Even if the last thing your teen hand-crafted was boondoggle at summer camp, there are plenty of community classes to get him or her up to date. Located
in downtown Ann Arbor, the Bead Gallery offers a variety of jewelry-making classes year-round. The knowledgeable staff will help you create striking looks for yourself and your loved ones. Jewelry artist Lolo Lord says her fellow Bead Gallery employees are “all in love with beading and we love to share that love.” Equipped with a full studio in the basement and a large boutique for inspiration, classes held at this local business are sure to spark creative energies. Teens through adults can craft cheerful seasonal jewelry in “Soldered Christmas Tree Earrings” on Monday, December 17. For a personalized gift, try incorporating an heirloom into a unique jewelry piece in “Woven Treasure Cage Pendant” held Thursday, December 6. Jewelry-making classes are also offered as part of the Ann Arbor Library’s community programs this season. Local artist Shannon Kuchera will share her love for glass mosaics in back-to-back workshops at the Malletts Creek Branch on Sunday, December 2. Kuchera explains that participants will leave the class with beautiful mosaic work which will “definitely be a great gift because there’s not going to be anything else like it.” The Mosaic Jewelry Workshop is a class fit for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned glass-cutters.
Woven Treasure Pendant class, Thursday, December 6, 7-9pm, $25 plus materials. “Soldered Christmas Tree Earrings” Monday, December 17th, 6-8pm, $50 fee plus materials. 311 East Liberty Street. (734) 663-6800. bga2.com/classes/ann-arbor-classes. Mosaic Jewelry Workshop, Sunday, December 2, 12:30-2:30pm and 3-5pm, free of charge. 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, (734) 327-4200. www.aadl.org/events. —BA