Our tutors

Participants of Aussie Beading Retreats have been lucky to be taught by some of Australia’s most renowned jewellery and bead artists, as well as a host of enthusiastic and talented ladies new to the field of teaching.

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Amanda Katz Amanda Katz is a NSW artist specialising in metal and wirework jewellery. Through her business, Amanda’s Jewellery, Amanda has taught students of all ages basic through to advanced beading, wirework and metalwork techniques. She loves to share her passion for wire and metal through her blog. www.facebook.com/amandajewls
Andy Treloar Andy Treloar – loves to be outdoors, passionate gardener, avid bird lover & Jill of all trades! Asked to teach locally and frustrated with the lack of supplies the Beads 4 Broads Studio was born to offer a unique place to create and share beading knowledge. Three years on and Andy wouldn’t look back, having made many wonderful friendships along the way. Currently Andy is crazy about Kumihimo but covers many styles. She has always been drawn to glass, so naturally silly with seed beads! Her real passion is bead embroidery, she loves to just follow wherever it takes her. www.facebook.com/Beads4Broadswww.etsy.com/au/shop/Beads4Broads
Angie Ciavarella Angie Ciavarella has been teaching and running her own Shepparton, Victoria based beading business, Chicky Babe’s Beads, since 2004. Angie loves all types of beading but is particularly fond of the ‘make and wear tomorrow style’, i.e. a couple of hours and you’re done! Her style is fun and functional – anyone can wear her designs to work or for a big night out. She  love, love, loves using lots of different colours, the brighter the better! www.facebook.com/Chicky-Babes-Jewellery-Beads-210202192323815
Belinda Saville Belinda Saville is the owner and chief designer at Belinda Saville Handcrafted Jewellery. She creates modern heirlooms hand fabricated from recycled sterling silver, gold and beautiful gemstones in her NSW studio. Her silver soldering and bezel setting classes are always a huge hit. www.facebook.com/BelindaSavilleHandcraftedJewellery
Cheryl McLeod Cheryl McLeod has been beading for over 15 years and has sold jewellery at markets and wholesale to jewellery shops. She is well versed in a variety of beading methods, but her favourite is the smooth texture and elegance of the traditional peyote stitch. On the weekends you’ll usually find Cheryl with the local beading group in Cairns or teaching private classes. www.facebook.com/CrystalUnicornCreations
Chez Mathieson The effervescent Chez Mathieson of Southernbeadz is an accomplished seed beader and lampworker. She regularly teaches seed beading classes for new and experienced beaders in her little piece of paradise on the NSW coast. www.facebook.com/southernbeadz
Christina Armstrong A self-confessed seed freak, Christina Armstrong has been teaching seed beading in Canberra for many years. Her work varies from technical geometric items, to detailed peyote artworks and slightly wacky pieces featuring eyeballs (seeing people’s reaction when they realise what they’re looking at is always amusing!). www.facebook.com/christina.armstrong.75
CoralJohnson Coral Johnson is an incredibly logical person (a computer programmer for over 30 years) for whom beading gave the creative outlet that was missing in her work. Coral loves intense colours and finishes and loves fine bead weaving with Miyuki delicas and Swarovski crystals. More recently she has fallen in love with 3D objects and has created a variety of boxes, pagodas, animals and hot air balloons. www.facebook.com/CoralLJohnson
Debbi Van Leeuwen – the official Aussie Beading Retreats Fairy God Mother and karaoke queen! Debbi’s incredibly warm and colourful personality flows through to her wearable creations, where she uses a variety of techniques including stringing, seed beads, embroidery, wirework, crochet and felting. www.facebook.com/debbivl
DebiGoodwin Debi Goodwin was given a hand-made pair of beaded earrings by a fellow nurse about five years ago and began stringing beads soon after. Her favourite technique is bead-weaving with Swarovski crystals and metallic seed beads. Several years ago she began making hand-made hair and skincare products using natural oils and luxurious, emollient butters, which she now teaches at our Retreats. www.facebook.com/debi.goodwin.12?fref=ts
DonnaFox Donna Fox is a qualified PMC teacher having completed the Level 1 & 2 certificates in PMC Teaching at the Ceramic and Craft Centre Australia. Donna also runs workshops in leadlighting, mosaics and glass bead making. www.facebook.com/donna.fox.355
EK Gepp EK Gepp is an extrovert who will talk endlessly about beading, biology, parrots and Dr Who! She has taught beadweaving and bead embriodery workshops for the Bead Guild of WA.
