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Sharilyn Miller

Sharilyn Miller
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-7077

Background Information

Years Teaching:  5
Years Teaching Clay:  5
Years Working w/Clay:  8
Freelance:  Yes
Specialties:  I specialize mainly in wire-art and fiber-art jewelry, but also use mixed-media materials such as polymer clay, shrink plastic, found objects, and other items in my work.
First Experience With Clay:  I learned the basics from friends, and over the years I've had several classes with experienced clay artists such as Gwen Gibson and Celie Fago.
Past Teaching Experiences:  I have taught widely across the US and in Montreal, Quebec, as well as in the south of France.
Publication Experience:  I am the author of Bead on a Wire. I also edit Belle Armoire and Art Doll Quarterly, so naturally I've been published in those magazines, as well as Somerset Studio.
Teaching Level:  Professional

Lesson Information

Private Lessons:  No
Group Lessons:  Yes
Minimum Number of Students:  10
Maximum Number of Students:  25
How Far Will Travel:  As far as necessary; around the globe
Reimbursed Expenses:  Travel expenses, meals, lodging, shuttle

Class Prep Time:  Less than half an hour, usually
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching:  6
Class Listings & Descriptions:  I teach a variety of wire jewelry classes such as Ten Trippy Tricks 1 & 2 (wire jewelry basics), Rings 1 & 2, the Ethnic Coin Bracelet (some hammering, punching metal holes, riveting), and various bracelets and earring designs. I also teach fabric collage beads and fiber necklaces.

Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:

"Take as many workshops as possible to observe the teacher and take notes on what works and what doesn't. Then start teaching small groups of friends, and get their feedback. You'll know when you're ready to teach professionally!"

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