January 23, 2018 / Resources

Best Jewelry Teachers in the USA: Halstead's Preferred Teacher Classes List

Take a jewelry making class from one of Halstead's Preferred Teachers. Find classes at shows and retreats or in studios around the country. ...

Looking for a great jewelry making class experience? Check out our list of the best jewelry teachers in the USA who regularly travel to different locations around the country to teach new makers.

Our industry friends are traveling the country this year to bring jewelry making classes to a town near you. See below for a list of classes from some of the best jewelry teachers in the country. We'll continue adding to the list! Taking jewelry making classes is a great way to learn a new skill or expand on something you already like to do. Invite a friend to join you or make a some new ones in the class. Either way, get ready to have some fun as you hone your skills. All of these experienced instructors are passionate about what they do and their love for jewelry making shines through!

2023 Update: We are currently updating this for the 2023 year. Check back for more class info!

Julie Sanford 

Artist Julie Sanford teaches classes across the country and owns Studio JSD in Grand Haven, Michigan. 

Studio JSD Classes:

Jeff Fulkerson

Jeff Fulkerson has been creating imaginative jewelry for over 30 years. An artist, instructor and inventor, he lives in San Diego, CA.

2022 Schedule TBD. 

Jeff Fulkerson has opened a new online community with the Silversmithing Learning Library.

Check out Jeff's online course offerings: Masterclasses and Skill Set Courses

More with Jeff Fulkerson: Tips for Making Jewelry, Around the Studio

Michael David Sturlin

Michael David Sturlin is a studio jewelry artist, goldsmith, writer, educator, and industry consultant with more than 40 years experience in the industry. He travels the country to teach classes and holds in-depth retreats in his Scottsdale, AZ studio.

In-Depth Retreats - Multiple Sessions

Brenda Schweder

Brenda Schweder hosts Facebook Live demo's every week and is the inventor of Now That's a Jig! and Now That's a Pliers! She lives in Wisconsin.

2023 Schedule TBD. 

More with Brenda Schweder: Multistrand Necklace

Eva Sherman

Author Eva Sherman left architecture for beads and hasn't looked back! She owns Grand River Beads in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • December 9 - 11, 2022: Leesburg Beads and Studio
    • Fused and Fabricated Ring
    • Silver Dust Hollow Form Ring
    • Fused Fragment Pendant

More with Eva: Spectacular Soldered Rings

Kim St. Jean

Kim St. Jean spends most of her year traveling the country teaching jewelry making classes. She lives in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Schedule TBD. 

Gwen Youngblood

Gwen Youngblood is an artist and instructor from San Antonio, TX. She invented Riveting Essentials by Wubbers

Schedule TBD. 

Check out her online classes.

More from Gwen Youngblood: Riveted Pendant, Riveting Techniques

Debora Mauser

Debora Mauser specializes in wirework and has a class on Craftsy. She lives in North Carolina.

Schedule TBD. 

Check out her online teaching schedule as well.

Candie Cooper

Candie Cooper is an author and instructor with a weekly Facebook Live show. She lives in Indiana.

Schedule TBD. 

More from Candie Cooper: Texturing Metal

Anne Havel

Anne Havel is an enamelist and metalsmith. She lives in Vermont.

Schedule TBD. 

Helen Driggs

Helen Driggs is a metalsmith, artist and writer with a book released in October 2018 - find it here. She lives in New Jersey.

Richard Salley

Richard Salley is an expert metalsmith and seasoned instructor. He lives in California.

Check out Richard's online class offerings.

January 1 - 7, 2023: Hacienda Mosaico

More from Richard Salley: How the Light Gets In

Francesca Watson

undefined Francesca Watson is the owner of The Makery, a working and teaching studio in Bulverde, TX. She is best known for her "Kitchen Table" approach to teaching metalsmithing to the serious hobbyist and offers workshops at The Makery and at venues around the country.

Check out the workshops in The Makery studio.

Check out The Makery's online classes.

Ed & Martha Biggar - The Shedio

Ed and Martha Biggar are masters of glass and metal clay. They live in Virginia. 

Schedule TBD. 

Steven James

Author/Instructor Steven James specializes in enameling. He lives in California.

Schedule TBD. His collection of videos is free to watch!

Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg is a Jill-of-all-Trades. She lives in California.

Schedule TBD. 

Melissa Muir

Melissa Muir is a well-known metalsmith and online teacher.

Schedule TBD. Check out her selection of online webinars.

More from Melissa Muir: Video: Tube Setting

Tammy Honaman

Tammy Honaman is a regular contributor to articles, books, and TV program in the jewelry making world. She teaches and demonstrates both nationally and internationally. She is the editor of Beadwork magazine.

Written By: Hilary Halstead Scott
Hilary Halstead Scott is the President of Halstead, a wholesale jewelry supply company in Northern Arizona. She is the second generation of Halsteads to own and operate the business. Hilary has an MBA in Marketing and a Masters of International Business.

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