Jan Cahill Jan Cahill is an award winning glass bead maker with over 19 years experience. Her work has been featured in Australian and international publications. Her beads and jewellery are on display and available for purchase in several high-end stores and galleries throughout NSW. www.facebook.com/jan.cahill.5
Jane Tyson Jane Tyson has been the owner of L.J. Beadwork in Moonah (just outside of Hobart) for many years. Jane works from home and has a studio lined with all kinds of bead goodies collected over more than 20 years. She specialises in seed bead work and is the designer of Toobs TM and Magsafe Tm clasps. Jane’s designs have appeared in Beadwork Creates Bracelets and Beadwork Creates Necklaces and in both Beadwork and Bead & Button magazines. Jane sells beads through the Facebook groups Australian Beading Jewellery Supplies and Equipment buy and sell Community. www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.278765155632484 / www.etsy.com/au/shop/LJBeadwork
Karen Cooke Karen Cooke is an enormously talented polymer clay artist from Victoria. Karen has taught a variety of polymer clay techniques at each of the Aussie Beading Retreats and always gets rave reviews. Get in quick, her classes fill up fast! www.facebook.com/karen.cooke.716
Kat Gray Kat Gray teaches bead weaving and micro-macramé techniques at I Love You Beads. www.facebook.com/KatsJewels
Linda Blanchett Linda Blanchet  (a.k.a. Violet Clay) has been a knitter and loom beadweaver since girlhood. She discovered polymer clay in 2008 after buying Sherri Haab’s The Incredible Clay Book – which included 8 colored packets of Sculpey III – and deciding to keep it for herself instead of giving it away for Christmas. This was a life-altering moment. Now her biggest joy, after making staggering quantities of shiny stringable objects, is sharing the love of polymer with the wider community. www.facebook.com/violet.clay & https://www.facebook.com/Violets-Clay-1636705723238245
Liz DeLuca Liz DeLuca is a self-employed flameworker and visual arts educator from Queensland. Trading under the name Creative Arty Facts, Liz creates beautiful handmade glass beads, buttons and jewellery. Her work can be found in a number of galleries throughout the ACT, NSW and QLD. www.facebook.com/liz.deluca
Lorelle McIntyre Lorelle McIntyre is skilled in a variety of bead and wire techniques, and loves the bold colours and freeform shapes of soutache. She has taught both soutache and basic seed beading locally. Her designs have been sold through local handmade gift stores and Etsy. As a Reiki Master she has designed a Healing Chakra Doll which incorporates beadweaving, crystals and reiki. wattletreelane.com
Margie Maroske Owner of QLD business Get Plugged, Margie Maroske creates one-of-a-kind glass body jewellery for stretched ears. www.facebook.com/eve.lynn.779?fref=ts
Maryanne Villalba A first time tutor at our 2016 Brisbane Retreat, Maryanne Villalba discovered beading nine years ago. Her first love was wirework, however those pesky little seed beads have now taken over her life!! Maryanne lives in Mackay, Queensland and is the owner and designer for Maryniky Designs. www.facebook.com/maryniky.designs.handmade.jewellery
Melissa Ingram Based in Queensland, Melissa Ingram is a nationally and internationally published and awarded beadwork artist, project designer, tutor and writer. Melissa specialises in reworking of vintage and antique jewellery pieces and teaches various techniques including bead embroidery, soutache and seed beading. www.facebook.com/melissa.ingram.796
Natalie Fletcher-Jones Owner and chief artist at Peruzi, Natalie Fletcher-Jones specialises in creating wonderful unique handmade beads, cabochons, pendants, charms and buttons using a variety of ‘earth’ clays, such as earthenware, porcelain and terracotta. Nat’s classes are always very popular with Aussie Bead Retreat participants! www.facebook.com/Peruzi.net
Natalie Monkivitch ACT-based Natalie Monkivitch, aka BeadMonki, is a self employed glass artist with a big personality. Natalie specialises in glass beads made from borosilicate, Italian soft glass and silver rich specialty glasses and describes her work as “a little left of centre”. Her work has won several awards and has been featured in various beading magazines. www.facebook.com/beadmonki
Nellie Grimshaw Nellie Grimshaw is skilled in a vast range of techniques. Her work features micro-macramé, chainmaille, wirework, beadweaving and includes the use of unusual items such as vintage buttons to create very wearable jewellery. Nellie’s fabulous sense of humour ensures her classes are always a lot of fun! www.facebook.com/nelliegrim
Pauline Delaney Pauline Delaney is an independent lampwork artist who has worked with various forms of glass for over 25 years. Pauline teaches beginner and intermediate bead techniques in her studio in Victoria. Pauline’s work is represented in many private, corporate and public collections including The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA. www.facebook.com/PaulineDelaneyLampworkGlassBeads
Sandee Harris Sandee Harris is a talented mixed media jewellery artist from Brisbane. She has been published in numerous magazines and has extensive teaching experience, both with group and private classes. Her style has a definite vintage twist and she is highly skilled in bead weaving, wire weaving, polymer clay and assemblage.
A regular tutor at Aussie Beading Retreats, the vivacious Sharon Hutton is the former owner of Goddess Beading Supplies in NSW. Sharon is currently focused on writing tutorials for Creative Beading magazine and running private beading and polymer clay classes. www.facebook.com/sharon.hutton.92
 Sue Connors Owner and chief designer at Sue’Nique Designs in Queensland, Sue Connors works with and teaches a variety of techniques including seed beading, stringing and polymer clay. As well as beautiful jewellery, fascinators and hair accessories, Sue makes a variety of home wares such as beaded salad servers, wine stoppers and appetiser sets. www.facebook.com/pages/SueNique-Designs/357352558207
Terri McDonald Queenslander Terri McDonald is a talented wireworker and seed beader with a strong personal style and a penchant for fabulous brooches. Terri is a regular tutor at the Aussie Beading Retreats, running various wire workshops suitable for beginners through to advanced participants. www.facebook.com/terri.mcdonald.980
Valma Spencer-Sun Valma Spencer-Sun, a member of the International Guild of Wire Jewellery Artists, is an experienced tutor who has traveled to the Australian capital cities to tutor at workshops for the Bead & Gem Show, has taught at Grafton Artfests and Craft Alive. Val has achieved success and recognition for her style in jewellery making by having her profile and Chain Maille work featured in the Beads etc magazine, and has her work shown at selected galleries and exhibitions. To keep up with the latest trends in metalwork, Val has attended classes in the USA. www.facebook.com/valma.spencersun
Yvonne Ireland Von Ireland’s warm and inclusive nature makes her a firm favourite amongst Aussie Beading Retreat participants. A gifted seed beader from NSW, Von has a great flair for colour. Her classes are a must for any seedie! www.facebook.com/von.ireland