Meet the Instructors
I am proud to introduce these talented and creative people. Many teach only in their own local communities. Each UFO Bead Retreat will have different instructors, but the bios of all the instructors who teach at the retreats will be showcased here. The specific instructors will be listed on each retreats info page.
Lori Padron :: Temple, TX
I began my beading Journey after a trip to see my brother in Arizona, where his wife was making simple strung beads. I continued to bead because it was healthier than prozac, cheaper than therapy and my family is still alive! I'm still beading because it's my passion, a challenge and absolute love. I've been beading for over 12 years. I started out just stringing and soon found out that there was so much more... I began doing basic Peyote Stitch and I was hooked! As I began crafting, designing & actually selling my own jewelry to the public I realized that there were some color combinations, pattern and shapes of beads that were not available to me. Thus began my love affair with Lampworking. I have been taught by some of the greatest Lampwork Artists ( Loren Stamp, Kristen France-Orr, Anne Ricketts and others professionals in the field) I've taken what I have learned from them, incorporated seed beads, bead embroidery and a basic peyote stitch to create my own styles. I have taught classes at Wild Beads in Arlington, been published by Blue Moon Glassworks in Austin as an up and coming Lampwork Artist and collaborated on many pieces with other artists.
Glenn Webster :: Temple, TX
Glenn Webster has been making jewelry for over 15 years. He teaches: Silversmithing, Lapidary, Wire Wrapping, Kumihimo, Viking Knit, Chain Maille, Looming and many different styles of Glass Jewelry Classes. He can be found at Just Because Beads in Temple, TX. Glenn has spent 8 days learning Don Norris's style of Silversmithing and has Don's blessing to teach his style. Many of his Gemstone Cabochons including his Gemstone Texas flag cabs, Sterling Silver pendants and rings are for sale in our store.
Glenn's jewelry has been in BeadStyle Magazine. He has won awards for his cabochons and they are currently carried in two different stores in Texas. His Sterling Silver Jewelry is also carried in two different stores in Texas.
Interested in Teaching?
I am inviting local, national and international instructors, local beaders, wire workers, PMC, metal smiths and more to take part. Click here to learn more.
If you teach any type of beadwork or hand crafted jewelry techniques, and are interested in participating, drop me an e-mail. I will be hosting the UFO Bead Retreat in locations AROUND the country! Each location will have different instructors. By coming close to where you live, I'm trying to make it more affordable for you to participate and educate while spreading the creativity!