January 29th - February 2nd, 2019 (Arrive January 28th & Depart February 3rd)

​​Island Inspired Beads & Jewelry

Stephanie Sersich


Stephanie is from a family of artists and collectors and has been making jewelry since she was a child. She loves to spend time in her garden, combining different colors and textures, whether beady or floral. While she works in many media, her jewelry incorporates a mixture of her own lampwork beads, vintage glass, ethnic beads, natural materials and fibers.
She teaches her beadmaking and jewelry techniques all over the world, and her book "Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads", published by Interweave Press, is a popular resource for jewelry designers.

​​​Stephanie is offering a course in Bullseye glass, for all levels – Yes, that means if you’ve never made glass beads before, never used Bullseye glass, or it’s been a while since you’ve been on the torch, she’ll start from the very beginning…But we’ll move fast, to accommodate those students that are experienced too. In five days, you’ll learn to make little beads and big beads, buttons, pendants and other unique components. She’ll teach you how to make several matching beads on a mandrel at once, and cover dot patterns, encasing methods, decorative cane and many other tricks and techniques, collected from Stephanie’s twenty years of beadmaking. We’ll also turn our beads into jewelry. Students will leave with several pairs of earrings, a Spiny Knotted bracelet, as well as jewelry of students’ own design, made with Stephanie’s guidance. The broad range of techniques and Stephanie’s flexible teaching style will allow for as little or as much torch-time as you wish. You can watch every demo, or choose to work on your own projects at your pace. With just 8 students, there will be lots of time for one-on-one tutelage. Bullseye glass is the perfect tropical color palette, and you’ll leave with handfuls of beads inspired by your experience of the Bahamas.