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I once heard that "to teach is to learn twice." As a high school special education teacher for 30 years turned aspiring jeweler late in life, I hope to be able to teach others what I have learned while constantly learning more. I'll never stop taking classes because as much as I love to teach, I love being a student too.


In 2004, I started selling jewelry and thought that maybe I had the talent to make my own. I joined the South Florida Bead Society, now called the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild, and took beading, wire wrapping, and off-loom bead weaving classes from several bead shops and teachers. 

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I then became interested in metal jewelry fabrication and metal clay. I took many classes, became certified two levels in PMC, and became a senior instructor with the Art Clay World Company.


In 2007, I retired from teaching high school, and took the Jewelry Technician Course at the Miami Jewelry School (MJS). After 2 years, I went back to MJS and completed the Wax Carving and Stone Setting Programs from Master Goldsmith Marc Thurn who owns MJS.


I currently teach at The Miami Jewelry School. I  am a current board member, and was the first-term president of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths South Chapter.


In June 2009, I, along with my colleagues, started the Miami Metal Clay Artists as a local chapter of Art Clay Society and PMC Guild. Those national guilds have changed and disappeared, but we are still going strong as the Florida Society of Goldsmiths South Chapter. We meet monthly, and meetings are open to all people who love making jewelry with metal and metal clay.


If you wish to learn more about metal clay and jewelry making, get in touch with me at Bernadette Denoux Art Jewelry & Instruction in Miami, Florida. Iā€™d be happy to answer your questions.

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