for Midwest Metalsmiths as the chairman of their workshop committee. He has also taught chain-making workshops for them as well as Craft Alliance, the Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, Il and at the Bead and Button Show. He has a Masters Degree in Metallurgy and taught at Washington University for ten years while working for McDonnell Douglas. His articles were published in Art Jewelry, Jewelry Artist, Step-By-Step Wire Jewelry magazines, Beading Daily blog and "Wire Style" a book published in 2008 by Interweave. Howard is a "BEST OF MISSOURI HANDS" juried artist.

Kristen Winter

Kristen Winter is known as the “Seed Bead Queen” at Lady Bug Beads. The reason for the title is because of the obsessive care that she gives to keeping the seed beads organized, beautiful and easy to shop at the store. When she isn't corralling stray beads into submission she is teaching in a variety of media. Kristen has been bead weaving for 17 years. She has taught in Colorado and Indiana. She wanted to teach at Lady Bug Beads the minute she saw the seed bead assortment. Seven years later she is still at it. She puts her love of the beads to use in various weaving stitches and embroidery. An artsy crafter her whole life, her creative interests run the gamut from beads to paper to polymer clay to fabric. If it comes in bright shiny colors that catch her eye she wants to own and play with it all. Kristen has been published in Somerset Studio and Stringing magazines. In addition to beading classes Kristen will toss in a class in polymer clay every now and then. She also teaches some of the Saturday Free Classes.