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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!

2021 Update: We are currently updating this for the 2021 year. Check back for more class info!

Please note that due to Covid-19, classes listed here may be canceled or re-scheduled.

Julie Sanford 

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

Classes available at Studio JSD:

More with Julie Sanford: School Profile: Studio JSD, Video: Sawing Tips, Learn Sawing from Julie Sanford


Jeff Fulkerson

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

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

He also has a wide variety of online courses available on demand.

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.

Spring 2021 Retreats (these fill quickly!)

  • Session 1 –  January 25-29, 2021 
  • Session 2 – February 8-14, 2021
  • Session 3 – March 1-5, 2021
  • Session 4 – April 12-16, 2021

August 2021 - Studio JSD Visiting Artist Workshop - Grand Haven, MI


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.

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.

Eva is primarily teaching online in 2021.

January 2021:

February 2021:

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. 

2021 schedule TBD


Gwen Youngblood

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

2021 Schedule TBD. 

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.

2021 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.

2021 Schedule TBA

More from Candie Cooper: Texturing Metal


Anne Havel

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

2021 Schedule TBD


Helen Driggs

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

2021 Schedule TBD


Richard Salley

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

Online classes now available!

January 2021:

Online Courses:

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.

2021 Schedule TBD


Ed & Martha Biggar - The Shedio

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

2021 Schedule TBD


Steven James

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

2021 Schedule TBD. His collection of videos is free to watch!


Kate Richbourg

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

2021 Schedule TBD


Melissa Muir

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

2021 Schedule TBA. 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.

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