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Stephanie Sersich: Sculptural Beadmaking (February 2017)

February 25 & 26, 2017
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday / 10AM – 5PM
Sunday / 9AM – 4PM

Please join us in welcoming visiting artist Stephanie Sersich.


In this two-day workshop, Stephanie will show how she makes her popular sculptural beads, like birds, alligators, hearts and flowers. Students will learn how to make jewelry components, teeny sculptures, buttons, as well as headpins. We’ll each make a totem of sculptural beads and animals.


Emphasis will be placed on learning an array of techniques and broadening knowledge about the properties of different types of glass-including heat control. This will be a unique opportunity for participants to learn from Stephanie’s nearly 20 years of lampworking experience, and boundless creative energy.


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Prerequisite: Advanced-Beginners or intermediate level Beadmaking.  

Additional Information:

  • Bring a lunch or cash because we will be ordering out.
  • There is a  $35.00 Kit Fee due the first day of class.


Stephanie Sersich 1I am a fiber-artist, jewelry designer and glass beadmaker. While I work in several media, my signature jewelry incorporates a mixture of my own lampwork beads, vintage glass, ethnic beads, natural materials and fibers.

Since I was threading yarn through pasta I have been making jewelry. My mom, Annie, is an artist too and was always doing art projects in the house while I was growing up. My mom collects ethnic jewelry and eclectic art. She sews wild (but elegant) clothing and knits stop-you-on-the-street sweaters. From her, I’ve inherited a love of beads and fibers as well as the desire to create unique wearables by hand.

In college, I studied metalsmithing and painting. I loved the engineering process of the metal work and colors of the painting. As a bead-collector, I was tempted to try and make my own glass beads.Lampworking is an ancient glass-working technique whereby one winds glass rods around a steel mandrel over flame to build layers of color. There it was, the amalgamation of color and texture I craved.

I taught myself a variety of traditional stringing and knotting techniques and developed a few of my own. The “Spiny Knotting” technique I developed allows more beads and small treasures to be bound into a single piece, so each one of the “ingredients” adds a distinct energy that works to complement all the others. Though these collections take the form of jewelry pieces, I think of myself as a creator of “talismanic objects”…or maybe just “revolving wearable vignettes”. I live on the coast of Maine and love to spend time in my garden and studio, combining different colors and textures, whether beady or floral.


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