Amy Reeves is the owner of Tacoma Metal Arts Center has been making metal jewelry since 1992. After receiving a BFA in Metal Design from the University of Washington, she began working as a full-time professional goldsmith. Her work and technical articles have been featured in publications like Art Jewelry and 500 Bracelets. She has taught all around the Puget Sound area and has exhibited her work across the country. Seeing a need for a metals venue in Tacoma, and wanting to share her passion with her own community, Amy opened Tacoma Metal Arts Center in December 2009.

 

  Meredith Arnold, Comedian Artist/Designer and instructor, is a professional artist specializing in mixed media and jewelry arts. Her work has been published in many books and magazines and exhibited nationwide. Currently Meredith teaches at a variety of colleges and art centers in the Seattle area and extensively around the U.S./Europe. Her television appearances include segments on the PBS show ‘Beads, Baubles and Jewels’, YouTube and the Edmonds Community College cable channels. As the Director of ArtWorks, an art center in Edmonds, she has the privilege of mentoring other artists on a daily basis.

 

  William "Bill" Ayers works and teaches classes from beginning to advance out of his Renton studio.

 

 

Julie Brooks is a native of North Carolina, currently residing in Seattle. She attended NC State University for 3 years studying zoology and the life sciences before deciding to explore her passion for the arts. In 2002 she earned a BFA in Metal Design and a minor in Anthropology from East Carolina University. After 3 years working as a bench jeweler for an Atlanta based enamellist, Ricky Frank, she attended graduate school and received an MFA in Artisanry, concentration in Jewelry/Metals, from UMASS Dartmouth in 2008. She teaches nationally and her work has been published in 1000 rings, The Art of Enameling, 500 Wedding Rings, and Humor in Craft.

 

  Bill Dawson came to art metals by way of blacksmithing at the University of Oregon. Since then, he has been making a living as a metalsmith, teaching and creating custom pieces for all manner of patrons. Close examination of metalwork of ancient cultures of Ireland has given Bill a deeper understanding of the character of the metal itself as well as of the aesthetics of the past.

 

  Jeanne Ferraro holds a BFA from Kent State University in Ohio and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology's School of American Craft in New York. She activiely exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Jeanne has worked with such notable glass artsts as Dale Chihuly, Boyd Sugiki, and Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles, among others.

 

  Peggy Foy is a Seattle-based metalsmith. She was born in Baltimore and educated in Georgia, earning a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia in 2004. She specializes in small-scale sculptural pieces - mostly jewelry and hollowware - in silver, copper, and brass. She is on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Metals Guild, and has lectured with both the Seattle Metals Guild and the Northwest Art Alliance. Peggy’s studio is in the historic Pioneer Square gallery district of Seattle, and she shows her work at regional fine craft fairs and art jewelry galleries.

 

  Sarah Gascoigne learned chasing and repousse' when at art college in London.  She enjoys working on church pieces, private commissions, steam punk sculptures in precious metals and stones. Some notable examples of Sarah's work are a pin recently completed for Lady Jane Hanham, a piece that was commissioned as a gift for HM the Queen Mother, and a sculptural piece installed in the Pokrov Church Seattle.  She exhibited work in Flux Capacitor: An Exhibition of Steampunk Metalwork, which ran during the Society of North American Goldsmiths annual conference in Seattle and at the Omahu Steam Punk Show in New Zealand.

 

  Ruth Greening Senior Instructor for the Northwestern United States, she received instruction from Meredith Arnold of Bellevue Wa, Kansas Senior Instructor Sondra Busch, and Director of Education for PMC Connection, Mary Ann Devos, at the William Holland School of Art in Georgia. Other valuable sources of her knowledge come from her own penchant for trying new things in her studio as well as what she gleans in the process of her teaching.

 

  Julia Harrison has shown her hand carved wooden jewelry and sculpture in galleries throughout the US and in the UK. She has taught workshops around the Seattle area, at the 92nd St Y in New York and at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

 

  Joan Joachims is a jewelry artist, gold smith, painter, muralist and teacher residing in Tacoma, WA.  As a professional wax carver, specializing in custom pieces for Leroy Jewelers in downtown Tacoma, Joan has over 30 years of experience in jewelry making and now runs her own studio. Joan has won 'Best in Show' in 2011 and 2012 for her pieces in  YWCA "RAGS" benefit. Her award winning designs can be seen at Proctor Art Gallery in Tacoma and here in the TMAC gallery.

