Instructors



Jen Crossley
Jewelry Designer
Instructor
Jen is an Australian mixed media artist and highly sought after instructor.  Her art is truly unique, incorporating many a found object, vintage ephemera, metal she has herself etched, resin and much more.  With a true eye for detail and the ability to see past a rusty bit of metal, Jen is able to create assemblage pieces, tiny books and jewellery from this assortment of pieces she collects.
Although I have had no formal art training I’m self-taught. The last couple of year I have been very fortunate to take classes from several International teaching thus honing my skills.
Jen has been teaching her mixed media skills for over 20 years now from paper skills,  metal work and jewerly
Jen’s career has now taken her abroad where she realised her dream of becoming an internationally recognised artist and began teaching at the Art n Soul retreats.  Her work has been published in a number of Stampington’s magazine publications

Jen has recently been one of the 32 features artist in Seth Apter’s  new book:
“The  Pulse of mixed media: Secrets and passions of 100 artist revealed.
Jen was one of only 3 Australian featured in Seth’s book.
Jen’s pieces conjure up images of times gone by .... which is the apt name of her blog A Mark in Time.
Contact her at: info@amarkintime.com

Jessica Jordan
Jewelry Designer
Instructor

Jessica Jordan graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University's College of Design with a bachelor's degree in Art & Design. Largely self-taught in the realm of metal, Jessica rounded out her college curriculum after graduation by attending independent metalsmithing classes at Penland School of Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School. 
She is currently the sole proprietress behind "Rosy Revolver", an unflinching line of jewelry handbuilt for women who appreciate silver, stone, and the strength of the female spirit. In addition to jewelry making, her passions include history, literature, shooting, writing
and graphic design. Jessica's most recent venture has been to enter the art retreat/workhop area as an assistant/collaborator with jewelry artist Richard Salley. 
Jessica's work has been featured in several small North Carolina galleries, as well as published in SavorNC Magazine. Jessica resides in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with her son and two dogs. 
Websites: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RosyRevolver and http://rosyrevolver.blogspot.com

Barbara Lewis
Artist

Instructor
Barbara Lewis has a degree in Fine Arts from The George Washington University, Washington, D. C.  As a ceramic artist for over 20 years, Barbara built and fired brick, roman arch gas kilns.  She uses her understanding of the atmosphere of the flame to create unique texture and color in her torch-fired enamel pieces. She views her torch as a mini version of her kiln and enthusiastically shares her love of torch-fired enameling with her students.
The groundbreaking immersion process of torch-fired enameling is so unique that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a Utility Patent to the bead pulling station, the workhorse of this enameling technique.  The technique eliminates any metal cleaning, adhesives for sifted enamel or separate counter-enameling steps.  In fact, before the end of your workshop, you’ll be enameling a bead in a minute or less!
Author of “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire” (North Light 2011) named the Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon, Barbara has written her second book, “Mastering Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: the Next Steps in Painting with Fire,” due for publication August 2014. As an enthusiastic teacher, Barbara continues to spread the good news of the immersion process of torch-fired enameling at www.paintingwithfire.ning.com, an open technical and support group with free membership.
Painting with Fire Studio & Gallery is located in mid-town St. Petersburg, FL, where you’ll find a state-of-the-art flameworking studio and a wide selection of Thompson Enamel.  
Contact her at: pwfstudio@me.com

Stephanie Rubiano
Mixed Media/Collage Artist
Instructor
Stephanie Jones Rubiano is a native Austinite who graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M at Galveston with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology.  She worked as an environmental scientist for a major drilling company in Houston, TX for five years after that.  Therefore, it stands to reason that she has now chosen art as her career path. She is a mixed-media artist who enjoys using antique photographs, real butterfly wings and a variety of uncommon objects in her shadow boxes.  Stephanie teaches workshops at national art retreats such as ArtFest and Art & Soul and has had work in past mediums shown in galleries and boutiques across the United States.  She is an emerging artist on the art festival scene.  In October of 2008 she participated in her first nationally-ranked art festival, the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, TX, and placed 2nd overall out of 300 national artists.  Her work has graced the covers of magazines and books as well as been the subject of articles and how-to projects.  
Contact her at: info@stephanierubiano.com

Richard Salley
Jewelry Designer
Instructor 
Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran.  His metal working experience turned to 'found object jewelry' after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002. 
Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry. 
Richard's work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’ ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry' by Brenda Schweder, 'Steampunk Style Jewelry' by Jean Campbell and 'Metal Style' by Karen Dougherty. 
Richard and his wife, Jane, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
Website: http://rsalley.com
Contact him at: art@rsalley.com



Lorri Scott
Fiber Artist
Instructor
LORRI SCOTT is a fiber artist and designer from Los Gatos, CA. 
Lorri magically transforms undyed silk fabrics, ribbons, and garments into fabulous colors using shibori, resist, vat dye and dye printing techniques.  She is a self taught weaver, dyer, and clothing designer whose art has shown in numerous publications and juried shows. She is the feature designer in the summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire showcasing her vintage upcycled clothing aka as “wayward threads” 
Lorri has taught and vended at many national shows and is happy to add Art @ Prairie to her resume!
Contact her at: lasfibers@yahoo.com

Kim St. Jean
Jewelry Designer
Instructor
Following ten years as a public school teacher, Kim combined her love of teaching with her creative talents and began teaching jewelry related classes. Beginning with beading and graduating into metal, Kim has run the gamut of jewelry design and instruction. She has now been teaching jewelry classes for over 15 years.
She is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer. In 2010 she was elected one of the Top Ten Instructors in the country by the attendees of the prestigious Bead & Button show.
Kim has been published in numerous magazines and books. She has appeared on the PBS shows Beads, Baubles, & Jewels, and was the featured artist on an episode of the Glass with Vicki Payne Show. Kim has written two books. Mixed Metal Mania: Solder, Rivet, Hammer, and Wire Exceptional Jewelry and Metal Magic: How to Etch, Pierce, Enamel and Set Striking Jewelry.
Kim teaches regularly at the John C. Campbell Folk School, the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, and the Tryon School of Arts. She also teaches week long and weekend workshops for various Gem and Mineral Societies.
Kim’s home base and Studio are in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she and her husband Norm own Studio St. Jean.
Contact her at: kim@kimstjean.com

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