Reflecting on my education, my most influential teacher was a non traditional one. A wire artist living in San Diego- Lynne Merchant offered classes at Shepherdess- a bead store located in old town San Diego. Lynne Merchant learned her craft through life experience, she traveled extensively -learning as she went. In the Lynne Merchant classes I learned about creativity, intention and passion- craftsmanship was an expectation. Structure and engineering though the beauty of your work was emphasized. All can be accomplished with good tools, skill, knowledge and intentionality in each piece. To this day I use this as my guide post.