Amy Waldman-Smith Workshop at the Melting Point in Arizona

I took a beadmaking workshop on raking and masking with Amy Waldman-Smith on January 24 and 25, 2015 and I learned some new techniques. The workshop was at a new studio, the Melting Point, in Sedona, Arizona. IMG_7240 IMG_7251 Amy Waldman-Smith resides near Toronto, Canada and began making glass beads in 2001.  Amy was 2014 Commemorative Bead Artist for the Bead and Button Show: img2411951eb414bdd570 Amy’s work has been featured in many craft publications. She is known for her intricate beads with stacked dots and raked lines and dots. In our 2-day workshop Amy shared her beadmaking techniques for creating these tiny details. She broke down the process of making finely detailed beads into small steps, so that we learned to build up the details, layer by layer, to create our own intricate beads. First we practiced layering dots, marvering to retain a barrel shape, and making strips with stringers. We then made a folk art bead and learned working with large stringers to make thick stripes. We also learned Amy’s technique for raking. Here is Amy’s demo bead: IMG_7253 The second day we learned how to make “Ottoman” beads. We applied thick stringers of ivory starting at the end of the bead working towards the center. We then added dots to the center of the bead and raked them. We raked the lines between the thick ivory lines and then continued to add dots and raking. We also learned Here are some of Amy’s demo beads: IMG_7302 IMG_7259 IMG_7262 IMG_7274

It is well worth it to travel to the Melting Point for classes. My husband and I spent a whole week in the Sedona Verde Valley area and still did not go on all the hikes or see everything.



Tuzigoot National Monument


Hiking in SedonaIMG_7320

Cliff dwelling at Montezuma Well National Monument


Montezuma Well National Monument




Verde Canyon


Verde Canyon Railroad


Verde River, Cottonwood


Montezuma Castle National Monument


About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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2 Responses to Amy Waldman-Smith Workshop at the Melting Point in Arizona

  1. Wendy Velasquez says:

    This was an awesome class with Amy and what a wonderful blog Inge!

  2. Such a beautiful photo! What lovely colors.

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