April 2, 2015

Instructor Spotlight - Kate Richbourg

This week we learn a bit more about our very dear friend Kate Richbourg. Just last month, we received this great message from a customer who has been watching Kate's classes on Beaducation.com.

"I am an English retired clergyman of 70 years plus and have discovered the joy of making interesting things out of silver etc. Kate has been a source of enjoyment, inspiration, and technical teaching to me and today, thanks to her patient guidance, I have made my first ring in Sterling silver, a small gift for my lovely wife.

I am sure you must have many "fans" of Beaducation, and so you should, but Kate Richbourg has been much more than  just a teacher, although she is a truly great one, and I wanted to thank her for her great ability to be modest, kindly, interesting and most of all the best teacher I have ever had, in all my academic and practical training, so thank you Kate with all my heart for giving me so much encouragement and knowledge."

Take it away, Kate...

What inspires you? 
Right now I am feeling inspired by rocks of all kinds. I have loved collecting rocks since I was little and now am finally learning more about cutting, shaping and polishing them. When I was in Tucson a few weeks ago, I found an interesting mystery rock on the ground and cut and polished it. It was some random jasper, I think, but I made it into a treasure. So fun!

What is your favorite technique and medium these days? 
With my new rock obsession, I am working with mixing oddly-shaped and rough stones into metalwork. Setting stones on stones, drilling stones and creating a variety or interesting bezels, pendants and ring shapes. My Flex Shaft and I are becoming best friends.

What are you up to lately? 
I have a few cool projects going on. I just finished filming a video series for Craft Daily/Interweave/F&W. It’s 6 DVDs and each one focuses on a different portable torch that is perfect to use in small spaces. Each one has a cool project to go with it. In the first one, I teach how to make tiny jewelry tags using a pencil torch. I stamped them using some cool stamps I got from Beaducation! I am also filming a new class for Craftsy.com that teaches a bunch of cool metalworking techniques. I'm also filming webinars for Craft Daily and doing a bunch of WRITING (more on that soon!).

Kate's Soldered Rim class on Beaducation.com
How have you seen our industry change in the last 5 years? 
I think the world of online education and digital media is really accelerating. It was cool to be a part of the early days of that trend (I’m looking at you, my PMC class for Beaducation back in the “old days” of 2006). I love to share information with anyone who wants to learn and online education, webinars, and video make it easy to teach others all over the globe. I love it!

Any recent trends that speak to you? 
They all speak to me! I love watching all the new trends that are coming up and the innovations with leather, mixed media, metal and new metal tools and fiber and thread. I wish I had unlimited time to explore all the new stuff that is out there now.

Are your students enjoying your free Beaducation Online Classes? 
You bet! I have a link right on the front page of my website. I also have a resource sheet that I share with my students and those classes are listed at the top. They are the best! For pre-class homework I direct students to watch my Beaducation classes, especially on the Jeweler’s Saw. I am always pleased when students say they learned to saw by watching that video. The jeweler’s saw rocks!

Where are you teaching next? 
My two big gigs this year are the Bead&Button Show in June in Milwaukee and Bead Fest in Philly in August. You can always find me teaching a couple times a month at my studio in South San Francisco, CA. I'm also producing DIY kits for some cool projects. My first one is a ring kit with the directions and supplies. All you need to do is read the directions and fire up your butane torch. In a few minutes you’ll be wearing a new ring!

Where can your students learn more about you?
Follow me on social media! I also write a blog and keep my website updated with the latest goings-on.

Facebook: Kate Ferrant Richbourg, Jewelry Educator
Twitter: katerichbourg
Pinterest: Kate Richbourg
Instagram: beadkate
Blog: We Can Make That at Home

1 comment:

Robin's Nest said...

IHave taken Kate's classes on Beaducation and have loved each one. she is a terrific instructor and I have
Learned a great deal. Thank you to Kate & Beaducation
For offering their fantastic classes.
Robin Shubb