 

  Micki Lippe Micki's jewelry has been exhibited throughout the United States for the past 35 years. She served as founder of the Seattle Metals Guild, on the board of Pratt Fine Arts Center and as president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Micki's work was included in Adorn and the "500 Earrings" book, among others.

 

  Julia Lowther "Growing up, my hands were always busy with embroidery, crocheting, weaving, and other fiber arts. I received professional instruction in painting and drawing as well, but only discovered metal work and jewelry when I moved to Seattle in 1996. Early in my experiments with metal I gravitated to chains. I find chains appealing as the unruly stiffness of wire is transformed into flexible, portable, and comfortable structures of satisfying weight. The manual dexterity gained from decades of handwork and needlework served me well, and translated nicely to linking and knitting with wire."

 

  Mike Mathewson has been working in and running a business in decorative and architectual metal since 1995. Around the same time he took up blacksmithing as a hobby for a creative outlet and with his architectual metal background combined the two and developed his blacksmithing skills to a high level of expertise.

 

 

Suz O’Dell has been a craftsperson for over 25 years.  Inspired by her German and Mexican heritage, she found herself drawn into the arts at an early age.

Suz spent five years living in Heidelberg, Germany, studying photography, and traveling to other countries with her camera.  In the early 80s she began working as a professional photographer in California’s film and commercial industries and spent over 12 years as a freelance photographer, production manager and producer.  Prior to photography, Suz owned and operated Captain Cook Glassworks, an art glass studio in Kona, Hawaii.

In the early 90s, Suz continued her pursuit of the arts by studying Lapidary (the art of gem cutting) at Galileo Gem Guild, as well as Metalsmithing at the Sharon Arts Studio in San Francisco, California.

In the late 90’s a new medium called Precious Metal Clay became available to artists and it was love at first sight.  Suz completed an intensive course designed for teachers and was urged by her metals teacher to share her knowledge and start teaching.  A few years later, Bronze was introduced to the art and it was affordable.   Suz started working in Bronze from day one since she could now experiment without the consideration of high cost.

Suz has taught classes for over 15 years. A list of the venues includes: Mendocino Art Center, Sharon Arts Center, Sonoma Art Center, Danaca Design, South Seattle City College, North Seattle City College, The Schack Art Center and Edmonds Community College.

Suz carefully embellishes fine silver and bronze by texturing and hand stamping the metals to create a surface resonating with the primordial spirit of the ancients.  This is the foundation for the hand-lapped gemstones she uses in her work.  Selected for rich color, clarity, and their magical energies, the gemstones are set into the worked metal…creating a limited studio line and one-of-a-kind works.

 

  Jennifer Stenhouse received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of New Mexico and MFA from the University of Wisconsin. A native of Atlanta, Jennifer currently makes her home and studio in Seattle. Jennifer lectured and exhibited U.S. and Mexico. She has been teaching classes in art and jewelry for over 15 years. "I have been making art for as long as I can remember. When I'm not making it, I'm teaching it. These are my two passions."

 

  Rebbecca Tomas received her BA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the University of Iowa. She spent the following three years studying book arts and papermaking at the university’s Center for the Book before relocating to Seattle. A metalsmith and jeweler working in diverse materials, Rebbecca exhibits her work in and around Seattle, and when not at Pratt, can usually be found in her studio or out photographing people wearing their “everyday jewelry” for her blog Seattle Maker. Rebbecca has been teaching enameling and etching classes and workshops in Seattle for the past 8 years.

 

  Susan Zeiss works out of her studio in the Pacific Northwest. She earned her master's degree in metal arts from the University of Wisconsin. Susan has always been involved in art education and design, and has held a variety of related positions that include elementary art curriculum coordinator, community playground chair, college faculty, and product development color consultant. Her work is shown in juried exhibitions and selected galleries.