Exhibition – Surfacing: OFF THE PAGES

Surfacing Magazine, Durham Region’s guide to the arts and culture,  launched in Autumn 2008.  It is celebrating its fourth year and the publication of its Autumn 2012 issue with an exhibition at Whitby’s Station Gallery.

The exhibition, “Surfacing: OFF THE PAGES“, brings together a selection of  works by some of the 100 artists, writers and craftspeople who have been featured in the magazine.

My jewellery was featured in Spring / Summer 2012, and I am pleased to be able to contribute one piece to the exhibition.

The Station Gallery takes its name in honor of the former Grand Trunk Railway Station which is now its home.  The building was slated for demolition before  Whitby Arts Inc., a group of arts enthusiasts, purchased and moved it to its present locationat 1450 Henry St in Whitby  in 1971 .  The gallery has served as a community arts centre for over 35 years.  After an extensive renovation, it has now expanded to almost 10,000 square feet of exhibit, studio, collection storage and administrative space.

Surfacing:  OFF THE PAGES
September 8 to October 14, 2012
Opening Reception, September 8 at 1 p.m.
Curator’s Walk & Talk, September 20



Pop! Goes the Circle wins Award at International Bead Awards 2012

Pop! Goes the Circle wins Award at International Bead Awards 2012

The disappointment of having to cancel my classes in Germany was mellowed a bit this week, when news came from fellow instructor Dian Hierschel that my necklace “Pop! Goes the Circle” had placed second in the Metals/Wirework category at the International Bead Awards!  The IBA was exhibited as part of Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe, just wrapped up in Hamburg.

Dian kindly sent along this photo from show.

Pop! Goes the Circle (2011)


I worked at break-neck speed on this necklace, spending most of New Year’s Eve finishing it.  It was uploaded almost at the last minute before entries closed.  The sore shoulder lasted a few days, but this makes it all worth while!  Thank you to the jury and to everyone who voted for it!


Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 Class Schedule updated!

Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 Class Schedule updated!

I’m pleased to be teaching classes again this Fall and Winter at George Brown College!

Classes offered this Fall are:

Jewellery Wire Art I – October 14-November 4, 2012
Chain Making – November 24-December 1, 2012

Classes offered this Winter are:

Jewellery Wire Art I – February 24-March 17, 2013
Jewellery Wire Art II – April 14-May 5, 2013
Chain Making – November 24-December 1, 2012


Please see my Classes page for more details and links to the registration pages.

Upcoming Workshops: Beaders Best 2012 in Hamburg, Germany

Upcoming Workshops: Beaders Best 2012 in Hamburg, Germany

UPDATE – June 4, 2012

Putting together a trip like this means a lot of planning and considerable expense.  Unfortunately, things have not come together the way I would like, and so I’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel these classes.  I want to thank Verena Greene-Christ of Perlen Poesie magazine, who made a terrific effort over the last couple of days to find a workable solution – maybe next year!



It’s going to be a busy summer!  In addition to returning to Haliburton this year, I’m scheduled to teach five workshops at the Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe in Hamburg, Germany from August 17-19, 2012 .

Sponsored by Perlen Poesie magazine, this second annual show features beadwork, wirework and metal clay from all over Europe and North America.  As the only Canadian instructor, I’m excited about teaching in Germany – and in German – for the first time.  (The courses are listed as being taught in English with German translation, because I requested a translator in case I get stuck.)

More details about the classes can be found here.


Es wird ein arbeitsreicher Sommer sein! Neben der Rückkehr in Haliburton, werde ich dieses Jahr  ab August 17-19, 2012 fünf Kurse am Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe in Hamburg, Deutschland lehren.

Gefördert durch Perlen Poesie Magazin, bietet dieses zweite jährliche Messe Perlenkunst, Drahtkunst und Silber Clay aus ganz Europa und Nordamerika. Als die einzige kanadische Lehrerin, bin ich über den Unterricht zum ersten Mal in Deutschland – und in deutscher Sprache – begeistert . (Die Kurse werden als in Englisch mit deutscher Übersetzung gelehrt aufgeführt, weil ich nach einem Übersetzer fragte, falls ich stecken bleibe.)

Weitere Details zu den Kursen finden Sie hier.