by Jennifer Roberts
We are delighted to announce the addition of three wonderful instructors to our education program: Janet Alexander (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX), Gale Schalgel (Kansas City, KS), and Dona Miller (Missoula, MT). You get to know them more over the coming months, but here is a little about each of them.
Janet Alexander (Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas)
Janet has a BFA in Metals from the University of North Texas and has studied metal working with several Master Jewelers such as Valentin Yotkof, Vasken Tanielian, Tom Collins, Allen Revere and others. She has GIA (Gemology Institute of America) certification in diamond grading and stone setting with experience in jewelry for over 35 years.
Janet is an accomplished metal artist with her work shown in the El Paso museum of Fine Art, Wichita Falls museums of Fine Art, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Janet won Award of Merit (first place) in Craft Houston art competition in 2004. Additionally, she appeared several times on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast and That’s Clever demonstrating her lost wax casting and wax carving techniques. Her work has been sold in high-end galleries across Texas.
Gale Schlagel (Kansas City, Kansas)
Like many metal clay artists, Gale’s professional career began in a different creative field - interior design. Her search for a more hands-on creative outlet eventually led her to metal clay. Gale is based in Kansas City, KS and has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Design and a Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Art History. Her interests and skills in a wide range of areas - custom furniture and wall finishes; antique furniture repair and carving; woodworking; ceramics; raku; floral arranging; and beading- all influence her work in metal clay.
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Dona Miller (Missoula. MT)
Jewelry design and teaching have always been part of Dona’s life. Her love of jewelry began when she was a small child. Dona began teaching beading in high school and was exposed to the world of pearls from the orient. Though Dona became an engineer, she never quit experimenting with different art mediums, including interior design, painting, and photography. After leaving the high tech world Dona returned to her first love of jewelry. She currently sells her work through select galleries, shows, and online. She was featured in the Dana Gallery Artists of Montana 2010 as one of only three jewelry artists accepted into the show. Dona currently teaches classes in Precious Metal Clay, traditional metal working, glass fusing, and yoga.