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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!

2019 Update: We are always updating this article with new classes. Stay tuned for more additions!

Julie Sanford - Our 2019 Featured Jewelry Artist

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

June 2019: Bead & Button - Milwaukee, WI

    • June 3, 2019: Now That's a Jig! Presents: Sterling Cage Link Bracelet
    • June 3, 2019: Prong Settings for Rough Natural Stones
    • June 4, 2019: Hammered Link and Bead Necklace Beginner Class
    • June 4, 2019: Setting the Bar: Bezel-Set Faceted Oval Pendant
    • June 5, 2019: Replicating Nature: Casting and Fabricating Natural Forms
    • June 6, 2019: Prong Set Petals: Open Work Earrings With Rose Cut Stones
    • June 6, 2019: Trilogy: Prong-Set Triple Band Gemstone Ring
    • June 7, 2019: Pierced Leaf Pendant Beginner Class
    • June 7, 2019: Recycling Silver
    • June 8, 2019: Beachcomber Ring
    • June 8, 2019: Pearl Party Pendant Beginner Class

March 5-10, 2019: Metals Retreat at the Makery - Austin, TX

    • All inclusive metal immersion and Texas entertainment retreat.

Classes available at Studio JSD:

    • Fabrication 1: Multiple offerings in 2019. 5 weeks, 1 day/week classes
    • Fabrication 2: Multiple offerings in 2019. Offered as a 2 day intensive class or 5 weeks, 1 day/week class
    • Fabrication 3: August 5 & 6, 2019 - 2-day intensive class for those who have taken Fab 1 and Fab 2
    • Fabrication 4: August 7 & 8, 2019 - More details to come

More with Julie Sanford: Jeweler's Saw 102, School Profile: Studio JSD, Video: Sawing Tips


Jeff Fulkerson

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

February 2019:

April 25-29, 2019: Maleku Jewelry - Greenville, NC

    • April 26 & 27 - Peek-A-Boo ring

May 3 - 5, 2019: Grand River Bead Studio - Lakewood, OH

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 2020 Retreats (these fill quickly!)

    • January 15 - 19, 2020: Session A
    • February 3 - 7, 2020: Session B
    • February 24 - 28, 2020: Session C
    • March 9 - 13, 2020: Session D

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.

June 2019: Bead & Button - Milwaukee, WI

    • June 2, 2019: Now That's A Jig! Presents: Blanks for Makers 1
    • June 2, 2019: Now That's A Jig! Presents: Mid-Century Modern Jewelry
    • June 3, 2019: Now That's A Jig! Presents: Faux Filigree Pendant
    • June 4, 2019: Now That's A Jig! Presents: Only The Starter Kit101 -- The Whole SheBang
    • June 8, 2019: Now That's A Jig! Presents: Blanks for Makers 2

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.

February 2019:

June 2019: Bead & Button - Milwaukee, WI

    • June 2, 2019: Stone Garden Cuff
    • June 3, 2019: Petal to the Metal Ring
    • June 3, 2019: Three Stone Ring
    • June 3, 2019: The Lasso Ring
    • June 4, 2019: Metal Morphing Saddle Ring
    • June 4, 2019: Metal Morphing Cuff
    • June 4, 2019: Playing with Fire
    • June 5, 2019: Rocks and Rings Cuff
    • June 6, 2019: Stone Garden Cuff
    • June 6, 2019: Stone Garden Ring
    • June 7, 2019: Creating with Castings
    • June 7, 2019: Inked
    • June 8, 2019: Go Big or Go Home
    • June 8, 2019: Playing with Fire

More with Eva: Spectacular Soldered Rings, On the Cover of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist


Kim St. Jean

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

February 2019: JOGS Jewelry Show - Tucson, AZ

June 2019: Bead & Button - Milwaukee, WI

    • June 2, 2019: That's a Wrap
    • June 2, 2019: Adjustable Button Pearl Ring
    • June 3, 2019: Sterling Feather Cuff
    • June 3, 2019: Bubble Cast Earrings
    • June 4, 2019: Vine and Grapes Pendant
    • June 4, 2019: Stonehinge II
    • June 5, 2019: Horse Cuff
    • June 6, 2019: Scrimshaw
    • June 7, 2019: Mirror Image Earrings
    • June 7, 2019: Shadowbox Pendant
    • June 8, 2019: Adjustable Button Pearl Ring
    • June 8, 2019: Soldering Trifecta
    • June 9, 2019: Mirror Image Earrings

Gwen Youngblood

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

2019 Scheduled TBA

More from Gwen Youngblood: Riveted Pendant


Debora Mauser

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

February 2019:

    • Tucson Bead Show - Casino del Sol - February 2 -5

        • February 2, 2019: Sterling Silver Vessel

        • February 2, 2019: Overlay Cuff with Stones

        • February 3, 2019: Water Casting

        • February 3, 2019: Rugged Relic

        • February 3, 2019: Trapeze Earrings

        • February 4, 2019: Rainbow Explosion

        • February 4, 2019: Dew Drop Pendant

        • February 5, 2019: Colored Pencil Pendant

March 2019:

