Authors

Tammy Jones

Tammy Jones is the Editor of Jewelry Making Daily. As a writer, editor, and jewelry designer, Tammy has worked in the craft and jewelry industry for almost fifteen years, including seven years as the crafts editor for HGTV.com and three years writing about gemstones and jewelry for a jewelry E-commerce company. She has dabbled in just about every craft imaginable and learned to knit on the set of The Carol Duvall Show from the Queen of Crafts herself. She also enjoys paper crafting.

Tammy's broad jewelry style in her Southern Baubelles Etsy shop includes everything from found objects to gemstone beads, from metal clay to traditional metalsmithing. She's a member of the East Tennessee PMC Guild and the L'esprit du Metal PMC Guild of Louisiana. She's passionate about silver, copper, and gemstones, having been a rock hound since childhood and recently completing her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She also holds a B.A. in English literature from Carson-Newman College and completed further study at the Imperial College of London.

Follow her on Twitter @JewelMakinDaily.

Karla Rosenbusch

Karla Rosenbusch

Karla Rosenbusch is the Associate Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and Editor of the Tucson Show Guide. A native of the Detroit area, Karla first worked in the Public Relations/Corporate Communications Department of Chrysler Corporation. She later moved into magazine publishing and worked as Senior Editor of Automobile Quarterly, an automotive history and classic car publication. A relative newcomer to the jewelry making world, Karla joined Interweave in 2007 as Managing Editor of Colored Stone. That job launched her love of unusual and lesser-known stones and gem material. She now spends her free time creating her own beaded and stone jewelry and experimenting with different jewelry techniques. Karla lives in a 250-year old farmhouse in the tiny village of Yellow House, Pennsylvania with a cat named Bubba.

Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson was the first associate editor of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry and is now a contributor to Jewelry Making Daily. The Buffalo, New York, native received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University in 2002. She owns a home-based business, Creative World of Sara, which includes freelance editing and writing services, and Lovestruck Jewelry, featuring her chain maille jewelry. Sara teaches and demonstrates jewelry-making techniques at parties for children and adults, and she sells her work at art and craft shows in the Philadelphia area. Sara's work has been seen in Creative Jewelry (on the cover in 2008), Easy Wire, Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry, and other Interweave publications. She lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and daughter.

 

Helen Driggs

Helen Driggs

Helen Driggs is the Senior Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her jewelrymaking focus is fabrication, metal forming and forging, in addition to traditional painting and drawing. A BFA graduate of Moore College of Art, she has worked as an information graphics artist, art director, illustrator, writer and editor. In addition to her popular column Cool Tools & Hip Tips in every issue, she has hosted two technique DVDs for Interweave: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, and Metalsmith Essentials: Cold Connections.

Helen teaches regular metals workshops and classes. She is a member of Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths, the Colorado Metalsmithing Association and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Read her Materialsmithing blog and follow her on twitter @fabricationista.

 

Denise Peck

Denise Peck

Denise Peck is the editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry and senior editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. A lifelong lover of jewelry, Denise left an 18-year newspaper career in Boston to go to jewelry school in New York City in 1999. She has a bench jeweler’s certificate from Studio Jewelers, Ltd., and combined her editorial background and new skills when she joined Lapidary Journal in 2004. Denise is the author of Wire Style (Interweave 2008) and 101 Wire Earrings (Interweave, 2009), and contributor to Chain Style (Interweave 2009). She’s also the featured artist on two jewelry tutorial DVD’s on Viking knit, and fusing. She’s currently working on Wire Style 2, due out in the fall of 2010. Denise grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Boston, where she remained for 25 years, and now resides in Philadelphia with her husband and their two rescued poodles.

Merle White

Merle White

Merle White is Editorial Director of Interweave's Gem & Jewelry Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.  She has been with the magazine since 1985, when she started as Lapidary Journal's Managing Editor.  She has launched several related magazines, most notably Step by Step Wire Jewelry, and oversaw the initial development of workshops at numerous Bead Fest events.  

She holds a B.A. in Music and Classics but, liking to eat on a regular basis, has always worked in publishing.  She dabbles in gems, jewelry, and minerals, and has enormous respect for those who have mastered these fields while believing she is best suited to producing editorial content.

In 1993, Merle married John White, former Curator-in-Charge of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, who still likes to say that "if she thought she was going to silence her chief critic by marrying him, it didn't work." They live in rural Pennsylvania where they enjoy competitive gardening and keeping the local nurseries in business.