Meet the Instructors
Nick Grant Barnes
Nick is a local artist and instructor who was just awarded a Jurors’ Choice 2021 award for his Twist Fold Bracelet collection. Originally from Yorkshire, England, his work has been collected & exhibited internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications. Nick currently teaches part time in the Jewelry department at the prestigious Art League School in Alexandria, VA.
Known for her approachable and dynamic teaching style, Carrie, who gains inspiration for her creations from nature and animals, currently serves as a Contributing Artist for Metal Clay Today, a course developer for Camp PMC and is on the advisory panel of AMCAW. She is committed to her own professional development and continuously seeks out opportunities to improve her skills. She is the owner of Clay Revolution, an online jewelry supply company. www.clayrevolution.com
Eva Sherman began creating jewelry as a way to spend time with her daughters, but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to become a full time metal smith, and launched Eva Sherman Designs in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been know to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva has authored two books on jewelry design: "Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry" and "Cool Copper Cuffs" .
Kieu Pham Gray
Since 2009 she and her husband Andy have worked to integrate her teaching with their business The Urban Beader . Together they strive to produce quality, innovative products for the jewelry crafting industry. Creating a work/life balance has become central to their lifestyle. Travel is not only part their business but has become a passion. They love to see different things, and meeting people from every end of the earth. You can follow along our many adventures on my travel blog. She is the author of Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections (2013) and Minimal Metal Jewelry (2020).
In 2019, after 20 years of creating and 10 years of teaching metalwork in Maryland and beyond, Melissa decided to take the leap and open a teaching metalsmith studio. Although she has hit a few bumps on the way she hasn't looked back. She enjoys teaching and sharing her passion and excitement with others.