[Welcome] New Members for October 30, 2010

Orchid Circulation: 10,500 members!

Please welcome our newest members…

Wendy Toman Oestreicher
WTO Designs
Wallingford, CT. USA


I’m an jewelry designer/creator that has just begun the process of
moving from hobbiest to professional. I began as a self-taught bead
weaver in 1994 and then got interested in polymer clay in 2002. In
2006 I took my first metalsmithing class and became instantly hooked
on using hammers and torches (and saws and rolling mills and
flexshafts and…). Now I move between the three mediums, either
separately or incorporating them in a single piece. I love working
in silver and copper: metalsmithing gives my engineering mind a
place to exercise since I enjoy the process of solving fabrication
problems. Polymer clay appeals to my child: more organic-feeling and
with all the lovely colors! Bead weaving is my zen with the
repetition of stitches and patterns.

I have a metal studio in my basement and a workroom on the main
floor that serves as my clay and bead studio. I share my life with
my husband, Brad, my teenage daughter, two dogs, a cat, and two corn

Thomas Poston
Hampstead, NC. USA

Just starting to learn the art.

Heather M Pearce
Oimillie Lampwork & Jewellery
Walsall, West Midlands. UK


I am a lampworker and glass bead artist.

Vivianne Varvarande
vivilima jewelry and bijouterie
Lima, Peru


Hi! I love making silver jewelry, playing with forms and textures,
learning new techniques, oxidising, hammering, making something out
of scratch, I rarely design… I like bijouterie as well: I love
stones! Vivi.

John M. Thacker
Saint Louis Park, MN. USA

Hi everybody my name is John Thacker and am a twenty eight year old
massage therapist/holistic medicine provider in minneapolis MN. I am
not a jeweler by any means, but the art and passion that jewelers
put into their work has always intrigue me and leave me pondering
about the life events or inspirations that were used by the said
jeweler to create one of their masterpieces, that now sits behind a
secure glass case, silently demanding the full attention of anyone
who crosses its path!

Robert Lynn Schraeder
Bigfork, Montana. USA

I am a 77 year old geologist that likes to work with silver and
copper. I am just starting out on an attempt to make my hobby pay
for it’s self, and need all the help I can get. I believe the
opportunity to read and view from persons established in
the field will be of inestimable help to me. At the least it will be
very interesting!

David Hanssen
Hanssen Studios
Bristol, RI. USA


I create decorative and functional art, principally from wood,
metal, glass, and stone. I share my studio with my wife Betty who is
a lampwork glass artist.