The Whole Bead Show - Santa Fe, NM - March 15 - 17

    • Sterling Vessel
    • Stacking Rings
    • Dew Drop Pendant
    • Overlay Cuff
    • Captured Cab

Sas by Design - Long Beach, Miss. - March 22 - 24

October 2019:

Art in the Park - Blowing Rock, NC - October 5

November 2019:

Creative Casting Retreat, co-taught with Eva Sherman - Gatlinburg, TN - November 3 - 7

Beach Glass Explosion, co-taught with Eva Sherman - Puerta Vallarta, Mexico - November 17 - 23

2020

February 2020:

Jewelry Craft Expo - Tucson, AZ - February 5 - 9

  • Righteous Reticulation Pendant
  • Bling Ring
  • Go Big Pendant
  • Contemporary Cuff
  • Keum Bo Earrings
  • Golden Globe Ring
  • Hollow Form Pendant

SAS by Designs - Long Beach, MS - February 21 - 23

March 2020:

Beach Glass Retreat - Outer Banks, NC - March 1 - 6

Whole Bead Show - Santa Fe, NM - March 27 - 29

  • Sticks and Stones
  • Righteous Reticulation
  • Golden Globe Ring

Candie Cooper

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

2019 Schedule TBA

More from Candie Cooper: Texturing Metal


Anne Havel

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

April 2019:

    • April 4 - 5, 2019: Longwood University - Visiting artist lecture and workshop

May 2019:

July 2019:

    • July 12 - 14, 2019: In the Heat of the Moment: Explore/Expand/Excel with Torch-Fired Enameling - Oak Ridge Art Center - Oak Ridge, TN

August 2019:

    • August 5 -7, 2019: Torch Firing - The Enamelist Society - Eugene, OR
    • August 9 - 11, 2019: All Fired Up: Who Knew a Torch Could Do All This! - B Golden Jewelry School - Salt Lake City, UT
    • August 16 - 18, 2019: All Fired Up: Who Knew a Torch Could Do All This! - Alaska Metal Arts Guild - Anchorage, AK

September 2019:

    • September 26 - 29, 2019: In the Heat of the Moment: Explore/Expand/Excel with Torch-Fired Enameling - Genevieve Flynn Studios - Kansas City, MO

October 2019:

    • October 4 - 6, 2019: In the Heat of the Moment: Explore/Expand/Excel with Torch-Fired Enameling - Michigan Silversmiths Guild - Grand Haven, MI
    • October 17 - 20, 2019: Charmed I'm Sure Studio - Mechanicsburg, PA

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.

February 2019: JOGS Jewelry Show - Tucson, AZ

May 2019: Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program - Williamsburg, MA

Spring 2019: Haddon Twp. Adult School - Westmont, NJ

    • Artisan Jewelry Making Level One: Wednesday, weekly 2/20 - 4/17
    • Artisan Jewelry Making Level Two: Thursday, Weekly 2/21 - 4/18

Richard Salley

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

January 6-12, 2019: Hacienda Mosaico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

February 2019: Vivi Magoo - Tucson, AZ

May 2019

June 2019

    • Vivi Magoo - Coronado, CA

July 2019:

More from Richard Salley: How the Light Gets In


Ed & Martha Biggar - The Shedio

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

June 2019: Bead & Button - Milwaukee, WI

    • June 4, 2019: Beginner Soft Glass Beadmaking
    • June 5, 2019: Beginner Carving Of Metal Clay
    • June 5, 2019: Fancy Fused Glass: Faux Opal
    • June 6, 2019: Beginning Fused Glass
    • June 6, 2019: Personal Polymer Plates And 960 Silver Metal Clay
    • June 7, 2019: Beginner Elements And Principles Of Design Fri.
    • June 7, 2019: Mastering Lentil Beads
    • June 8, 2019: Beginner Hard Glass Beadmaking

Steven James

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

February 2019: JOGS Jewelry Show - Tucson, AZ

June 2019: Bead & Button - Milwaukee, WI

    • June 4, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: Bouquet Garni
    • June 4, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: Textured Enamels
    • June 4, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: The Raindrop Pendant
    • June 5, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: Raku Enameling
    • June 5, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: Scratch Art Earrings
    • June 6, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: Meteorites
    • June 6, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: Bubble Earrings
    • June 7, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling
    • June 7, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: Sand Cast Enamels
    • June 7, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: The Girls
    • June 8, 2019: Discover Torch Enameling: The Cairn Pendant

Kate Richbourg

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

Febuary 2019: JOGS Jewelry Show - Tucson, AZ


Melissa Muir

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

2019 Schedule TBA

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.

March 29 - 31, 2019: Charmed I'm Sure Studio - Mechanicsburg, PA

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