Bringing the World to You!

One of the many highlights of being the class coordinator is the opportunity to contact instructors from around the world and inviting them to come to BeadFX. In the past we’ve had such notable instructors as Jill Wiseman, Sara Sally LeGrande, Robyn Cornelius and Hadar Jacobson. This fall we have three more exciting instructors who are each recognized in their own field of expertise: Marti Brown, Betty Stephan, and Joy Munshower!

Marti Brown’s classes feature anodizing nobium to create beautiful and colourful jewellery components. Her classes are available for all levels of students – perfect for metalwork ‘newbies’ to learn a few new techniques all the way to advance students who want to add a new metal to their repertoire!

Beadworkers will love Betty Stephan’s classes. Her projects feature bead embroidery techniques and, again, for all levels of expertise. You do not need to be an experienced bead embroidery student to take Betty’s classes. Bring your enthusiasm and you’re all set!

Joy Munshower’s incredible sculptural lampwork beads speak volumes! Intermediate and experienced lampworkers will explore bas-relief style horse beads, hedgehog beads and various sea life beads including jellyfish, a manatee and a nautilus.


Marti Brown
Friday, September 29: Exploring Niobium
Saturday, September 30: Making an Impression
Sunday, October 1 (morning): Rainforest Leaves
Sunday, October 1 (afternoon): Cab Set Niobium Pendant

Marti Brown was always interested in the arts. As a child, some of her fondest memories included art camp, painting in her basement, art classes in summer school, and involvement in choral music. Marti became a professional artist and craftsman after completing her BFA in jewelry making at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

She has been designing jewelry for over 30 years. Marti has worked in a variety of traditional and contemporary jewelry metals and processes during college and afterwards. She currently works in niobium, a colorful, magical metal, and of course beads.


Betty Stephan
Friday, November 3: Enchanted Bracelet and Components
Saturday, November 4: Night Music Cuff
Sunday, November 5: Dreamer Necklace

Betty Stephan’s beading classes are focused on learning but at the same time are relaxed and a lot of fun! Her years of beading and teaching experience and the detailed, illustrated instructions provide the guidance needed to finish her beautiful class projects.

Betty has won numerous international awards for her bead embroidery and has been published in several books and publications. Her necklace Cathedral Windows is pictured on the cover of 500 Beaded Jewelry and she was one of 30 featured artists in the book Marcia DeCoster Presents.

Her collars, Barcelona (2016) and Carousel of Time (2015), both won 3rd place in the Bead Dreams competition and her necklace Changes won grand prize in Bead Star competition in 2014. She teaches internationally and exhibits at Fine Craft shows throughout the year. When not teaching or designing jewelry in her western New York studio, Betty and her husband travel around the country in their RV – fully equipped to bead as she goes!


Joy Munshower
Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19: Surf ‘n Turf

Joy started working in glass in April 2011 but was fascinated with glass long before she took her first bead-making class. Currently Joy works predominantly in soft glass creating nature and wildlife inspired beads as those themes have always been her passion. She works in low relief (bas relief) style similar of the type of tiles she used to design and sculpt. In 2017 Joy plans to experiment more with borosilicate glass to design a line of larger-scale wildlife sculptures.

All classes with our Fall visiting instructors are on-line now and feature Early Bird Registrations. Don’t be disappointed – register quickly!

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