About our Studio

CharmTree Studio is the working studio and school of Metalsmith and Instructor Melissa Kay-Steves. For the last 10 years she has been committed to helping people pursue their creative vision. With her passionate ability to guide and a talented student community, we’re confident in the education, guidance and network you will find here.

 CharmTree Studio offers workshops for adults in soldering, precious metal clay, wire wrapping, forming and more. We also have classes for children, an afterschool jewelry making program, Kids Night Out, Ladies Night, Bridal Jewelry Parties, Team Building and Birthday Parties.

Our unique and highly personalized method of teaching creates an environment to nurture, educate and encourage creative individuals to achieve the highest level of success

Meet the Instructors

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Melissa Kay-Steves
Owner/Instructor

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Melissa is a metalsmith and award-winning PMC and Art Clay Silver certified instructor and has been teaching for in and around Maryland for more than10 years. She opened CharmTree Jewelry Studio in 2019 as way to share her passion with other inspiring jewelry artists. It is her vision to create a comfortable and collaborative makerspace where people of all ages can learn, design and grow. 

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Nick Grant Barnes
Visiting Instructor

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Through teaching & creating one-off commissions for customers & exhibitions, Nick has developed his style working with a myriad of mediums from precious metals; plastics; woods & not too precious materials that are fun to play with. His work has been collected & exhibited internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications. He has won awards for his work including his most recent, Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition – 1st place, ‘Twist Ring’ in 2018. Nick currently teaches part time in the Jewelry department at the prestigious Art League School in Alexandria, VA.

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Sandra Zacharia
Visiting Instructor

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Sandra began her career in New York as a textile designer, later moving to Israel where she spent many years designing fabrics for NYC fashion houses. While overseas, her passion for jewelry design was fueled by her studies at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Upon her return to the States in 2005 her reputation for delicate, yet strong, work blossomed. She considers her work to be unique, wearable sculptures.

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Sandra Zacharia
Visiting Instructor

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Sandra began her career in New York as a textile designer, later moving to Israel where she spent many years designing fabrics for NYC fashion houses. While overseas, her passion for jewelry design was fueled by her studies at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Upon her return to the States in 2005 her reputation for delicate, yet strong, work blossomed. She considers her work to be unique, wearable sculptures.