March Speaker: Melanie Potter

Melanie Potter is an off-loom beadwork artist innovating new designs each year for a number of beading venues. She and her husband Scott also run the yearly premiere beading event, Beads on the Vine on the central coast of California. BOTV is celebrating its 17th year anniversary.

Melanie Potter is an artist/designer for School of Beadwork and a national/international instructor teaching unique off-loom seed bead jewelry designs. Her background in couture sewing was a natural transition into beadwork design and construction. Furthermore, her venture into watercolor painting has further inspired and brought fresh approaches to her color theory. Melanie has a passion for creating unique wearable beadwork and architecting unique clasps. She is also a graphic artist and she professionally illustrates and formats all her instructions. Her work is published in a number of books and magazines including Master’s Beadweaving, Major Works by Leading Artist, Larks, 2008. Melanie’s studio is on the beautiful California central coast where she beads, swims, hikes, bikes, watercolors and enjoys time with her husband Scott. See more about Melanie at

Melanie’s talk will be on the design process for incubating ideas into tangible inspiration and methods she incorporates to execute on these ideas into beadwork. She will demonstrate her sketching process and prototyping techniques which evolve into the finished pieces. She will also cover some of the organizational systems she uses to make her work streamlined and efficient in selecting materials for her color palettes. For a bonus, she’ll also talk about her process of writing and illustrating her patterns that oftentimes further refines the beadwork designs.

Melanie’s Trunk Show:  Melanie is bringing a trunk show with her which will feature her kits and supplies, beads and stones.

Speaker:  Melanie Potter

March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Social half-hour at 7:00 pm with coffee/tea

NEW LOCATION:   Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA. Map.,
Members free with membership card, non-members $5.

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