My name is Patricia Palotas and I have been an artist for nearly my entire life. I paint - acrylics are my preferred medium, I draw, I sew, I craft but for the last several years I have been involved in creating and teaching wire wrapped and woven jewelry.
I acquired a 10mm round beautiful yttrium aluminum garnet gemstone. Once I had the gemstone home I decided I would wire wrap it in sterling silver and make myself a pendant. Only one problem, I had never wire wrapped anything before. So off I went to the book stores, craft stores, and the internet to begin teaching myself. I placed an order for 22 gauge square and 22 gauge half round sterling silver and the day it arrived I sat down and a few hours later I had created a beautiful pendant for myself!
That was it, I had caught the wire wrap jewelry bug. I had the determination and interest and began improving my skills.
I found I love the craft and started selling my jewelry at small local markets.
For the last three years I have had the pleasure of attending wire wrap workshops held by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong though Jewelry Televisions Jewel School. She is a wire wrap extraordinaire! I encourage you to look at her works of jewelry art.
One day a few years ago, a customer who was visiting a booth I had set up at a market in Bradenton, Florida asked me if I taught wire wrapping. I had not even thought about teaching, but forged on and contacted the local Art Center and scheduled my first workshop, "Wire Wrap a Cabochon". My first workshop went tremendously well and my second workshop was sold out. I found that I loved teaching too! I make my workshops informative without being over whelming, fun and also strive for my students to complete a piece of jewelry they can be proud to wear.
During the summer months I conduct workshops in Troy, Ohio at the Mayflower Arts Center, and at Aullwood Audubon Center for Lifelong Learning. Here's a very nice recommendation written by one of the proprietors.
Now I am a traveling instructor. I will come to your community center, church basement or even your home for a Wire Wrap Party.
My students always leave happy with a completed piece of jewelry they are proud to have made and ready to show off.
I'm in the Bradenton, Florida for winters and spring and summer in Troy, Ohio. Yep, I'm a snowbird.