Who are our jewelry instructors?
Gladys Gerchow of Montoursville, PA is a self taught beadweaver, with over 10 years of beading experience. Originally inspired by Carol Wilcox Welles, she says that Beadweaver's has added fuel to her fire! She has been the catalyst of a small and growing beading community through the adult education classes she teaches at McCall Middle School. All of the profits from her beading addiction go to her favorite charity, the Providence House at the Susquehanna Health Services, which provides temporary housing and education for pregnant women who need it.
Jane Jones of Dallas, PA began beading 4 years ago, having taken a class at Beadweaver’s, and has been hooked ever since. A lifetime crafter, Jane has worked in early American decorative painting, decoupage (member of the American Guild of Decoupeurs), watercolor painting, and handcrafted wooden folk art. Now that her three sons are raised and launched, she divides her time between beading, Bridge, MahJongg, golf, and therapy dog work with her SPCA rescue, Elmcrest Terrier, “Harry”.
Jennifer Feldman-Casterline has been creating jewelry for 18 years and has been a professional glass jeweler for 6 years. Her skills besides glass work range from wire & metal manipulation to intricate seed bead work. Jenn received her BS in Art Education and taught Graphic Design for 7 years before becoming a full time jeweler. In her spare time (what spare time!) she likes to drink coffee, wear comfy shoes, and play with her cats.
Jessica Werbin of West Pittston, PA has been beading for about 7 years. She took her first class ata a needlework show and has been going ever since. She has done a wide range of projects from simple stringing to large bead woven tapestries. In her spare time, when she isn't beading, she can be found at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, performing, or tending bar. Jessica can also be found following after her two boys, Eric and Michael, with her husband, Scott. She also finds time to be a substitute teacher in the Wyoming Area School District.
Kelly Ziegler, your humble bead shop owner, has spent a lifetime surrounded by arts and crafts. She attended Sue Hands Imagery in Dallas, PA weekly through grade school and high school, winning various awards in regional competitions (and yes, she has a ceiling tile). In college she discovered beading, which became an instant addiction, and eventually grew into Beadweaver's. More recently she has become a bit obsessed with fibers, knitting, and felting. She has also dabbled in embroidery, sewing, pmc, polymer clay, and really just about anything she can get her hands on.