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Meet Melissa

Studio Owner/Instructor

Melissa Kay-Steves has been making jewelry since she first repaired a special necklace that her grandmother gave to her back when she was twelve. She taught herself basic techniques like wire wrapping and forming, for many years. In 2005, after her daughter was born, she took a PMC certification class and was instantly hooked. She spent many years creating and selling her work. She was asked to teach and instantly found her calling.


 In 2019, after 20 years of creating and 10 years of teaching, her mentor decided to sell his jewelry business and encouraged her to start her own teaching studio. She decided to take the leap and opened CharmTree Jewelry Studio, a metalsmith school on Kent Island, just East of Annapolis. She teaches metalsmith classes including precious metal clay. She is PMC certified through PMC Connection, Art Clay World and Camp PMC. She enjoys her days at the studio creating, teaching and sharing her passion and excitement with others. 

Meet a Few of Our Visiting Instructors

Kieu Pham Gray

Kieu has an insatiable need to share her knowledge with the people around her. She loves to share everything she knows how to do, from teaching kindergarteners how to save money as a Junior Achievement volunteer to teaching friends how to make Vietnamese food, to her passion for jewelry making.

To learn more about Kieu visit her website: https://kieuphamgray.com/index.php/more-stuff/because or checkout her Facebook page.

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Victoria Tom

Victoria is a local artist and instructor who lives in Annapolis and teaches classes at our studio. She currently volunteers at the Patuxent Lapidary Guild and displays her work at Local By Design gallery. 

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