Meet Your Instructors

Screenshot_2018-11-18 (6) Paula Kroft

Paula Kroft – Paula has been teaching metal clay since she first opened her bead store over 15 years ago.  Her knowledge, patience and skills have made her a sought after instructor throughout the southeast! After a hiatus from traveling Paula is jumping back into to classes at the Orlando Roadshow!

Tammy Kerber – Tammy is the owner of T-Beads in Orlando, FL. She has been creating lampwork beads since 2002. As time went on and her passion for everything beads grew, so did her inventory – expanding to leather, findings and many different artist beads. She has been designing with these new components for years now and enjoys sharing her creations with others.

Kathi Truba is owner of Glassic Arts Stained Glass in Deland, Florida and has been addicted to art glass for over 25 years. Her passion began with stained glass, taking as many classes as she could find. Her membership with the Retailers of Art Glass Supplies has fueled her quest for more glass knowledge by attending Art Glass Conventions . Kathi has been sharing her knowledge by teaching the joys of glass for the past 20 years. In addition to stained glass, her classes include Fused Glass that melts glass in a kiln and Lamp-work Beads made by melting glass in a torch. These classes and examples of her work can be found on her website http://www.glassicarts.net. Kathi enjoys using her glass skills to benefit charitable organizations such as the Beads of Courage and the Braz Cauz. 

Rocky D. Boho – This mostly self taught designer has had a love and passion for beads from a very young age of finding her mothers beads in her craft closest and the discovery of gifted handmade ornaments that she took apart in order to try to figure out how they were made. Many years passed before she was able to truly learn about the wonderful world of beads, but once that discovery was made, there was no turning back. Over 20 years of learning and eventually teaching she has found joy in sharing this amazing world with others. She continues to take on new challenges to incorporate her other passions into the beading that she loves so dearly.

Kariti Lenita Barre – Kariti is a 31 year old art teacher who loves to take inspiration from the Renaissance and Baroque era jewelry. She has been beading for 12 years and teaching for 9 years. Her designs features unique ways of utilizing gemstones and vintage techniques with a modern twist. She developed a love for beading when she was very young as she created beaded lizards as zipper pulls out of seed beads rather than out of pony beads as was the fashion at that time. Through the years she explored beading in a variety of other ways until she discovered peyote bead weaving at the age of 20. Since then she has continued to explore and learn new and vintage techniques to incorporate into her work, while bringing the joy of beading to others.

Margie Chan – Margie has worked as an office manager at a local dance studio over the past 25 years and is known as “the glue that keeps the studio together.” Margie began her love of jewelry making and glass work over 20 years ago, following her passion for the glass arts. When she is not spending time with her grandchildren, she spends her free time perfecting her craft in glasswork.

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